DJI has raised the veil on the latest commercial drone platforms and its first hybrid camera series, Matrice 300 RTK (M300 RTK) and Zenmuse H20.
While the RTK M300 and Zenmuse H20 are both packed with features designed specifically for commercial-use cases, the system features a number of technologies and innovative features that are sure to make their way into more consumer-centered drones.
The RTK M300 has a unique design with the body’s top-mounted and bottom-mounted blades, opposite of its 210 predecessors. This unique design allows advanced AI-powered technologies to get a wider overview of environments for a less unobstructed look. The chunky Array on top of this drone features a six-way sensing and positioning system that offers a maximum object detection range of up to 40m (130ft) horizontally, as well as an Anti-collision Beacon to make the drone more visible in low-light environments. DJI also includes AirSense (ADS-B) technology that will remind the pilot if there are other planes or drones nearby.
DJI has also improved the OcuSync Enterprise technology to allow triple-channel 1080p video transmissions up to 15km (9.32 m) thanks to the 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz connections, which will switch in real-time based on what offers the clearest connection.
Together, the system works together to power the main flight display (PFD) which ‘ combines flight data and real-time navigation into one integrated view. ‘ In addition to the usual flight telemetry, pilots will also see data on barriers and other details to ensure the right flight path are in difficult conditions.
The M300 RTK also features the Advanced dual Operator DJI Mode, which provides two separate pilots with the same access to flight control, telemetry, and other data. “Now, if one pilot gets interrupted or their controller loses battery or connection, the other pilots get full control over the RTK M300 and its content, ” says DJI. This feature can also be used to train new pilots, where the teacher can take over control of the drone if it’s necessary.
When paired with the new Zenmuse H20 camera system, the RTK M300 will also offer two new ways to synchronize drone locations with interesting objects for more precise location tracking in coordinated missions, such as search and rescue operations and critical infrastructure improvements. The first is PinPoint, ‘ a function that allows the user to mark a subject of interest and directly share the precise location data to the second operator or if it is necessary to send the team through DJI FlightHub. ‘ The second method is Smart Track, ‘ which allows users to automatically detect and track moving objects, even at extreme distances, while syncing a dynamic location of subjects in real time. ‘
The RTK M300 is capable of carrying up to three loads — two at the bottom of the drone and one on top. Here are some photos of the product, including a trio of images that show the settings of one, two and three cameras.
DJI says M300 RTK offers up to 55 minutes of flight time with a single battery, offering AES-256 encryption data between drones and connected controllers, has IP45 protection with operating temperature Windows-20 to 50 ° C (-4 to 120 °f) and self-heated batteries when operating at lower temperatures.
While the RTK M300 can be used with other payloads, including the previous camera system from DJI, the H20 Zenmuse series is designed to utilize new technologies within DJI’s latest drone. The H20 series comes in two versions: H20 and H20T.
H20 is a three-sensor unit with a 20MP, 23x Hybrid Optical Zoom Camera, a 12MP Wide Camera and a Laser Range Finder that covers a distance of 3-1200 metres (3 -1312 yards). H20T, on the other hand, adds an additional Radiometric Thermal Camera (640 x 512 pixels), which ‘ allows the operator to see what is invisible to the human eye thanks to high thermal sensitivity. ‘
DJI has also updated its Pilot app to make it easier to switch between the various sensors within the H20 series payload and add some new modes to maximize the multi-camera array. One-Click Capture captures photos or videos from all three cameras at the same time without having to switch between cameras in the middle of the flight, as well as the night view mode which will capture better low-light images when the lighting conditions are less than ideal.
M300 RTK and Zenmuse H20 series Payload are available for pre-booked from DJI Enterprise authorized dealers. The first unit is expected to be shipped in the second quarter 2020.