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Zenmuse XT2 Thermal Camera, Foldable body, removable landing gear, Foul-weather resistance, DJIGo flight program, Precise GPS positioning, Subject tracking, Built-in FPV camera, 51.4 mph maximum speed, 4.3-mile range (extendable), 20-27 minutes maximum flight with varying payloads, Remote controller compatible with smartphones/tablets, 16GB microSD card; compatibility with card up to 128GB, One downward-facing gimbal mount, Automatic/manual camera control, Compatibility with a range of thermal-imaging and video/still cameras, Adaptability to dual controls
The DJI Matrice 200 quadcopter is an economical single-gimbal drone for industrial and first-responder applications. It is powerful, maneuverable and adaptable to a broad range of uses.
The M200 boasts IP43 resistance to solid objects and moisture — you can use it in light rain — and is sized to remain stable in brisk crosswinds. Its foldable body, plus removable batteries, propellers and landing gear, mean that it stores and transports easily in the included case.
Every Matrice 200 includes:
- Foldable body, removable landing gear
- Foul-weather resistance
- DJIGo flight program
- Precise GPS positioning
- Subject tracking
- Built-in FPV camera
- 51.4 mph maximum speed
- 4.3-mile range (extendable)
- 20-27 minutes maximum flight with varying payloads
- Remote controller compatible with smartphones/tablets
- 16GB microSD card; compatibility with card up to 128GB
- One downward-facing gimbal mount
- Automatic/manual camera control
- Compatibility with a range of thermal-imaging and video/still cameras
- Adaptability to dual controls
Matrice 200: Powerful Quadcopter
The Matrice 200 can fly at a maximum speed of 51.4 mph. The Matrice can ascend at more than 11 mph and descend at nearly 7 mph. Because the Matrice’s arms unfold to nearly 35 inches, it is stable in crosswinds up to 22 mph. It can operate at up to 8,200 feet above sea level.
Zenmuse XT2 Camera
The DJI FLIR Zenmuse XT2 thermal camera is an aerial unit that does more than sense and record heat, denoting its different levels. The XT2 336×256 30Hz 13mm camera also records finely detailed, ultra-high definition 4K video. To capture thermal images and visual 4K with an XT2, there’s no need to change cameras on the drone you’re using. There’s not even a need to change lenses.
It’s all here: The XT2 has separate lenses and sensors to shoot both kinds of video. What’s more, it can display both types of video simultaneously, and it lets the user choose from several ways to display the data. Simultaneous display makes interpretation of the data—and decision-making based on that information—faster because data interpretation is easier than ever.
First responders—firefighters, police, search-and-rescue teams—can use this level of technology to great effect. Prison guards and security crews can benefit, too. So can engineers and inspectors of power lines, high-tension towers, buildings and bridges.
This camera is one of several DJI FLIR Zenmuse XT2 versions available from Drone Nerds.
DJI FLIR Zenmuse XT2 Thermal Camera – 336×256 30 Hz 13mm features:
- 336×256 resolution
- 30Hz frame rate
- 13mm wide-angle focal length
- Resistance to light rain
- Thermal imaging
- 4K video
- 12MP stills
- Simultaneous display of thermal, visual data
- Onboard intelligent suite for onsite data interpretation
- Compatibility with the M200 and M600 drone lines from DJI
- Shake-free video from a stabilizing 3-axis motorized gimbal
- Interchangeability with other cameras on compatible drones
XT2 Captures More Data
The XT2 captures more data because it can record through two separate lenses and processors simultaneously. That means you can record 4K visual video and thermal images on one flight. One flight instead of two saves time and reduces costs. Accuracy improves because the two sets of data share the same angle, view, light and time.
XT2 Displays More Data
The XT2 displays more data at any given time. That makes interpretation of data easier, better understood and faster. For instance, visual 4K video and thermal imagery can be displayed with included picture-in-picture capability. XT2 goes even further, allowing visual and thermal data to be displayed over top each other. That quickens data interpretation and onsite decision-making.
The XT2 does more than sense and record heat. Onscreen readouts report temperatures. A broad color palette differentiates one temperature range from another, and the colors are adjustable to make readings easier and faster. Isotherms also can be displayed onscreen.
To help interpret the high level of data collected by the XT2, an onboard machine intelligence suite is included. Onsite interpretation of data becomes possible, without the need to transfer data to another site or a computer. Qualified onsite personnel are empowered to make timely decisions based on their findings—invaluable in critical situations.
Tracking Heat Sources
The DJI Zenmuse XT2 helps the operator focus on a heat source. It identifies the hottest point seen, and the operator can use Temp Alarm to set parameters and receive notification of instances when the temperature strays beyond the range. To check on a real-time temperature, just tap on any point on the screen and XT2 delivers a reading.
For law enforcement, the XT2 helps with night surveillance. It can capture nighttime thermal images of suspects or subjects. It also can follow them, locking onto a suspect if the command is given. Because it also records in 4K visual video, it can be used in daytime surveillance as well.
Saving Firefighters’ Lives
An XT2 protects firefighters from the moment it’s on the scene. Before a firefighter sets foot on the roof of a burning building, the XT2 becomes his eyes—and sees what he can’t. A drone-mounted XT2 hovers safely above the fire, identifying heat sources that are easily interpreted as fire inside a wall or roof. That helps firefighters determine where and how to attack the blaze and where to vent the roof. No longer can one step in the wrong area of a roof cause a firefighter to crash through, causing injuries that can prove fatal.
Thermal sensing also enables firefighters to train water on hotspots once the fire is under control. That results in more complete extinguishing of the fire and lessens the likelihood that firefighters and equipment will have to be summoned back to the scene due to flareups.
The XT2’s ability to record 4K video as well as thermal images can contribute to training, the gathering of evidence and public relations.
When disaster strikes—an explosion, a building or bridge collapse, an earthquake, a devastating tornado, a train derailment, an avalanche—minutes saved can mean lives saved. The XT2 mounted on a drone can scan debris for sources of heat faster than a team with dogs can canvass the site. Survivors under the rubble are the likely sources of heat.
Benefiting Prison, Security Personnel
Which way did he go? An escapee depending on the camouflage of dense brush or woods is no match for a drone-mounted XT2 camera, nor is a burglar attempting to hide in a warehouse or freight yard. The thermal sensor on a Zenmuse XT2 will sense the heat given off by a body. That lets prison guards send tracking dogs and officers in the right direction. And it allows security personnel to determine if an alarm-triggering intruder is a person, which may mean a dangerous armed confrontation, or merely a stray animal.
The drone-mounted camera also covers expansive territory—a perimeter fence, parking lot or campus—in far less time than could be covered on foot or even in a car. With its dual cameras, and XT2 gathers infrared thermal readings and visual 4K or still photos to build evidence.
Resistance to Foul Weather, Solid Objects
The Matrice 200 is engineered to IP43 standards. That means it can resist solid objects in excess of 1mm in diameter and water sprayed from all directions, even at a 60-degree angle. The Matrice, which has a hard shell body, is usable in rain. If used over sandy and dusty environments, it should be checked for and cleaned of foreign debris after use. The Matrice 200 can be flown in temperatures as low as -4F.
The Matrice 200 remote controller’s signals extend 4.3 miles. An available FPVLR range extender can increase that up to 3x. Drone Nerds recommends professional installation by its trained technicians unless you have experience installing antenna hardware and firmware. Drone Nerds installation is fast and economical, involving the shipment of the remote controller only.
DJI Go 4 App
The DJI Go 4 flight control app is available for downloading to a smartphone or tablet. It is compatible with any operating system from iOS 9.0 or later, and Android 4.4.0 or later. The program offers Flight Autonomy and obstacle avoidance.
The included remote controller sends and receives signals up to 4.3 miles. The controller connects to a smartphone or tablet, which displays drone movement as seen through the built-in FPV camera, which always points forward. It allows toggling from FPV to camera view. The optional 7.85-inch CrystalSky monitor aids daytime viewing, with a display that’s more than four time brighter than most tablets.
Intelligent Flight Batteries
Matrice runs on twin batteries. TB50 batteries, at 4280 mAh, are standard. For longer flight time, there are optional TB55 batteries, at 7760mAh. Matrice 200 batteries must be charged to within 13 percent of each other or takeoff is blocked. If one battery fails during flight, the pilot receives a warning and should land the drone. The batteries are self-heated, allowing flight in freezing temperatures. Insulation stickers are included.
In addition to overhead infrared sensors for obstacle avoidance, Matrice 200 drones have downward and forward visioning sensors. The sensors add extra protection against striking obstacles during inspections, especially in tight or intricate environments.
Onboard, Mobile SDK
Every Matrice 200 drone has an onboard software development kit. This allows development of industry-specific programs. Compatible platforms are Windows, Linux, Embedded Systems STM 32 and ROS. Mobile SDK allows development of mobile apps for Matrice 200 drones on compatble iOS or Android pones and tablets.
Intelligent Flight Features
The M200 Series drones utilize computer vision for intelligent flight modes to help more efficiently collect data. These features are available for multiple DJI sensors, enabling advanced shots such as zooming while tracking an object:
- Spotlight – to lock the camera onto a subject during flight while the aircraft moves freely
- Point of Interest – to circle around an object for a smooth orbit
- Tripod – to fine-tune position and angle for position framing and safe navigation in narrow environments
- ActiveTrack – to follow a person or object while keeping it in frame
DJI Pilot & DJI FlightHub
The DJI Pilot app is compatible with DJI FlightHubTM, a web-based software package allowing teams to share real-time data with offsite parties over the Internet. This includes remote emergency situation control rooms keeping track of first response teams or asset management centers inspecting global infrastructure networks. In an easy-to-use control center, DJI FlightHub lets users plan flights with multiple drones and keep track of each aircraft’s status. An offsite control room can simultaneously monitor live feeds and can remotely control gimbal and camera. The software enables managers to plan flights in advance using waypoints and dynamic geofencing.