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The Best Search And Rescue Drone: DJI Matrice 200 Series

Posted on March 23 2017

It's not news that DJI pretty much rules the drone industry. This is because they are constantly innovating, bringing new solutions to a market that is constantly seeing huge growth. 

Looking for a drone to film basically anything? DJI makes it, and they make it better, for a lower cost than any of their competitors (which are few). Their industrial platforms run pretty much the same. The Matrice 100 was their flagship industrial solution. Compatibility with the Zenmuse XT thermal gimbal system (through their partnership with FLIR), the DJI Guidance System, and first dual battery compartments made the perfect system for search and rescue, power line inspection, building inspection, and so much more.  

The Matrice 200 series blows the Matrice 100 out of the water. It has improved versions of everything the Matrice 100 has, with a multitude of new features: IP43 water and dust resistance rating, dual downward mounted gimbals or single upward mounted gimbal, and built-in FPV camera, just to name a few. 

Of course, DJI is releasing promotional videos focused on different utilities. These videos show just how much can be done with different configurations of the M200.

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The DJI website suggests a Zenmuse XT and Z30 camera and gimbal systems for Search and Rescue use. The XT giving a thermal view of a target area (making subjects stand out from their environment), and the Z30 giving the option to zoom in close if necessary. 

For their promotional video, DJI went to Iceland. The open air surrounding the glacier used for example makes the Z30 less necessary, so they opted for the Zenmuse X4S. The X4S has a 1-inch sensor for great resolution and is smaller than the Z30, which will give the M200 a little more flight time. 

The self-heating battery system is also highlighted. This system helps for flights in cold (even sub-zero) climates, and can be the difference between getting in the air and finding subjects quickly or having to spend precious minutes warming up batteries before a flight.

We could go on for a long time.. So here's the video.

 If you are interested in getting started with the Matrice 200 series or aerial thermal imaging, give one of our experts a call! 805.480.4033

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