On February 26th, 2017, DJI announced the new Matrice 200 platform at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Matrice 200 comes in three variants; the M200, M210, and M210 RTK. This new drone platform marks DJI’s serious and well-considered entry into industrial-grade drones for enterprise. With hugely useful features like ADS-B, dual and top-mounted gimbals, redundancy, and IP43 classification, this multirotor is poised as an incredible threat to senseFly’s Albris, Intel’s Falcon 8, and Aerialtronics’ Altura Zenith (among others). An estimated 38 minutes of flight time and compatibility with the latest Zenmuse suite of cameras round out the DJI M200’s impressive specs. The only thing DJI has left to do is deliver.
My first reaction upon first hearing about the new DJI M200 was actually that of someone who thinks they’ve heard of everything. DJI has been on an absolute tear lately and I didn’t expect anything exciting, especially since I assumed the M200 would be similar to the more developer-focused Matrice 100 (M100). Well, after watching the launch video (linked below), my tune is decidedly different. This is big news. DJI continues to raise the bar not only on its competition, but on itself as well.
The biggest new features on display here are the dual-gimbal and sensor capability (notably, a FLIR thermal sensor paired with a 30x optical zoom camera), the top-mounted gimbal, ADS-B inclusion, IP43 certification, and some new software that we don’t have details on yet. The Matrice 200 drone is expected to be available for pre-orders in Q2 of 2017 but there is currently no word on pricing. However, one of the larger media outlets did mention that it would be, “DJI’s most expensive drone yet.” We’ll have to wait and see.
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Check out my notes on DJI’s Matrice 200 and the specs taken from the launch announcement below:
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