DJI lifted the curtain on an all new aerial imaging platform at the NAB show. The Matrice 600 (M600) uses DJI’s new A3 flight controller and Lightbridge 2 video transmission to deliver HD video over a distance of up to 5 kilometers.
The M600 uses six rotors to keep a payload of 13 pounds aloft. It can accept the full range of DJI gimbals, including the new Ronin MX 3-axis gimbal. The M600’s propulsion system is dustproof and, like the Inspire 1, it has retractable landing gear so the camera can have an unobstructed, 360-degree view.
The M600’s 6-battery power system can keep the drone airborne up for to 36 minutes with a Zenmuse X5 camera attached or up to 16 minutes with a RED EPIC or similar cinema camera attached. It also ensures redundancy so that in the event one battery fails, the rest power the M600 in flight.
The M600 works with the DJI GO app for access to a live video feed, battery and redundancy status, transmission strength and other drone data. If you’re filming with the Zenmuse X-series cameras, the app will also allow you to adjust aperture and shutter speed and, on the X5/R, focus.
The M600 will retail for $4,599 and includes the A3 flight controller and a full set of batteries.
The new Ronin-MX is the company’s first universal aerial gimbal that communicates with the onboard DJI flight controller. This ensures the gimbal is able to keep a level horizon, among other things. The MX can hold just shy of 10 pounds worth of camera and lens.
Like previous Ronins, the MX has multiple operation modes, including underslung, upright and briefcase. It offers Bluetooth and a 2.4GHz receiver and can be controlled via the DJI GO app.
It will retail for $1,599.
DJI is ready to ship new versions of its Osmo handheld stabilizer to accommodate its Micro Four Thirds-based X5 and X5R cameras.
The new Osmos will be dubbed the Osmo Pro and Osmo RAW, respectively.
The Osmo RAW uses the X5R record to 4K video with up to 12.8 stops of dynamic range with an ISO range of 100-25,600. It saves RAW footage (CinemaDNG) to 512GB of SSD memory. It supports a flat D-LOG color profile to deliver footage ideal for post process color grading.
If you purchased the Osmo with the X3 camera, DJI will sell an adapter that will allow you to mount the X5 or X5R to your Osmo, though a price hasn’t been set.
Owners of the original Osmo with the Zenmuse X3 camera will also get a new stabilizer accessory to correct for movement along the Z-axis. The stabilizer sits between the camera and Osmo handle to stabilize the vertical axis. The Z-Axis accessory features a shock absorber, a tilt angle adjust button and a knob to control the spring tension needed on the fourth axis.
The Z-Axis stabilizer will retail for $129.
DJI also has a new high-capacity battery for the Osmo that supports up to 96 minutes of 4K recording when shooting with the X3 camera (up from roughly an hour on the original battery). If you’re using the heavier X5 camera, you’ll get 78 minutes of recording while the heavier-still X5R will roll for 37 minutes on the high capacity battery.
The new high capacity battery can be charged using the standard Osmo charger.
If you need still more recording time, there’s a new intelligent battery system that fits into the Osmo handle and connects with either a dedicated DJI power charger or a DJI Intelligent Battery (the same ones used in the company’s drones). Once connected to this external power source, an Osmo with an X3 camera can record for 14 hours, with an X5 for up to 11.7 hours or under 6 hours with the X5R.
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