At this year’s National Association of Broadcasters’ annual summit in Las Vegas, DJI launched its biggest drone yet, the Matrice 600 (M600). The company did so with the help of Claudio Miranda, the Academy Award-winning director of photography on Life of Pi, with the entire television and film industry’s sound engineers to editors to camera operators attending.
The M600 is aimed at film-makers, news broadcasters and such. The M600 has a new video downlink, LightBridge 2, which can stream in 1080p at 60fps from a distance of up to three miles. The SDI output on the device allows television broadcasters to broadcast 720p footage at 59fps and 1080i at 50fps. The new flight controller is called the A3, and is available with three GPS units and three IMUs, which provides the ability to repeat a flight path for a specific shot with centimetre-accurate precise positioning.
Other uses for the M600 mentioned by DJI include surveilance of a particular area, monitoring of icebergs and even oil rig inspections.
The big drone is available now at $4,599 (Dh16,900).