Up Close and Personal with the DJI Z30
The powerhouse of DJI releases another new product for the commercial sector and we cannot help but think that the DJI Zenmuse Z30 will create waves in the commercial sector just as the Mavic has in the “lifestyle” drone sector.
With the release of the DJI Mavic it would be easy to think this is the direction drones are ultimately heading in – with palm size aircraft becoming the norm. However DJI have just announced the Zenmuse Z30 showing that variable sensor set ups are for the moment the preserve of more expensive (commercial?) platforms.
DJI State; The Zenmuse Z30 is the most powerful integrated aerial zoom camera on the market with 30x optical and 6x digital zoom for a total magnification up to 180x. Whether you are inspecting cell towers or wind turbines, it enables you to get a detailed look at structures, wires, modules and components to detect damage.
As a result of letting you conduct inspections from a distance without the need to fly close, not only is speed and efficiency of your operations increased but risk of collision is greatly reduced. Music to the ears of drone insurers around the world.
Questions have been asked online recently about the Mavic and it not being able to switch to ATTI mode. ATTI is typically something commercial operators like to keep in practice with in case GPS fails. This lack of ATTI mode also poses questions about how much freedom operators in this end of the market may ultimately be given if a GPS bypass is not possible and geofencing becomes more restrictive.
At UDT, we think the answer is clear; DJI is drawing the battle lines between the consumer and the commercial sectors in their own line up. If you want full control (perhaps over geofencing as well as flight modes), you are going to have to pay for a more expensive platform. And with that extra investment, more serious sensor options are available to you.
With the announcement of the Zenmuse Z30, DJI is launching another massive product, this time for the commercial operator and showing the world that DJI is the manufacturer to beat in both the “lifestyle” and commercial drone sectors.