February 26, 2017

DJI Announces Extreme-Weather Matrice 200 Series Drone

DJI's Matrice 200 Series Drone is Designed for Use in Adverse Weather
The Matrice 200 Series from DJI is designed for flights in extreme terrain and adverse weather conditions. 

Today, DJI announced their brand new line of Matrice drones–the Matrice 200 Series. Designed to be flown in extreme terrain and adverse weather, the Matrice 200 Series can make life easier for filmmakers shooting in less than ideal conditions. While the DJI Matrice 200 Series seems to be aimed at industrial and enterprise users, like those doing powerline inspections, search & rescue, and offshore oil rig inspections, the increased flight times, weather resistance, and increase payload capacity may certainly be features welcomed by filmmakers.

The Matrice 200 Series features a dual-battery system capable of flight times of up to 32 minutes (actual flight times determined by payload, of course). In addition, the dual-battery system is also capable of heating the batteries to keep them from reaching dangerously cold temperatures when flying in sub-zero weather.

To help power through adverse weather conditions, the Matrice 200 features IP-43 Ingress Protection (which is a more specific definition of how "waterproof" something is) which keeps the sensitive internal components safe from water, dust, and particles. This means you can now fly in inclement weather conditions that would previously have been prohibitive to flight. 

The flight autonomy system as well as the obstacle sensing capabilities of the Matrice 200 Series have been improved, too. Now featuring a "Time of Flight Upward Facing Laser System," the Matrice 200 Series has the ability to detect objects directly above it, beneath it, and in front of it thanks to its stereo-vision camera. In addition, DJI is claiming "centimeter level positioning accuracy" thanks to the RTK GNSS GPS technology. Beyond that, the Matrice 200 Series seems built to better withstand electromagnetic interference making it more stable in the air when working in areas with large metal structures and electromagnetic interference. The sense-and-avoid capabilities are welcomed features for safe flying. 

According to the video, it seems as if the Matrice 200 Series will work with many of the existing DJI gimbals (x5s, X4s), and has the capability of mounting two gimbals on it. Now while this doesn't seem to have been designed for 3D, it could be interesting to explore the possibilities for 3D filmmaking.

Tech Specs (M 200)

Airframe

  • Package Dimensions    790mm*390mm*290mm
  • Dimensions (unfolded)    887mm*880mm*378mm
  • Dimensions (folded)    716mm*220mm*236mm
  • Folding Method    Fold Inward
  • Diagonal Wheelbase    643mm
  • Number of Batteries    2
  • Weight (TB50)    3.80KG
  • Weight (TB55)    4.53KG
  • Max Takeoff Weight    6.14KG
  • Max Payload (TB50)    2.34KG
  • Max Payload (TB55)    1.61KG

Compatible Gimbals

  • ZENMUSE X4S
  • Zenmuse X5S
  • Zenmuse Z30
  • Zenmuse XT

Gimbal Installation

  • Downward Gimbal Mount - Supported
  • Upward Gimbal Mount - Not Supported
  • Downward Dual Gimbal - Not Supported

Tech Specs (M 210)

Airframe

  • Package Dimensions790mm*390mm*290mm
  • Dimensions (unfolded)887mm*880mm*378mm
  • Dimensions (folded)716mm*220mm*236mm
  • Folding MethodFold Inward
  • Diagonal Wheelbase643mm
  • Number of Batteries2
  • Weight (TB50)3.84KG
  • Weight (TB55)4.57KG
  • Max Takeoff Weight6.14KG
  • Max Payload (TB50)2.3KG
  • Max Payload (TB55)1.57KG
  • Hovering Accuracy (during safe flights)Vertical: ±0.5,Downward Vision System enabled: ±0.1
  • Horizontal: ±1.5,Downward Vision System enabled: ±0.3
  • Max Angular VelocityPitch: 300° /s;Yaw:150° /s
  • Max Pitch AngleP Mode: 35°(Forward Vision System enabled: 25°); A Mode: 35°;S Mode: 35°
  • Max Ascent SpeedP Mode / A Mode / S Mode: 5 m/s
  • Max Descent SpeedVertical: 3 m/s
  • Max SpeedS Mode 23m/s P Mode 17m/s A Mode 23m/s
  • Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level1.55 mi (2500 m)
  • Max Wind Resistance10m/s
  • Max Flight Time(No Payload, with TB50)27min
  • Max Flight Time(No Payload, with TB55)38min
  • Max Flight Time(6kg Payload, with TB50)13min
  • Max Flight Time(6kg Payload, with TB55)24min
  • Motor ModelDJI 3515
  • Propeller Model1760S
  • Landing GearQuick-release
  • Operating Temperature-20°C to 45° C
  • IP RatingIP43

Compatible Gimbals

  • ZENMUSE X4S
  • Zenmuse X5S
  • Zenmuse Z30
  • Zenmuse XT

Gimbal Installation

  • Downward Gimbal Mount - Supported
  • Upward Gimbal Mount - Supported
  • Downward Dual Gimbal - Supported

Tech Specs (M210 RTK)

Airframe

  • Package Dimensions790mm*390mm*290mm
  • Dimensions (unfolded)887mm*880mm*408mm
  • Dimensions (folded)716mm*242mm*236mm
  • Folding MethodFold Inward
  • Diagonal Wheelbase643mm
  • Number of Batteries2
  • Weight (TB50)4.27KG
  • Weight (TB55)5.0KG
  • Max Takeoff Weight6.14KG
  • Max Payload (TB50)1.87KG
  • Max Payload (TB55)1.14KG
  • Hovering Accuracy (during safe flights)Vertical: ±0.5,Downward Vision System enabled: ±0.1
  • Horizontal: ±1.5,Downward Vision System enabled: ±0.3
  • Max Angular VelocityPitch: 300° /s;Yaw:150° /s
  • Max Pitch AngleP Mode: 35°(Forward Vision System enabled: 25°); A Mode: 35°;S Mode: 35°
  • Max Ascent SpeedP Mode / A Mode / S Mode: 5 m/s
  • Max Descent SpeedVertical: 3 m/s
  • Max SpeedS Mode 23m/s 
  • P Mode 17m/s A 
  • Mode 23m/s
  • Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level1.55 mi (2500 m)
  • Max Wind Resistance10m/s
  • Max Flight Time(No Payload, with TB50)23min
  • Max Flight Time(No Payload, with TB55)32min
  • Max Flight Time(6kg Payload, with TB50)13min
  • Max Flight Time(6kg Payload, with TB55)24min
  • Motor ModelDJI 3515
  • Propeller Model1760S
  • Landing GearQuick-release
  • Operating Temperature-20°C to 45° C
  • IP RatingIP43

Compatible Gimbals

  • ZENMUSE X4S
  • Zenmuse X5S
  • Zenmuse Z30
  • Zenmuse XT

Gimbal Installation

  • Downward Gimbal Mount - Supported
  • Upward Gimbal Mount - Supported
  • Downward Dual Gimbal - Supported

For full tech specs visit DJI's website.

Your Comment

5 Comments

There's a drone explosion happening at present. But legislation, in many countries, is making it increasingly difficult to get one in the air.

I don't own a drone, but as I watch the drama unfold, I'm not sure I really want to get one. Don't get me wrong, I believe that all the safety concerns are valid. But with all the red tape, it's probably easier to live without the shot - unless it's a large shoot where production can be summoned to sort out all the legalities.

February 27, 2017 at 2:19AM, Edited February 27, 2:19AM

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That's a nice setup with a lot great features.

I don't own a drone either and I find it more economical (for the time being) to rent a drone with operator e.g., my friend. The shots are done professionally and I don't have to preoccupy myself with ownership, training, licensing, insurance, airspace violation, national parks etc . . .

Salud,

A.S.

February 27, 2017 at 12:36PM

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Upvoted for the first statement.

Part of the "drama" is that countries and governing bodies are still trying to figure out what drone piloting entails. There are a lot of safety issues that come from being disconnected from your tool, and one that can travel at a considerable speed, nonetheless. I, for one, am glad for /some/ of the red tape, because it helps weed out the users who "can't be bothered with it".

Speaking from the U.S. (where I recently finished being licensed by the FAA for UAV operations), there have been several changes in legislation even over the past year because of changing opinions, and "security" or "safety" concerns. The biggest that comes to mind is a total ban on UAVs in ALL national parks because of some idiots who crashed their Phantom into a geyser pool in Yellowstone. That will likely shift to be a bit more lenient in the future.

February 27, 2017 at 7:46PM, Edited February 27, 7:46PM

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Max Sjoberg
AC / Gaffer / Aerial Cinematographer
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I've been flying for about 5 years now, and started with a Phantom I ... all I can say is that it is simply amazing how far and fast these little beasts have come in such a short amount of time. They are becoming safer, and I will always say it is better by far to hire a professional then try to do this yourself (for a shoot) ... I can't tell you how many times clients scoff at my day rate and ask "why don't I just buy one myself and fly it for that cost" to which I always reply "please do". It's not impossible that they succeed, but I would say more chances then not they end up with sub par footage or completely trash their new paperweight. www.nycdroner.com

February 28, 2017 at 11:24AM

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Roberto Serrini
Director • Editor
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This is pretty cool... so many new iterations of ll these Drones... I not trying to keep up where ownership is concerned... I'd like one but can't get caught in the euphoria of having the latest... This is a proper production copter, though.

February 27, 2017 at 3:38PM

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Wentworth Kelly
DP/Colorist/Drone Op
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