DJI has launched a new commercial drone, the DJI Matrice 350 RTK. The new flagship drone is designed for uses such as public safety, energy, mapping, infrastructure or forestry. RTK stands for Real-Time Kinetic which is a system that uses global positioning satellite data to give centimeter level accuracy.
The M350 RTK has a maximum flight time of 55 minutes and can carry a payload of almost 6 pounds (2.7 Kg). It also features the new DJI O3 Enterprise Transmission which has triple-channel 1080p HD live feeds and a max transmission distance of 20 km. To achieve this the M350 RTK has a four-antenna transceiver system and improved anti-interference capabilities.
Enhanced flight safety
The Matrice 350 RTK’s IP rating has been improved from IP45 to IP55 which means it is better protected against harsh environments. The FPV (first person view) camera has also been enhanced to make night flying safer. The drone also has other safety features such as an arm lock detection function, and a six-directional binocular vision system. In addition, the M350 RTK has an infrared sensing system for six-directional awareness, positioning, and obstacle-sensing capabilities.
The Matrice 350 RTK comes with DJI’s RC Plus controller. This has a 7-inch high-bright screen and an operating time of up to six hours with a standard WB37 external battery. The controller is also dustproof and waterproof to IP54. The M350 RTK has intelligent functions including AI Spot Check which you can use to automate routine inspections. In addition, with PinPoint, you can mark an object so that its coordinates are projected to all camera views as an AR icon. Other intelligent features include Waypoint, Mapping, Oblique, Linear Flight, Terrain Follow and Smart Oblique
The drone uses a new TB65 battery which has a 100% increased battery cycle count. You can also charge it for up to 400 cycles, which reduces the cost of a single flight. The drone has a dual-battery system which supports battery hot swapping so you can run multiple flights without powering off.
Drone’s Matrice 350 RTK can carry up to three payloads simultaneously. DJI’s Zenmuse range includes zoom cameras, wide cameras, thermal cameras and laser rangefinders. The are also options including Lidar modules and mapping cameras to give you 3D data. In addition, 3rd party payloads include gas detectors, loudspeakers, and multispectral sensors.
What we think
The DJI M350 RTK is an advanced drone for commercial users and emergency services. However, its RTK features could make it suitable for film and video use as you can set highly accurate and repeatable flight paths. It will be interesting to see how the drone is used beyond the uses DJI intended for it.
Pricing and availability
The DJI M350 RTK is available for purchase today from store.dji.com and DJI Enterprise Dealers.