With those specs, it won’t rival the Phantom 4 or Mavic Pro drones for image quality, but it fits the bill for everything from cell tower and wind turbine inspection to firefighting. Zoom power can even be expanded digitally up to 6x, for a total of 180x of zoom. With such a low resolution sensor, digital zoom likely won’t hold up very well, but it may come in handy in a pinch.
The Z30 also promises to be easy to set up, with plug-and-play compatibility with DJI’s powerful Matrice quadcopter. This means existing Matrice operators should have no problem getting up and running with the new camera.
Using the camera in flight is equally easy, thanks to a tap-to-zoom feature that centers the camera on a target and automatically magnifies the image with a single tap. The Z30 also works with DJI’s Lightbridge 2 for an extended operational range of 3.1 miles with enhanced HD live streaming. Footage is kept steady thanks to a custom gimbal that promises accurate movement compensation across the long focal range.
DJI has not published pricing information, asking instead that customers contact their enterprise sales division. More information is available from DJI.