The fruits of DJI’s partnership/acquisition of Hasselblad has produced a high resolution drone platform capable of capturing 100 mega pixel images from high above. And it’s called the DJI M600 Pro Drone.
“DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, and Hasselblad, the leader in high-quality professional medium format cameras, Tuesday marked the start of the next era of aerial photography by introducing the first 100-megapixel integrated drone imaging platform.” – DJI Press Release
The DJI M600 Pro Drone is the second platform to come out of DJI’s acquisition. The first being the same M600 drone, manned with the A5D medium format camera. So the next step was to deploy the same reliable drone with a heavier, more high resolution platform.
It includes an advanced six rotor UAV equipped with the DJI’s flagship Lightbridge 2 data transmission system, a dustproof propulsion design and six Intelligent power batteries capable of keeping the M600 aloft for up to 18 minutes with extended flight batteries. Navigation-wise, the M600 Pro utilizes the D-RTK GNSS navigation system which is shielded against magnetic interference and offers 3D positioning with accuracy at within a centimeter. This makes it ideal for commercial, industrial and scientific applications which require extreme precision.
This version of the M600 carries a Hasselblad H6D-100c medium format camera housed in a Ronin-MX gimbal. With a large 53.4 mm x 40.0 mm sensor, the H6D-100c offers high resolution detail, color reproduction and solid dynamic range in poor lighting conditions using Hasselblad’s HC and HCD lenses. The camera mounts to the M600 drone through the Ronin-MX three-axis stabilized gimbal, which uses it’s brushless motors and inertial measurement units to resist high G-forces to maintain stability and hold the horizon.
Now granted, there is nothing really new here, but by putting all three together, the result is almost a super drone that makes the most out of the benefits each component brings to the platform. The result is a camera platform capable to capturing extremely fine resolution for landscape, fine-art photography, data for surveying and mapmaking, and of course, filmmaking in 4K.
In other DJI news, the drone company is also moving into virtual and augmented reality by developing their own VR headset and teaming up to produce an augmented reality race game which drone pilots can use to sharpen their skills.
DJI Goggles represents the company’s premiere effort at developing a first-person view system that can give drone pilots a seamless bird’s eye view of the world in full HD. The Goggles contain a pair of large ultra-high-quality screens, with antennas that connect via Lightbridge 2 for long-range and low-latency wireless connectivity, with direct control of photo and video capture.
The DJI Goggles also take advantage of Head Tracking, which allows operators of the DJI Mavic Pro or Phantom 4 series to use head movements to control both aircraft yaw and camera tilt. Price of the DJI Goggles is $495, which you can buy here. Shipping after May 20, 2017.
The Goggles should give DJI drone operators the edge when using Edgebees Drone Prix AR augmented reality racing game, which places overlays over the incoming camera transmission that will simulate a virtual obstacle course to fly your drone through. The better you get at avoiding obstacles along the way, the more virtual rewards and prizes you receive. And with it’s social component, drone pilots around the world can compete over the best performance, points and time for a place in the world wide high-score leaderboard.
Lastly, DJI has partnered up with Switcher Studio, to use the DJI Osmo Mobile as a remote camera platform. Through the Switcher Studio 3.0 app, users can live stream and adjust the pan, tilt, and zoom, as well as adjust focus control, depth of field, exposure, ISO, white balance and other functions. The LED light on the mobile phone also serves as a Tally Light. LOL.
So clearly, DJI was busy during their Chinese New Year hiatus. And it shows.