I have to admit, I’m surprised it’s taken this long for DJI to get into ground rover territory. But according to new patents released by DJI, two new products may be coming in 2020, one of which looks like a radio-controlled vehicle of some kind featuring a built-in gimbal and camera. The other appears to be a gimbal along similar lines to the Freefly Movi Pro and DJI’s own Ronin 2, but utilising one of DJI’s own Zenmuse cameras instead of your DSLR or mirrorless camera.
When DJI announced its Zenmuse Z30 camera a few months ago, it looked mighty impressive. Full remote control 30x zoom from your tablet or smartphone connected to your controller. You can’t exactly stick this thing onto your average consumer DJI drone, though, not even the new Phantom 4 Advanced. Aimed at industrial and commercial use, it designed for the Matrice series.
With 30x optical zoom and 6x digital zoom, it has a lot of potential. But with that kind of zoom, there were a few concerns about just how stable it would be at that sort of range. Well, they’re out in the wild now, and this test footage from PhotoFlight Aerial Media shows just what it’s capable of.
After recently introducing their first drone camera with optical zoom, the Zenmuse Z3, DJI have now announced the Zenmuse Z30. This camera features a 30x optical zoom, a major improvement over the 3.5x optical zoom of the Z3. Designed primarily for commercial applications, DJI see this camera being used for inspecting wind turbines and cell towers.
DJI is taking a square aim at commercial drone market rather than hobbyists or filmmakers. To scout difficult locations for firefighters or search & rescue at long range it’s an ideal camera. It will also aid in things like building inspection and surveying of locations impossible to reach after a major disasters.