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Comparing DJI's Thermal and Night Vision Drones and Payloads

In today's dynamic technological landscape, thermal drones are essential tools, reshaping how industries approach critical tasks. Going beyond the capabilities of traditional cameras, these drones leverage thermal imaging to reveal crucial insights previously invisible to the naked eye. From bolstering situational awareness in public safety to optimizing industrial inspections and environmental monitoring, thermal drones play a pivotal role across diverse sectors. In this blog, we explore key features of DJI thermal drones, highlighting their transformative impact on efficiency, safety, and data collection across a range of applications.

Mavic 3 Thermal: Rapid Situational Awareness

The Mavic 3 Thermal is a multi-purpose, compact drone built for public safety, inspection, search and rescue operations, and more. It boasts up to 45 minutes of flight time, an integrated camera, and exceptional data quality for enterprise tasks.

Key Features:
- Thermal Resolution: 640 × 512, 30 Hz
- Wide: 1/2" CMOS, 48 MP
- Zoom: 1/2" CMOS, 12 MP
- Max Hybrid Zoom: 56×
- Flight Time: 45 Minutes
- Centimeter-level positioning (with RTK)
- Features: health management system, high-res grid photo

The Mavic 3 Thermal is designed to offer next-generation performance, providing a powerful combination of thermal imaging and zoom capabilities for various applications.
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DJI Mavic 3T

Matrice 30T: Power Meets Portability

The M30T combines the portability of the Mavic 3 Thermal with the sophisticated sensors and uncompromising durability of the M350 RTK. It is lightweight, easy to pack, and quick to deploy.

Key Features:
Max Flight Time: 41 Minutes
Thermal Resolution: 640 × 512
48MP 1/2” CMOS sensor zoom camera
12MP wide-angle camera (4K video at 30 fps)
Laser rangefinder (3-1200 m)
- Thermal Resolution: 640 × 512, 30 Hz
- Wide: 1/2" CMOS, 12 MP
- Zoom: 1/2" CMOS, 48 MP
- Flight Time: 41 Minutes
- Camera Features: smart PIN & track, smart inspection, high-res grid photo

The M30T offers a powerful tool well-suited to a range of industrial applications, with thermal operations enabled for public safety and inspection crews.
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DJI M30T Canada

Matrice 350 RTK: Performance, Reliability & Payload Options

The Matrice 350 RTK is the flagship DJI Enterprise platform, offering unmatched power and performance in a rugged airframe built for advanced operations. With a 55-minute flight time, IP55 protection, and a maximum flight altitude of 7000m, it sets new standards for endurance and weather resistance.

Key Features:

- Max Flight Time: 55 Minutes
- Max Payload: 2.7 kg
- IP55 Protection Rating
- Max Flight Altitude: 7000m
- O3 Enterprise Transmission System

Equipped with the latest transmission system, advanced obstacle avoidance, and a multi-layered redundancy design, the M350 RTK ensures stability and safety during complex missions.
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DJI Matrice 350 RTK

Thermal and Night Vision Payloads: H20T vs. H20N

Zenmuse H20T: Advanced Situational Awareness

The H20T is a quad-sensor solution with a 20 MP 23× Hybrid Optical Zoom camera, a 12 MP wide camera, a 640×512 radiometric sensor, and a laser rangefinder. It's best suited for drone programs involved in public safety, security, or inspection applications.

Key Features:

- Optical Zoom: 23× Hybrid Zoom
- Thermal Resolution: 640×512
- Laser Rangefinder: 3-1200 m
- IP45 Rating (M350 RTK), IP44 (H20T)

The H20T provides advanced situational awareness and is an ideal choice for applications requiring precision and detail.
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Zenmuse H20T Payload

Zenmuse H20N: High Performance for Low Light and Night-Time

The H20N sensor payload offers high performance for low light and night-time surveillance, search, and data collection applications. It integrates zoom and wide-angle cameras with starlight sensors and dual thermal cameras for exceptional clarity in low-light environments.

Key Features:

- Optical Zoom: 20× Hybrid Zoom
- Dual Thermal Cameras: 640×512 resolution
- Starlight Sensors for low-light conditions
- IP45 Rating (M350 RTK), IP44 (H20N)

When paired with the M350 RTK, the H20N provides unrivaled night vision capabilities, making it ideal for industrial inspections and public safety operations in low light or at night.
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DJI Zenmuse H20N


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