Magazine article American Cinematographer

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Magazine article American Cinematographer

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DJI Launches 3UAVS

DJI has expanded its drone offerings with the introduction of the Inspire 2, Matrice 600 Pro and Mavic Pro.

DJI's Inspire 1 UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) integrated an HD video transmission system, 360-degree rotating gimbal and 4K camera, as well as simple app control. Building on the Inspire 1's successes, the Inspire 2 boasts an all-new imageprocessing system that records at up to 5.2K resolution-with the Zenmuse X5S camera-in formats including CinemaDNG raw and Apple ProRes. The drone can go from 0-50 mph in 5 seconds and can hit a maximum speed of 58 mph, with a maximum descent speed of 9 meters per second. A dual-battery system prolongs the flight time, while self-heating technology allows the drone to fly even in low temperatures.

Flight Autonomy has also been revised, with the Inspire 2 providing two directions of obstacle avoidance and sensor redundancy. Multiple intelligent flight modes have been added, including Spotlight Pro, giving even single pilots the ability to create complex, dramatic shots. An upgraded video transmission system is now capable of dual signal frequency and dual-channel streaming video from an onboard FPV camera and the main camera simultaneously, enabling a smoother collaboration between pilot and camera operator.

The Matrice 600 Pro (M600 Pro) professional hexacopter can carry payloads up to 13.2 pounds; with a Ronin-MX stabilizer, the system can carry cameras including a Red Epic or Raven, Arri Alexa Mini, Sony a7S, or Canon EOS 5D. The M600 Pro inherits everything from the M600 and adds improved flight performance and better loading capacity. Pre-installed arms and antennas reduce the time required for setup, and the system's modular design makes it easy to mount additional modules.

The M600 Pro airframe is equipped with the latest DJI technologies, including the A3 Pro flight controller and Lightbridge 2 HD transmission system. The sixbattery system enables flight times of 15-35 minutes, depending on payload. All Zenmuse cameras and gimbals are natively compatible, and the M600 Pro offers full integration with third-party software and hardware. …

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