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DJI are consistently pushing the boundaries of what is possible with user friendly UAV or drones as they are commonly know. Currently the majority of drone users are using their craft to capture stunning aerial imagery as either a professional photographer/videoographer or simply just for fun. Products such as DJI’s Phantom or Inspire 1 have set the standard in this area. But what about other applications? More and more often we find ourselves in conversation with professionals from a vast array of different fields. From police and search and rescue to agriculture and construction, everyone has a requirement for drones to make their jobs safer, more efficient or faster. Whilst mostly satisfied with their drone’s capabilities in regards to range, stability and image quality, some users find themselves requiring more specialist equipment. A great example of one of these requirements is thermal imaging, just imagine the possibilities. This is where DJI’s new Zenmuse XT thermal imaging camera comes in.

DJI Zenmuse XT

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Partnering with FLIR, DJI have created the first plug and play fully integrated thermal imaging camera compatible with their Inspire 1 and Matrice platforms.

Applications:

Search and Rescue – Aerial thermal imaging allows search teams to accurately and quickly locate a missing person when paired with a DJI Inspire 1 or Matrice quadcopter.

Fire fighting – The Zenmuse XT will allow fire fighters to detect hotspots in a building allowing them to chose the safest and most efficient strategy to extinguish a fire.

Agriculture – Using a flying thermal imaging camera will allow farmers to accurately asses their crops, plan irrigation and estimate fruit and crop yields.

In Action:

Specs:

General:

Model Zenmuse XT
Dimensions 103 mm x 74 mm x 102 mm
Weight 270 g

Camera:

Thermal Imager Uncooled VOx Microbolometer
FPA/Digital Video Display Formats 640 × 512 , 336 × 256
Analog Video Display Formats 720 × 480 (NTSC); 720 × 576 (PAL)
Pixel Pitch 17 μm
Spectral Band 7.5 – 13.5 μm
Full Frame Rates
640 × 512:

30 Hz (NTSC)   25 Hz (PAL)

 

336 × 256:

30/60 Hz (NTSC)   25/50 Hz (PAL)

Exportable Frame Rates 7.5 Hz NTSC; 8.3 Hz PAL
Sensitivity (NEdT) <50 mK at f/1.0
Scene Range (High Gain)
640 × 512:

-13° to 275°F (-25° to 135°C)

 

336 × 256:

-13° to 212°F (-25° to 100°C)

Scene Range (Low Gain) -40° to 1022°F (-40° to 550°C)
Spot Meter Temperatures measured in central 4×4
File Storage Micro SD Card
Photo Format JPEG, TIFF
Video Format MP4

Lens Models:

6.8 mm, 17μ 336×256 f/1.4; FoV: 49.1°x37.4°; iFoV: 2.519 mr
7.5 mm, 17μ 640×512 f/1.4; FoV: 90° x 69°; iFoV: 2.267 mr
9 mm, 17μ 640×512 f/1.4; FoV: 69° x 56°; iFoV: 1.889 mr
9 mm, 17μ 336×256 f/1.25; FoV: 35° x 27°; iFoV: 1.889 mr
13 mm, 17μ 640×512 f/1.25; FoV: 45° x 37°; iFoV: 1.308 mr
13 mm, 17μ 336×256 f/1.25; FoV: 25° x 19°; iFoV: 1.308 mr
19 mm, 17μ 640×512 f/1.25; FoV: 32° x 26°; iFoV: 0.895 mr
19 mm, 17μ 336×256 f/1.25; FoV: 17° x 13°; iFoV: 0.895 mr
Min Focus Distance   6.8 mm: 2.3 cm;   7.5 mm: 2.5 cm;   9 mm: 3.2 cm;
13 mm: 7.6 cm;   19 mm: 15.3 cm
Hyperfocal Distance   6.8 mm: 1.2 m;   7.5 mm: 1.2 m;   9 mm: 2.1 m;   13 mm: 4.4 m;   19 mm: 9.5 m
Hyperfocal Depth of Field   6.8 mm: 0.6 m;   7.5 mm: 0.6 m;   9 mm: 1.1 m;   13 mm: 2.2 m;   19 mm: 4.8 m

Gimbal

Angular Vibration Range ±0.03°
Mount Detachable
Controllable Range Tilt:-35° to +135°; Pan:±320°; Roll:±30°
Mechanical Range Tilt:-45° to +135° Pan:±320° Roll:±45°
Max Controllable Speed 120°/s

Image Processing & Display Control:

NTSC/PAL (field switchable) yes
Image Optimization yes
Digital Detail Enhancement yes
Polarity Control (black hot/white hot) yes
Color & Monochrome Palettes (LUTs) yes
Digital Zoom
640 × 512:

2x, 4x, 8x

 

336 × 256:

2x, 4x

Environmental:

Operating Temperature Range 14° to 104°F (-10° to 40 ℃)
Non-Operating Temperature Range -22° to 158°F (-30° to 70 ℃)
Temperature Shock 41°F/ min (5 ℃/min)
Humidity 5% to 95%

 

How Do I Find Out More?

As an authorised dealer of DJI products, we’re your first point of call for finding out more about the Zenmuse XT.
Whilst the flight platforms like the Inspire 1 and Matrice are available to buy now, the XT is due to launch early in 2016.
As a specialist piece of equipment, we’re sure that you’ll want to talk with us before you make your purchase so please feel free to call us on 01978 633013 or arrange to pop in to our Wrexham office and we’ll be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

 

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