DJI Launches Zenmuse Z30 Drone Camera with 30x Optical Zoom

DJI has introduced the Zenmuse Z30, what the company calls its most powerful integrated aerial zoom camera.

The Zenmuse Z30, which integrates with DJI’s Matrice airframes, will work right out of the box, says DJI.

The camera offers up to 30x optical zoom and an additional digital zoom up to 6x. In addition, it can stabilize to within 0.01 degree.

DJI says the new camera’s capabilities allow it to collect precise visual data from over 100 meters away. For instance, for cell tower inspections, airframes equipped with the Z30 camera can operate well beyond the range of the cell tower’s electromagnetic fields and live-stream footage to engineers anywhere in the world.

The Z30 can also remain at a safe distance while inspecting a wind turbine, for example, yet still show the condition of vital parts in detail. With a “point of interest” tracking feature, the aircraft circles the turbine at a constant distance and keeps it in the center of the camera frame.

In another application, first responders can use the 30x zoom to quickly get an overview of a scene and collect accurate and specific information to better plan their rescue operations.

The Zenmuse Z30 is fully integrated into the DJI Go app. With the new TapZoom function, the gimbal will re-orient toward the object when the user taps the screen. With each tap, the Z30 camera will automatically adjust its focal length to give an enlarged view.

“The Zenmuse Z30’s ability for image data capture is unparalleled,” says Paul Xu, director of DJI’s enterprise solutions. “With its extended range, enterprise clients can conduct millimeter-level inspections without the need to fly close – ensuring high flight safety while increasing speed and efficiency.”

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