DJI’s New Drone Has Adjacent Visual, Thermal Cameras

DJI has introduced the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual, a portable, industrial drone featuring side-by-side visual and thermal cameras.

Developed in partnership with FLIR Systems, the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual, priced at $2,699, features the compact design of DJI’s Mavic 2 Series drone with the controls and accessories found in the Mavic 2 Enterprise.

“Drones are fast becoming a common sighting in public safety and inspection operations, where users get immediate value from a reliable aerial tool that can easily be deployed anywhere at any time,” says Jan Gasparic, DJI’s director of strategic partnerships. “When DJI and FLIR first introduced the XT camera in 2015, we opened up a range of new commercial drone applications. With the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual, we are enabling safer operations in more diverse environments so operators can focus on accomplishing their missions.”

The aircraft features a three-axis, gimbal-stabilized camera housing a 4K sensor for capturing visible light and a FLIR Lepton thermal microcamera for capturing thermal data. Together, these sensors allow pilots to fly at night and in complex daytime conditions such as fog and smoke. Users can select from multiple display modes in the DJI Pilot flight control app to visualize data from the dual-sensor camera:

  • FLIR MSX – FLIR’s patented MSX, or multispectral dynamic imaging, embosses high-fidelity, visible light details onto the thermal imagery in real time to enhance visual details, helping pilots identify and interpret data that may not be immediately visible to the naked eye.
  • Spot Meter – Displays the average temperature of an object, helping pilots monitor and measure critical or hazardous objects while maintaining a safe distance.
  • Area Measurement – Displays the average, lowest and highest temperature, as well as the corresponding locations of each area, allowing inspectors to quickly assess objects and determine if an asset may be overheating.
  • Isotherm – Allows pilots to designate specific temperature ranges to be displayed using a custom color palette so that objects within the range relay higher contrast and better visibility.

“The Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual equipped with the FLIR Lepton, our smallest thermal microcamera, offers a significant opportunity to introduce thermal imaging capabilities to more drone owners,” notes Jim Cannon, president and CEO of FLIR. “This is our third product with DJI and its world-leading platforms, and this latest Thermal by FLIR collaboration is a significant step forward in making thermal an essential feature in the industry.”

Other features of the new aircraft include a spotlight with a brightness of 2,400 lumens; a loudspeaker with a maximum projection of 100 decibels; the M2E beacon, featuring a flashing strobe visible three miles away; and a GPS timestamping feature to encode the time, date and location of every recorded image taken by the visual camera.

In addition, every Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual comes equipped with DJI’s AirSense technology, designed to improve pilots’ situational awareness and enhance airspace safety by automatically alerting drone pilots of ADS-B signals from nearby airplanes and helicopters and by sending real-time positioning alerts through the DJI Pilot flight control app.

The drone delivers a maximum flight time of up to 31 minutes and a top speed of 72 kph (45 mph). In addition, a self-heating battery allows the drone to perform reliably in adverse weather conditions as low as -10 degrees C (14 degrees F).

The U.S. retail price of a Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual, which includes the aircraft, a remote controller, one battery, all three mountable accessories and a protector case with flight tools, is $2,699. A Fly More Kit, for $419, includes two additional batteries, one battery charging hub, one car charger, one USB connector, one soft case and two additional propellers. Starting today, Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual is available for purchase through authorized DJI Enterprise resellers worldwide.

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