Wilsonville, OR—DJI, a leader in drones and aerial imaging, integrated FLIR thermal imaging sensor technology into its new DJI Zenmuse XT2 drone camera. The weather-resistant Zenmuse XT2 is DJI’s first dual-sensor and most advanced gimbal-stabilized camera for commercial drone applications.
In addition, furthering the collaboration between FLIR and DJI, the Zenmuse XT2 joins the Thermal by FLIR partner program. FLIR created the program to fuel thermal innovation and “allow partners to leverage the leadership, quality and innovation that FLIR’s brand represents in the thermal imaging space,” the company announced.
“The arrival of the DJI Zenmuse XT2 with a FLIR sensor signifies an important technological advancement for drone operators who need both a visible camera and the superpower benefits of thermal imaging in one product,” said James Cannon, president and CEO of FLIR.
“Now drone operators can capture data without landing. This is an important advantage for search and rescue operations, to monitor the health of mechanical and electrical equipment remotely. And also to identify potential problems in buildings. Our collaboration with DJI perfectly aligns with our mission to use our thermal technology to help save lives and livelihoods.”
DJI Zenmuse XT2 Features
The Zenmuse XT2 drone is built with industrial and public safety applications in mind. Moreover, it expands upon the benefits of the first thermal-equipped camera jointly developed by FLIR and DJI—the DJI Zenmuse XT.
The new drone camera includes both a high-definition 4K color video camera and a high-resolution radiometric thermal camera. As a result, operators can switch between thermal and visible cameras during flight. The Zenmuse XT2 also uses FLIR’s patented MSX technology, or multispectral dynamic imaging. The technology embosses high-fidelity, visible-light details onto the thermal imagery to enhance image quality and perspective.
Furthermore, the Zenmuse XT2 is compatible with the DJI Matrice 600 and Matrice 200 series drones. It also integrates with DJI’s data transmission technology for live video display. Full integration gives drone operators plug-and-play installation as well as real-time control and recording during flight in thermal, visible or thermal/visible picture-in-picture. This flexibility also enables operators to acquire double the data in a single camera and stay focused on mission-critical tasks.
“Since the introduction of our first FLIR camera in 2015, we have seen strong demand for thermal imaging-based products. They have helped transform DJI drones into essential and often lifesaving tools across a wide variety of industries,” said Roger Luo, president of DJI.
“We are excited to introduce our next-generation product together, the Zenmuse XT2, which is easier and more efficient to operate. It also further demonstrates our commitment to innovation in the commercial drone industry.”
Thermal by FLIR
DJI is one of multiple partners involved with the new Thermal by FLIR program. It was created to support original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and product innovators interested in using FLIR thermal imaging sensors to deliver the benefits of the company’s World’s Sixth Sense. World’s Sixth Sense reflects FLIR’s mission to“provide superpower vision, helping people around the world save lives, protect the environment and enhance productivity.” The program ensures that OEMs and entrepreneurs can carry the Thermal by FLIR brand and receive additional product development and marketing support from FLIR to build and market their respective products. Additional Thermal by FLIR partners include Cat Phones, Casio, Panasonic, ARSENZ and TinkerForge.