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Today sees drone manufacturer DJI unveil its new Matrice M30 series line of enterprise drones, and this has features that those flying consumer drones can only dream about.
The M30 series comes in two versions, the M30 and the M30T.
The M30 model features a 48 megapixel 1/2-inch CMOS sensor zoom camera with 5x to 16x optical and 200x digital zoom, a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera with 8k photo 4K/30 fps video resolution, and a laser rangefinder that can give the precise coordinates of objects up to 1,200 meters away.
The M30T is the same but adds a 640 x 512-pixel radiometric thermal camera.
But there's so much more to the M30:
There's also a new DJO RC Plus enterprise-grade controller for the drone, featuring:
There's no pricing available for the Matrice M30 (expect many thousands of dollars).
For consumers looking for a drone, I recommend either the DJI Mini 2 or, going to the other end of the spectrum, DJI's Mavic 3. Both excellent drones, with one coming in at a few hundred dollars, and the other a couple of thousand.