The DJI Matrice M600 Quadcopter

DJI introduce the new Matrice M600 Quadcopter

DJI have been paying close attention to the home consumer market, but with the release of the new DJI Matrice M600, the professional market can now get excited.

The new DJI Phantom 4  quadcopter has been keeping DJI and its consumers busy in recent months and the professional multicopter market have been feeling a little left out. DJI announced the new Matrice M600 earlier this month, many are in awe of the basic Phantom drones, but the Matrice M600 takes the concept of a flying camera platform to the next level.

The DJI Matrice M600 Quadcopter
The DJI Matrice M600 Quadcopter

Equipped with six arms/motors, this aircraft can lift up to 6kg of payload, generally cameras for photography and video purposes. It incorporates the brand new A3 flight controller and the same LightBridge 2 system found on the Phantom range, providing live video transmission at distances of 5km and beyond.

“For film directors, the M600 is a game-changer. There are other options out there, but none that integrate a top-class flight controller, video-transmission system like Lightbridge 2 and support for a wide range of cameras and gimbals,” said DJI Executive Creative Director Sheldon Schwartz. “If you go with the new Ronin-MX on the M600, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to get unparalleled stability and cinematic-quality shots.”

The new A3  flight controller uses sine-wave driven intelligent speed controllers which provide improved accuracy, safety and efficiency whilst the self-adaptive flight system adjusts flight parameters automatically based on the varying payloads.

The A3 Flight Controller for the DJI Matrice M600
The A3 Flight Controller for the DJI Matrice M600

Lifting power like this isn’t possible with a single battery, the Matrice M600 therefore is powered by six (this is not a typo…), and if one of the set fail, the remaining batteries kick in to provide redundancy and keep the platform in flight without interrupting that crucial shot.

The six batteries together are capable of keeping the M600 in-flight for up to 36 minutes with a Zenmuse X5 camera attached, or 16 minutes with a larger/heavier camera.

The camera options available for the DJI Matrice M600
The camera options available for the DJI Matrice M600

The propulsion system is said to be ‘dustproof’ to simplify maintenance and increase durability and the motors are even actively cooled to avoid overheating. And if you’re still not yet in awe of this beast, it even features a fully retractable undercarriage for full 360 unobstructed shooting.

“The M600 is the most-powerful and easiest-to-use professional platform DJI has ever produced,” said Senior Product Manager Paul Pan. “We’ve pre-programmed all M600 platform data and information into the A3 flight controller, remote and transmission system to minimize setup and get you flying as quickly as possible.”

The M600’s retail price, including the integrated A3 flight controller with Lightbridge 2 and a full set of six batteries, is $4,599 (£3100).

Do you fly professional/commercial drones? If so comment below and let us know what you think of the new DJI Matrice M600!

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