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DJI’s Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual Combines Side-by-Side Visual and Thermal Cameras

On the heels of the launch of the DJI Mavic 2, the Chinese dronemaker this week announced the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual, an industrial-grade version of its Mavic 2 and Mavic 2 Enterprise drones, which launched earlier this year.

The main differentiator with the new Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual is a set of side-by-side visual and thermal cameras. The new functionality is intended to allows users to measure temperatures and store images and temperature data for industrial or time-sensitive use cases such as utility inspections to emergency response.

The Mavic 2 Enterprise Duo camera camera is intended to be used for drone operators who need to capture heat signatures invisible to the naked eye. It offers gimbal-stabilized video and, since it is integrated with DJI’s existing features, allows the user to operate under DJI’s existing flight modes like QuickTrack, which centers the camera on the selected area.  A new feature called HeatTrack automatically tracks the hottest object in view. That could be useful in applications such as search and rescue, where the drone can hone in on a missing person.

The Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual, like most on the market, has a three-axis gimbal stabilized camera. That gimbal is unique, though, in that it houses a side-by-side 4K sensor for capturing visible light and a FLIR Lepton thermal microcamera for capturing thermal data. The Lepton is FLIR’s smallest thermal microcamera.

The two different DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise drones, side-by-side
  • 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 critical 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 objects within the range relay higher contrast and better visibility. This feature includes custom profiles to aid search and rescue pilots in identifying people and to help firefighters identify hot spots in fires, as well as a custom profile setting for added flexibility.

The sensors are intended to better aid pilots in flying at night or in complex daytime conditions like fog and smoke. Users can select from multiple intelligent display modes in the DJI Pilot flight control app to visualize data from the dual-sensor camera. Here’s a list of those modes:

The drone was developed in partnership with FLIR Systems, one of the world’s biggest thermal camera makers that has partnered with DJi on numerous occasions in the past. The first of those partnerships was the introduction of the XT camera in 2015. In March 2018, the two companies unveiled the Zenmuse XT2 thermal imaging camera which improved upon that Zenmuse XT camera, which was an Infrared camera designed to be integrated with DJI’s line of drones. The XT2, like the new Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual, includes not just the infrared camera, but a dual sensor to show a traditional 4K video feed in real-time as well. This is now FLIR’s third partnership with DJI.

The Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual will sell for $2,699, including the drone, a remote controller, a battery, a set of accessories and protector case.

The first iterations of Mavic 2 drones launched in August 2018 as the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom drones. The Mavic 2 Pro has a three-axis gimbal with a Hasselblad camera and 1-inch CMOS sensor and F2.8 EQV 28mm lens, capable of capturing 4K video and 12MP images. The Mavic 2 Zoom utilizes a two-time optical zoom camera with a 12 MP 1/2.3” CMOS Sensor.

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