DJI Matrice 30 First Thoughts – DJI’s Most Important Drone
In fact, i actually just uploaded a video last week comparing these two drones, as they really are built for those with different use cases in mind. Of course, the m300 is a bigger and more capable drone, but the mavic 2 enterprise advanced is a perfect size for those using drones in the search and rescue inspection, fire safety and law enforcement industries with the release of djis new matrice 30, though this is the Perfect drone for those that need a more powerful platform like something that the m300 delivers, but in a smaller, more portable and easy to set up form factor id actually venture to say that this drone, the m30 is going to be the new go to option in The commercial drone industry, as it really gives you a great ratio of like price, to performance to size. It really does hit all of the marks. Now before we go any further. Ive just got to mention that i dont actually own an m30. Yet i dont have one here to test and show you footage from or show you footage of so just know that in the coming weeks, i am going to be getting my hands on an m30 ill, be having some great tutorial videos, as well as some great Videos just showing what the drone is capable of, but for todays video. What i want to do just go over a baseline of like what to expect from this drone and give you some of my thoughts after having spent a lot of time with djis other flagship drones again: the mavic 2 enterprise advanced and the m300.
Now you guys know me: i like to stay organized so ive broken this video down into six different sections so that we can touch on each of them individually. So if you want to jump around in the video you are more than welcome to, but id recommend sticking around for the whole video, so you can get a full understanding of what this drone is about. So starting things off here. The only way that i can describe the design of the m30 is it kind of looks like a smushed down m300. You look at the body of this new m30 and it has a lot of the same design cues as that m300, but without the massive landing gear. Underneath, if you remember from my setup, video of the m300, these carbon fiber legs needed to be attached before every flight when you take it out of the case, but dont think that this was for nothing. The m300 is a bigger drone that can carry bigger payloads. In fact, it can carry two cameras underneath. This is why it needs the landing gear so that it can hold these larger gimbals. This is different from the front mounted camera on the m30, which is a design that clearly resembles thematic. Airframe well touch more on this when we get to our section on the camera. Just looking at a picture of this drone ive, quite frankly never seen a more frankenstein looking drone. It almost looks like the m300 and the mavic 2 enterprise advanced came together and had a baby.
If you look at their website photos side by side, the resemblance is instantly noticeable, as it looks like the m300 grew folding arms. This is great because it means that a lot of what made the m300 special is still available here in the m30 im, specifically referring to the front facing fpv camera, the 24 sensors all the way around the drone, with four on each side and two light beacons With one on top and one on the bottom, it even has a dual battery system for hot swapping between flights and further redundancy. When you look at a smaller platform like djis mavic to enterprise, advanced sure its great, that its portable but its size means that theres not a lot to fit on the body, i mean, quite frankly, with this drone. Most of it is the battery thats. Why? I think that the m30 is such a great option, slotted in the middle, because its still rather large to accommodate better technology, but the folding arms make it a lot easier to set up and bring with you. So the portability is a lot better. Now one of my absolute favorite things about djis m300 is its high level of safety and redundancy. In fact, i made an in depth walkthrough of the aircraft and titled it that its the safest aircraft that you can fly, which is completely true in that video. I highlighted a pdf published by dji that covered the different redundant features that, for the sake of this video ill break down into this bullet point list.
Luckily, a similar document was published for the m30, so on the left side is our list for the redundant features of the m300, while the m30s list is on the right side. For the most part, the list is fairly similar, which is great to hear. This means that, even though this is a completely different aircraft that is sold for less money, dji did not skimp on safety features. We still have complete flight controller redundancy through the imu barometers, antennas and compasses theres. Also, two batteries: a full suite of sensors, dual remote controller operation and the ability to land the drone, even when you lose a motor or propeller, so both the m300 and m30 can land with only three functioning motors, which is really impressive. The only differences here is that the m30 doesnt have a full suite of auxiliary leds. Like the m300. Has the pulse width modulation redundant, feature wasnt listed in the m30s document. The water resistance rating is slightly different amongst the two drones and in favor of the m30. This drone has a 4g module built in which further adds to the redundancy of the transmission between the remote and drone, although i should note that this 4g connection currently is not available in north america due to the faas line of sight guidelines. So just like the m300, the m30 is one of the absolute safest drones that you can fly and has a bunch of those great redundant features built in that act as a failsafe for almost anything that could potentially go wrong with the drone mid flight.
Thus, mitigating damage done to your drone in the event of an incident or anything on the ground if the drone, god forbid, came tumbling down from the sky again theres a lot of these failsafes built in that ensure that is never going to happen, and i cant Wait to touch more on that in depth once i get the m30 here in person now, just like every other dji drone, the performance of the m30 is top notch. These are the specs that youre used to seeing from any modern dji drone on both the enterprise and consumer side. The differences between the speed flight time, wind resistance rating and transmission system is so negligible between drones, like the mavic 3, the m300, the m30 and even the older mavic 2 enterprise advanced that this typically isnt. The first list that youd look at to determine which drone is right for you thats. What i think is really cool about purchasing a drone from dji. All of the drones that make up their lineup have a great level of performance so that almost doesnt even become the deciding factor when figuring out which drone you want to purchase. You know that all of them are going to fly fast, have a great transmission system and have great flight control, so the responsiveness of the remote controller is going to feel great. So from there you make your decision on the technology that a specific drone has maybe uh the available features.
A specific drone has, or even the camera that youre able to use with that drone. Now, speaking of that camera, this payload system is mounted to the drone. Just like a mavic, so its not a removable payload like on the larger m300. With that said, there are two different versions that you can buy of the matrix 30 and they are the m30 and the m30t. The only difference between these two drones is that camera, and the only difference on the camera system is that the m30t comes with a thermal sensor. Hence why its called the m30t now this camera is very similar to the h20 and h20t camera systems available for the m300. Although some corners were cut to make this payload smaller to fit on a smaller drone, we still have a wide camera, a high power zoom, a thermal sensor and a laser rangefinder. This suite of sensors is going to give you the ability to capture great photos and videos, no matter what you purchase this drone to do, fight fires, conduct inspections, law enforcement, search and rescue. Anything that you have to accomplish this camera is going to be perfect. It also has a new feature called smart low light photo that looks really powerful, so overall im looking forward to getting it out here and flying it to check it out further and also do some comparisons between the mavic 2 enterprise advanced the m300 h20t camera and Of course, the camera on the m30t now lets touch on that remote controller.
That was designed specifically for the m30, because it is a big deal to me, its really cool, to look at the evolution of djs remote controllers over the years. We first started out with this kind of big blocky phantom 4 remote controller that had the top mounted tablet mount. So you could put your tablet and phone up here. The battery life in this remote was great. We like never had to charge it. Then we had the mavic remote controller with the built in screen. You put your phone underneath. This was a lot easier to travel with. Of course, this is a lot smaller than the phantom remote controller. Then weve got sort of like a second generation mavic remote. This is the um rcn1, i believe its called, and this kind of replaced this remote controller style. This comes shipped with every drone from the mavic air 2 to the air 2s to the mini 2 to the mavic 3. So this is like their new standard, remote controller. Then weve also got smart controllers, so this is the first gen smart controller, with the built in 1000. Nit screen weve also got an enterprise version of this smart controller, which comes with like a bottom bracket and an external battery, so its a little bit upgraded in that sense, and also we have the newer version of the smart controller, also called the rc pro. This is hands down my favorite remote. I love the feel of it.
Its really easy to fly with the stick is great or the stick response is great, but now, with the m30, we have this brand new remote controller called the rc plus. This was actually leaked before the actual drone itself and had everyone wondering when we would see it, i had a hunch when i first saw this remote controller that was going to be made for some sort of enterprise drone down the line. I mean it just had that enterprise look with all the custom buttons, the big massive screen in the middle. Quite honestly, it looked like a smart controller or rc pro on steroids, and i really wish i could purchase just the remote controller to use with my mavic 3. But apparently, dji has no intention of making that remote compatible with consumer level. Drones, like the mavic, 3 or mavic 3 cine, now taking a peek at djis site, shows us some really great images and specs that this remote will offer like the custom, buttons ip54 water resistance, 403 antennas and a removable battery. It even has the ability to add a 4g connection for transmitting data downloading maps and submitting flight safety information when on the go, you know if youve been watching my videos for a while that i am a huge stickler for a good remote controller. I mean if youve got a great drone, but just an ok, remote controller. Then in my opinion, you just got an okay drone, because the remote is what you interact with every single time.
You fly for the entire flight. If youve got a bad remote, then you probably have a generally bad flight experience, which then leads to bad photos and bad videos, so its just kind of a trickle down effect. So if the remote is good, then the drone is good at least thats the case. Most of the times and dji has always outdone themselves with their remotes its like. They continue to one up themselves when i think like hey this new remote is the best one that ive flown with it gives me the best control over my drone. They come out with an upgraded version and they did just that with the rc plus. So, even though i cant fully comment on it yet because i havent flown with it and i havent held it in my hands, i can only imagine its going to be a great general flight experience now. Alongside this new remote controller, weve also got a new version of the pilot application. This is dji pilot 2. and i think that it adds a lot of really great features as seen in some of the videos that dj has published. But i also think that overall, its a general aesthetic upgrade so way back when, when the phantom was around and the original mavic pro was around, we had an app called the dji, go application right and then for their enterprise side of drones. They had the dji pilot application that was built off of the go application so aesthetically they looked the same feature wise.
They looked the same, but ever since the consumer drones moved on to the dji fly application. The pilot app has kind of become long in the tooth. So now that we have this new pilot 2 application, that kind of puts the fly up and pilot app on the same playing field is really going to be great. So if you bounce back and forth youre going to be familiar with the interface – and i really cant wait to get my hands on the remote controller and that new app to kind of test out the combo now. The final thing that i want to discuss is the dji dock, which, in theory, is really really cool, its basically a capsule that protects and charges the m30 aircraft through djis flighthub 2 cloud management software. You can control the m30. You can monitor it through cameras. It has spotlights for nighttime operation; it even has a little weather station on it. They really thought of everything. With this doc and cloud management solution, flight hub 2, the future is definitely autonomy. I understand what dji is working towards. I mean imagine on a construction site having a drone in a dock being able to spit that drone out. Have it take photos during the day, have it land, recharge and repeat that on a daily basis, with no pilot involved, it sounds great. It sounds like a dream. It sounds like its too good to be true and, quite frankly, right now.
It is too good to be true because pretty much everything about that breaks, the faas rules, restrictions and guidelines surrounding drones. So right now is the dji dock feasible. In north america, no pretty much not at all, it could make setup times easier if you plan on showing up to site and kind of doing everything yourself, but regardless i understand what dji is working towards. I think that its really cool overall, even though i think that it cant be used right now. I think that it was only a matter of time before dji created a solution like this, and i never want to stifle innovation by saying its unnecessary, but just to reiterate right now, i dont see it being a viable solution here in the states due to regulations, But im hoping that these will loosen up, though, to allow drones to reach their full potential. So you might be wondering with the release of the m30, is the mavic 2 enterprise advanced dead is the m300 and all of those cameras now irrelevant. The short answer is no, but the long answer is that each of the different drones that dj has that make up their enterprise lineup serve a different purpose. For example, the mavic 2 enterprise advanced as a great solution for someone that needs an uber portable enterprise class. Drone that comes equipped with features that consumer drones just dont offer the m300, on the other hand, is the most powerful drone system that dji sells with the best specs more payload availability and is for those that dont mind lugging along extra equipment.
The m30 here, though, offers the best of both worlds, its incredibly capable, very powerful, and it still is very portable and easy to set up. It also comes with a price tag of ten thousand dollars for the m30 or fourteen thousand dollars for the m30t, which is a great value for what youre getting now. You might think that i sound crazy for saying 10 to 14. 000 is a good value for a drone, but once you understand what this drone can deliver in terms of its portability, the technology on board the camera, the performance, all the flight software. You then realize that the drone is a good value at what its priced at it fits perfectly in djis lineup between the mavic 2 enterprise advanced and the m300, and consider this the h20t camera that is very similar to the camera that ships on the m30t is Twelve thousand dollars, so just the camera on the m300 alone is 12 grand when the full entire drone with the camera, the m30t costs 14 grand. So look. These are very expensive prices, but these are the drones that are pushing the bleeding edge of tech and that are used for everyday commercial work from inspections to law enforcement, to uh search and rescue to fire rescue. So there is a lot of really great tech built inside of these drones, hence why they are priced the way that they are anyway. Let me know your thoughts on the m30t and m30 down below ill, be making some videos moving forward about this drone once i finally get my hands on it.