DJI Matrice 300 First Flight & Full Set Up Guide
This is djis flagship level. Enterprise drone used for search and rescue high level inspections, law enforcement, fire control reconnaissance – i mean you could literally use this drone for anything that you needed to over the course of the next month. Im gon na be putting this drone through its paces ill show you what the m300 is capable of ill put it in some different scenarios that the drone was built for so for search and rescue and for inspections, but for today, im going to be doing the Setup so ill be showing you how to set this drone up and then im going to be taking my very first flight, which im very eager to do so, because this drone is so massive. It fits into the case in a few different parts, which means that you have to build it every time that you want to fly it unless youre able to keep it pre, built in, say the back of a truck. Now these parts include the aircraft itself, two pieces of landing gear to hold the drone up off of the ground, the payload, so in my case, the h20t camera and finally, two batteries. This means that, at its base level, the m300 has five different parts that come together to build the actual drone itself. Now from there, you can continue to add different payloads and different modules like, for example, the h20 camera, the z30 or xt2 camera. You could also add the csn radar up on top, but again, at its base level, five components come together and build the actual aircraft.
Now the assembly process is really straightforward. I begin by attaching the aircraft with the arms folded to the landing gear so that i can rest it on the ground. The mounting process is really easy, as you just kind of slide the landing gear into its dedicated spot on the aircraft and tighten the screw. Creating a strong attachment that wont come loose during flight or when landing and taking off now after the drone is propped up. I then extend the arms out which uses a similar locking mechanism as the landing gear. A small piece covers the connection point and locks into place, holding the arms firmly out. Theres, no shake in this mounting point so like the landing gear, its strong enough to hold the arms out during flight. Now that the aircraft is ready, we can attach the camera underneath of the drone, which uses a similar locking method. As previous dji drones like the inspire 2., this version of the m300 has the dual payload mounting system. So, if i wanted, i could hang another camera. Just next to this one, the batteries are the final thing that needs to be inserted and they easily slide into the back. One thing to note is that they dont click into place when i first took this drone out to get it all set up. I was anticipating them to click into place, but instead theyre held tightly into place by this rotating lock on the back.
So this drone definitely takes a little bit longer to set up than say a mavic would, but the benefits that come from flying such a large drone sometimes can outweigh the portability of the actual drone itself. Okay, so that pretty much is everything you need to know about the setup of the drone now its time to finally fly it for the first time. So, of course, we need a little bit more room im used to flying like a small little mini drone. But this again is by far the largest drone ive, probably ever flown so well go ahead and take her up wow its honestly quite quiet. The pitch is very low. All right lets go ahead and take it up. So we have the h20t camera on here. So thats one of the new cameras, one of the new systems that has the thermal sensor inside of it well go ahead and take this drone up a little bit higher flip it into sport mode and, as always with our first flight videos. We will just rip right down the river, so a lot of my first flight videos right are trying to see like different aspects of what a drone can do. But i feel like this. Video has to be entirely different because this drone was built for stuff thats, entirely different, like right off the bat. I could mention that theres a propeller into the shot right, but does that really matter? If youre, using this drone for search and rescue for inspections? Because this is footage that isnt going to be used in like a professional movie right like this, is stuff thats going to be used to save lives or again to perform inspections.
So the fact that the propellers in the shot really doesnt even faze me whatsoever. Now we have three different cameras on here: the wide camera, the zoom camera and the infrared camera transmission is holding up beautifully, were about uh lets, see telemetry a little bit different here, the telemetry. Where is it at all right? So my altitude right there is to the right were right at about 400 feet, um its strange, i cant see where my telemetry is its a little bit difficult to read. Okay, i guess back there. It says from the home point 3051 feet. So this interface is a little bit different here and it is holding up very nicely so at about a half mile away. I can see it perfectly too its such a big drone, all right so well spin it back around. Actually, you know what, instead of spinning it around, lets flip over to the zoom camera and see if we can see ourselves so were using the wide angle camera right now again we have infrared and zoom if we switch over to the zoom camera. Okay, so were only at 5x lets go ahead and zoom way in tap on the screen. 10X were gon na, be able to see ourselves perfectly. Oh, look at that theres a little like augmented reality home point as well, so theres a little h, so thats thats nice there. We are well keep zooming all the way in all right, its a little bit hard to control when youre.
All the way out here check that out man 200x zoom there i am lets see ill hold up. Some fingers ill hold up. Five fingers uh its a little bit blurry, but man still, that is very impressive for being a half a mile away. All right lets. Zoom out well bring it back to like 20x, so it looks like at around the 20x mark thats when our optical zoom runs out, and then we start running into a little bit of digital zoom um. So lets see well zoom out a little bit further and well fly with the wide camera flying with the zoom camera. Just is not a good idea, all right, so bringing it back now. Typically, with these first flight videos, like i try to fly down near where the trains are, i fly around the buildings and all this stuff, but i feel like with this drone, first of all its expensive and i dont want to risk crashing it uh, but also Like thats, not what it was built for right, its almost built with that zoom camera to sit stationary in certain areas and almost act as like an eye in the sky. Now the flight time on this drone with no payload is like 55 minutes, which is absolutely insane and the flight time with the payload that i have on it um the h20t. I think its around 46 minutes. So you get a lot of flight time out of this drone.
I dont think were gon na, be flying it for this, along on this first flight, but were bringing it back here were just in the normal mode, flying at 37 miles an hour, uh all right, ill, flip it into sport mode lets, give it a go. Man now were really cruising 48 miles an hour. All right lets slow her down slower down here. So i can say that, like from all of the dji drones that ive flown this one im not gon na, say that it feels the best. But it feels like different in a sense that its so big that its its not as nimble, i would say, but it certainly is very uh, very stable, very solid in the sky, which is something you want when you have a drone. This big all right so well test out this zoom camera again and then afterwards well take a look at some of the infrared stuff, so lets see if we can zoom in down on this clock tower. So all right there we are lets see what time is it well zoom in a little bit further now see this is really cool. So from from here, i can use the laser rangefinder inside of the h20t and see how far away this clock tower is from me, so well tap on range in the top left corner and lets see. Where does the range show? Okay, so the range on the left side there.
It shows us that our range from the clock tower right now is 2284 feet. Now. Lets try and put it on like the street, and the back here lets see its a little bit. Tough to control 2287. lets see, it says not available. Its probably trying to calculate okay, maybe well have to recalculate, but still this is really impressive, that its able to tell me accurately how far away that is. Oh and look its also showing the longitudinal and latitudinal points of where this clock tower is at so whats really cool. Is that? Because the drone knows where its at in space, it knows its height, it knows its distance, it knows its home point. It has all this information its then able to tell how far away it is from this specific point and give you the longitudinal and latitudinal point that is very impressive. Okay, lets jump back over to the wide camera and now lets take a look at this infrared camera. So we of course have a bunch of different color. Palettes looks like we are on the grayscale or the uh, the white hot right now, man. That shows a lot of detail also. What i like is it kind of has a more punched in field of view, so with like the mavic 2 enterprise advanced, the field of view of the thermal camera is a little bit wider. It seems, and the reason that i like this is because you can stay further away from the subject, but still get a nice clear, crisp view using this camera.
I wonder what the exact focal length is uh lets see if we can drop down the ir. Now you know what were going to can we change the color palette? Yeah right up here in the top lets, see well use something like iron red yeah. There we go so check that out well, come down and fly a little bit closer towards us and were flying directly in the middle of the day. Look at that nice and crisp. I mean you can even see the detail down in the grass and were what 330 feet high nice lets kind of look over actually towards the uh. The highway and well be able to see like the wheels of the car is heating up. Yeah. Look at that. So, of course, the wheels touching the ground creating that friction are going to be hotter than the actual vehicle itself. So the thermal camera is nice in a sense that again its its crisp, its sharp its clear, but i like that focal length its a little bit more zoomed in than something the mavic 2 enterprise advanced is also. We can do a split view here. So if we wanted to split so now were looking at the zoom camera and the thermal camera, look at that all right here. If we tap on wide, so we go to wide and then infrared split view huh. I wonder how i can toggle both the wide and the infrared, whatever thats going to be something for another day, a topic for another video, the infrared camera is nice and sharp, though uh and whats great.
Is that oh look at this okay. Look down at the map, so i have the laser rangefinder turned on and its creating a small little cross hair on the map showing where im pointing at and look im pointing right on the highway. Its got the red cross here on the highway thats, really incredible. Wow, look at that and it shows our range 430 feet away. Lets turn the rangefinder off and then yeah, so that little red dot would go away. All right so lets see. Lets try something lets put the map on our main screen a little bit laggy by the way, the controller. For this i mean nothing brand new, its basically a smart controller, but its an enterprise version of the smart controller that has like an external battery on the back, which is just awesome. Okay, so lets go to the camera. First well, go to zoom well, spin. It way around actually lets get oriented with the wide camera lets. Put it all. The way down on this bridge well, zoom in nice, now well tap on range turn on the range finder. It shows that the range is about 3600 feet away. Well, go to the map now and look at that. Okay, so it seems like the rangefinder is kind of going in and out its almost saying, thats a little bit too far, but look theres theres the red cross hair, the red cross hair is popping up so im interested once i finally get some more time with This drone to figure out how this rangefinder works and how it can be beneficial for having on a drone lets see lets try something maybe a little bit closer or maybe we have to put it on more of a solid object.
Lets put it up here there we are, it seems to be giving us a more precise range. Now there we go its not really jumping all around so theres that red crosshair and it shows exactly where were pointing at its pretty awesome. Okay lets flip back over to the wide camera. Let us fly a little bit further down the river here. So, like everything, youd want from a drone speed range camera like this drone has it i mean having everything all built into that single h20t. Payload is great. I mean we have three different cameras at our disposal: zoom wide infrared, which is perfect for inspections, which is perfect for surveillance, perfect for search and rescue lets turn the rangefinder off um. Okay lets see if we can see the text down here on the screen or on the on the side of the building im sure we can at 20x we have our full optical zoom, look at that thats, nice and crisp. Now again, all three of these cameras are recording simultaneously to the uh to the sd card, and the sd card is actually located on the camera itself, which is pretty interesting. Okay, so punch that back out go to the wide camera nice now all right, heres, the real test lets fly up and see if we can see the skyline so theres, the philly skyline right there lets punch into our zoom camera. Look at that wow! Oh, that is a lot more crisp than i expected.
Oh my gosh, i dont even think that the rangefinder would work because were so far away. Lets see well, try the rangefinder lets see if we can find the range from us to the building out there nah its a little bit too far away lets see. Can we do this closer building? No lets see. Can we do these even closer buildings here yeah there we go now its working, so it shows that were about a mile away from those buildings. So i guess that thats pretty interesting, i mean you could put the drone up. You could face it down towards the subject and see exactly how far away that subject is, and also it shows it on the map. Thats really awesome. All right. We have some more zoom to play with here, though, well turn off the rangefinder and lets punch in even further to 20x. Oh, my goodness, look at that and again this is all optical zoom. So this is like a nice. I think im shooting in 4k a nice 4k image that is a little bit hazy out. Look at that lets see lets lets punch the digital zoom in just a little bit further see that its a little bit tough to control when youre punched in this far wow. I can almost see the william penn statue in full detail. Look at that. That is incredible and honestly it keeps the gimbal nice and stable its relatively windy today.
Thats great all right lets punch out im having way too much fun with the zoom camera alrighty well switch to the wide. The wide camera is great to fly. With i mean, i feel like the zoom camera is going to be really helpful for taking photos and videos up close to things, but the wide camera is definitely a must to fly around, because if you tried to fly using the zoom camera good luck, you can Even fly with the infrared camera, if you wanted thats, not too bad and wow yeah, i mean im used to this 640 uh resolution from the mavic to enterprise advanced, but again because of this different focal length, i feel like i can almost punch in even further. So since weve started flying which has been for what, like roughly 13 minutes thats when i started my recording on the right side, we now have 60 battery life, so i would assume that you could probably get somewhere around maybe 30 minutes if youre flying this drone. Really hard before you have to land, and that would include like say a 15 buffer to land. The drone before you, of course run out of battery lets see if we get down even closer to the top of this building ill. Tell you what i actually really enjoy this interface its going to take a little bit of getting used to, but i can see that theres just a ton of information yeah.
So you have a ton of detail here and im sure that the the images will look even better once i get them on my computer lets flip over to the zoom camera, though just to check it out. How close can we get so i mean really like this drone is, is perfect to just sit there in the sky, hover and capture photos and videos of, like anything that you need look at that. I think i set my custom button yeah, so i can actually use my custom one to zoom in thats nice lets see. Can i read the text on the side here? Whats, the efficiency of this air unit here thats so impressive and lets see whats our range here ill turn. The rangefinder on were 81 feet away and we can still read that text perfectly: seasonal energy, efficient efficiency ratio, thats great all right. What do you say? Well, take it for one more rip all the way down the water and well call that our first flight sport mode, of course, when that drone flies over, it sounds like a little mini airplane, so were cruising at 46 miles an hour. I almost dont feel comfortable flying this fast right now on my first flight im, not gon na find sport mode. Im gon na just fly it in normal mode. For now you get plenty of speed, i mean look. The normal mode were flying at 40 miles an hour and thats with all of the sensors active, so this drone has like 24 sensors around the entire body, its able to see like 140 feet away from it.
So you have all these sensors that aid you in not crashing the drone, which is awesome. This is just uh impressive, to say the least. Now ive also got my beacons turned on so theres, a beacon on the bottom and the beacon on the top and thats, of course, perfect for being able to spot it in low light situations. This is great um. Now you might have seen in the bottom right corner theres, also a fpv camera. So if you wanted, you could make that full screen, and it shows you, your horizon level, your altitude, so this really almost makes it feel like youre in the cockpit look at that. The horizon is perfectly level with the actual horizon, which is really impressive, so the fpv camera could be good for like a secondary pilot to use. If you have two people controlling the same drone or if you lose that one camera, you know the main camera the h20t camera for some reason it stops working youve got the fpv camera to work with. It looks like we have a train passing through check that out. So again i mean typically like if i was flying my mavic any other drone id fly down id check out the train, but from up here i can zoom in and just check it out myself. Now i wonder if theres a way to dampen the controls as im flying it so that theyre, not as as i guess, precise or not as precise, not as touchy, not as sensitive when i am using the zoom camera, because it is a little bit more hard To control, but with a little bit of practice, i feel like with a little bit of practice i feel like i could actually control this pretty well, we have a little bit more zoom room too 20x.
Look at that thats, so cool all right lets see the infrared of the train, ah were a little bit too far, nice all right. So this drone is just blowing my mind and again its like a different mindset. I can see it perfectly like its like its like the biggest dot in the whole entire sky. All right lets flip back to the wide camera lets zip on back here now. As i said over the course of the next coming days, um or the next coming months month, one month well be uploading some more videos on this drone. So i really want to see like how it fares for search and rescue put it through some. You know paces. I want to see how it fares for um inspection use. I really want to analyze like everything that the drone can do like its feature set. What this different software is capable of so theres going to be a lot of information to cover about this drone, because, quite honestly, its one of the most advanced systems that i would say any drone company makes i mean even just this pilot application is filled with So many different features, and so many different things that you can change and customize. I uh i sat down with the drone for like an hour and just was digging through the menus and its really impressive, like one of the things i was really impressed with, is that for the custom buttons im able to not only set each custom button to Its own predefined function, but i can have different combinations of custom buttons, so i can like press two buttons at once and that does a different thing.
So thats really cool all right lets, bring it down. I i got ta say it is so smooth for it being so big im gon na back up here, for it being so big, it is so smooth in the air. And again i mean lets listen to the pitch of the drone. Ive got a lapel mic on right now, its not that loud it has a nice low pitch its nice and responsive, but because of its size, you do have a little bit of a little bit more braking distance nice so like. If you wanted to come to a stop, for example, the braking distance would just be a little bit longer than say that of like a mini 2 or a mavic, but of course, the flight character characteristics of this drone is going to be entirely different. So, overall really awesome first flight. I cant wait to dive more into this drone if you guys want to see anything specific with this drone. Let me know down in the comment section below its going to be awesome, just being able to dig through and kind of learn this brand new system, if you guys have any tips for me because im so new with this m300 also, let me know down in The comment section below but yeah, that was a ton of fun cant, wait for more hope. You guys enjoyed the video and, as always ill talk to you later.