The market leader of camera drones is not wasting its Christmas hangover. DJI has submitted a rash of FCC filings for its enterprise drone solutions. Sorry Phantom 5 fans. You didn’t expect a consumer drone announcement in an FCC filing, right?
Here’s what we know is in the pipeline for the Q1 2019. The DJI Matrice 200, 210 and 210 RTK are getting a version two. That’s not unexpected with the Matrice lineup first hitting the scene in 2017.
Why is DJI opting for a Matrice 200 V2.0? FCC filings of ‘Declaration of Similarity’ mean exactly what the header implies. Changes on the design front are minimal at best. Most of the changes for the new DJI Matrice 200 series should focus on the internals. Think increased range, battery life, processing power, etc.
One avenue to look at for new features is the Mavic 2 Enterprise. Cheaper but lower image quality and payloads. But price rules most purchase decisions, so expect whatever DJI has planned for V2 of the Matrice, it should completely outstrip the Mavic 2 Enterprise.
In the filing, DJI does request a period of secrecy:
SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD, hereby requests long-term, confidential treatment of information accompanying this application as outlined below:
- Block Diagram
- Operation Description
As well as short-term (secrecy cycle: 45 days) confidential treatment of information application as outlined below:
- Internal Photos
- User Manual
- External Photos
- Test Set-up Photos
The above materials contain proprietary and confidential information not customarily released to the public. The public disclosure of these materials provides unjustified benefits to its competitors in the market.
DJI Cendence S
Another FCC filing points to the next generation of Cendence controllers. That’s welcome news to customers who had issues with the first generation and the expectations are the controller will launch alongside the upgraded Matrice camera drones. Similar to the filings above, the Cendence S has a short secrecy window, so all we have a is the label instead of product images. We are working on it.
Yeah, it’s not a splashy Phantom 5. However, DJI is suddenly moving quickly to push enterprise announcements out. Are we looking at an announcement around CES? It’s been unusually quiet on the rumor front, but the holidays are nearly over. 2019 promises to be a significant year in the world of photography and videography.