It wasn’t only the Osmo getting the love from DJI today. If you’re a professional filmmaker or aspire to be one, a new toy is flying onto the market. DJI, a leader consumer drones, unwrapped its most advanced aerial platform yet. The Matrice 600 coupled with a Ronin-MX gimbal system and the A3 control system.
If you’re thinking of gingerly dipping into the world of drones, the M600 platform is not for you. There are better options for those starting out with the Phantom series. For those looking to expand, you’re DJI’s target.
The Matrice 600 is designed to be the most advanced aerial platform from the company. Film, aerial photography and industrial applications will find a use for the new platform.
It integrates the latest technology from DJI, including the Lightbridge 2 which allows for HD live-streaming up to five kilometers away. The new A3 controller pairs with the drone for the most accurate control over a DJI product yet.
“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.”
Need peace of mind? An upgrade to the A3 Pro allows for triple redundancy. Where you want the M600 is where it will be. For centimeter-level positional accuracy, the A3 GNSS system can also enjoy an upgrade to D-RTK GNSS. Dual antennas over a traditional compass sensor give it granular control and avoids magnetic interference in industrial uses.
Battery life has been bumped up over previous platforms. The six-battery system can be switched on with a push of a single button. Monitor battery performance directly from the app and redundancy baked into the M600 allows it to keep flying in the event of a battery failing.
Flight times rely heavily on the payload. Tossing a RED on an M600 and you’re looking at 16 minutes. Smaller cameras and various configurations can stretch the flight time to nearly 40 minutes.
Cost? The M600 will set you back $4,599.00. That’s without a camera or a gimbal.
Buying an M600 means you’ll need a gimbal. And DJI is delivering on that front today with their first Ronin designed for use on the ground and in the air. Meet the dual-purpose Ronin-MX.
The ground/air use doesn’t stop there. A Ronin-MX allows the user to select what camera they want to use. Need to shoot with a RED? Go for it. Have a stable of DSLRs? They fit and can take to the skies, or you can keep the grounded.
Custom settings for each camera are allowed on the gimbal, creating a seamless transition to switch out cameras and not have to fix every damn setting imaginable.
Features include the ability to tilt the camera 135 degrees past its vertical axis. You can see the effect in the above announcement video. Compatibility with DJI Focus will be offered with the Focus remote. Live-streaming from the air? It’s offered through an accessory that mounts with the Ronin-MX.
Pricing a DJI Professional Rig
The Ronin-MX retails today for $1,599.00. Want it bundled with the M600? The price hits $5,999.00. It’s not the platform for someone getting their feet wet in the world of aerial photography and cinematography. And the $6K price tag doesn’t include a camera.
Granted, if you’re diving into the world of Ronin stabilization and the M600 aerial platform, you should already own a closet full of cameras. If not? The price will climb higher, but damn you’ll have some amazing footage. Your kid’s birthday party will never look the same.
That’s a joke. Buy a Phantom if your cinematography goals start and end in your backyard.