There are a bunch of different drone manufacturers in the market, but when we talk about drones in the market, there is one name that comes out on top of all the others: DJI. The company is one of the biggest drone manufacturers in the world and they have an array of different products in the market. There are many who have released alternate products in the market, but the company has managed to hold on to its crown.
The company has released a bunch of products not just for the consumer market, but also for the enterprise industry. There are a bunch of commercial enterprise solutions that the company has released, and the Zenmuse XT2 is one of the best that the company has put out as of late.
In this review, we will focus on the features and the specifications of the XT2, which builds on the success and the performance of the XT, the XT2 also includes thermal technology from FLIR. There is a visual sensor as well as a robust gimbal from DJI, which greatly increases the performance and the functionality of the drone, especially when you take a look at the more intelligent modes that the company has included such as the FLIR MSX.
Key Points to Note
The XT2 includes a dual 4k camera sensor with a 12 MP 1/1.7” CMOS sensor as well as a FLIR tau 2 thermal sensor. The XT2 also has an IP 44 rating, which makes it pretty good for use in different conditions. The drone offers dust and water protection.
It is also compatible with the DJI 600 and the 200 Matric series. Apart from that, it has a thermal sensitivity of under 50 MK. There are a whole array of different lenses that you can choose from, including the 9 Hz and the 30 Hz. In addition, the drone also has built-in thermal and visual data storage.
If you are in the market for something that covers all your needs in a commercial environment, you simply can’t go wrong with this one.
What Comes in the Box?
The XT2 is shipped in a pretty secure and incredibly hard case, so you don’t have to worry about any kind of damage during shipment. Many companies often skimp on packing materials when it comes to expensive things, but the XT2 covers all of its bases and is incredibly safe.
Inside the box, you will find the gimbal and the camera, along with two 32 GB micro SD cards for excellent storage. Now, I understand that 64 GB will not be enough for most people when shooting in commercial settings, but the fact that the company includes it right out of the box is still a pretty good thing.
It shows that the company cares about its patrons and is willing to go the extra mile. At this price point, it’s always good to see. There’s a secure hard case that you can put the XT2 in after use, so that always comes in handy. This case is incredibly durable and you can throw it around without any worry (though I definitely wouldn’t recommend it).
Setting it up
As mentioned above, the XT2 is compatible with both the 200 and the 600 Matrice series. If you have the Matrice 600 Pro, it will integrate seamlessly. There are also two apps that will allow you to use the XT2: the DJI Pilot app or you can use CrystalSky. If you have an iPad, you can always use the XT Pro app that the company has released.
The interface differs depending on which app you use, though the functionality remains the same. It all depends on your level of comfort and the one that you like to use. You can set it up using a single gimbal or you can opt for the dual gimbal. It mounts very well on the gimbal.
One of the main features of the XT2 is the spot metering, which makes it easy for you to quickly look at the heat on any particular spot on the screen. The option is available on the screen, and all you have to do is press a button to activate it. There’s a margin of error for 10 C, but that’s fairly passable for most people.
The drone also has an area measurement feature allowing you to measure the area on a particular spot in the screen. It will highlight the coldest and the hottest points on the screen, with the red being the hottest and the blue being the coldest.
Then, you have the FLIR MSX, which combines the thermal imagery features with the visual data received by the DJI camera. The camera overlays the visual data with the thermal imagery, allowing you to easily get the image you want with ease.
Another excellent feature of the XT2 is the picture in picture, which utilizes both the visual imagery and the thermal imagery and brings it in a flexible, easy-to-use display. As mentioned above, you can easily overlay the data or you can move one window on either side.
There’s also a temperature alarm so you will be notified when the temperature exceeds a particular point. The camera will then focus on the hottest point or when it exceeds the temperature that you have specified. Then, there’s the HeatTrack feature that allows you to focus on the hottest point in the video.
If you are looking for a commercial camera that is easy to use and is compatible with two of the most popular drone setups in the market, you simply can’t go wrong with the XT2. It’s a fantastic choice that offers excellent value for money all around.
Considering the fact that it combines the best of both worlds from DJI as well as FLIR, it’s a great choice for companies that are interested in buying something that is reliable and will give them accurate information. It’s without a doubt one of the best in the market.