DJI Announces the M600 (Matrice 600); a Powerful Professional Platform for Aerial Photography

m600_1.jpegDJI is a familiar name if you are interested in Aerial Photography, as they are the premiere manufacturer of Drones like the Phantom 3 line that many photographers rely on to get photos and videos of their subjects from the air.

What many readers may not realize, is that DJI also produces some very nice platforms for Professional Photographers that provide longer range and flight times, combined with increased payload ability for "heavy lifting" of sophisticated camera systems and much more. The higher end DJI products are targeting the Broadcast and Industrial Markets that need more than lower priced platforms can provide.

Now, DJI has announced the next generation M600 (Matrice 600), a 6 rotor aerial platform that can carry a payload of up to 6 Kilograms (approximately 13.2 pounds), integrating DJI's new A3 flight controller with advanced Lightbridge 2 video transmission technology that can transmit HD Video using high frame rates at distances up to 5 Kilometers (approximately 3.1 Miles)

DJI says that the new M600 platform is the easiest to use platform ever produced for professional photography.  They've worked to back up that claim by programming all of the M600 platform data and information into the integrated A3 flight controller, remote and transmission systems. That approach is designed to reduce setup time and allow users to begin flying this platform as fast as possible, taking advantage of the advanced feature set with minimal effort.

Here are a few of the key features incorporated into the new DJI M600 Platform:

Total Integration
The modular design makes the M600 easy to set up and ready to use in just minutes. Its dust proof propulsion systems simplify maintenance while actively cooled motors make for reliable operation during extended periods of time. All Zenmuse cameras and gimbals are natively compatible, and a maximum payload of 6 kg allows it to fly the Ronin-MX gimbal and a range of cameras from Micro Four Thirds systems to the RED Epic.

Smart Flight Safety
The M600 uses sine-wave driven, intelligent ESCs to ensure it performs accurately, safely and efficiently while A3's self-adaptive flight systems adjust flight parameters automatically based on different payloads. The A3 can be upgraded with two additional GNSS and IMU units to A3 Pro or with D-RTK GNSS for enhanced accuracy.

Extended Flight Time and Transmission Range
The M600 features an extended flight time and a 5 km* long-range, ultra-low latency HD image transmission for accurate image composition and capture. The M600 uses 6 small DJI Intelligent Batteries, allowing it to easily be shipped to wherever it is needed. A customized battery management system and power distribution board allows all six batteries to be turned on with one button press, and keeps the system in flight in the event of a failure of a single battery, and allows users to check the battery status in real-time during flight.

Professional HD Transmission
DJI Lightbridge 2 has been designed from the ground up to meet the requirements of professional broadcasting, offering high frame rates and HD live streaming. USB, mini-HDMI and 3G-SDI ports support video output at up to 1080p/60fps or a broadcast standard output of 720p/59.94fps and 1080i/50fps.

DJI also offers a number of upgrades for the M600 platform that are designed to meet the more demanding needs of Professional Photographers working in the Broadcast Industry.

The new M600 Platform will have a suggested retail price of $4,599, including the integrated A3 flight controller, Lightbridge 2 transmission system, and a set of batteries.

DJI has a video introducing  the new Matrice 600 Platform here:



See the below press release for even more detail about the new DJI Matrice 600 Platform


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DJI Introduces Next-Generation Matrice 600 Aerial Platform

New M600, A3 flight controller and Ronin-MX offer unprecedented professional imaging capability

LAS VEGAS, April 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- DJI on Sunday introduced the Matrice 600, its next-generation aerial platform, marking a new era for professional aerial photography, filmmaking and industrial applications.

The M600 integrates DJI's brand-new A3 flight controller onboard and features advanced Lightbridge 2 video-transmission technology that offers high frame rates and HD live-streaming capability at distances up to five kilometers.

"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."

The M600 is a six-rotor system with a maximum payload of 6.0 kilograms, making it ideal for the full range of DJI's Zenmuse gimbals, including the Z15 series and the Zenmuse X series cameras, which are unmatched in providing stabilized aerial imagery. The M600's carrying weight also allows it to fly the Ronin MX, DJI's newest handheld and aerial three-axis gimbal. The M600's propulsion system is dustproof to simplify maintenance and increase durability. It has actively cooled motors for more-reliable flight, and its landing gear is retractable for full 360-degree, unobstructed imaging.

The M600 is powered by six DJI Intelligent Batteries. The customized battery-management system and power distribution board allow all six batteries to be turned on and off with the push of one button and keep the system aloft, should a single battery fail. The M600 will fly up to 36 minutes with a Zenmuse X5 camera attached and up to 16 minutes with a larger camera, such as a RED EPIC. Flight time will vary for different cameras, gimbals and a number of other conditions.

Integrated A3 Flight Controller

Setting the M600 apart is its integrated A3 flight controller. It uses sine-wave-driven, intelligent electronic speed controllers to ensure the M600 performs accurately, safely and efficiently. Meanwhile, self-adaptive flight systems adjust parameters automatically, based on different payloads.

It's upgradable to the A3 PRO system, which features advanced diagnostic algorithms that compare sensor data from three Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) units and three inertial measurement units.

The A3's GNSS system can also be optionally upgraded to DJI Real-Time Kinematic technology, offering centimeter-accurate positioning to allow for complex maneuvers in an industrial setting and so that cinematic shots can be precisely replicated. The RTK technology can also withstand magnetic interference.

The M600 supports the DJI GO app, which includes a live video feed, battery and redundancy status, transmission strength and other data to keep the user informed of flight status at all times. The app also provides access to aperture, shutter speed, photo and video capture on any Zenmuse X-series camera, plus remote focus on the Zenmuse X5 and X5R cameras.

The M600 is a top-quality development platform, compatible with the DJI Onboard Software Development Kit and Mobile SDK to work with different industrial applications. It has dual parallel CAN and API ports for connecting DJI devices, including the Guidance sensor system, RTK GPS units or third-party components.

The M600's retail price, including the integrated A3 flight controller with Lightbridge 2 and a full set of batteries, is $4,599.

Works Seamlessly with Ronin-MX

When paired with the new DJI Ronin-MX, the M600 offers best-in-class three-axis aerial video stabilization. The latest in the Ronin line is also the most-versatile, working both on the ground and in the air with minimal setup.

The Ronin-MX works perfectly with the M600, as a fully integrated system that includes the A3 flight controller, Lightbridge 2 transmission system and gimbal in the air. It's the first universal aerial gimbal DJI has made that communicates with the onboard DJI flight controller.

It's fully compatible with a rich selection of DJI accessories for long-distance focus and aperture control and features remote start/stop controls and video transmission. The Ronin-MX is built for convenient, handheld use, but it also has multiple operation modes, including underslung, upright and briefcase. Apart from the M600, it's also compatible with video cranes.

"For film directors, the M600 is a game-changer. There are other options out there, but none that integrate a top-class flight controller, video-transmission system like Lightbridge 2 and support for a wide range of cameras and gimbals," said DJI Executive Creative Director Sheldon Schwartz. "If you go with the new Ronin-MX on the M600, you'll be surprised at how easy it is to get unparalleled stability and cinematic-quality shots."

The Ronin-MX has a built-in, independent IMU module, a Bluetooth module and a 2.4GHz receiver. It operates through the DJI GO app and has settings for SmoothTrack and gimbal-tuning for various cameras, including some of the RED series, DSLRs and other professional camera. It also operates in multiple modes, including aerial and car mount.                                                                      

Mounted on the M600, the Ronin-MX's CANBUS port allows all flight controller data to pass through to the Ronin-MX, meaning the gimbal is positionally aware and able to keep the horizon level. The Ronin-MX can pan 360 degrees, tilt +45 to -135 degrees and has redundant slip rings, offering enhanced reliability for operators. With an optional accessory, the Ronin-MX can transmit video real-time from a mounted camera, making full use of the M600's Lightbridge 2 capabilities. It will also be compatible with the DJI Focus, through a wireless adapter mounted to the Focus remote.

The Ronin-MX is powered by a 4S Ronin-M battery. Third-party cameras mounted on the Ronin MX can be powered by an optional onboard DJI battery.

The Ronin MX is compatible with a wide range of cameras from Arri, Black Magic, Canon, Panasonic, RED, Sony and Nikon. Its maximum load weight is around 4.5 kilograms.

The Ronin MX retails for $1,599. Bundled with the M600 and integrated A3 flight controller and Lightbridge 2, it will sell for $5,999.

For photos and more details, please visit:

Matrice 600 Product Page

Ronin-MX Product Page

A3 Product Page

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