Specifically designed with the DJI’s Matrice drone in mind, the just announced Zenmuse Z30 is the most powerful integrated aerial zoom camera on the market to date with 30x optical and 6x digital zoom for a total magnification up to 180x. On top of that, the powerful device is compatible with DJI Lightbridge 2 system that increases the range of its wireless HD image transmission up to 3.1 miles (5km) while providing lowering latency and enhanced image fidelity. You can just slide the camera in the mount of the DJI Matrice drone, and you’re ready for take-off. Currently, the camera is meant for industrial purposes only. However, it clearly shows the direction in which both the consumer and professional drone technology is headed.
The Zenmuse Z30 boasts a 1/2.8-inch CMOS sensor with merely 2.13 megapixels capable of capturing 1080p video up to 30fps in either MOV or MP4 wrapper. The built-in optical zoom lens features a variable maximum aperture of f/1.6 to f/4.7 alongside a field-of-view ranging from 63.7°(Wide) to 2.3°(Tele) respectively. The camera can also take high-resolution stills as a single shot, in a burst shooting mode (3/5 frames) or as entire time-lapse sequences. The recorded media is stored on a MicroSD (SD / SDHC / SDXC) cards up to 64GB (Class 10 or UHS-1 are supported).
Furthermore, the Zenmuse Z30 is fully integrated with the DJI Go app as users can zoom with just a tap of a finger. With the new TapZoom function, the gimbal will reorient towards the object when tapping on your screen. With each tap, the Z30 camera will automatically adjust its focal length to give an enlarged view of the object in focus. To ensure the extra stability of the camera once it’s up in the air, DJI has incorporated its proprietary gimbal technology for precise stabilization providing accurate movement compensation within 0.01 degree.
Ultimately, DJI claims that the Z30’s zoom capabilities allow users to collect accurate visual data from over 100 meters (328 feet) and focus in on extremely precise details from a distance. Beyond any doubt, the camera will be extremely useful for a variety of industrial and surveillance applications providing an exceptional, detailed look at structures, wires, modules, components, etc. For more information regarding pricing and availability of the Zenmuse Z30, head over to the DJI’s official website here.