If you are a filmmaker who is looking for new ways to capture professional cinema grade aerial shots, DJI Matrice 600 (M600) could be the next drone on your radar. Unlike other drones, the M600 is a special hexacopter which is ideal for filmmakers and related industry professionals who are looking to shot the next cinematic magnum opus. While M600’s size is quite large than the traditional drones, its design is simple and easy to fly.
DJI MATRICE 600 OVERVIEW
The M600 is a hexacopter designed for filmmakers and other industry specialists looking to capture their next cinematic masterpiece.
It is one of the biggest drones from DJI, even the bigger than the S1000 Spreading Wings. The six-rotor design gives it a degree of redundancy, making it one of the safer drone models available today. The six rotors are complemented by a provision for six batteries, giving the DJI Matrice 600 drone a flight time of up to 35 minutes.
The M600 drone is compatible with entire Zenmuse line of cameras and features advanced Lightbridge 2 video-transmission technology that produces HD live-streaming up to the distance of 5 kilometers, with a heavier payload like Ronin-MX, the hexacopter boast an approximate flight time of 16 minutes.
All about DJI
DJI is a Chinese company that is well known for producing drones. The headquarters of DJI is located in Shenzhen, started small before growing into a global enterprise. The company possesses direct access to its various suppliers, and it has worldwide branches in U.S, Netherlands, Japan, Germany, Beijing, and Hong Kong. They deal in the manufacture of unmanned aerial vehicles for aerial photography and videography, pro gimbals, flight platforms, cameras, propulsion systems, camera stabilizers, and flight controllers.
FEATURES OF DJI MATRICE 600 OVERVIEW
Ready to fly
One of the most time-consuming parts of setting up a new commercial flying platform is dialing-in the flight & imaging controls and the hardware to work seamlessly, reliably, and without fail. This isn’t an issue with the M600, everything related to flight & camera control on the M600 has been rigorously tested and tweaked.
That’s because, unlike most other commercial drones, the DJI Matrice 600 is not an untested kit. This is an honest-to-goodness ready-to-fly commercial flying platform that comes complete with a flight controller, video transmission system, propulsion system, flexible cargo bays, an onboard redundant-GPS autopilot, a dedicated remote controller, a great mobile app and rechargeable batteries. It’s even got internet connectivity: you can stream video straight from the camera to YouTube.
The DJI Matrice 600’s lightweight design and 6-battery capacity allow up to 36 minutes of flight time when not with load and up to 16 minutes at maximum payload.
The Matrice 600 comes with an enhanced GPS position system that offers faster satellite acquisition, more accurate position hold and supports GPS waypoint flight planning.
The Matrice pro comes with two sets of propellers of 3 pairs each. They cost $39 per pair to replace and you need three pairs for a complete refit.
The professional branding of the Matrice 600 does not mean that it is a complicated drone to set up and fly. In fact, everything you need to get the Matrice 600 drone up and flying is included in the box.
From the moment you unpack the Matrice 600, it will only take a few minutes to have it up in the air. Without any payload, it weighs almost 10 kg. However, you don’t need to worry about carrying around a drone that is bigger than most children. The Matrice 600 has a foldable GPS mount, foldable propellers arms, and removable landing gear. This helps keep the Matrice 600 somewhat portable, although this is still not the type of drone that you can throw into your backpack.
To keep your shots clear of any obstructions, the landing gear of the Matrice 600 can be retracted with a flick of a switch on the remote controller. A function on the DJI GO app can also be activated so that the landing gear will automatically retract once the drone is 1.2 meters above its take-off point. This ensures that the legs of the drone will not show up in your photos or footage. It also features several expansion bays for mounting of various official DJI or third-party accessories.
The Matrice 600 comes with the advanced E2000 Tuned Propulsion System. This combines the 6010 brushless motors with the large than usual 2170 propellers.
The six-motor design comes with built-in redundancy, allowing the Matrice 600 to safely recover even when up to 3 motors fail. Aside from extending flight time, the improved efficiency of the brushless motors means that the propellers can generate more lift.
Beyond the ability to lift heavy payloads, the large motors and propellers of the Matrice 600 also give it excellent maneuverability and flight performance despite its weight. The Matrice 600 is remarkably stable and easy to fly drone even for novice drone pilots. Those who have a need for speed won’t be left wanting, as M600 can move at a speed of 64.8kph. If you’re thinking of capturing drone footage at the top of a mountain, then the M600 still has your back. Its powerful propellers can provide lift up to a maximum altitude of 25000 meters above sea level. The ascending power of Matrice 600 allows it to fly at 8kph and descend at a safer rate of 4.8kph.
Flight controller and app control
Complete and accurate control is what you will get with the Matrice 600. The M600 comes with the revolutionary A3 flight controller as well as the Lightbridge 2 system.
The Lightbridge 2 system can stream long range 1080p live feed. It also supports dual video input and dual operator setups, one for flight and one for camera control.
The A3 flight controller has built-in failsafe measures for loss of signal, low power and even propulsion failure of up to three motors. In the event of a propulsion failure, the aircraft yaws continuously and the A3 automatically switches to Home-lock for landing the aircraft safely in an emergency.
The Matrice 600 supports the DJI Go app and the DJI Assistant 2. The app gives users a built-in flight simulator, HD view, battery level status, redundancy status, transmission strength, and more. With the app and the simplified Lightbridge 2 Remote Controller, flying a big, heavy lifting drone has never been easier. Operators can also control camera settings including shutter speed, ISO, aperture and focus. The DJI Assistant 2 makes firmware updates and configuration a breeze and also has a built-in flight simulator.
The Matrice 600 has a provision for six Intelligent Flight Batteries. Each battery can be turned on and off independently, although the drone will only take off when all 6 batteries are installed. The amount of power provided by the batteries allows the Matrice 600 to exceptionally heavy payloads. The multiple battery array also provides another measure of redundancy to the drone. Should a battery fail mid-flight, the M600 will recalculate the remaining flight time considering how many batteries are still functioning.
Though the Matrice 600 doesn’t come with a gimbal itself, it gives operators the opportunity to select the exact gimbal they want for their drone. The M600 is compatible with DJI’s full Zenmuse gimbal line, allowing for a wide range of cameras to be used including the Zenmuse X3, X5, XT, and any other third party cameras.
A stand-out feature of the DJI Matrice 600 is its ability to carry a large payload. The M600 can lift up to 13.2 lbs while still maintaining stability and redundancy in the air. For filmmakers and other professionals, the benefit of being able to carry a heavy payload is a huge advantage of the Matrice 600, as it provides more opportunity for users to customize their drone with different gimbals, cameras, and accessories.
Lots of camera options
DJI Matrice 600 does not come with a camera, but with its heavy lifting capabilities, users can select from a wider range of cameras to shoot with. The M600 is compatible with the entire Zenmuse line, including the RED EPIC. With the Zenmuse XT and X5, the M600 can fly for approximately 35 minutes. With any other larger camera the Matrice can stay in the air for approximately 16 minutes. DJI Matrice 600 drone is also compatible with any other third party cameras.
- Super flexible design
- Suitable for many commercial applications
- Streams quality live HD content
- Great flight time
- Amazing range
- Too expensive
- Will not be able to carry heavy cameras
M600 drone is designed to provide operators the freedom to choose what kind of accessories, gimbals, cameras, and other components they prefer to use for the aerial footage they visualize. The drone has the capacity to hold heavy camcorders while flying at a decent height. This is the first choice for filmmakers as it reduces the cost of using helicopters and other aircraft. The drone offers stability and control in the air while carrying heavy components.