DJI Zenmuse XT Camera Turns Up The Heat

Posted by Kerry 03/30/2016 0 Comment(s) News,

As with pretty much every technology, size gets smaller, price comes down, and features get improved. Such is the case with the FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) cameras. Once the requiring full size helicopters to loft the heavy cameras and massive gimbals, we now have thermal cameras about the size of a GoPro that we can easily carry on small UAVs. A FLIR thermal camera allows you to view an image and see visually see the heat signature of the subject and surrounding area. Using a thermal camera is a huge advantage in many different applications such as:

  • Search and rescue
  • Precision agriculture
  • Roof inspections
  • Power line inspections
  • Firefighting
  • Substation inspections
  • Cell tower inspections
  • Security
  • Surveying
  • And many other uses

Search and Rescue
SaR Teams can quickly find lost hikers, accident victims, stranded swimmers, and even lost horses. Victim's heat signatures easily stand out from the surroundings and can be located even in the dark.

Law Enforcement
Law enforcement can greatly benefit from a thermal camera when looking for fugitives that are hiding, indentifying parked cars that have been running, accident investigation, and tactical planning.

Fire Fighting
Fire crews are utilizing thermal imaging to see how a fire is moving through a building, locating hot spots on the roof, planning their fire fighting strategies, and fire investigation. Being able to see how the heat is moving through a building is a huge advantage to getting ahead of an active fire.

Utility / Building Inspection
With different types of utilities, heat buildup can be a key indicator of electrical resistance, can easily pinpoint ineffective solar panels, and see heat being built up from bearings that are getting worn out or motors that are under stress. Roof and building inspectors can quickly indentify heat leaks from walls, roofs, and windows.

Farmers are beginning to use thermal imaging for a number of purposes including crop health, water distribution, drainage inspection, and livestock monitoring.

Aerial Thermal Imaging - The DJI Zenmuse XT

DJI is on the forefront of the aerial thermal imaging revolution with the Zenmuse XT. The Zenmuse XT camera mates a FLIR thermal camera with the stability and control of a DJI Zenmuse gimbal system for the Inspire 1 or Matrice 100 platforms with full integration with the DJI GO application. Integration with the DJI aircraft platforms and GO app provide providing a real-time, low latency view of what the camera sees, and instant access to core camera functions including:

  • Spot metering, temperature measurement at the mid-point
  • Digital zoom
  • Single or interval shooting modes
  • Photo, video preview and download
  • Take photos while recording video
  • Various camera settings and parameters including:
    • - Palette, also referred to as Look-up Table (LUT)
    • - Scene, also referred to as Automatic Gain Correction (AGC)
    • - Region of Interest (ROI)
    • - Isotherm mode

Getting Started with Thermal Imaging

To get started with a DJI Zenmuse XT camera system requires a consultation call with one of our thermal imaging consultants to help determine your exact requirements as there are 12 different configuration options available. For users that already have an Inspire 1 or Matrice 100 aircraft, the XT camera will simply go into the aircraft's existing X mount for plug-and-play operation. Customers needing an aircraft can get complete systems with both daylight and thermal imaging cameras for maximum flexibility.

Contact us today at (303) 552-2300 to get more information or to get the process for you to start seeing the heat!

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