May 28, 2022

The first DJI Mavic hit the consumer drone world when it was released in late 2016. The compact, foldable design has released a million imitators around the world, including many under the auspices of the drone giant. However, the word “compact” is certainly not the first thing that comes to mind in the commercial space. These designs tend to be heavier and stronger than products designed to be stored in a photo backpack.

Two years after the first model was launched, the company introduced the Mavic 2 enterprise capabilities. The biggest change was the addition of a modular mount that can be used to mount things like spotlights and speakers in less than ideal conditions. But in any case, the Mavic 2 Enterprise was still a consumer drone with some additional functional benefits.

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This morning, the company announced the Matrice 30, a purpose-built drone for enterprise applications that will bring Mavic’s most prominent feature, folding arms, to its long-standing lineup. Again, the highlight of DJI is that the system can be carried in a backpack, even if it is larger than what is required for the Mavic and its various derivative drones. The increased size provides a more robust construction required for some of the conditions these products may encounter. The built-in battery lasts for 41 minutes, which is five minutes less than the Mavic 3.

In terms of weather conditions, the new drone is rated IP55 and the company says it can operate in temperatures ranging from -4 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep in mind that these drones are designed to withstand very difficult testing conditions so that their human counterparts can stay safe.

The new drone comes with a remote controller and is available on the DJI website.

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