DJI Matrice 200 Series VERSUS M600 Pro & Inspire 2

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DJI has released an all new quadcopter series for industrial professionals, the Matrice 200 range. Allowing users to mount multiple gimbals on an aircraft which folds away for convenient transport, the M200 is the next big step in commercial drone manufacture.

There are three versions of the Matrice 200 available, the details of which are listed below:

Matrice 200: This is the basic version of the quadcopter which features an FPV Camera, FlightAutonomy and a Dual Battery System.

Matrice 210: The 210 configuration features the FPV Camera, FlightAutonomy, a Dual Battery System, Universal Ports and Multiple Payload Configurations. The M210 enables you to mount dual gimbals underneath the aircraft and the option to top mount a gimbal for a different perspective. Please Note: You can’t use an upward and downward camera simultaneously.

Matrice 210 RTK: The final model comes with everything featured in the both the M200 and M210 while also featuring an inbuilt RTK system from DJI which, according to the manufacturer, ensures millimetre-precision navigation.

Here are the specifications for each of these models side-by-side:

Matrice 200
Matrice 200
Matrice 210
Matrice 210
Matrice 210 RTK
Matrice 210 RTK

Dimensions (unfolded)

887mm x 880mm x 378mm 887mm x 880mm x 378mm 887mm x 880mm x 408mm

Dimensions (folded)

716mm x 220mm x 236mm 716mm x 220mm x 236mm 716mm x 242mm x 236mm

Weight

3.80KG (TB50)
4.53KG (TB55)
3.84KG (TB50)
4.57KG (TB55)
4.27KG (TB50)
5.0KG (TB55)

Max Payload

2.34KG (TB50)
1.61KG (TB55)
2.3KG (TB50)
1.57KG (TB55)
1.87KG (TB50)
1.14KG (TB55)

Max Flight Time

27min (No Payload, with TB50)
38min (No Payload, with TB55)
13min (6kg Payload, with TB50)
24min (6kg Payload, with TB55)
27min (No Payload, with TB50)
38min (No Payload, with TB55)
12min (6kg Payload, with TB50)
24min (6kg Payload, with TB55)
23min (No Payload, with TB50)
32min (No Payload, with TB55)
13min (6kg Payload, with TB50)
24min (6kg Payload, with TB55)

Gimbal Installation

Downward Gimbal Mount

Supported Supported Supported

Upward Gimbal Mount

Not Supported Supported Supported

Downward Dual Gimbal

Not Supported Supported Supported

Now you’re familiar with what’s on offer, it’s time to compare the Matrice 200 with DJI’s other commercial models to see which is best suited to tackling industrial work.

The recently released DJI Inspire 2 and Matrice 600 Pro have both been welcomed with open arms by drone professionals but now there’s a new contender in the form of the M200. Here is a specs comparison featuring the Inspire 2, M600 Pro and the mid-range Matrice 210 model to demonstrate their respective strengths.

Matrice 210
Matrice 210
Matrice 600 Pro
Matrice 600 Pro
Inspire 2
Inspire 2

Dimensions

887mm x 880mm x 378mm (unfolded)
716mm x 220mm x 236mm (folded)
1668mm x 1518mm x 727mm with propellers, frame arms and GPS mount unfolded (including landing gear)
437mm x 402mm x 553mm with propellers, frame arms and GPS mount folded (excluding landing gear)
427mm x 317mm x 425mm without propellers (landing mode)

Number of Batteries

2 6 2

Weight

3.84KG (TB50)
4.57KG (TB55)
9.5KG (with six TB47S batteries)
10KG (with six TB48S batteries)
3.29KG (including two batteries, without gimbal and camera)

Max Takeoff Weight

6.14KG 15.5KG (recommended) 4KG

Max Ascent Speed

P Mode / A Mode / S Mode: 5m/s 5m/s
P-mode/A-mode: 5m/s
S-mode: 6m/s

Max Descent Speed

Vertical: 3m/s 3m/s
Vertical: 4m/s
Tilt: 4-9m/s

Max Speed

S Mode 23m/s
P Mode 17m/s
A Mode 23m/s
40 mph / 65 kph (no wind) 58 mph or 94 kph (Sport mode)

Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level

2500m
2170R propellers: 2500m
2195 propellers: 4500m
2500m
5000m (with specially-designed propeller)

Max Wind Resistance

10m/s 8m/s 10m/s

Max Flight Time

27min (No Payload, with TB50)
38min (No Payload, with TB55)
13min (6KG Payload, with TB50)
24min (6KG Payload, with TB55)
32min (No Payload, with TB47S)
38min (No Payload, with TB485)
16min (6KG Payload, with TB47S)
18min (6KG Payload, with TB48S)
Approx. 27 min (with Zenmuse X4S)

Motor Model

DJI 3515 DJI 6010 DJI 3512

Propeller Model

DJI 1760S DJI 2170R DJI 1550T

Operating Temperature

-20°C to 45°C -10°C to 40°C -20°Cto 40°C

Gimbals

Compatible Gimbals

Zenmuse X4S, Zenmuse X5S, Zenmuse Z30, Zenmuse XT Ronin-MX; Zenmuse Z30, Zenmuse X5/X5R, Zenmuse X3, Zenmuse XT; Zenmuse Z15 Series HD Gimbal: Z15-A7, Z15-BMPCC, Z15-5D III, Z15-GH4 Zenmuse X4S and Zenmuse X5S

Remote Controller

Operating Frequency

2.400-2.483 GHz; 5.725-5.850 GHz 920.6 MHz to 928 MHz (Japan); 5.725 GHz to 5.825 GHz; 2.400 GHz to 2.483 GHz 2.400-2.483 GHz; 5.725-5.850 GHz

Video Output Ports

USB, HDMI HDMI, SDI, USB USB, HDMI

Operating Temperature

-20°C to 40°C -10°C to 40°C -20°C to 40°C

Charger

Model

IN2C180 MC6S600 IN2C180

Rated Power

180 W 600 W 180 W

Battery

Model

Standard: TB50; Optional: TB55 Standard: TB47S; Optional: TB48S Standard: TB50

Capacity

4280mAh (TB50)
7760mAh (TB55)
4500mAh (TB47S)
5700mAh (TB48S)
4280mAh

Voltage

22.8V (TB50)
22.8V (TB55)
22.2V (TB47S)
22.8V (TB48S)
22.8V

Energy

97.58 Wh (TB50)
176.93Wh (TB55)
99.9Wh (TB47S)
129.96Wh (TB48S)
97.58Wh

Net Weight

520g (TB50)
885g (TB55)
595g (TB47S)
680g (TB48S)
515g

 


MATRICE 200 SERIES VERSUS INSPIRE 2 & M600 PRO KEY FEATURES

Having looked through the available data, it’s clear that there are a lot of plus points to each of these models. The professional drone market has gone from a nascent sector with limited choice to a widely-supported industry in a short space of time and with the M200 range throwing its hat in the ring, it’s becoming difficult for businesses to choose which model is best suited to them.

Read on for more details on each of DJI’s flagship professional models to help guide you towards the right drone for your industry.

 

WHAT’S IN THE BOX?

First things first, here is what you can expect to find included with each of the models covered in this article:

What’s Included?

Matrice 200
DJI Matrice 200
  • Aircraft Body x 1
  • Remote Controller x 1
  • Propellers (Pair) x 4
  • Intelligent Flight Battery (TB50) x 2
  • Battery Charger x 1
  • Charging Hub x 1
  • Power Cable x 1
  • USB Cable (with double-A ports) x 1
  • Micro SD Card (16GB) x 1
  • Vision System Calibration Plate x 1
  • Gimbal Damper x 3
  • Propeller Mounting Plates x 1
  • Carrying Case x 1
  • Battery Insulation Sticker x 4
  • Aircraft Body (With Arm Sleeves) x 1
  • Landing Gear Leg x 2
  • Landing Skid x 2
  • Spring x 2
  • Remote Controller x 1
  • Intelligent Flight Battery (TB47S) x 6
  • Hex Charger x 1
  • Inner Foam Case x 1
  • Power Cable x 1
  • RC Charging Cable x 2
  • Micro USB Cable x 1
  • Knob (With Gasket) x 6
  • Tape
  • Battery Stickers
  • Screws
    • M3x5.5, M3x8
    • M3x8 (Thumb)
    • M3x12
  • Manuals
Matrice 600 Pro
Matrice 600 Pro
Inspire 2
DJI Inspire 2
  • Aircraft Body x 1
  • Remote Controller x 1
  • Propellers (Pair) x 4
  • Intelligent Flight Battery (TB50) x 2
  • Battery Charger x 1
  • Charging Hub x 1
  • Power Cable x 1
  • USB Cable (with Double A Ports) x 1
  • Micro SD Card (16GB) x 1
  • Vision System Calibration Plate x 1
  • Gimbal Damper x 3
  • Propeller Mounting Plates x 1
  • Carrying Case x 1
  • Battery Insulation Sticker x 4
  • Manuals

 


APPEARANCE

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The Matrice 200 series has been designed to be rapidly folded and easily stored within a purpose-built travel case. Also, a feature which is especially useful if you’re using the M210, the gimbal mounting plates stay attached during transportation allowing you to get airborne within minutes. There’s something distinctly industrial about its aesthetic, with a robust weatherproof design that screams functionality.

DJI have clearly learned some lessons from the Matrice 600’s design, effectively reducing the size and number of arms while adding the ability to mount multiple gimbals (on the M210 and M210 RTK versions at least).

DJI Matrice 200

Introducing the Matrice 200 series

The Matrice 600 Pro is also designed for portability. The ability to fold it down to a smaller size (with a larger folding angle) and quick-release its legs offer more options for transportation which is hugely important for many involved in commercial drone operations. That said, there is a large size disparity which must be taken into account – this hexacopter is by far the largest model featured in this comparison.

Then there’s the Inspire 2. Seeing no need to fix what wasn’t broken, DJI retained the transformable design of the Inspire 1 range. However, they opted for a fresh metallic finish reminiscent of the Mavic Pro. This aesthetic was achieved via the use of magnesium-aluminium alloy to create the shell as well as sturdy carbon-fiber for the arms.

They’re all great looking aircraft but looks aren’t everything. Read on to find out how their levels of performance compare.

 


PERFORMANCE

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DJI’s Matrice 200 continues their mission of raising the bar of commercial quadcopters. With this in mind, they have made sure that it can perform well in a range of challenging environments. Improved motors and 17-inch propellers ensure stable flight in strong winds while the new dual-battery power system (like that of the Inspire 2) automatically heats batteries in sub-zero temperatures. This is rounded out by an enclosed design for greater weather and water resistance.

Here are the headline facts for the M200 series:

  • 7km Operation Range
  • 38min Max Flight Time (TB55s With No Payload)
  • IP43 Level Ingress Protection
  • 2kg Max Payload Capacity

A range of familiar smart features is included with the Matrice 200 series including ActiveTrack, Point of Interest and FlightAutonomy. This is all easily controlled through the DJI GO 4 app or alternatively DJI Pilot, their Android app for enterprise users.

The M200 series offers the same front and side obstacle avoidance system you will be familiar with from the Phantom 4 Pro as well as additional upwards avoidance on par with the Inspire 2.

Using DJI’s Lightbridge 2 transmission system, the M200 series offers low-latency controls and live feeds from the aircraft. Also, a first for DJI, the Matrice 200 comes with a built-in ADS-B receiver, which automatically provides the pilot with real-time information about nearby manned aircraft activity.

Flight planning will be possible using DJI’s GS Pro and the Matrice 200 series will also benefit from DJI’s soon-to-be-released FlightHub software which they claim will: “Oversee your aerial operations remotely to view live inspections and manage your fleet of drones.”

Matrice 200 Weather Proofing

A new enclosed shell ensures weatherproofing

DJI’s previous Matrice model, the M600 Pro, is a heavy-lift hexacopter which allows users to carry equipment beyond the capability of less powerful models. Useful in industries as varied as filmmaking and industrial inspection, it is surprisingly easy to use – DJI having made full use of its size to pack in intelligent functionality.

The Matrice 600 Pro’s six batteries allow for triple redundancy and increased safety in flight. Managing the batteries is simple when using the included charging hub which allows you to simultaneously charge up the TB47S or TB48S units and get back in the air even quicker.

It also features the A3 Pro as standard which gives it an edge over its predecessors, ensuring more precise control over the aircraft. The antenna mounting position has also been shifted to one of the M600 Pro‘s arms and it offers three more CAN 1 Ports than the first generation.

The Inspire 2 features all the functionality of the Inspire 1 series as well as plenty of additions. It can avoid obstacles both front-facing and upwards which adds to the already solid visual positioning system allowing for a truly intelligent flight experience. There’s also the addition of DJI’s TapFly, ActiveTrack and Sports modes as well as Smart Return to Home providing lots of options for autonomy while you focus on filming or image capture.

 


BATTERY LIFE

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The Matrice 200 is also compatible with the TB50 Intelligent Flight Batteries which allow for improved portability or, if you’re looking to support a dual gimbal set-up, there’s also the option to use the larger TB55 batteries for increased flight times.

To see how the M200 performs with its wide range of compatible gimbals, see the table below:

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The M600 Pro is compatible with TB47S and TB48S and requires six of them the get airborne. These batteries offer a flight time of more than 30 minutes without a payload and around 20 minutes with a payload allowing you to remain airborne long enough to capture an impressive amount of footage or photos.

The Inspire 2 features dual battery redundancy, increasing reliability and safety in the air. The compatible TB50 batteries are 4280mAh units which feature a built-in 70W self-heating system ensuring that you’re able to film in more challenging climates without worrying about adverse reactions to cold. You should be able to get 27 minutes’ worth of flight out of the Inspire 2 when carrying an X4S.

 


CAMERA DETAILS

The M200, like the previous models in the Matrice range, can carry a variety of cameras making it an ideal tool for industrial uses such as aerial surveys. See below for the compatible Zenmuse models which can also be dual mounted, with an option to place a gimbal on the top of the aircraft for varied perspective:

  • Zenmuse XT: DJI’s premiere thermal solution for professionals.
  • Zenmuse X4S: 20 MP stills with a leaf shutter and 4K footage at 60FPS.
  • Zenmuse X5S: Micro 4/3 5.2K camera with a range of lens options.
  • Zenmuse Z30: 30x zoom camera for industrial inspections.

It’s worth mentioning that despite its support for the X4S and X5S, the Matrice 200 doesn’t come with the same advanced videography features. Footage is dialled back to the H.264 and H.265 formats compatible with the aircraft’s microSD storage. The X5S’ 5.2K recording isn’t available, as it requires the CINESSD system and cards designed for the Inspire 2.

With the Matrice 210 and 210 RTK, you can also access dual payload compatibility which means you can carry two gimbals at once for enhanced data collection. Additionally, you can attach a gimbal to the top of the craft for alternative viewpoints. If you want to use the latter functionality, you’ll need to install an external GPS receiver, as adding a gimbal to the top of the M210 disrupts the internal GPS.

Matrice 200 Dual Payload

DJI Matrice 210 with Z30 and Zenmuse XT

When coupled with the Ronin-MX brushless gimbal, the M600 Pro is able to carry a huge range of camera suppliers including REDs, HASSELBLADs and the Zenmuse range. This includes the Z30 zoom and XT thermal camera gimbals, which offer a range of high-quality solutions to industrial users.

The Inspire 2 is compatible with the Zenmuse X4S and X5S. The former features a 20MP 1-inch sensor and a maximum ISO of 12,800 and uses a DJI-designed compact lens with a low dispersion and distortion 24mm equivalent prime lens with an 84° FOV. The latter is equipped with an upgraded Micro 4/3 sensor, the Zenmuse X5S has a dynamic range of 12.8 stops and supports up to eight standard M4/3 lenses with focal lengths which range from 9mm-45mm.

When using the X5S, Inspire 2 pilots can also access the CINECORE functionality allowing professional filmmakers access to Apple ProRes and Cinema DNG formats after a license is purchased from DJI.

 


WHICH DRONE IS BEST FOR MY INDUSTRY?

These three models all showcase DJI’s commitment to providing high-quality airframes for commercial users but they aren’t one-size-fits-all solutions. Before you decide which drone is best for your industry it’s best to take into account their individual strengths and target market. Here are Heliguy’s suggestions for effective use cases of the Matrice 200 series, the M600 Pro and the Inspire 2.

 

Matrice 200 Series

The most recent Matrice models offer industrial users a great suite of features and compatible hardware to conduct activities such as surveying and mapping. Combined with software like the DJI GS Pro and the upcoming FlightHub, you’re able to program in flight paths that are ideal for undertaking structural surveys or alternatively the creation of 3D models of specific areas and landmarks.

Offering the user access to two sensor solutions at once with its dual mounting capability (M210 & M210 RTK), the potential for greater instantaneous data capture exceeds the other two models. It also contains all the smart features you’ve come to expect from DJI’s product range as well as newly developed weatherproofing for increased robustness.

This durable design and compatibility with DJI’s enterprise range of Zenmuse models also make it a perfect fit for emergency services, search and rescue and disaster relief.

Couple the available functionality with the M200 series’ impressive level of portability for such a specialised commercial aircraft and you get a rig that offers professionals with an intuitive, easy-to-transport rig with a range of potential applications.

Matrice 200 Series

Recommended Use Cases: Mapping, Surveying & Emergency Services

 

 

Matrice 600 Pro

The M600 Pro is a heavy duty bit of kit designed to carry a range of high-quality cameras, not only from DJI’s Zenmuse range but also from industry leaders in sensor technology like RED and Hasselblad thanks to the Ronin-MX gimbal. This means that if you’re a professional aerial filmmaker, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing your equipment.

Aside from its benefits to filmmakers, there’s also plenty of scope for industrial use. Compatible with the Zenmuse XT thermal and Z30 zoom cameras, the M600 Pro is also a feature-rich surveying tool. As a hexacopter, you’re also guaranteed more stability in the air due to increased torque from its six powerful motors and the weight of the aircraft itself.

However, the Matrice 600 Pro is the least portable of the models in this article. It’s a sizeable aircraft designed for larger payloads and this alone may be enough turn some people off.

M600 Pro

Recommended Use Cases: Aerial Filmmaking & Industrial Surveys

 

Inspire 2

Since its launch event on the Warner Bros. studio lot, DJI made it clear that the Inspire 2 was aimed squarely at photography and videography professionals looking for the highest possible quality. When carrying the X5S camera, users are able to access Apple ProRes and CinemaDNG formats via a license from DJI and field tests have shown it to be more than a match for the ARRI ALEXA MINI.

A streamlined, transformable design which is built for speed and manoeuvrability ensures that the pilot (or alternatively an additional camera operator) are never left behind even during high-octane shoots.

However, this isn’t to say that there aren’t industrial applications for this professional quadcopter due to its exceptional level of sensor quality but DJI’s target market for the Inspire 2 has been firmly defined within the visual media sector.

Inspire 2

 

Recommended Use Cases: Aerial Filmmaking & Photography

 


DJI MATRICE 200 SERIES FAQS

See below for answers to a range of frequently asked questions on the Matrice 200 series:

What cameras is the M200 series compatible with?
The Zenmuse X4S, Zenmuse X5S, Zenmuse XT and Zenmuse Z30 cameras.

Does the M200 series feature Obstacle Avoidance & FlightAutonomy?
The M200 Series has a FlightAutonomy system featuring 7 sensors. Its Forward Vision System can detect obstacles 30m ahead and the upward sensors can detect obstacles within 5m. Additionally, a downward vision positioning system supports precision hovering and landing.

What is the difference between the Matrice models (i.e. M100, M200 & M600)?
The main difference between the M200 Series and its predecessors is the closed-shell body design, which adds portability, intuitiveness and robustness. The M210 models can also support multiple payload configurations, an industry first.

Is there a case included with the M200 series?
A purpose-built travel case is included with space for 6 TB50 or TB55 batteries, 2 payload containers, 2 sets of propellers, one controller, one charger and charger hub, a CrystalSky tablet or Apple iPad and a manual.

Can I take M200 batteries on a commercial flight?
Most airlines allow TB50 batteries to be carried onto their aeroplanes, however, TB55 batteries exceed the allotted size for many airlines which could cause issues. To be sure, check with the airline prior to making travel plans. Also, when transporting batteries ensure they are discharged below 30% for safety.

What happens if one of the batteries fails?
The M200 series continuously checks battery status and will notify you through the DJI GO 4 app if a battery malfunctions. In this case, please land the aircraft immediately.

Is there any extra setup required for the M210?
Since the RTK system is built into the drone, you will simply have to fold out the arms and turn on the ground control unit to access the functionality.

How is the upward payload attached?
Follow these simple steps to utilise the upward gimbal functionality: Screw the upward gimbal mount on top of the drone and twist to lock the camera into position. To ensure stable GNSS lock while using this configuration, mount the included GNSS receiver onto the side of the drone.

Is it possible to fly with both the XT and Z30 at the same time?
Yes, when using the M210 or M210 RTK models.

Can you mount a camera upwards and downwards at the same time?
No.

How long does it take to charge the remote controller? How long is the battery life?
The M200 series remote controller is equipped with a 6,000mAh LiPo 2S battery. Fully charging this RC takes around 3 hours. It has a 4-hour lifespan from a full charge.

Does the M200 come with a MicroSD card?
Yes, a 16GB MicroSD comes as standard but it supports SD cards up to 128GB.

Do I need to pair the batteries?
No.

Does the M200 Series support the Adobe CinemaDNG and Apple ProRes?
No.

Does the M200 have Return to Home functionality?
Yes.

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