DJI Matrice 600 Drone Preview & Flight Demonstration

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DJI launched the Matrice 600 (M600) drone in April, but an actual working unit has been hard to come by. That’s not surprising since it is an expensive drone designed for professional aerial photography and industrial applications. Thanks to DSC World, we had the opportunity to check out an operational DJI Matrice 600, and even watch photographer Eddie Putera take it out for a spin!

DJI Matrice 600 Drone Preview & Flying Demonstration

Yes, that’s Miss World Malaysia 2010, Nadia Heng, with the DJI Matrice 600 drone. This demonstration unit was equipped with the Ronin-MX motorised gimbal mount, which supports cameras up to 4.5 kg (10 lb) in weight. At under 1 kg (2.2 lb), the Pentax K-3 II DSLR it’s carrying is considered “lightweight”.


The DJI Matrice 600 Preview

Before the DSC World event kicked off, we had the opportunity to get a close-up preview of the DJI Matrice 600 drone, with the Ronin-MX mount. Check them out up close!

The DJI Matrice 600 is a hexacopter drone that can carry a payload of up to 6 kg (13 lb). This allows you to mount the Ronin-MX gimbal and a range of camera from Micro Four Thirds systems to the RED Epic. With 6 intelligent batteries, it has a flight time of up to 32 minutes (depending on payload weight). It even has the capability to wirelessly stream HD video at distances of up to 5 km!


The DJI Matrice 600 Flight Demonstration

Veteran drone photographer Eddie Putra then took the DJI Matrice 600 out for a flight demonstration. You will also see the smaller DJI Inspire 1 V2.0 drone streaming a live feed of the Matrice 600 in flight. Unfortunately, the Ronin-MX gimbal was not charged, so Eddie couldn’t use it to take a picture of us!

Very impressive, isn’t it? All that capability comes with a hefty price tag though.

The DJI Matrice 600 costs US$4,600 while the Ronin-MX gimbal costs US$1,600. That US$6,200 price tag does not include accessories, and of course, the camera to actually take those awesome photos and videos! 😀

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