Yesterday, DJI revealed the Matrice 350 RTK, the latest addition to its growing line of Enterprise products. Although the upgrades are incremental, the DJI Matrice 350 RTK improves upon the highly-successful Matrice 300 RTK by making it compatible with latest accessories and protocols. In this article, we will look at the specs of the new M350, compare it to the M300, and discuss who should consider buying this new drone.
The DJI Matrice 350 RTK
Visually, the Matrice 350 is identical to its predecessor. DJI left the airframe untouched, opting to improve sensors and other internals for better safety and performance. These upgrades include:
The Matrice 350 offers pilots better flight performance, particularly range. Max range is now up to 20 km, thanks to the addition of DJI’s latest transmission protocol, OcuSync 3 Enterprise.
NEW CONTROLLER: RC PLUS
The Matrice 350 will ship with the DJI RC Plus, an Enterprise-grade controller used with the M30 and Inspire 3. It features an ultra-bright 7-inch display, an IP54 weather rating, and six custom function buttons configurable to the pilot’s preference.
NEW BATTERIES: TB65
The introduction of the TB65 batteries is the most significant feature of the new drone. The TB65 is rated for 400 charge cycles and offers improved thermal management over the TB60. DJI claims this improved performance will lower operating costs for its customers.
Also new is the BS65 Intelligent Battery Station. Pilots can select one of three charging modes and monitor battery health through the RC Plus.
If you have any questions about the TB65, feel free to contact our team here.
The Matrice 350 offers a Payload SDK which supports X-Port, SkyPort V2, and E-Port, the last of which enables the use of SDK payloads designed for the M30. The Matrice 350 RTK is still compatible with the following payloads:
- Zenmuse H20T
- Zenmuse H20N
- Zenmuse P1
- Zenmuse L1
- The weather rating is IP55, a bump up from the M300’s IP45 rating
- The Matrice 350 features a new low-light FPV camera for greater awareness during night operations
- A CSM (Circular Scanning Millimeter-wave) Radar can be mounted to the top of the drone to detect small obstacles like powerlines
The Matrice 350 has an arm lock sensor, which alerts the pilot through the controller if an arm is not completely extended and locked. This safety measure was a highly-requested feature from M300 users.
The Matrice 350 RTK vs. Matrice 300 RTK
|Specifications||Matrice 350 RTK||Matrice 300 RTK|
|Flight Time||55 min.||55 min.|
(44.76 V, 5880 mAh)
(52.8 V, 5935 mAh)
|Max Takeoff Weight||9.2 kg||9 kg|
|Compatible Payloads||H20, H20T, H20N, P1, L1||XT2, XT S, Z30,|
H20, H20T, H20N, P1, L1
|FPV Camera||1080/30fps with a |
|960p/30fps with a |
Who is the Matrice 350 RTK for?
This aircraft is a logical choice for pilots looking to use the Matrice series for the first time. Buying an updated model like the M350 over the older M300 has several advantages. First, it ensures a longer supported lifecycle. Second, it guarantees that your aircraft will be compatible with future accessories.
If you currently fly an M300, the M350 may not be worth the upgrade, especially since the M300 will also be compatible with the RC Pro. Also, if your workflow is optimized for payloads like the FLIR-based XT2, the newer drone is not an option. The Matrice 350 does not appear to support older payloads.
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