DJI's new 100 megapixel eye in the sky

DJI M600 drone
Neal Romanek
April 27th 2017 at 10:40AM : By Neal Romanek

A DJI drone, Hasselblad camera and Ronin gimbal combine to make a precision aerial capture tool

Chinese drone manufacturer DJI and top-end camera company Hasselblad have debuted a 100 megapixel eye in the sky. DJI acquired a majority stake in the Hasselblad earlier this year.

The DJI M600 Pro drone (unveiled at last year's NAB) has been kitted with a Ronin-MX gimbal and a Hasselblad H6D-100c camera to create a high end drone platform for applications requiring precise, high-resolution imaging, including landscape and fine-art photography, surveying and mapmaking, exacting commercial, industrial and scientific applications, and, no doubt, surveillance.

The DJI M600 Pro drone is a six-rotor flight platform equipped with the Lightbridge 2 transmission system, a dustproof propulsion system and six Intelligent Flight Batteries. The M600 Pro can be guided by the D-RTK GNSS navigation system, which is resistant to magnetic interference, and provides centimeter-level 3D positioning. Users can continuously control camera operations in flight using the DJI GO app.


DJI M600 with Hasselblad


The onboard Hasselblad H6D-100c camera, using the HC and HCD lense family, has a 100 megapixel 16 bit CMOS sensor with 15 stops of dynamic range. The H6D-100c can capture UHD (4K) video in Hasselblad’s proprietary RAW format which can be converted to Cinema DNG in Phocus. HD footage can also be captured in H.264 format.

The camera is mounted via the Ronin-MX three-axis stabilised gimbal. The Ronin-MX motors and inertial measurement units resist high G-forces, maintain stability and hold the horizon.

The combo will be released in Q3 of 2017 with price to be announced.