DJI Matrice 100 with Guidance[caption id="attachment_1081" align="aligncenter" width="555"] DJI Guidance - a detect and avoid system[/caption] Since the Inspire 1 came on the market it's become a much more capable drone. Heliguy has produced a first person view (FPV) camera upgrade which makes it safer to fly when a second operator is controlling the camera. We've also developed a thermal camera option for the Inspire. The fixed mount on the nose means the gimbal stabilised main camera can continue to operate at the same time. [caption id="attachment_1117" align="aligncenter" width="555"] Heliguy's FPV camera on a DJI Inspire 1[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1281" align="aligncenter" width="555"] Thermal imaging camera mounted on the DJI Inspire 1[/caption] Now Pix4D the geospatial mapping software company have announced that their image capture app for the Inspire 1 and the Phantom 3 has been released as a beta with a full release to follow "very soon". We hope to be testing the new app in the near future. The same software will eventually work with the DJI Matrice 100 as well. Data acquired by the Inspire and Phantom can be used by Pix4D's mapper software to create all sorts of 2D and 3D images. A new 2.0 version of that is due to be released in August. This creates another market for UAV operators who, until now, have just been able to shoot videos and stills. The Matrice 100 has all of DJI’s easy-to-fly technology built in, and includes the flight controller, propulsion system, GPS, DJI Lightbridge, a dedicated remote controller, and a rechargeable battery. Other accessories are available as optional extras so that you can adapt your DJI Matrice 100 to your own requirements. Although it comes in kit form, Heliguy can discuss your requirements and assemble your flying machine to order. Call us on 0191 296 1024. [caption id="attachment_1101" align="aligncenter" width="555"] Optional camera for DJI Matrice 100[/caption] It's the DJI software development kit that helps to set the Matrice apart from the Inspire. You can use the SDK to make a system for a whole range of uses. Teach your Matrice 100 how to behave and what to do. Programme customised commands, tell it how and where to fly, and gather information from the entire system in real time. Combine that with its flexible payload system, and you have an aerial platform that can be used for far more tasks than the Inspire can. However if you want a straightforward, stylish, high performance UAV which works straight out of the case then the Inspire 1 is better suited to you. So in the battle of DJI Inspire 1 vs Matrice 100 there's no outright winner. The choice is yours and it depends very much on your requirements.