DJI has today unveiled the new M200 Series V2 - a powerful and reliable drone platform designed for industrial applications.
But what is the difference between these rebooted UAVs and their popular predecessors in the original M200 Series?
In a nutshell, DJI says that enhancements include better reliability, safety, and security features, which 'lay the technical foundations for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) and nighttime operations'.
Another bonus of the V2 Series is enhanced compatibility, to the tune that users can now integrate the powerful DJI Zenmuse X7 with the three new drones - namely the M200 V2, M210 V2 and the M210 RTK V2. This is ideal for a range of applications, including forensics, mapping, planning, surveying and workflow management.
The new M210 RTK V2 improves on the original platform with a new real-time kinematics (RTK) system designed to maintain positional accuracy and deliver survey-grade data with less ground-control points.
Enhanced Reliability, Safety and Security Features
The Matrice 200 Series V2 brings new and improved features to DJI’s leading drone for commercial and industrial tasks.
The second-generation model retains its rugged all-weather design, simple setup and easy configuration, while upgrading key systems to provide safer, more reliable and more secure operation.
From construction and infrastructure inspection to public safety and search and rescue, the Matrice 200 Series V2 provides a versatile platform for organisations ready to transform their daily operations with drone technology.
Improvements to the Matrice 200 Series V2 Include:
Data Security: All data transmitted through OcuSync 2.0 is encrypted using the leading AES-256 standard, ensuring critical mission information is protected and can only be accessed by authorized parties.
Reliable Transmission: Equipped with OcuSync 2.0, the drones now support automatic dual frequency band switching between 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz for up to 8km maximum transmission range, delivering reliable, high-resolution, low-latency digital video transmission back to the pilot.
Flight Safety: Anti-collision beacons have been added on the top and bottom of the drone to improve flight safety during low-light conditions and at night. The drone is also equipped with DJI’s AirSense system using an ADS-B receiver to provide drone pilots with awareness of approaching air traffic that may pose a collision risk.
Flight Performance: Pilots using multiple drone payloads during their operations can now calibrate the drone’s new centre of gravity with ease from the DJI Pilot app for better flight performance.
Data Accuracy: A new TimeSync system continuously aligns the flight controller, cameras, GPS module and RTK module, as well as any third-party payloads or onboard accessories, fixing the position data to the centre of the image frame to achieve improved data accuracy.
Combined, these improvements lay the technical foundations for more advanced drone operations. This begins with including night flight-enabling anti-collision beacons to the Matrice 200 Series V2.
Combining the anti-collision beacon and improved transmission range with its pre-existing DJI AirSense ADS-B receiver system for traditional aircraft detection and FlightAutonomy obstacle sensing system, the Matrice 200 Series V2 is ready to support beyond visual line of sight operations.
Some differences at a glance
Here are some of the differences between the V1 and V2 Series.
M200 Series V1
||M200 Series V2|
|Data transmission||Lightbridge 2.0 - 3.5km (EU)||OcuSync 2.0 - 5km (EU)
Dual Frequency band switching
|Data Encryption||3DES for command control||AES-256 for command control and video|
|Power System||TB50 and TB55 batteries||TB55 batteries|
|RTK System||D-RTK (only M210 RTK)||D-RTKv2 and Network RTK (only M210 RTK V2)|
|Sensor System||Forward - 2x stereoscopic cameras + FPV;
Downward - 2x ultrasonic + 2x stereoscopic cameras;
Upward - 1X infrared sensor
|Forward - 2x stereoscopic cameras + FPV;
Downward - 2x ultrasonic + 2x stereoscopic + LED;
Upward - 1x infrared sensor + LED
|Gimbal Compatibility||XT, XT2, Z30, X4S, X5S, PSDK||XT, XT2, Z30, X4S, X5S, X7, PSDK|
|Control Applications||G04, Pilot, MSDK, GS Pro, FlightHub||Pilot, MSDK, GS Pro,|
|Intelligent Controls/Features||IP43 rating
AirSense (ADS-B receiver)
Centre of gravity calibration;
AirSense (ADS-B receiver)
One-click upgrade (UAV, payloads, RC, CS, D-RTK);
And here are some other differences...
New FlightHub Enterprise
DJI FlightHub software enables organisations to efficiently manage all aspects of their commercial drone operations from a single platform. As a web-based service, FlightHub Basic and Advanced have provided the capability to oversee live operations, manage flight data, manage fleets and pilots, and effectively plan operations.
The new FlightHub Enterprise has additional features that give commercial operators more control over their implementations and data security:
- Private Cloud Hosting – Organizations can now choose to host FlightHub Enterprise within their private cloud or on-premise IT infrastructure, utilizing their existing organizational resources and security protocols, and enabling the capability to build streamlined workflows for their drone fleets.
- Dedicated DJI Pilot app – Exclusively compatible with FlightHub Enterprise, the new DJI Pilot PE app is a customized version of DJI’s flight control app designed for users with high data security requirements. By default, DJI Pilot PE will not transmit any data to public networks and will only connect directly to an organization’s FlightHub Enterprise platform hosted on their private IT infrastructure.
- Firmware Management – Centrally manage and deploy drone firmware updates, allowing organizations to certify and update drone fleets at their own pace, ensuring security compliance and avoiding unforseen delays during critical missions.
- Mission Planning – Schedule and oversee drone operations with the ability to send automated waypoint or mapping missions to individual pilots.
- Device Maintenance – Track equipment usage, including aircraft and battery usage time, to ensure your drone equipment is functioning properly and aircraft maintenance is performed on schedule.
Other Key Specifications
When it comes to specifications, the new Series isn't too much different to the original.
For example, the flight time (without payloads) of the M200 V2 is 38 minutes, the M210 V2 is 34 minutes and the M210 RTK V2 is 33 minutes. All three drones have a battery life of 24 minutes with full payloads.
The original M200 and M210 (with TB55 batteries) offer exactly the same flight time with and without payloads as the newer versions, while the M210 RTK has a minute less life without the payload.
In terms of speed, there's not much difference either, with the M200 V2 and original hitting around the 50mph mark in S/A mode and 38mph in mode. The new and original M210s and M210 RTKs hit similar speeds too.