The Heliguy team recently had the opportunity to test out the DJI Zenmuse Z30 in our test field. Our technicians used this powerful zoom camera to get detailed shots of various subjects such as power lines and distant structures.
We were very impressed by this enterprise tool from DJI and can see it becoming hugely popular for companies in a wide variety of sectors, most notably aerial inspections.
Before we delve into our time with the Z30, here are all the key details you need to know:
30x optical and 6x digital zoom for a total of 180x magnification
Featuring precise stabilisation within 0.01°
Compatible with the DJI Matrice range
TapZoom allows for rapid, accurate zoom with precise auto-focus
Robust design aimed at professional users
CMOS, 1/2.8" Sensor with F1.6 (Wide) - F4.7 (Tele) Lens
See below for all of the specifications for DJI's Zenmuse Z30 zoom camera.
Effective Pixels: 2.13 M
30x Optical Zoom
F1.6 (Wide) - F4.7 (Tele)
Zoom Movement Speed:
- Optical Wide – Optical Tele: 4.6 sec
- Optical Wide – Digital Tele: 6.2 sec
- Digital Wide – Digital Tele : 1.8 sec
Focus Movement Time:
∞ - near: 1.1 sec
Field Of View
63.7°(Wide) - 2.3°(Tele)
Min. Working Distance
10 mm (Wide) - 1200 mm (Tele)
Capture, Record, Playback
Still Photography Modes
Single shot, Burst shooting: 3/5 frames, Timelapse (2/3/4/7/10/15/20/30 sec)
MicroSD (SD / SDHC / SDXC)
Max. Capacity: 64 GB, Class 10 or UHS-1
Supported File Systems
FAT32 (≤ 32 GB)
exFAT (> 32 GB)
Angular Vibration Range
Tilt: +30° to -90°, Pan: ±320°
Tilt: +50° to -140°, Pan: ±330°, Roll: +90° to -50°
Max Controllable Speed
Tilt: 120°/s, Pan: 180°/s
14° to 113° F (-10° to 45° C)
-4° to 140° F (-20° to 60° C)
Zenmuse Z30 In Action
This industrial Zenmuse model is easy to set up and, as we found during our tests, works flawlessly with the Matrice 600.
Despite initial concerns regarding the 2MP stills capture, when it is being used correctly i.e. for video footage – we were able to capture some great aerial shots that have enough sharpness for inspection work both zoomed in and out.
It’s also easy to control as a single operator, with the option to ‘tap zoom’ on a subject making use of an impressive auto-focus and intuitive display courtesy of the DJI GO app.
As you can see below, the level of detail retained at the peak of its zoom capability is ideal for surveys, inspections and even security use cases such as license plate or suspect identification.
Now that you've read our opinions on our time with the Zenmuse Z30 industrial zoom camera, you can see the full results of our tests in the video below:
If you would like to find out how the Zenmuse Z30 could fit into your business plan, don’t hesitate to contact our team. We’re available to discuss a range of aerial platforms, cameras and peripherals – helping you decide what’s best for your company.
You can call us on 0191 296 1024 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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