The Matrice 350 RTK: Exploring Its Top 8 Features
All you need to know about the latest industrial platform from DJI Enterprise
If you ask any commercial drone pilot about the ultimate choice for a durable, dependable, and versatile drone, they will recommend the Matrice series. After dominating the commercial drone industry for three years, the Matrice 300 is now receiving a hardware upgrade, resulting in the introduction of the Matrice 350 RTK (M350 RTK).
Continue reading to explore the advancements made by DJI's engineers in enhancing this remarkable platform. Below, we present the top 8 features of the Matrice 350 RTK:
1. Durability and weather resistance
The DJI M350 RTK is a drone that excels in durability and weather resistance, making it a reliable tool for various challenging conditions. Building upon the industry standards set by its predecessor, the M350 RTK is designed to withstand extreme temperatures, with a range from -20°C to 50° C (-4 to 122 F). Furthermore, its upgraded Ingress Protection rating of IP55 ensures complete protection against rain and sand, even when the drone is folded. With the M350 RTK, you can focus on your mission without worrying about the weather, although flying in rain is not recommended unless absolutely necessary.
2. A flagship remote control: DJI RC Plus
Equipped with the DJI RC Plus, the M350 RTK sets a new standard for durability with its IP54 rating. Originally introduced with the M30, the DJI RC Plus has received overwhelmingly positive user feedback. Its larger size provides improved ergonomics and a spacious screen, enhancing the overall flight experience. The addition of physical buttons enables seamless operation of the drone, including camera view switching, without the need to remove your fingers from the control sticks. Furthermore, the M350 RTK supports Advanced Dual Control, allowing two pilots to collaborate effectively.
For M300 owners who prefer not to upgrade to the M350 RTK, the DJI RC Plus is fully compatible and can be purchased separately.
3. Transmission System
The M350 RTK incorporates an advanced OcuSync 3 Enterprise Transmission system, delivering uninterrupted connectivity with the DJI RC Plus. With four built-in antennas strategically positioned (one on each front arm, one under the FPV camera, and one on the backside), the transmission system ensures reliable and stable connections. The propellers have been upgraded to a non-conductive material, eliminating any interference with the antenna signal. With improved antenna options, the transmission system supports triple-channel 1080p video transmission, enabling seamless video streaming and effortless switching between input feeds. Even in complex environments, the M350 RTK maintains a steadfast connection at distances of up to 20 kilometers.
4. Arm locking safety mechanism
5. Low-light FPV camera
The M350 RTK is furnished with an enhanced FPV camera specifically designed to deliver exceptional performance in low-light conditions, making it ideal for nighttime operations. Interestingly, the FPV camera shares the same component and sensor as the M30. Whether engaged in search and rescue missions or nighttime surveillance tasks, the upgraded low-light capabilities of the FPV camera allow users to perceive the horizon clearly and identify obstacles with ease, ensuring both the safety and successful execution of their missions.
6. Full backward compatibility with DJI Enterprise payloads
The M350 RTK offers extensive compatibility with all M300 payloads, encompassing the H20N for night operations, H20T for inspections and thermal work, L1 for LiDAR, and P1 for aerial surveying. Furthermore, the integration of the DJI Payload SDK empowers the M350 RTK to expand its capabilities by seamlessly integrating with third-party payloads customized for specific applications. This versatility ensures that the M350 RTK is equipped to meet diverse industry needs and adapt to various operational requirements.
7. Travel and transport
DJI has taken into account the challenges associated with transporting a large drone like the M350 RTK and has addressed them by redesigning the protective case. A direct comparison with the M300 RTK's case reveals a substantial reduction in size, greatly enhancing convenience for carrying and storage. To further improve portability, the addition of 360-degree wheels enables users to effortlessly roll the case to their desired location. Inside the case, the foam inserts have undergone a complete revamp, offering improved organization and enhanced protection for the drone.
For M300 RTK owners, it's worth noting that the case is available for separate purchase, providing them with upgraded transport capabilities as well.
Left: BS65 Intelligent Battery Station; Right: Matrice 350 RTK travel case
8. Battery system
Efficient battery management is a critical aspect of drone operations, and DJI has implemented notable optimizations to streamline the battery system of the M350 RTK. Included with each M350 RTK is a redesigned battery charging station that not only reduces its overall size but also incorporates 360-degree wheels for enhanced mobility.
The TB65 batteries offer outstanding performance, delivering up to 55 minutes of flight time when fully charged, empowering extended missions. These batteries are fully hot-swappable, allowing users to seamlessly replace depleted batteries with fresh ones, minimizing disruptions to their missions. With extensive battery optimization efforts, each TB65 battery can handle approximately 400 charge cycles before requiring replacement. This significant improvement in cycle count compared to the original TB60 batteries, which offered only 250 charge cycles, translates to reduced operating costs per flight. Moreover, the introduction of heat sinks on each battery, aligned with fan vents in the charging case, facilitates faster and more efficient charging by effectively cooling the batteries. Additionally, the charge status indicator has been conveniently positioned at the end of the battery, enabling users to check the charge status even when the battery is inside the case.
The charging case itself has undergone optimizations and it provides space for four WB37 RC batteries and eight TB65 drone batteries. It offers three different charging modes to cater to specific needs:
- Storage Mode charges batteries to 50% capacity, ideal for prolonging battery life when not planning immediate flights.
- Ready-to-Fly Mode charges each pair of batteries to 90% capacity, allowing for quick readiness during active flight sessions.
- Standard Mode charges batteries to 100% capacity, suitable for urgent situations or critical missions.
The charging case also incorporates a 65W USB-C charging port for conveniently charging other devices such as phones or laptops.
The DJI M350 RTK sets a new standard in the realm of drones, offering users unparalleled performance, durability, and user-friendliness. Its exceptional weather resistance and durability establish it as a reliable tool, capable of thriving in even the harshest environments. With the DJI RC Plus, pilots can enjoy an enhanced flight experience and efficient operation. The upgraded transmission system ensures stable connections and high-quality video transmission, while the redesigned arm-locking mechanism enhances safety and reliability. The low-light FPV camera expands the drone's capabilities, enabling operations in challenging lighting conditions. Furthermore, the travel-friendly design and optimized battery system make transportation and battery management hassle-free. The DJI M350 RTK is a true game-changer, empowering professionals across diverse industries to elevate their aerial operations to unprecedented heights.