DJI Matrice 300 RTK Review: How good is the DJI industrial workhorse?

In this DJI Matrice 300 RTK Review we explore whether the drone meets our high expectations of professional unmanned aerial systems

The DJI Matrice 300 RTK is a powerful industrial-grade drone designed to meet the needs of professionals in various industries.

From mapping and inspection to search and rescue, the Matrice 300 RTK offers enhanced flight performance, capacity, and safety features, making it an ideal choice for any commercial application.

In this article, we take a hard look at this professional drone from DJI Enterprise. Will it live up to our expectations of professional unmanned aerial systems?

Read on to find out.

DJI Matrice 300 RTK Drone

Brad Nichols

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Excellent choice for professional commercial applications.
Durable
Flexible
Precise Data
Reliable
Supportable
Reasonable Lifecycle Costs

Summary

Industrial-grade drone designed for professionals in various industries.

4.5

Key Takeaways

  • The DJI Matrice 300 RTK is an industrial-grade drone designed for professionals in various industries.
  • We found a lot to like in its innovative design, incorporating the latest drone technology, intelligent flight modes, and advanced safety features.
  • The Matrice 300 RTK’s intelligent flight battery, camera and sensor payloads, transmission and navigation systems, and safety features make it an ideal choice for commercial applications.

Design and Specifications

Airframe and Propulsion System

The DJI Matrice 300 RTK has a sturdy and robust airframe that withstands harsh weather conditions and challenging environments.

It’s a big drone.

The drone’s dimensions are 810×670×430 mm (L×W×H) when unfolded, propellers excluded, and 430×420×430 mm (L×W×H) when folded, propellers included.

The diagonal wheelbase measures 895 mm.

The drone weighs approximately 3.6 kg (without batteries) and 6.3 kg (with two TB60 batteries).

The airframe can carry a maximum takeoff weight of 9 kg, and the single gimbal damper’s maximum payload is 930g.

We found the propulsion system of the DJI Matrice 300 RTK robust and efficient.

The drone has a maximum flight time of 55 minutes with two TB60 batteries. With additional camera payloads, the flight time declined according to the following chart:

dji matrice 300 rtk review flight time by payload chart 2023
DJI Matrice 300 RTK flight time by payload chart

The drone’s flight speed can reach up to 23 m/s and withstand winds of up to 15 m/s.

The drone can fly up to 7000 m above sea level.

Operating Temperature

The DJI Matrice 300 RTK can operate in a wide range of temperatures, from -20 °C to 50 °C.

The drone’s battery system has a self-heating function that works in cold temperatures.

The drone’s airframe is also designed to dissipate heat efficiently, allowing it to operate in hot temperatures without overheating.

Vision System

The DJI Matrice 300 RTK has a powerful vision system that allows it to navigate quickly and avoid obstacles.

The drone has six directional sensors and an upward-facing ToF sensor that helps it detect obstacles and avoid collisions.

The drone also has an advanced AI spot-check system that automatically identifies and highlights objects of interest.

That makes the drone safer to operate.

The drone’s camera system is top-of-the-line, with a maximum resolution of 4K and a 20x zoom capability.

The DJI Matrice 300 RTK is a powerful and versatile drone designed to handle various tasks and environments.

Performance and Capacity

The DJI Matrice 300 RTK is a robust, reliable commercial drone platform with exceptional performance and capacity.

Max Flight Time

One of the most impressive features of the Matrice 300 RTK is its long flight time.

With a maximum flight time of 55 minutes, this drone can cover a lot of ground quickly and efficiently.

The TB60 Intelligent Flight Battery makes this extended flight time possible, which provides a high-capacity power source for the drone.

Payload Capacity

Another key feature of the Matrice 300 RTK is its impressive payload capacity.

This drone can carry a maximum payload of 2.7 kg, making it ideal for various commercial applications.

Whether you need a high-end camera, a LiDAR sensor, or other specialized equipment, the Matrice 300 RTK can handle it.

In addition to its impressive payload capacity, the Matrice 300 RTK also features a single gimbal damper that can support a maximum payload of 930g.

This gimbal damper helps keep your payload steady and stable during flight, ensuring you get the best possible results from your equipment.

Whether we need to cover a large area quickly, carry a heavy payload, or capture high-quality data, we found the Matrice 300 RTK has the performance and capacity to do the job.

Intelligent Flight Battery

As we know, the DJI Matrice 300 RTK is a powerful drone requiring a reliable and long-lasting power source.

That’s why DJI has developed a range of intelligent flight batteries to meet the needs of different users.

Let’s talk about the various options available.

TB60 Intelligent Flight Battery

DJI says the TB60 battery is the most powerful and advanced intelligent flight battery designed for the Matrice 300 RTK.

It has a capacity of 5,935 mAh and can provide up to 55 minutes of flight time without any payload.

The TB60 supports the hot-swap function, which allows you to change the battery without powering off the drone.

We recommend caution when using the feature, but found it saves time and ensures smooth flight operation during critical tasks.

The TB60 also has an integrated self-heating system that allows it to operate in temperatures as low as -20°C. We did. not test this.

WB37 Intelligent Battery

The WB37 is a smaller, lighter, intelligent battery designed for the Matrice 300 RTK.

It has a capacity of 4,870 mAh and can provide up to 31 minutes of flight time without any payload.

The WB37 is also compatible with the hot-swap function, which makes it a convenient backup battery for longer missions.

The WB37 also has an integrated self-heating system that allows it to operate in temperatures as low as -20°C.

We preferred using the larger battery because of the longer flight times but we could see the value in having the WB37 for specific missions.

BS60 Intelligent Battery Station

The BS60 is an intelligent battery station designed for the TB60 and WB37 intelligent batteries.

It can charge up to 8 TB60 or WB37 batteries simultaneously and has a built-in cooling fan to prevent overheating.

The BS60 also has a USB port that allows you to charge other devices, such as smartphones and tablets, while on the go.

It’s refreshing to see the thoughtful variety in the DJI battery lineup for the m300 RTK. They are all reliable and efficient intelligent flight batteries designed to meet different users’ needs.

Camera and Sensor Payloads

For a drone to really meet professional needs, it must handle a variety of payloads.

We like that DJI understood the challenge that different industries and tasks require other payloads.

The Matrice 300 RTK is compatible with a range of camera and sensor payloads.

Zenmuse H20 SeriesThe Zenmuse H20 Series is a quad-sensor solution with thermal, zoom, wide, and laser rangefinder capabilities.
This payload is perfect for tasks that require high-resolution imaging and accurate distance measurement.
The Zenmuse H20T variant also includes a radiometric thermal camera, making it ideal for tasks such as search and rescue, firefighting, and infrastructure inspections.
Zenmuse L1The Zenmuse L1 is a LiDAR sensor with a high-precision IMU and a one-inch 20MP CMOS visual camera.
This payload is perfect for tasks that require high-precision 3D mapping and modeling.
The L1 can capture accurate point cloud data at a range of up to 450 meters, making it ideal for tasks such as surveying, construction, and infrastructure inspections.
Zenmuse P1The Zenmuse P1 is a high-accuracy photogrammetry camera that can capture up to 3cm accuracy data.
The P1 is perfect for tasks that require high-precision mapping and modeling, such as surveying, construction, and infrastructure inspections.
The P1 can capture high-quality images even in challenging lighting conditions with a full-frame sensor and a global mechanical shutter.
Third-Party PayloadsIn addition to DJI’s payloads, the DJI M300 RTK is compatible with various third-party payloads.
These include multi-sensor payloads such as the FLIR Duo Pro R, which has both a thermal camera and a visible camera, and the MicaSense RedEdge-MX, which provides five narrowband sensors for vegetation analysis.
Other third-party payloads include the RIEGL miniVUX-2UAV LiDAR sensor, the Sentera AGX710 RGB and NDVI sensor, and the Sony UMC-R10C camera.
Matrice 300 RTK Payload Options

We like that the Matrice 300 RTK’s compatibility with a range of camera and sensor payloads makes it a versatile tool for various industries and tasks.

Transmission and Navigation

A professional drone is useless without accurate navigation and long-distance transmission.

At the heart of the DJI Matrice 300 RTK is a powerful transmission and navigation system that ensures reliable and efficient performance.

  • OcuSync Enterprise: The DJI m300 rtk features the OcuSync Enterprise transmission system, which provides a stable and reliable connection between the drone and the remote controller. This system offers a range of up to 15 km, allowing us to fly the drone at a safe distance from our subject. We did not test this claim but found for our uses that the transmission stayed consistently capable.
  • Primary Flight Display: The Primary Flight Display (PFD) is a critical DJI Matrice 300 RTK’s navigation system component. This display provides real-time information about the drone’s altitude, speed, orientation, battery level, and GPS signal strength. The PFD is designed to be read and understood easily, even in challenging lighting conditions.
  • Navigation Display: Besides the PFD, the DJI Matrice 300 RTK also features a Navigation Display that provides a detailed map of the drone’s surroundings. This display allows us to see the drone’s location in real-time and any obstacles or hazards in the area. The Navigation Display also supports 1080p map transmission, allowing us to see a high-resolution image of the area around the drone.

Overall, the transmission and navigation system of the DJI Matrice 300 RTK is designed to provide us with the information and control we need to fly the drone safely and efficiently.

With its advanced features and reliable performance, this system is essential for any industrial-grade mapping or inspection operation.

It did the job for us.

Safety and Redundancy Systems

As a leading industrial drone platform, the DJI Matrice 300 RTK is designed with safety as a top priority.

With advanced safety features and extensive system redundancies, the Matrice 300 RTK can handle even the most challenging flight scenarios.

6 Directional Sensing and Positioning

The Matrice 300 RTK has six directional sensing and positioning systems that allow it to detect obstacles in all directions.

These systems include upward, downward, forward, backward, left, and right sensors, which enable the drone to avoid obstacles and fly with greater precision.

In addition to obstacle avoidance, the Matrice 300 RTK also features an advanced positioning system that uses GPS, GLONASS, and BeiDou satellite systems, as well as the DJI Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) system, to provide accurate positioning data even in challenging environments.

If you travel internationally with a drone to conduct commercial operations, you will find this capability useful in some locations.

Health Management System

The Matrice 300 RTK also features a Health Management System that monitors the drone’s overall health and performance in real-time.

This system uses advanced algorithms to analyze flight data and alert users to potential issues before they become critical.

The Health Management System also includes a battery management system that monitors battery health and performance and a flight data recorder that logs flight data for analysis and troubleshooting.

Redundancy Systems

The Matrice 300 RTK is designed with extensive system and sensor redundancies to maximize flight safety and reliability.

These redundancies include dual barometers, dual IMUs, dual compasses, and dual RTK antennas and GNSS modules.

We like redundant systems for professional operations.

In the event of a system failure, the Matrice 300 RTK is also equipped with a backup power supply and a return-to-home function that enables the drone to return to its launch point safely.

We think the DJI claim of Matrice 300 RTK as one of the safest and most reliable industrial drone platforms on the market today is credible due to its advanced safety features and extensive system redundancies.

Accessories and Extras

When it comes to the DJI Matrice 300 RTK, there are several accessories and extras that can enhance your flying experience.

Here are some of the most notable ones we suggest you consider:

DJI Smart Controller Enterprise

The DJI Smart Controller Enterprise is a high-quality accessory that can be used with the Matrice 300 RTK.

It features a built-in 5.5-inch 1080p display, making it easy to view your drone’s camera feed in real-time.

The controller also has a long battery life, making it perfect for extended flights.

It is also compatible with third-party apps, allowing you to customize your flying experience.

Advanced AI

One of the most impressive features of the Matrice 300 RTK is its advanced AI capabilities.

The drone is equipped with sensors and cameras that enable it to detect and avoid obstacles in its path using the onboard AI.

This makes flying safer and more efficient, as the drone can navigate around obstacles without human intervention.

Additionally, the Matrice 300 RTK has several intelligent flight modes, such as Waypoints 2.0 and Point of Interest 3.0, that allow you to automate your flights and capture stunning aerial footage.

Input and Notes

Another helpful accessory for the Matrice 300 RTK is the Input and Notes app.

This app lets you input flight notes and checklists directly into the drone’s flight control system.

This can help you stay organized and ensure you follow all necessary procedures during your flight.

Additionally, the app can be used to share flight information with other team members, making collaboration easier and more efficient.

USB Charger

If you need to charge your Matrice 300 RTK batteries on the go, a USB charger can be a valuable accessory.

These chargers are compact and lightweight, making them easy to transport.

They can also be used to charge other devices, such as smartphones and tablets, making them versatile accessories to have in your kit.

Commercial Applications

The DJI Matrice 300 RTK is a versatile drone that can be used in various commercial applications. This section will discuss some of the most common applications for this drone.

SurveyingOne of the most popular applications for the Matrice 300 RTK is surveying. The drone’s advanced AI capabilities and 6 Directional Sensing & Positioning make it an ideal choice for mapping and inspection tasks. With a maximum transmission range of 9+ miles and a flight time of up to 55 minutes, the Matrice 300 RTK can cover a large area quickly and efficiently.
Law EnforcementThe Matrice 300 RTK is also an excellent choice for law enforcement agencies. The drone’s advanced sensors and cameras can gather intelligence, monitor crowds, and assist in search and rescue operations. The drone’s ability to fly for up to 55 minutes and cover a large area quickly and efficiently makes it an invaluable tool for law enforcement agencies.
FirefightingThe Matrice 300 RTK can also be used in firefighting operations. The drone’s advanced sensors and cameras can gather real-time data on the fire’s location and intensity. This information can be used to create detailed maps of the fire, which can help firefighters determine the best course of action. The drone’s ability to fly for up to 55 minutes and cover a large area quickly and efficiently makes it an invaluable tool for firefighting operations.
Search & RescueThe Matrice 300 RTK can also be used in search and rescue operations. The drone’s advanced sensors and cameras can be used to search for missing persons or survey disaster zones. The drone’s ability to fly for up to 55 minutes and cover a large area quickly and efficiently makes it an invaluable tool for search and rescue operations.
Examples of commercial applications of Matrice 300 RTK

Overall, the Matrice 300 RTK is a versatile drone that can be used in many commercial applications. Its advanced AI capabilities, 6 Directional Sensing & Positioning, and long flight time make it an excellent choice for surveying, law enforcement, firefighting, and search and rescue operations, among others.

Software and SDK

The DJI Matrice 300 RTK is equipped with a suite of software and SDKs that allow us to customize the drone’s functionality to meet the needs of our specific use case.

  • DJI Pilot: DJI Pilot is a powerful app that allows us to control and customize the Matrice 300 RTK. It offers a range of intelligent features, including AI Spot-Check, which enables us to identify and mark specific points of interest in real time. DJI Pilot 2 is the latest app version and supports the Matrice 300 RTK. We can download the newest version of the remote controller firmware to update the app.
  • Mobile SDK: The DJI Mobile SDK is a software development kit that enables us to create custom mobile applications for the Matrice300 RTK. It provides access to the drone’s flight control, camera, and payload APIs, allowing us to create a customized user interface and control scheme for our specific use case. The Mobile SDK is compatible with both iOS and Android devices.
  • Cloud API: The DJI Cloud API is a web-based service that allows us to access and analyze data collected by the Matrice 300 RTK. It provides access to real-time flight data, including telemetry, battery status, and GPS location. We can use this data to create custom analytics and visualizations or integrate it with other data sources to view our operations comprehensively.
  • Payload SDK: In addition to the above SDKs, DJI offers a Payload SDK that allows us to integrate third-party sensors and payloads with the Matrice 300 RTK. This enables us to tailor the drone’s capabilities to meet the specific needs of our use case.

We like that the Matrice 300 RTK’s software suite and SDKs provide us with a robust set of tools to customize the drone’s functionality and integrate it with our existing workflows. Whether we are using DJI Pilot to control the drone, the Mobile SDK to create custom applications, or the Cloud API to analyze flight data, the Matrice 300 RTK offers a flexible and customizable platform for our operations.

Pros and Cons of the Matrice 300 RTK

The DJI Matrice 300 RTK is a powerful commercial drone platform that offers advanced AI capabilities, high performance, and unrivaled reliability.

However, like any other drone, it has its pros and cons.

What we like:

  • Flight time: The Matrice 300 RTK has a maximum flight time of up to 55 minutes, which is impressive for a drone of this size. This means we can cover a larger area in a single flight and complete our tasks more efficiently.
  • Payload capacity: The Matrice 300 RTK can carry up to three payloads simultaneously, which is helpful for various applications. We can use sensors and cameras to capture data for different purposes, such as mapping, inspection, and search and rescue.
  • Advanced safety features: The Matrice 300 RTK has advanced safety features, such as obstacle avoidance, ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast), and AirSense, which enhance the safety of our flights and reduce the risk of accidents.
  • Intelligent flight modes: The Matrice 300 RTK has several intelligent flight modes, such as Smart Track, Waypoints 2.0, and Point of Interest 3.0, which enable us to capture data more accurately and efficiently.

What we don’t like

  • Expensive: The Matrice 300 RTK is a costly drone that may not be affordable for everyone. The cost of the drone, as well as the accessories and software, can add up quickly.
  • Complexity: The Matrice 300 RTK drone may require more training and expertise than simpler drones. We may need more time to learn how to use the drone and its features effectively.
  • Large size: The Matrice 300 RTK is a large drone that may be difficult to transport and operate in certain environments. We may need to plan our flights carefully and ensure enough space to take off and land safely.

The Matrice 300 RTK is a powerful and versatile drone that offers many benefits for commercial applications.

However, it is also an expensive and complex drone that may not suit everyone.

We recommend carefully considering your needs and budget before investing in this drone.

Technical Specifications of the Matrice 300 RTK

We understand that when it comes to commercial drone platforms, technical specifications are crucial. Here are some key technical specifications of the DJI Matrice 300 RTK:

PriceStarting from $13,200
Max Flight Time1080p, but will depend on the configured cameras
Max Speed82.8 km/h (51.5 mph) in S mode
61.2 km/h (38 mph) in P mode
Video Resolution1080p but will depend on the configured cameras
CameraCompatible with a broad range of DJI and Third-party payloads
Obstacle SensingSix directions, including forward, backward, left, right, upward, and downward
DimensionsUnfolded, propellers excluded, 810×670×430 mm (L×W×H) Folded, propellers included, 430×420×430 mm (L×W×H)
More InformationMore Information

We recommend you check out the official DJI website for a complete list of all specifications.

Conclusion and Summary

We enjoyed exploring the DJI Matrice 300 RTK drone, its features, and its capabilities.

We have seen how it is a powerful tool that can be used across various enterprise verticals, including firefighting, search and rescue, law enforcement, and critical enterprise, as well as for industry inspections in the energy and oil and gas sectors.

The Matrice 300 RTK is an industrial-grade mapping and inspection drone inspired by modern aviation systems.

It offers up to 55 minutes of flight time, advanced AI capabilities, 6 Directional Sensing & Positioning, and more.

The M300 RTK sets a new standard by combining intelligence with high performance and unrivaled reliability.

The DJI Matrice 300 RTK is a versatile and reliable drone that can help businesses and organizations save time, money, and resources.

Its advanced capabilities and safety features make it an excellent investment for any enterprise looking to improve its operations.

DJI has recently introduced the Matrice 350 RTK as its new flagship offering, and you can read our review here: DJI Matrice 350 Review

For now, we are happy to recommend the DJI Matrice 300 RTK for professional applications.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the DJI Matrice 300 RTK used for?

The DJI Matrice 300 RTK is an industrial-grade drone designed for various applications, including inspecting critical infrastructure such as power lines, pipelines, and bridges. It is also used for aerial mapping, surveying, and search and rescue operations.

How much does the Matrice 300 drone cost?

The DJI Matrice 300 RTK costs vary depending on the configuration and accessories. As of June 2023, the starting price for the Matrice 300 RTK is around $13,000 USD.

How fast can the DJI Matrice 300 RTK fly?

The DJI Matrice 300 RTK has a maximum flight speed of 51.4 mph (82.8 km/h) in Sport mode.

How high can a Matrice 300 RTK fly?

The DJI Matrice 300 RTK has a maximum flight altitude of 7,000 meters above sea level

What is the range of the DJI Matrice 300 RTK?

The DJI Matrice 300 RTK has a maximum transmission range of up to 15 km (9.3 miles) when using the DJI Smart Controller Enterprise. Depending on the payload and flight conditions, the drone can fly for up to 55 minutes on a single battery charge.

How does the m300 rtk compare with the Matrice 350 RTK?

The DJI Matrice 350 RTK is an upgrade of the DJI Matrice 300 RTK, with some key improvements in some crucial areas.
Here are some of the differences between the two drones:
IP Rating: The M350 RTK has an improved IP55 rating, which means it has better protection against solid objects compared to the M300 RTK’s IP45 rating
Battery System: The M350 RTK has an updated battery system compared to the M300 RTK
Safety Features: The M350 RTK has extra safety features, including an arm lock indicator and an updated FPV camera
Transmission System: The M350 RTK’s transmission system provides stronger signals compared to the M300 RTK
Controller: The DJI RC Plus, a top-level professional, smart controller, comes with the M350 RTK as standard
Anti-Interference Algorithm: The Matrice 350 RTK has an improved anti-interference algorithm
Both drones offer the same protection against water. However, both drones are rainproof but not completely waterproof.
The M350 RTK is a great option for operators looking to adopt M300s for the first time or for those wanting to add additional Matrice drones to their programs.

Are US Public Safety and Government Agencies allowed to deploy a DJI Drone?

One of the key concerns when it comes to deploying DJI drones by US public safety and government agencies is related to the potential security risks associated with using Chinese-made technology. For now, the US Government forbids the deployment of DJI drones for any government agency mission. Specifically, an agency may not use the DJI flight hub, mobile station, the DJI pilot app, or any of the popular DJI drones (DJI Mavic Air, DJI Phantom 4 rtk, or any other model).
However, as noted in the DJI Matrice 300 RTK review, the M300 RTK has been specifically designed to address such concerns by providing a number of advanced security features, such as an onboard AI and advanced dual control, which allow for real-time data monitoring and encryption of transmission data  (see Qualified Entities Program below). Moreover, the drone comes equipped with enhanced flight performance, 6 directional sensing, and a vision system, which make it a highly reliable and safe option for use in a wide range of mission strategies.

What is the Qualified Entities Program for DJI drones?

The DJI Qualified Entities Program (QEP) is a program that allows public safety entities to unlock altitude and geo-fencing limitations on their DJI drones for a minimum of 5 years. The program’s purpose is to minimize operational restrictions on DJI enterprise users. Through the QEP, DJI will remove all domestic geofencing and altitude limitations for enterprise aircraft in the United States. To participate in the program, qualifying emergency response organizations must complete the QEP application form and send a copy of the signed terms and conditions. Overall, the QEP program allows public safety entities to unlock altitude and geo-fencing limitations on their DJI drones, minimizing operational restrictions for a minimum of 5 years.




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