DSLRPros Looks At The FLIR Vue TZ20-R!
TELEDYNE FLIR has long been at the forefront of developing high-quality thermal imaging systems. Featuring cutting-edge technology and designed to satisfy the needs of their customers, their products always impress. FLIR recently launched the FLIR VUE TZ20-R. This drone payload improves on its predecessor by allowing its users to take per pixel temperature readings through radiometric technology. This payload has a lot going for it, including high compatibility, multiple zoom options, and a high IP rating. But what makes this sensor most exciting is its use of two different thermal sensors and lenses of different focal lengths to create the effective equivalent of a thermal zoom camera! The powerful FLIR Vue TZ20-R achieves a zoom effect by combining two thermal sensors – one with a 4.9mm wide-angle lens and the other with a longer, 24mm lens.
FLIR designed the TZ20 using DJI’s Payload SDK. This software allows clients like FLIR to get the absolute most out of DJI’s flight systems and create a product that works seamlessly with their flight controller. Because of this high level of collaboration between DJI and FLIR, the TZ20-R is a plug-and-play, seamless solution for those using the DJI Matrice 200 V2 Series models as well as the Matrice 300. This fully integrated system takes full advantage of the Matrice 300’s RTK capabilities giving users the most precise data possible.
Because the TZ20-R was developed with DJI’s software in mind, users can control the imaging and data collection taken from the payload via the flight controller. Through the DJI Go APP, you have access to all of the FLIR Vue TZ20-R’s functions using the same controller and flight system you are accustomed to using.
Flexible and Powerful Imaging Capabilities
The defining feature of the TZ20-R is its zoom capabilities. This thermal imaging system features two 640 x 512 Boson Thermal sensors. One of these high-quality sensors is used with a 4.9mm wide-angle lens giving users a 95º field of view for maximum situational awareness. This wide-angle lens is beneficial for missions that require observing a large area of open space. The second sensor works in concert with a longer 24mm lens, offering a 18º field of view. This powerful system can deliver a true 5x optical zoom and high clarity digital zoom at 10x and 20x. Being able to zoom in on objects or individuals from a great distance allows for more precise imaging from further away.
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