The flight system itself is only one half of the equation for professionals who are looking to use a drone for industrial purposes. Equally important is the payload capabilities. While the Matrice 300 has a higher payload capacity of 2.7 kg compared to the M210’s 1.34 kg, both crafts have an impressive amount of possible camera configurations.
The Matrice 210 is capable of flying with a single gimbal on the bottom, two independent gimbals on the bottom, or a single gimbal on top of the craft.
In addition to all of these configurations, the Matrice 300 can also fly with one gimbal suspended below and one on top as well as two below and one on top.
Differences between these craft become more apparent when looking at the supported sensors and cameras. It is while looking at this that it becomes clear what DJI’s intended use cases are for each craft.
While both drones support the XT2 and the Z30, the Matrice 210 focuses primarily on gimbals with optical sensors for collecting high quality visual data. Flying a X7 gimbal on the M210 has become a reliable and well respected solution for professional surveying needs.
The supported gimbal systems for the M300 model skew heavily toward multi-imaging needs. The H20 and H20T gimbals are hybrid systems that offer a 20 MP zoom camera, a 12 MP wide angle camera, and an integrated Laser Rangefinder. The H20T goes one step further by including a Radiometric Thermal camera.