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.


TZ20-R and DJI M300 In Flight

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.

High IP Rating

With public safety workers among the target segments for the TZ20-R, knowing that this gimbal system can work in high-stress environments is vitally important. The TZ20-R features an IP (Ingress Protection) rating of 44. This lightweight unit (around 640g) is protected against solid objects as small as 1 millimeter in diameter and water splashes from any angle. Those working in Fire Safety will find this unit’s protection from water to be a necessary function. In addition, Public Safety, SAR, and Law Enforcement users will appreciate this payload’s capability to contribute to life-saving operations during less-than-ideal weather conditions.

Use Cases

The TZ20-R is being marketed to public safety workers, including Search and Rescue, Fire Safety, Law Enforcement, and Industrial Inspection.

The FLIR Vue TZ20-R Showing Temperature Differences

Radiometric technology allows the TZ20-R to show specific, highly accurate temperature readings per pixel. This radiometric capability is an excellent asset for teams that ensure that infrastructure and equipment remain within acceptable temperature thresholds.

FLIR Vue TZ20-R Sample Image For Law Enforcement

The zoom capability of the TZ20-R allows Law Enforcement and Public Safety operators to operate more efficiently and with greater clarity while leveraging more accurate thermal imaging. The wide field of view allows larger areas to be searched in a smaller amount of time, while the zoom function enables users to focus their attention on fine details.

Whether searching for missing persons in a large outdoor setting or inspecting potentially suspicious activity, the TZ20-R is a powerful and reliable imaging tool.


The TZ20-R is the result of a great collaboration between two industry leaders–DJI and FLIR. Users who pair the TZ20-R with the powerhouse DJI M300 RTK find that this combo makes for a powerful asset for any enterprise operation.

For a limited time, users who purchase the DJI M300 RTK or the FLIR Vue TZ20-R from DSLRPros are entitled to receive one day of free training at your location from our experienced team of instructors. This training allows our customers to make the most out of their enterprise drone purchase right from day one.

Want to find out more? Watch our "Ask The Expert" video about the TZ20-R!

Note from the editors:

This blog post previously featured the FLIR VUE TZ20, and has now been updated to reflect information about the FLIR VUE TZ20-R.