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With the release of the Zenmuse P1, DJI has taken Photogrammetry to new heights

We at DSLRPros are always impressed by DJI’s commitment to creating technology for enterprise level needs. With the release of the Zenmuse P1, DJI is now offering a highly advanced payload for aerial survey and mapping applications.

The P1 is an exciting camera system with a great deal of capabilities packed into a small package. Our team has taken some time to analyze and test this camera and gimbal system and are excited to share our findings. 

Read on to learn all about the Zenmuse P1 Full Frame Imaging System.

The P1 is designed to work exclusively with the Matrice 300 RTK and takes full advantage of the performance enhancements and positioning capabilities of the airframe. Using Real Time Kinematics (RTK), the P1’s amazingly fast shutter, and DJI’s Timesync 2.0 software, users are able to synchronize positioning and data points to the millisecond. This impressive ability to link position with image results in the most accurate 3-D modeling possible. 


DJI P1 with 35mm lens
P1 With One Of Three Available Lenses

While DJI has previously released payloads and imaging systems for aerial mapping and survey purposes, none have been anywhere near as robust as the P1. This camera system is expressly designed for 2-D, 3-D, and fast mapping applications by professional mappers. The P1 uses an impressive 45MP full frame sensor AND state of the art software to turn impressive pictures into reliable data points.

DJI’s Smart Oblique Capture function improves efficiency for 3-D mapping by as much as 50%. Smart Oblique Capture automatically rotates the gimbal while in flight to take photos from all the necessary angles. This allows pilots to focus on the flying and automate the data collection process. 2-D and 3-D models that are quickly generated by data taken from the P1 are invaluable for disaster site modeling, industrial mapping, geological survey, and many more operations.


DJI P1 full frame sensor
The P1’s Full Frame Sensor Collects An Impressive Amount Of High Definition Data In Every Image

The Zenmuse P1 is remarkable for many reasons, not the least of which is its use of a 45 MP full frame sensor. This massive sensor collects data onto pixels that are as small as 4.4μm. The large sensor size and amazingly small pixels result in low noise, high sensitivity images and video. This incredible amount of detail allows for the collection of photographs and data over a 3 KM2 area in a single flight! This full frame sensor is capable of taking a photo every 0.7 seconds and offers an incredible amount of efficiency and accuracy while in flight. 

The P1’s ability to capture stunningly clear images from great distances allows users to heavily scale up the images without loss of image quality. This scalability makes the P1 ideal for aerial survey and mapping operations where small details can make a huge difference. The P1 has proved to be invaluable for cliff erosion studies, city planning, and infrastructure maintenance.

Orthomosaic map generated by the DJI P1
Incredibly Detailed Orthomosaic Maps Are Easily Generated With The P1


DJI P1 lenses
Three Available Lenses Give Users Their Desired Field Of View

The P1 features three interchangeable fixed focus lenses. Available lenses come in a variety of fields of view including 24mm, 35mm, and 50mm. These lenses feature a global mechanical shutter that prevents motion blur and the dreaded “Jello Effect.”  The lenses have an impressive 1/2000 shutter speed that keeps images crisp and lines sharp from even a great distance. The 3 different lenses allow users to decide how large of an area they wish to see during their mission. From wide angle views for large scale mapping operations to narrower focus for close up, detailed images, the P1 can get the images users need.


Matrice 300 RTK flight controller with the DJI P1
Flight Parameters Are Easily Set And Monitored

The Matrice 300 RTK’s flight controller and powerful software work in concert with the P1 to make complex missions easy and accurate. Flying a aerial survey mission to generate a 2D orthomosaic map can be done with just a few button presses. Impressively, switching to more data intensive missions is just as simple. By simply selecting a different type of mission mode, the M300 with P1 can fly a 3D modeling mission that will automatically capture oblique images from multiple angles. Images collected in this way can then be easily used to create 3D models with centimeter level accuracy for cadastral surveys.

For missions that require ultra-high resolution images of slanted surfaces, the P1 and Matrice 300 RTK can automatically fly over uneven areas while maintaining a constant distance from the ground. This allows for the collection of image data that accurately recreates fine textures and features for geological surveys. 

DJI P1 advanced data processing software
DJI’s Advanced Data Processing Software Gives Users Detailed Information About Their Flights

The Zenmuse P1 is an impressive tool that any professional mapper will want to have. Unmatched image quality and inflight data are seamlessly combined to give pilots beautiful and accurate maps and models. With the use of DJI TimeSync 2.0 software, the Matrice 300 RTK, and the P1, aerial mapping has never been more efficient or accurate.

To learn even more about the Zenmuse P1, watch our latest episode of Release Notes that is entirely dedicated to the subject.

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