Chinese drone maker DJI has reached a deal with U.S. infrared thermal imager maker FLIR Systems to produce infrared thermal imaging cameras which will be equipped on DJI's drone products in the future.

The new infrared thermal imaging camera is named Zenmuse XT, and it will add thermal imaging functions to DJI's drone products such as Inspire One and Matrice.

Though the company did not disclose the price of the Zenmuse XT, DJI said this product is expected to be launched in the first quarter of 2016. The Zenmuse XT uses the same kind of gimbal as Inspire One and Matrice, which allows easy switches with DJI's traditional cameras.

DJI's products reportedly hold a dominate position in the global consumer drone market and they are popular among cinematographers. Those products feature strong functions and are apparently easy to use. In addition, statistics show that over half of the unmanned aerial vehicles that submitted flying applications to Federal Aviation Administration are made by DJI.

In the next few years, the commercial drone market will be worth approximately several billion US dollars. With its leading position in the consumer drone market, DJI hopes to integrate professional technologies into consumer drones and expand into the booming commercial drone market.


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