Thermal Solutions


A thermal imaging camera on a drone turns it into a powerful tool which can be used in many sectors from construction, mining, electrical, surveillance, firefighting, search and rescue.

Thermal drones which use vision imaging cameras have so many positive uses by detecting heat coming from almost all objects and materials turning them into images and video.

Below, you will find information on how thermal imaging works, how to interpret thermal images, heat maps and color scales. You will find the best heat vision cameras for drones, thermal imaging kits, gimbals, camera mounts and thermal drones on the market.

You will also read about similar but different technologies such as illuminated infrared cameras and night vision cameras. At the end we take a brief look at the various sectors which use thermal imaging cameras on drones.


About Thermal Imaging Camera Technology

How Does Thermal Imaging Work

Heat vision cameras or thermal imaging cameras are in fact really heat detecting sensors. These thermal cameras are also known by various names including;

  • Thermal Camera
  • Heat Vision Camera
  • Thermal Vision Camera
  • Thermal Imaging Sensor
  • Thermal Imaging Camera
  • Temperature Sensor Camera
  • Thermal Heat Vision Sensor
  • Heat Signature Camera
  • Heat Sensor Camera


FLIR Thermal Drones

Full Aerial Thermal Solutions

You could build you own aerial thermal imaging solution consisting of the drone, mount, gimbal and FLIR camera or you can buy a full package from a service provider such as DRONExpert.  This company has created FLIR aerial thermal packages consisting of the following drones;

  • DJI Matrice 100
  • DJI Matrice M200
  • DJI Inspire 1
  • DJI Inspire 2

The FLIR cameras they use are the Vue 336 Pro R and Vue 640 Pro R

FLIR Thermal Drone Vue Pro R Mount

DRONExpert have also created a FLIR Vue Pro R mount.  It’s a complete package including all the parts (mount, transmitter, converters, cables, FLIR camera including storage module). Due the low payload, there is a slight reduction in flight time.

This radiometric thermal gimbal is tested and available for the following drones;

  • Yuneec Q500
  • DJI Inspire 1 (all models)
  • DJI Inspire 2
  • DJI Phantom 4 (all models)
  • DJI Matrice 100
  • DJI Matrice 200 (all models)
  • DJI Matrice 600

Thermal Imaging drones


  • Compatible with multiple payloads
  • Folds and unfolds in a snap – ready to fly within minutes
  • DJI AirSense system for airspace safety
  • Obstacle avoidance sensors

The M200 Series’ folding body is easy to carry and to set up, with a specially designed travelling case that can carry all necessary parts you need to finish each mission. With a weather- and water-resistant body, rated at IP43, this platform is ideal for field operations. The dual batteries, using either TB50 or TB55 batteries, can reach a maximum flight time of 38 minutes (TB55, no payload).


  • Comes with  DJI CrystalSky monitor
  • Dual gimbal payload option
  • Top-mount gimbal option
  • Folds and unfolds in a snap – ready to fly within minutes

The M210 builds on the features from the M200 with the ability to mount multiple payload configurations – one single downward facing gimbal, dual downward-facing gimbals, or one upward-facing gimbal. The dual gimbal configuration unlocks 5 different combinations, please refer to the following table to properly mount you cameras. Left and right gimbal port is determined from the perspective of looking directly at the nose of the drone.


  • Capture 4K Video and 12MP Stills
  • Up to 1.2 Mile Radio Range
  • Live 720p HD Monitoring with Lightbridge
  • Retractable Carbon Fiber Arms

The Inspire 1 comes ready-to-fly (RTF). This means a pre-bound transmitter (radio controller) is included and that no major assembly is required – in particular, no assembly that requires soldering. It is important – as with any multi-rotor – to follow the user guide to ensure proper calibration before embarking on your first flight


  • Compatible with multiple payloads
  • 49MPH Top Speed
  • Customizable mounting of components
  • Obstacle avoidance sensors optional

The DJI Matrice 100 is a professional GPS drone that lets you custom-build a flying camera or data collection system to meet industry-specific needs. Whether you’re monitoring a farm, fighting fires, maintaining security, conducting search and rescue, or inspecting cell towers, roofs or power lines, attach the instrumentation you need. Fit out the Matrice 100 flying platform yourself or use our tech team.


  • Compatible with multiple payloads
  • A3 Pro Flight Controller
  • 6 Batteries for Extended Flight Time
  • Professional HD Signal Transmission

The Matrice 600 Pro centers around DJI’s advanced A3 Pro flight control controller with triple redundancy. It incorporates the Lightbridge 2 system for HD resolution, low-latency monitoring via SDI, HDMI, and USB outputs on the controller. For camera support, the Matrice 600 works with Zenmuse Z15 series gimbals, the Ronin-MX gimbal, and Zenmuse X Series gimbal/camera hybrids.


For more information on Thermal Imaging Ready Drones, Industrial Experts

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Zac Davis


Thermal Solutions was last modified: March 21st, 2018 by Multi-Rotor
Thermal Solutions was last modified: March 21st, 2018 by Multi-Rotor

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