Hands on with the DJI Zenmuse Z30

Hands on with the DJI Zenmuse Z30

Take a look at our test footage from the DJI Zenmuse Z30 zoom camera and find out how it can benefit a range of use cases from inspection to surveillance.

Last updated: Mar 11, 2021

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z30BlogBanner The heliguy™ team recently had the opportunity to test out the DJI Zenmuse Z30 in our test field. Our technicians used this powerful zoom camera to get detailed shots of various subjects such as power lines and distant structures. We were very impressed by this enterprise tool from DJI and can see it becoming hugely popular for companies in a wide variety of sectors, most notably aerial inspections. Before we delve into our time with the Z30, here are all the key details you need to know:   Key Features
  • 30x optical and 6x digital zoom for a total of 180x magnification
  • Featuring precise stabilisation within 0.01°
  • Compatible with the DJI Matrice range
  • TapZoom allows for rapid, accurate zoom with precise auto-focus
  • Robust design aimed at professional users
  • CMOS, 1/2.8" Sensor with F1.6 (Wide) - F4.7 (Tele) Lens
  Specifications See below for all of the specifications for DJI's Zenmuse Z30 zoom camera.


Name -

Zenmuse Z30


152×137×61 mm


556 g



CMOS, 1/2.8" Effective Pixels: 2.13 M

Lens Spec

30x Optical Zoom F1.6 (Wide) - F4.7 (Tele) Zoom Movement Speed: - Optical Wide – Optical Tele: 4.6 sec - Optical Wide – Digital Tele: 6.2 sec - Digital Wide – Digital Tele : 1.8 sec Focus Movement Time: ∞ - near: 1.1 sec

Field Of View

63.7°(Wide) - 2.3°(Tele)

Digital Zoom

6x zoom

Min. Working Distance

10 mm (Wide) - 1200 mm (Tele)

Photo Formats


Video Formats


Working Modes

Capture, Record, Playback

Still Photography Modes

Single shot, Burst shooting: 3/5 frames, Timelapse (2/3/4/7/10/15/20/30 sec)

Exposure Mode

Auto, Manual, Shutter

Exposure Compensation

±3.0 (1/3 increments)

Metering Mode

Center-weighted metering, Spot metering (Area option 12x8)

AE Lock


Electronic Shutter Speed

1/1 - 1/6000 s

White Balance

Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, Custom (2000K - 10000K)

Video Captions




TapZoom Range

1 - 5



One Key to 1x Image



Auto, 50 Hz, 60 Hz



Supported SD Cards

MicroSD (SD / SDHC / SDXC) Max. Capacity: 64 GB, Class 10 or UHS-1

Supported File Systems

FAT32 (≤ 32 GB) exFAT (> 32 GB)


Angular Vibration Range




Controllable Range

Tilt: +30° to -90°, Pan: ±320°

Mechanical Range

Tilt: +50° to -140°, Pan: ±330°, Roll: +90° to -50°

Max Controllable Speed

Tilt: 120°/s, Pan: 180°/s


Operating Temperature

14° to 113° F (-10° to 45° C)

Non-Operating Temperature

-4° to 140° F (-20° to 60° C)

Zenmuse Z30 In Action

This industrial Zenmuse model is easy to set up and, as we found during our tests, works flawlessly with the Matrice 600.   ZoomOutGif   Despite initial concerns regarding the 2MP stills capture, when it is being used correctly i.e. for video footage – we were able to capture some great aerial shots that have enough sharpness for inspection work both zoomed in and out.     It’s also easy to control as a single operator, with the option to ‘tap zoom’ on a subject making use of an impressive auto-focus and intuitive display courtesy of the DJI GO app.   PowerLineGif   As you can see below, the level of detail retained at the peak of its zoom capability is ideal for surveys, inspections and even security use cases such as license plate or suspect identification.   AttachGif  


Now that you've read our opinions on our time with the Zenmuse Z30 industrial zoom camera, you can see the full results of our tests in the video below:


Take a closer look at the Zenmuse Z30 camera in our gallery:


If you would like to find out how the Zenmuse Z30 could fit into your business plan, don’t hesitate to contact our team. We’re available to discuss a range of aerial platforms, cameras and peripherals – helping you decide what’s best for your company. You can call us on 0191 296 1024 or email us at info@heliguy.com.

Keep checking back to Heliguy’s Insider blog for more of the latest product information, insights into a range of drone enterprise solutions and, of course, news from across the industry.

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