- New firmware update for the DJI M300 RTK, with improvements to data security, safety and performance;
- DJI says firmware update is its 'strongest effort yet to offer the most transparency and flexibility possible to users'.
- V3 firmware includes SD card encryption, offline updates, ability to delete all device data, and one-tap full-scene panorama with the H20 Series.
A new firmware update for the DJI M300 RTK makes major improvements to data security, safety and performance.
Released today, the firmware version v03.00.01.01 further optimises the experience of operating DJI's flagship platform.
Perhaps the most significant update is that this firmware version addresses data security concerns at every step, from capture to storage to deletion.
It enables operators to choose enhanced data security options for sensitive missions, or to allow some beneficial connections on missions with no security restrictions.
Key updates include:
- Fly the M300 RTK without logging into your DJI account.
- Update firmware for the M300 drone, remote control and payload with a microSD card, so you can stay offline during updates.
- SD Card encryption.
- Delete all device data.
- Choose to opt out of all anonymised performance data collection, or to opt in only partially to help improve future products.
- One-tap Panorama Mode with the Zenmuse H20 Series - especially useful for public safety crews for rapid situational awareness.
- Optimisations to Return To Home and PinPoint Feature.
A statement from DJI says: "The M300 V3 Firmware update is our strongest effort yet to offer the most transparency and flexibility possible to our users. We’re always looking to improve our products and are constantly working to mitigate any security concerns and any risk to your data.
"DJI designs and builds our hardware and software so you never have to share your data — not with us, and not with anyone else. And with the M300 V3 firmware update, we have made features enjoyed by our government users more easily accessible than ever before on our flagship commercial drone. The M300 is now even more data privacy-focused."
Continue reading as we take a deep dive into the latest firmware update.
M300 RTK Firmware Updates: Offline Updates
After updating to V3, future firmware updates can be completed entirely offline.
Offline firmware packages can be downloaded from the DJI official website and saved to an external storage device, like an SD card or U disk. From there, insert it into your remote controller, aircraft, payload, or battery station, and use DJI Pilot to update the firmware.
- From DJI Pilot tap 'HMS' on the right.
- Click 'Firmware' on the left.
- Tap 'Offline Update' in the top right corner, and select the corresponding firmware version for your aircraft, smart controller, and/or payload.
- Then select Update All.
For users with special security needs, this allows you to review and install updates without ever connecting to a device with live internet communication.
New Data and Privacy Settings
The V3 firmware update adds a host of improved data and privacy settings, including Restricted Network Mode, SD card encryption, and the ability to delete your device data.
Network Security Mode
Currently, three network security modes are supported:
- Standard Mode: No restrictions on connecting to the network
- Restricted Network Mode: Other than maps, RTK, live broadcast, and other applications that require an internet connection, no other network services are connected.
- Local Data Mode: This is like “airplane mode” that applies only to the drone’s software. This easy-to-use option disconnects your equipment from the internet entirely, ensuring that data stays exactly where it started.
Users can choose which Network Security Mode best suits their own security requirements.
SD Card Encryption
Users have the option to protect each microSD card with a security code as well as AES encryption. After setting up your security code, you will need to re-enter it each time you start your M300.
If you use a security code, you will need to download the DJI Decrypt Tool in order to view your encrypted files on a Windows PC.
Using the DJI Decrypt Tool
When you insert an encrypted SD card into your Windows PC, you won’t be able to access the files without the DJI Decrypt Tool. Open the tool, select the card you wish to access, and enter your password to view the files.
The computer does not need to be connected to the internet during this process, giving extra assurance to high-security users that their data is protected at all times.
Delete All Device Data
After updating to the V3 firmware version, you can delete internal logs of your activity from your drone, remote controller, and H20 Series payload. If you have hosted your flight logs on DJI servers, we will delete them upon request at any time.
One-tap Panorama Mode with the Zenmuse H20 Series
It takes approximately one minute to produce a panorama, giving you a quick overview of the scene.
This feature is especially helpful for emergency responders who need rapid situational awareness of their environment.
Introducing Coordinated Turn
This is a new feature that, when enabled, assists the pilot in making a smooth turn mid-flight.
It does this by automatically adding Roll to Yaw when turning.
Without Coordinated Turn, a skilled pilot must coordinate both control sticks to make sure the drone’s heading is aligned with the front of the drone, which can be demanding for newer pilots or in demanding situations.
Increased Height Limits
The maximum height limit for the M300 has been increased from 500m to 1500m, except for when within 50km of an airport.
Return-to-Home (RTH) Optimisations
When encountering obstacles during RTH, a tip in DJI Pilot will remind users to exit Auto-RTH and manually control the aircraft to land it.
DJI has also added the ability to exit Auto-RTH by moving the remote controller control sticks in opposite directions during flight.
Operators utilising the H20 Series and M300 RTK can benefit from the PinPoint feature.
This enables you to mark an object in camera or map view with a quick tap, and the advanced sensor fusion algorithms will immediately calculate its coordinates, which are projected to all camera views as an AR icon.
Now with the V3 firmware update, users can edit and manage multiple PinPoints, as well as set a PinPoint as a home point. Now home points can be the aircraft’s takeoff location, the aircraft’s real-time location, the pilot + remote controller’s position, and now a custom set PinPoint location.