French drone manufacturer, Parrot, unveiled the ANAFI Thermal this past Tuesday. An updated version of its ANAFI model, released last year, the Thermal version features a 4K HDR camera and 21MP Sony sensor equipped with a FLIR Lepton thermal sensor. A benchmark development for the industry, professionals can capture and view live thermal and RGB imagery (4K HDR) of surfaces, structures or at-risk areas and act immediately.
The ANAFI Thermal can be used with the Pix4DModel app to gather data and generate 3D images of buildings and scenes. The FLIR radiometric thermal-imaging camera features 160×120 resolution and a temperature range of 14øF to 752øF. Pilots can identify heat loss and cold spots directly within Parrot’s FreeFlight 6 app.
ANAFI Thermal’s gimbal features two embedded miniaturized cameras (RGB 4K and thermal), stabilized on three axes. It also boasts a unique feature for a drone in its category, with the ability to tilt vertically 90ø upward or downward. Professionals can capture both zenith and nadir perspectives of structures and terrain. The FreeFlight 6 app enables users to easily switch from an RGB view to thermal imaging ? or even merge the two to enhance the readability of the image.
The ANAFI Thermal was constructed as a comprehensive solution for the following types of professionals in mind: building industry professionals (roofers, insulation and thermal inspection specialists), major public works and construction groups, installers of solar panels, energy suppliers and transporters, civil security services and rescue services. Its lightweight frame, weighing 315g / 11.1oz (10 grams lighter than the original ANAFI), portability, and ability to unfold and become operable in three seconds time make it a convenient solution. The 3X digital zoom ensures pilots can safely examine risky areas at a distance.
The accompanying Parrot Skycontroller 3 remote control ensures a powerful, reliable WiFi connection up to 1.2 miles. The ANAFI Thermal is embedded with multiple sensors and offers a powerful built-in autopilot. Operators can designate a flight zone by setting up a geofence and create a flight path with the FlightPlan feature. The smart battery feature calculates remaining flight time and the distance it needs to cover in order to return to its take off point.
Despite its weight and portable frame, the ANAFI Thermal can withstand wind speeds up to 31 mph and can reach a top speed of 34 mph. The quadcopter comes equipped with three batteries for 78 minutes of cumulative flight time (26 minutes per battery) and be charged from any source equipped with a USB-C port.
The Parrot ANAFI Thermal will be available in May and will retail for $1,900.