For those in the agriculture field, the proper drone for your organization depends on your business goals. Unless you’re practicing research and development, an advanced drone and camera system probably isn’t necessary. For most agriculture professionals, drones use pertains to scouting, variability detection, prescription adjustments, and elevation mapping. A standard drone with an RGB camera is an excellent answer to these needs. DroneDeploy software can adjust RGB imagery to produce VARI spectral data using our Plant Health filter. For hardware, a small-to-medium-sized drone like the DJI Mavic 2 Pro or Phantom 4 Pro V2 is best because of its simplicity, reliability, and lightweight structure. Not only does it make it easy to carry across the field, but they’re also both compatible with Live Map - one of our most popular features in the field, which allows the user to map in real-time.
Organizations performing research and development will probably want multispectral processing for more advanced variability analysis to monitor product trials closely. For an all-in-one solution, we recommend purchasing the DJI Phantom 4 Multispectral drone. If you’d like to choose your camera separately, the Senterra, Micasense, and SlantRange multispectral cameras are great options to attach to the drone of your choice. DroneDeploy is currently fully compatible with both Micasense and DJI Phantom 4 Multispectral hardware, processing the imagery from the multispectral sensors and automatically applying the correct band order and algorithm for accurate, calibrated plant health analysis.