French drone maker Parrot launches the ANAFI Thermal



The French drone maker, Parrot launches the ANAFI Thermal, a light-weight and very compact drone with an integrated FLIR thermal camera aimed at professional drone pilots. This new drone is launched as an all in one package, which includes the drone, the thermal sensor, and the software. The ANAFI Thermal, three batteries, and a shoulder bag will retail for $1,900 USD and will be available at authorized retailers starting next month. The ANAFI Thermal competes head-on with the DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual as it offers the same resolution (160 x 120) FLIR thermal sensor but at a lower price ($1,900 instead of $2,699 for the Enterprise Dual).

The ANAFI Thermal is aimed at professional drone pilots
French drone maker Parrot clearly aims at professional drone pilots and commercial drone operators with their new ANAFI Thermal.

Parrot says that the ANAFI Thermal is especially suitable for building professionals, civil security services (i.e. police departments, firemen and search and rescue personnel), energy suppliers and transporters and wildlife protection services.

The ANAFI Thermal comes as a turn-key solution as it provides the drone, a FLIR sensor with a resolution of 160 x 120, three batteries and a shoulder bag.

What is new about the ANAFI Thermal?

The ANAFI Thermal is based on the ANAFI drone platform that was launched in 2018. It is basically the same drone but with a few noteworthy improvements. The new ANAFI Thermal has stronger arms, a slightly smaller footprint, weighs 10 grams less than the original ANAFI, which results in a slightly longer flight-time.

The ANAFI Thermal offers the same 90-degree upward facing camera-gimbal feature, we know from the original, albeit now with an integrated FLIR sensor.

ANAFI Thermal with FLIR sensor

As I mentioned before, the ANAFI Thermal comes with a 160 x 120 FLIR sensor. This is a lower resolution than what you would get with a much more expensive DJI M210 and Zenmuse XT2 camera but on par with the also more expensive DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual.

The ANAFI Thermal allows you to overlay the thermal image on top of the normal video footage to provide you with a better understanding of what you are looking at. This can be of great help for instance when looking for hotspots on the roof of a burning building.

The ANAFI Thermal specs

– 3X digital zoom camera
– 4K HDR 21MP Sony sensor
– 160 x 120 FLIR sensor with a temperature range of 14°F to 752°F
– Gimbal with a 90° upward and downward tilt ability
– Drone weight: 315g or 11.1 oz.
– The ANAFI Thermal unfolds and starts up in only three seconds
– Top speed of 55kph or 34.4 mph
– Three batteries included 26 minute flight time per charge for a total cumulative flight time of 78 minutes.
– USB-C port recharging
– Parrot Skycontroller 3 remote control that provides a range of up to 2km or 1.25 miles through WiFi.

Pricing and availability

The ANAFI Thermal will retail for $1,900 USD and will be available starting in May at authorized resellers such as Drone Nerds, B&H, Adorama and directly at Parrot.com

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