Parrot adds a thermal camera to its folding Anafi drone


French dronemaker Parrot has created a new version of its folding Anafi quadcopter that has an onboard thermal camera. The company is pitching the drone to businesses and professionals in fields like security, search and rescue, construction, and agriculture. It’s also raising the price: the Anafi Thermal will retail for $1,900, a $1,200 increase over the cost of the regular $700 Anafi, which was released last summer. It will come with two spare batteries, a multibattery charger, a controller, and a carrying case, and it will be available in May.

The new Anafi Thermal uses a Flir Lepton infrared sensor alongside the standard camera that debuted on last year’s drone. That means it will still be capable of shooting regular 4K video, HDR+ photos and videos, and it has a 3X zoom. It will come with all of the other shooting modes and features that have been added over time via a software update.

The Anafi Thermal also has slightly slimmer folding arms, and it weighs 315 grams, which is 10 grams lighter than the original version. Parrot says this adds one minute of flight time for a total of 26 minutes.

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