Comparison of Anzu Raptor and Anzu Taptor T
June 28, 2024

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Comparison of Anzu Raptor and Anzu Raptor T

Anzu Robotics first launched its Raptor and Raptor T drones in April 2024. These enterprise products were specifically designed to address the concerns of customers worried about the potential ban of DJI products within the United States. If the impending DJI bill working its way through Congress becomes law, DJI products may no longer be allowed to operate on U.S. networks. 

Anzu Robotics, in partnership with Aloft Technologies, leaders in airspace and fleet management software, has devised a way to Americanize DJI technology. As part of a licensing deal with the Chinese company, Anzu Robotics has essentially recreated DJI’s popular enterprise drones with software approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. All data is hosted on American servers.

Although the Anzu Raptor’s physical designs and specifications mirror the DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise and Mavic 3 Thermal, potential customers should be aware of each Raptor’s’ difference in purpose.

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Design and Dimensions

Aside from the thermal component, the two drones are very similar.

In terms of design, the Raptor and Raptor T share a similar shape and bold green look. Their dimensions are nearly identical, and the same applies to many of the performance specifications. Predictably, the pricier “T” designation indicates the model with a thermal imaging camera (but more about that later).

Both units boast a compact size, but as their marketing copy rightly points out, Anzu Raptors offer “big power in a small solution.” This compactness and lightweight design make them highly portable and easy to use, a significant advantage for potential customers in diverse industries. 

With the propellers attached, but with no accessories (such as the optional RTK Real-Time Kinematic Module), the standard Raptor weighs in at  915 g and the Raptor T at 920 g, or roughly 2 pounds each.

Raptors are built for flight and designed for safe and convenient packing and travel. Each unit measures 221×96.3×90.3 mm when folded up without the propellers. Unfolded (without the propellers attached), the Raptor expands to 347.5×283×107.7 mm in size.

Payload Capacity and Flight Time

The Raptor’s maximum takeoff weight is 1050 grams, optimizing its efficient image-capturing and portable thermal capabilities in the air.

Unlike other comparable models, both the Raptor and Raptor T can achieve an impressive 45 minutes of flying time (with no wind) and 38 minutes of hovering, ideal for flights over long distances. 

Of course, the weather conditions will factor into the allowable flying duration. Both models are designed with a maximum wind speed resistance of 12 m/s for handling wind gusts up to 43 km per hour. 

By all standards, the impressive flying time is a definite draw for any drone operator. 

Speed and Range

Determining the Raptor’s maximum speed depends on the selected mode.

Under perfect conditions with no heavy winds or extra payload, you can achieve flight speeds of

15 m/s in Normal Mode (54 kilometres per hour), or 21 m/s in Sport Mode (roughly 75 kilometres per hour). 

Your Raptor provides up to 32 km of travel distance, which can be incredibly helpful when covering large areas

Camera Systems

Whether you’re seeking a quality camera drone or one with thermal imaging capabilities, Anzu Robotics has an option for each. 

With the ANZU Raptor, you get a device with two built-in cameras capable of delivering high-resolution visual imagery for video and stills. Like the DJI Mavic 3E before it, the Raptor is ideally suited for commercial photogrammetry.

Wide Camera

  • Mechanical shutter to eliminate blur (8-1/2000 s)
  • Micro 4/3 CMOS 20 MP sensor
  • 24mm-equivalent lens (84° FoV)
  • Aperture: f/2.8-f/11
  • Maximum image size: 5280×3956
  • ISO range: 100-6400


Telephoto Capabilities

  • 1-7x optical zoom
  • 56x maximum hybrid zoom
  • 1/2″ CMOS, Effective pixels: 12 MP “62 mm-equivalent lens (15° FoV) 
  • Aperture: f/4.4
  • ISO range: 100-6400


Video Camera 

  • 4K video resolution @ 30 frames per second

As a designated thermal imaging tool, the Anzu Raptor T has 3 cameras to enhance your capabilities in the field. 


Wide Camera

  • 1/2″ CMOS 48 MP senor
  • 24mm-equivalent lens (84° FoV)
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Maximum image size: 8000×6000
  • ISO range: 100-25600


Telephoto Capabilities

  • 1-7x optical zoom
  • 56x maximum hybrid zoom
  • 1/2″ CMOS, Effective pixels: 12 MP “162 mm-equivalent lens (15° FoV) 
  • Aperture: f/4.4
  • Maximum image size 4000×3000
  • ISO range: 100-25600


Thermal Camera

  • Vanadium Oxide (VOX) Sensor with -4 to 932°F / -20 to 500°C Measurement Range 40  40 mm-equivalent lens (61° FoV)
  • Aperture: f/1.0
  • Pixel pitch: 12 µm
  • 28x digital zoom
  • Video resolution: 640×512@30fps
  • Temperature measurements: spot metre and area 
  • Colour palette includes: White Hot/Black Hot/Tint/Iron Red/Hot Iron/Arctic/Medical/ Fulgurite/Rainbow 1/Rainbow 2

Both models are designed to enhance your image capturing, even in low light conditions. No matter the job, you’ll enjoy smooth operation thanks to the Raptor’s advanced obstacle avoidance system and the remote controller’s intuitive split-screen zooming. 

Two Variations, Many Applications

Ultimately, your intended purpose will determine the model you purchase. 

When it comes to user-friendly handling and professional quality visuals, the Raptor is more than capable of delivering quality results for the following tasks:

  • GCP-free surveying
  • Terrain mapping
  • Route planning
  • Detailed aerial inspections
  • Infrastructure monitoring (solar farms, electrical grids, etc.)
  • Land assessments
  • Situational awareness, crowd control (with the use of the optional loudspeaker)
  • Video and photo content creation
  • Property surveillance
  • And more

From farmers to construction contractors and insurance companies to real estate agencies, the Raptor is an affordable entry point into the world of enterprise drones. 

If thermal imaging is required, the Raptor T offers the necessary tools to assist any number of industries:

  • Provides access to hard-to-reach areas for search and rescue operations
  • Facilitates building inspections by construction and maintenance crews looking to detect leaks, insulation problems, structural issues
  • Temperature variations help farmers address crop disease, poor irrigation, pest control and more to improve their yield 
  • Drones benefit the work of wildlife conservationists and environmentalists
  • Heat signature detection assists law enforcement in tracking down suspicious individuals at night
  • Accurate assessments of dangerous situations help protect firefighters and other first responders

If a drone’s country of origin or the possibility of data leaks are a concern for your business, Anzu Robotics and Aloft have created a pair of commercial enterprise drones that fit the bill. They make a reasonable replacement for those who appreciated the innovations of the DJI Mavic 3E and its thermal imaging counterpart.

Are you curious to learn more about the ever-changing landscape of UAV operation in Canada? If so, consider Coastal Drone in Langley, British Columbia as your go-to source for information and training. 

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