By Jeff Foster of provideocoalition.com
Since DJI started shipping their Inspire 1 quadcopter back in Dec. 2014, many have asked how its built-in camera compares to a GoPro Hero4 Black. Since I just recently was able to obtain an Inspire 1, thanks to the guys at Multicopter Warehouse, I was finally able to line up a couple informal shooting tests.
It was on this news that my friend and colleague Ryan McMaster from Volant Productions told me that he just purchased two DJI PHantom 3s – a Pro model and an Advanced, and was able to drive out from Reno this past weekend so we could do a complete test. The Pro is capable of 4K, like the Inspire and shares a lot of similarities in the sensor and optics as well. The Advanced model is limited to 1080p/60 as its highest performing video capture, but the optics are similar to the Pro and Inspire. The Phantom 3 series is a big jump ahead in camera technology over its predecessor, the Phantom 2 Vision+. It also utilizes the new integrated DJI Pilot app (for iOS and Android devices) that allow you to adjust your camera settings and switch between video and still photos mid-flight. Something you still can’t do yet with a GoPro.
But to keep things as fair as possible, I had a GoPro Hero4 Black upgraded with a 5.4mm lens from Nolan at Peau Productions, and that’s attached to my DSLRPros Cannes Edition P2 quadcopter. This provides a near similar FOV as the DJI cameras and not nearly as wide as the fisheye on the stock GoPros.
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