by David Cardinal
As drone photography has increased in popularity, manufacturers have responded by creating a wide variety of offerings aimed to satisfy the demand. To help sort through available drones, we have evaluated the quality of photographs produced by some of the most popular. At the top of our list is DJI’s Zenmuse X5 S, with an overall score of 74, noticeably ahead of its predecessor the Zenmuse X4 S, which is tied with DJI’s Phantom 4 Pro at 65. The smaller-sensor Phantom 4 comes in at 48. That puts it ahead of both GoPro’s HERO5 Black, used in the Karma drone and scoring 38, and the inexpensive YUNEEC Breeze 4K, that scores only 35.
Since DxOMark sensor scores strongly depends on sensor noise and dynamic range, both of which are strongly influenced by sensor size, it is not surprising that larger sensors scored higher than smaller ones. This said, we found interesting differences even between drone cameras with similarly-sized sensors. And for reference, we also provide some comparisons with standalone cameras with similar-sized sensors.