DJI Inspire 1 vs. Inspire 1 PRO vs. Inspire 1 RAW – See the Difference

 

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We’ve been testing the new DJI Zenmuse X5 and X5R RAW cameras recently and we were really curious to see how they compare to the standard Zenmuse X3. If you’re interested to see the quality difference between the DJI Inspire 1 vs. DJI Inspire 1 PRO vs. Inspire 1 RAW check out this video we shot.

When we looked at the difference between the Zenmuse X5 and X5R cameras we found that the X5 can’t really compete with the fine RAW quality of the X5R. However it was unclear wether the upgrade to an X5 was worth it in terms of image quality. The X3 is the camera that sits on the normal DJI Inspire 1 drone as well as the DJI Osmo. Both devices can be upgraded with a Zenmuse X5 or Zenmuse X5R camera (The Osmo X5 adapter is needed for the Osmo upgrade)

DJI Inspire 1 vs. DJI Inspire 1 PRO vs. Inspire 1 RAW – Verdict

So how good is the Zenmuse X5? Looking at the footage we shot it is clear that the Zenmuse X5R resolve much more color gradations than both other cameras. Also, as previously analyzed in our lab test, we can see how the codec and processing of the Zenmuse X5 looses a lot of information with heavy compression.

What surprised us was that clearly the Zenmuse X5 resolves more detail than the Zenmuse X3. This is mainly true in full 4K though. When watched on an HD screen the difference is neglectable. In terms of color both cameras seem to have very low color resolution and dynamic range, resulting in a very washed out image that is not easy to grade in post-production. Processing on the Zenmuse X5 seems to be much cleaner though. While we don’t like the magenta tint all over the image, the end result seems more like a flat “LOG” image than the one we get from the Zenmuse X3, even though both cameras were set to “D-LOG”.

Testing Environment

This test setup was not perfect and not scientific. The X3 and the X5 have very different focal lengths so it is hard to truly compare them side by side. We wanted to take the chance to get a rough feeling of how the 3 cameras perform and especially what the difference between the X3 and X5 truly is. We hope the video gives you some insights on this topic.

All cameras were used on the same DJI Osmo, with similar (X3) or identical (x5 and X5R) exposure settings and under full sunlight within a 15 minute timeframe. The filming position was changed for the X3 due to the different focal length.

What do you think?

Now you’ve seen the 3 cameras side by side. What do you think about their quality, especially in terms of a DJI Inspire 1 vs. DJI Inspire 1 PRO vs. Inspire 1 RAW comparison. Is it worth the upgrade to the X5, or would you go all the way to the X5R?

 
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 Mathias Häcki Reply
Mathias Häcki June 29, 2016

Don’t shoot Log on the X3 or X5. First of all the implementstion is not really good and secondly it just does not make sense on a 8 Bit 4:2:0. Eben more so with only a 60 Mbps h264 stream for UHD/4k
I found best results with shooting in natural and turning sharpnes and contrast a bit down.

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steven kornreich June 29, 2016

Couldn’t agree more. Best to get the best file you can right off the X3/X5 and just live with it.
I am not sure about this but since the X3/X5 only records to a micro SD card, they cannot handle a faster bit rate. Again don’t quote my on this, another possible issue would be heat that the X3/X5 cannot handle

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Mark Dobson June 29, 2016

Again an interesting comparison. Whilst It’s clear that the X5R produces the most superior images the advantage of the X5 over the X3 is also clear both in the video you posted and through the advantages of being able to control the aperture out in the field.

Everyone would like to see the bit rate of the X3 and X5 increased but for some reason this does not seem possible. I’m just not ready to cope with the huge data rate of the X5R. Again I might be if there were more economic recording options.

Mikel Taylor Reply
Mikel Taylor June 29, 2016

Interesting stepping from x3 to x5 on inspire 1 something to think twice about…

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Best movies -behind the scenes June 29, 2016

totally correct :)

Best movies -behind the scenes Reply
Best movies -behind the scenes June 29, 2016

totally correct :)

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Best movies -behind the scenes June 29, 2016

Always adore anything about film

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Robert Stefan July 1, 2016

I was skeptical about the X3…All the images i saw were too compressed and with not enough details for me. But the X5R is a really good solution especially with the inspire 1. For the osmo i still prefer a gh4, bmpcc or a6300 on a 3 axis gimbal.