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DJI Phantom 4 vs Phantom 3 pro vs Inspire 1, Camera Comparison

The big question that has always been on everyone’s lips since DJI started shipping the Phantom 4: “Is the camera any better?” To find out, I took to the skies with a Phantom 3 Pro, a Phantom 4 AND an Inspire 1 X3 (X5 wouldn’t be a fair comparison as this camera alone costs more than any of the Phantoms). To make it fun, I decided to fly all of the drones at once at the same time. This way I was capturing the same scene at the same time, under the same lighting conditions.

Check it the video here and watch behind the scenes as I fly these 3 drones at the same time, it’s a lot of fun!

Rather than get into a big discussion about what I think is better and why, I have provided the images for you to examine yourself. I came back the next day and shot the images with exactly the same camera settings on each.

These are unprocessed images, directly out of the drone cameras.

Phantom 3 Pro


Phantom 4


Inspire 1


As you can see, the images look a little different even though they all had the same settings. The zoom is different too because they have a different field of view with the Inspire 1 zooming in more than the others.

Lets have a closer look. Here I have cropped in to an area at 100% view

Phantom 3 pro


Phantom 4


Inspire 1


So there you go. I think the images from the Phantom 4 are notably sharper than that of the Phantom 3 pro. The other thing to note is that the processing speed of the Phantom 4 is much faster too, so if you are shooting bursts or bracketed shots, you’ll find you can shoot more rapidly. But, make up your own mind, download the RAW files from all 3 cameras and examine them for yourself.

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One response to “DJI Phantom 4 vs Phantom 3 pro vs Inspire 1, Camera Comparison”

  1. Hello Collin!

    First, THANK YOU for the wonderful comparison. This is exactly what I was looking for, particularly being able to download the raw images.

    One note, FYI: in comparing the Phantom 3 to the Phantom 4 exposure information, I see that it reports a couple of things that were different between the two: P3 had Auto White Balance while P4 was set manually to Daylight, and P3 had an exposure adjusted to minus one-third of a stop while P4 had no adjustment.

    That didn’t take away anything from my complete delight in getting to your article.


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