Visual Sensors

Capture high resolution, low distortion aerial imagery

Visual sensors are instrumental in surveying and land use applications, plant counting and volume measurement, surveillance, photogrammetry, 3D reconstruction and emergency response.

There are many variables to consider when choosing the appropriate visual sensor. Consider how the outputs will be used, the level of accuracy needed and anticipated flight conditions.

Ground Sampling Distance (GSD or Ground Resolution), the distance between pixel centers measured on the ground, is one of the most important measures in determining whether a visual sensor meets your needs. Greater accuracy requirements call for smaller GSD.

Take external factors into consideration such as temperature and natural light. Each sensor has an ISO Range to optimize for specific lighting conditions. Also, the sensor’s field of view will give you a sense of the observable area that can be seen through the device.

Available Visual Sensors

DJI Zenmuse X5

A mirrorless, compact Micro Four Thirds camera made specifically for aerial photography and cinematography.

DJI Zenmuse X5
  • Effective Pixels: 16 megapixels
  • Ground Resolution: 1.3 cm/pixel (at 50 m)
  • Sensor Type: CMOS
  • Focal Length: 15 mm
  • Pixel Pitch: 3.754 microns
  • Field of View: 72°
  • Weight: 530 g

DJI Zenmuse X5S

Designed to keep pace with the rigors of high-end professional aerial imaging. Experience the flexibility of eight standard lenses with focal lengths from 9-45 mm.

DJI Zenmuse X5S
  • Effective Pixels: 20.8 megapixels
  • Ground Resolution: 1.1 cm/pixel (at 50 m)
  • Sensor Type: CMOS
  • Focal Length: 9-45 mm
  • Pixel Pitch: 3.277 microns
  • Field of View: 72°
  • Weight: 461 g (Lens Kit)

DJI Zenmuse Z30

Integrated aerial camera with an optical zoom (up to 30x optical and 6x digital).

DJI Zenmuse Z30
  • Effective Pixels: 2.13 megapixels
  • Sensor Type: CMOS
  • Focal Length: 10-1200 mm
  • Ground Resolution: 0.7-8 (at 50 m)
  • Field of View: 64°
  • Weight: 556 g

Visual Sensor Comparison

X4S X5 X5S Z30
Effective Pixels (MP) 20 16 20.8 2.13
Ground Resolution at 50m 1.5 1.3 1.1 0.7 - 8 cm
Focal Length (mm) 8.8 15 9-45 10-1200
ISO Range 100 - 6400 (Video)
100 - 12800 (Stills)
100 - 6400 (Video)
100 - 25600 (Stills)
100 - 6400 (Video)
100 - 25600 (Stills)
N/A
Pixel Pitch (microns) 2.714 3.754 3.277 N/A
Sensor Type CMOS

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