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It’s a no brainer that DSLR photography still trumps drone camera capabilities, but before we deem DSLR reigning king, let’s take a look at some categories where we can closely compare the two.

Image Quality

Now many of us think that DSLRs blow drones out of the water when it comes to image quality, but it has become apparent that drones are becoming very capable of producing very high level shots. Drones like the DJI Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2 boast the best cameras on the market today attached to drones with technical specs including 1-inch sensors and 5.2K video resolution.

Don’t get me wrong, capable high resolution camera bodies like the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Nikon D4S take breath taking shots. With various camera settings and configurations, the classic DSLRs carry a massive upgrade when it comes to image quality.

Winner: DSLR


A key cog in every photographers tool belt is versatility. Whether that means shooting portraits, landscapes, or aerial imagery, versatility can take an average photographer to a professional photography. One big advantage that drones have compared to DSLRs is its obvious ability to take shots from above. With models becoming smaller and lighter, drones are becoming the size of typical DSLRs. The one major drawback regarding drones is its limited battery life, lasting roughly 20-30 minutes.

DSLR cameras on the other hand have batteries that can last up to a full day and provide the accessibility of being travel friendly. With the major need to have a tripod on hand for most types of photography, it becomes another accessory every photographer must carry. Not to mention the abundant amount of lenses to carry along as well, the average photographer has a lot of gear to weigh them down.

Winner: Tie


The one major contributor when it comes to ranking technology. Price plays a major role when comparing drones and DSLR cameras primarily due to the fact that these pieces of technology come with a hefty price tag. Typical, high quality drones used for aerial photography range anywhere from $1000-$2000, whereas typical camera bodies range anywhere from $2000-$4000 dollars. In addition, lenses must be bought to pair with the body taking the total close to $10,000 for a body and 2 lenses.

Drones at the moment do not have many add-ons which makes it a clear choice when comparing against DSLRs.

Winner: Drones

Post Production Editing

Editing photos is pretty much a requirement in todays generation of photography. Whether it is simply increasing the exposure or adding multiple layers in Adobe Photoshop, a camera that has the functionality to make edits easy in post is a requirement. Capturing images in RAW or DNG format is almost a must when it comes to editing as it allows the photographer to make any such edit without having to worry about compressed files. It ideally comes down to sensor size and how many megapixels you can capture in a photo to make editing that much easier. That being said, it is clear that DSLRs still have the upper hand as drones have a limited sensor size and megapixel cap due to the small nature of the drone’s camera.

Winner: DSLR

Winning with a very small margin, the DSLR is still the go to when it comes to photography. But don’t be fooled, drones are on the rise and showing great promise in photography and videography. If you would like to try out a certain camera or drone, head over to Lumoid to compare your favorite DSLR and drone today!

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