The DJI Inspire 1 Pro with the new X5 camera is hitting the streets and people have been trying to figure out how to get the best looking footage out of it. Even some "experts" at leading resellers have posted extremely poor quality footage that goes so far as to suggest there could be problems with the camera or that the original X3 camera could be a better option. The issue is that the X5 camera is...well...a real camera. Taking an Inspire 1 Pro out of the box and expecting to get phenomenal footage is like saying you can go from making paper airplanes to flying an F-16 simply by getting into the cockpit. While learning how a camera works, and understanding the correlation between aperture, shutter, and ISO is essential to learning how to get the best shots under any conditions, there are some baseline settings you can use to get a real head start on getting great footage. Fortunately for us, one of best pilots in the country, Brent Murray, has been putting the Inspire 1 Pro and X5 camera to the test and has come up with the settings that really make the X5 perform to the best of its abilities. First off, you need to be shooting in D-Log format. Out of the camera, the footage will look washed out but will allow for a lot of latitude when color grading the footage. Under the custom settings for the camera, There are exposure, contrast, and sharpness. The following guideline will be the baseline for your settings:
For regular daylight shooting, an ND1.8 filter is recommended. While being able to adjust the aperture gives you a lot of control over exposure and focal plane, a micro 4/3 camera like the X5 is going to give the best results at f/3.
While DJI has some recommended lenses, and the DJI 15mm is actually a pretty good lens in its own right, there are a a few choices that can be even better. While DJI's lens roundup is based on the sensor having a 2.0 crop factor (which is does with stills), with video, the crop factor is right at 2.6. Doing the math, we end up with the following 35mm equivalents:
|Lens||Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0||Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f/1.8||Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm f/1.8||Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8||DJI MFT 15mm f/1.7 ASPH Lens|
|2.0 Crop (Stills)||24mm||34mm||50mm||90mm||30mm|
|2.6 Crop (Video)||31.2mm||44.2mm||65mm||117mm||39mm|
As you can see, the DJI X5 cameras will provide a whole host of options and with the ability to change aperture, ISO, shutter speed, and focus from the air makes it the most versatile airborne camera system available. While we are by no means as good as some of the pros out there like Brent, this was our first flight with the Inspire 1 Pro.