DJI X3 vs X5: Which is better?

When it comes to the Inspire 1 and Osmo, we receive one question above all others: DJI X3  vs X5 -- what's better?

If you need an answer, visit our comparison page for the DJI X3 vs X5.

If you know nothing about the Inspire 1 drone, then "X3" and "X5" sound confusing.

Aren't those BMWs? you might think.

Yes, yes they are. But they are also the names for two powerful DJI cameras found on the Inspire 1 quadcopter and Osmo handheld stabilizer.

The Zenmuse X3 is the standard camera on both. Its specs are like those on the DJI Phantom 3 Professional and Phantom 4. Those key specs are:

  • 4K UHD max video resolution (2160p)
  • 12.4 MP (Mega-Pixels) max photo resolution
  • A 1/2.3” sensor (the size of the "brain" of the camera)

The Zenmuse X3 has specs like those of other action cams, especially the GoPro Hero Series. The advantage with the Zenmuse X3 is that it doesn't have the GoPro's "fisheye" effect. The Inspire 1 v2.0 and Osmo come with the X3. And, yes, it's detachable.

The Zenmuse X5 is a step up, found only on the Inspire 1 Pro. Its key specs are:

  •  4K UHD (2160p) max video res
  • 16.0 MP max photo res
  • Micro-4/3" sensor

The X5 captures a wider and more dynamic range of picture. The X5 supports a wide variety of lenses. The X3, by comparison, doesn't.

Who is each for? What is the price difference? Is it right for you? Find the answers to those questions at our comparison page.

And after reading that, you can browse our selection of Osmo and Inspire 1 kits and accessories. We offer a terrific selection of custom bundles and high-quality accessories for great prices.

Also be sure to visit our Inspire 1 information guide where you can learn more about features, specifications, and how it stacks up to other drones.

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