Please stop making 60fps DJI cameras // FOXEER APOLLO
I did not purchase it with my own money. I have not received any cash or any other form of compensation in exchange for this video and no one has had any approval or preconditions on the contents of this video before it was released. The first thing you got to ask yourself when youre shopping for a dji fpv camera is, is it a 60fps camera or a 120fps camera? If youve watched a bunch of my other reviews and youve heard me harp on this before just look down in the timeline? Where theres chapter markers and skip to the next chapter, the 60 fps cameras have higher latency. They have 35 to 45 milliseconds of latency under normal conditions, whereas the 120 fps cameras have between 25 and 35 milliseconds of latency. That sounds like a small number, but it absolutely matters every little bit of latency matters down to a point. The other disadvantage of the 60 fps cameras is that they only come in 16 9 mode. You cannot switch them to 4 3 mode. We will do a field of view comparison later in the video, so you can see what that actually means to you practically speaking, and they do not have adjustable image settings like saturation exposure and so forth. White balance. You can change those settings on the 120 fps cameras, you cant on the 60fps cameras, but the big deal breaker for a lot of people that steers them away from 60fps cameras is the latency.
If you do racing with dji yeah, some people do that or if you do like really hard proximity freestyle, you definitely want a 120 fps camera. In fact, why wouldnt you want a 120 fps camera. I dont know because the image quality of the 120 fps cameras is also significantly better under most conditions, and we will have some sample footage for you to check out. Oh, my god, the suns going down. I got ta hurry. The other big reason why you might choose a 60 fps camera is priced, they are a little less expensive and sometimes the 120 fps cameras are out of stock. So you just decide to settle. This is a 60fps camera and so for many people thats the end of the video one thing i have to get out of the way is that foxer advertises this camera as having three milliseconds low, latency and, honestly, i think thats a little bit misleading. I wouldnt go so far as to say its intentional, but it certainly could lead people to believe that the fox here apollo camera has much much less latency than any other 60fps camera on the market. That is absolutely not true. All dji 60 fps cameras have the same 35 to 45 milliseconds latency, due to the actual dji video transmitter that they have to go through thats. Just the latency of the link. The fox here camera has three milliseconds of like internal latency between the lens and the sensor and the output, and we really have no way of knowing whether thats, good or bad, because nobody cares about that number.
Nobody advertises that number and yeah so dont get the wrong impression from this three millisecond claim. So the foxy apollo is a 60 fps camera and if that doesnt disqualify it for you, the next question youre going to ask is: how is the image quality youre looking at it right now, i want to encourage you to watch this video in 4k resolution. Even if youre not watching it on a 4k screen that will increase the bit rate that youtube sends to you and make for a camera comparison, you really need all of the bitrate you can get. The first thing i noticed about this camera was the lens flare. Uh youre, seeing it right here as we go through the sun and youll, see it at other times in the video. This camera can be ordered with one of two lenses, a standard lens or a ultra large starlight, a nighttime lens that lets more light in, and we will do a nighttime comparison later in the video. I think that lens flare is because of the large camera elements and i suspect that the standard camera wouldnt have as bad a lintzler. The other thing i noticed about this and youre going to see me testing it here by yawing, left and right is there is a ton of distortion? Look at the barn look at everything as it gets to the edge of the screen it really distorts, and this is super noticeable when doing yaw moves it was.
I got used to it. In fact, i really came to like the ultra wide field of view of this lens, but boy the distortion is so noticeable. As far as the overall image quality goes, i have to say this has become one of my favorite images of all the 60 fps dji cameras that ive flown and in some ways i even prefer it to the nebula pro or the original dji camera. It is a little bit more saturated, its a little bit more contrasty and you do lose a little bit of shadow detail as a result. But i find the colors to be really pleasant. The reds and greens – and it almost has a little bit of a warm color, cast that some people may find its objectively not neutral, but i really find it pleasant to fly. It seems to have a good detail and maybe the wide angle field of view is helping offset. Some of the 16 9 wide aspect. Ratio again were gon na. Do a field of view comparison later in the video as well. Oh, my god, theres that lens flare again what the f, then you work with it, but its not great its really, not great, and here im going to do what ill call the pure scraggle test im flying into this wooded area. I dont know the path through this. I am just using the camera image to try to see the scraggle branches and feel my way through.
This is pure test of how the camera shows image to you and gives you information that you need to fly and avoid obstacles. And, frankly, despite the lens flare, it did a pretty good job. I was able to get through here, no problem. You can decide for yourself how you think that image compares to the other cameras that were going to see. Finally, this test, where we fly behind the and shows how the cameras exposure algorithm works, were going from a brighter area into a darker area, and you can see how the camera sort of opens up and closes down again, as we go from bright to dark to Bright now we come to the original dji camera, which is very very similar to the nebula pro if thats, the camera that you are have available – and the first thing were going to see is the lens flare is much much better in this camera. The colors in the image are also much more natural, whether you like that better or not thats up to you bear in mind that the because the image settings of this camera are configurable, you could increase the saturation and change the white balance and bring it a Little bit closer to what youre, seeing in the foxer apollo, although it probably wouldnt, be exactly the same. You can also see, as i do this yaw turn, that there is nowhere near as much distortion as at the edges of the image and again we are going to do a field of view comparison later.
This probably has less field of view, so that may have something to do with it. Here we are flying through these trees. You can get a sense of how much detail is provided by looking at the branches. Ive always thought that the original dji camera had seems to have a little bit more usable resolution than the other sensors that ive seen used. But i dont have any data to prove that. In this view, you can take a look at the shadows and see how much contrast and how much shadow detail theyre in the image and then finally were going to do that behind the house test, where you can see how the exposure algorithm works. Here we are in a bright area. The exposure is relatively open. Now take a look at that shadow behind the barn and see how how it now its opened up and you get the shadow detail, so you can see sort of how smooth how disruptive or not disruptive that seems to you about. I think it does a pretty good job of changing when it needs to change and giving you the detail that you need to see where youre going while youre flying and finally weve got the pure scraggle test again flying into this scraggle area. Just feeling it out. Trying to avoid those branches trying to avoid having to go, get my quad out of the woods, and i do in fact make it through. I wouldnt blame you if you wanted to go back and sort of do a side by side comparison of the apollo under these same conditions and test my sort of theory that the original dji camera, which were looking at now, has just a little bit more resolution.
Usable resolution i dont know it just seems that way to me and before too long we do in fact make it out of the woods and on to the next camera, now lets take a look at the field of view of the cameras and ive set up A color chart as well, so you can get a sense of how the cameras are are handling the different colors. This is the fox here apollo, take a look at the sides and the top and bottom of the image. So you get a sense of what kind of field of view its got. Now we come to the original dji camera and this is really interesting because the dji camera is in 4 3 aspect ratio, and that means its got a much taller vertical field of view than almost any 16 9 camera. But if you stick a wide enough angle lens on a 16 9 camera, you will get a similar vertical field of view and in fact that seems to be what fox here has done with the apollo. If we go back and forth between the apollo and the vista, you can clearly see that the apollo is a little bit more zoomed in. It is not quite as wide a field or a field of view, but its closer than any other 69 camera. That ive seen and to make that point here is the cadets polar which has a significantly narrower vertical field of view and a slightly narrower horizontal field of view than the apollo.
Also again, that sort of greenish color tint is there as well. I couldnt resist here. We are in premieres, color workspace, and what im going to do is im just going to mask off this clip. This is the foxy apollo im going to mask off just this neutral gray, part of the color chart and then take a look at the waveform here, and we can see that it is skewed heavily towards red and away from blue. So the it is a much uh sort of redder image. That is what my sense was and here looking at the polar. If we do the same thing, we can see the polar is skewed heavily towards blue and green and away from red. So it has a bluish, greenish image and then finally, well do the same thing for the vista and on the vista. It is closest to neutral with a slight tendency towards red and away from blue, but overall, pretty neutral, bear in mind that could have a lot to do with the color temperature of the light thats hitting it, but we at least have a sense of how these These different cameras are relative to each other. Finally, heres the low light test and were going to start out here on my porch. Under these its relatively bright lighting, i mean not in the sense of photographic lights, but in the sense of a nighttime camera. This is plenty of light, and even the vista, the original dji camera or any normal non low light camera would do fine up on the porch.
But when we go out here into the dark thats, where things start to get challenging im going to walk all the way down to the edge of the path we can see, weve got a bright moonlit night here, its a full moon or nearly though so, its Its brighter than some nights when ive done this test, and we can try to look for how much detail were getting in the starry sky, how the exposure algorithm is handling the bright lights of the porch at the same time as the dark sky. Looking up here into the sky, i mean were not getting a ton of detail, we can see the shadows of the trees against the sky. We can see barely any detail in the path. We can see some detail in the fence um. I i feel like this is probably better than the vista camera which uh i havent its not in this test, because its really just garbage at night, its not falling apart, but but the polar is a lot better and somehow the polar seems to be better. At highlights, like the the individual light, bulbs are not blown out and the moon is not like this giant glowing ball so its better in the highlights, but its also better in the shadows. It just has a much much better dynamic range. If you look at the sky, the sky is significantly brighter in the polar image, its just picking up more light from the night sky, youre seeing more stars more actual stars, you can actually make them out, whereas with the with the apollo, you couldnt and you are Seeing more sort of digital image noise in the polar it is having to crank the gain of the sensor a little bit, but its just definitely giving you a ton more shadow detail like you can make out the branches on that tree in the yard and its Just the polar is just destroying the apollo in terms of nighttime performance, theres, just no competition, so we come to the end of the video and as always the question should you buy it, and in order to answer that question ive pulled out my phone and ive Looked up the price of the foxy apollo camera and it is about fifty dollars.
Compare that to a well. I think the gold standard for cameras right now is the caddix nebula pro or the original dji camera cadets nebula pro 60 dji camera 60. Okay, i dont under i, i dont understand why anybody would pay 10 less to get the fox or apollo or any other 60 fps camera when they could have the legit dji camera, which is 120 fps. You, like the more saturated look of the apollo. You can turn the saturation up in the original camera. I dont understand, stop making 60fps cameras or give them to us for a much much bigger discount everybody thats. It links the video, oh right links in the video description. They are affiliate links and what that means is when you make any purchase at the affiliated vendor after you click that link. I get a small commission if ive helped you make a buying decision. If ive helped, you solve a problem and very very easy way. For you to pay, that back is to just click those affiliate links before you make any purchase any of your shopping. Doesnt have to be a specific product. Anytime, you shop, click, the affiliate link. Do your shopping check out. I get a little commission theres other ways. You can support me as well, but that is the simplest and easiest one, and it does mean a lot. Thank you so much for watching happy flying screw you son.