The need for a moving camera strategy

Cameras that move—such as those in drones and especially in action cameras—require their own specialized strategy because of the unique challenges they have to meet. Early in the market, it was acceptable to repackage a standard camera, but the bar has been getting higher each year. Users expect high-performance image stabilization even from moving cameras, and high-quality video even in rapidly-changing lighting and scene conditions.

Quality video despite extreme motion is among the unique challenges facing drone camera designers

In addition to all the challenges facing the designers of mobile device cameras, drones and action cameras require particular attention to stabilization under extremely adverse conditions, especially when it comes to controlling judder. Users also expect drone and action cameras to feature a a broad set of capabilities, including zoom and HDR, all packaged in a small size, with light weight, and at low cost. Moreover, computational imaging is now also required for competitive results—and this is particularly true in terms of consumer expectations of AI-enhanced image and video processing. Further, commercial drones also require measurement accuracy and reliability.

DxOMark Solutions and Services

DxOMark comes to the drone and action camera market with relevant experience of well over a decade, during which we’ve helped dozens of mobile device and camera makers test and tune their products. In particular, we offer:

Consulting and Benchmarking: We can help your team with its camera architecture and product design choices, as well as with creating vendor specifications, performance goals, and milestones. During the development process, in addition to progress reports, we can provide you with camera module benchmarks specific to automotive cameras to help you select components with the right specifications to achieve your desired results. Moreover, we can provide detailed evaluation of moving camera systems from identifying weaknesses right up to ISP tuning advice. Analyzer not only helps you evaluate these image quality attributes, but also tests automatic white balance, automatic exposure, texture, noise, and stabilization under challenging lighting scenarios simulated by our Automated Lighting System. Learn more.

Analyzer: We also offer Analyzer, a complete hardware and software lab and measurement solution that caters to component-level and system-level measurements. In particular, you can use Analyzer to evaluate camera color, texture, and contrast performance in HDR and extreme low-light conditions, along with video stabilization, which is a key component for these types of cameras. Moving cameras also need to perform well in wide angle shots to avoid distortions and have coherent and uniform performance all across the field. Analyzer not only helps you evaluate these image quality attributes, but also tests automatic white balance, automatic exposure, texture, and noise under challenging lighting scenarios simulated by our Automated Lighting System. Learn more.