Drone Photos versus Google Earth Images Part 3

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Difference in Images:
Google Earth image of the Montauk Point, NY: click here
Drone image of Montauk Point, NY: click here; see also drone video footage

The two contrasting images above of the Montauk Point show that the image taken by a drone is far more clear than the image taken by Google Earth. This confirms what other sources have noted that Google Earth images are often taken at much higher altitude, thus affecting the image’s resolution.
One photography expert says in his site that photographs need to be taken high enough from the ground to view the GCPs, (ground control points) but low enough that resolution is not lost. The higher you fly, the lower the resolution of the ground. The lower you fly the more photographs and GCPs are needed.

Quoting once more what Matt Murphy said in an interview, compared with Google Earth, a drone image does a better job in real estate. UAVs allow you to capture very low-altitude aerial footage, which often does a better job at telling a home’s story, compared to higher altitude footage. I like to say that UAVs can tell the story from 8 to 80 feet in ways that few other capture methods can. The technology is exciting, but it is just a tool. Telling a home’s unique story is the most important goal. -See more at:

Thus, as a final word, from James Davis, publisher of thedroneologist.com  “The comparison is simple. If you want flexible, original and timely photos or videos, using a drone with a quality camera beats Google Earth hands down”

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