The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
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Articles | Volume XLVIII-4/W8-2023
24 Apr 2024
 | 24 Apr 2024


P. C. Barbosa, D. C. Fargas Jr., and G. A. M. Narciso

Keywords: Unmanned Aerial Systems, Drone, Comparison, Photogrammetry, Surveying

Abstract. This study investigates the feasibility of using low-cost consumer drones, specifically the DJI Mini 2, for land surveys compared to commercial-grade drones like the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2. The research, conducted within the University of the Philippines - Diliman campus, evaluates the horizontal accuracy of resulting ortho-images and explores the advantages and disadvantages of each platform. Initiated by the recognition of aerial drones' transformative impact on land surveying, particularly acknowledged by the Land Management Bureau in the Philippines, the study addresses concerns about the use of consumer-grade drones for surveying. While some advocate for commercial-grade drones, citing concerns about accuracy, a prior study in India demonstrated the suitability of consumer-grade drones for geomatics applications. The methodology involves creating a flight plan with specified parameters for both drones, establishing Ground Control Points (GCPs), and conducting two flights. The results, processed using UAS Mapping Workflow, indicate comparable errors between the consumer-grade DJI Mini 2 and commercial-grade DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2. Despite slight differences, both drones meet the accuracy standards for land surveys. The study contributes to the discourse on affordable means of secure land tenure, envisioning consumer-grade drones as viable alternatives for cost-effective land surveys. The DJI Mini 2, at a fraction of the cost, demonstrates the capability to achieve accuracy levels comparable to its commercial counterpart. While acknowledging the need for further testing and optimization, the findings suggest the potential of consumer-grade drones in advancing sustainable urban development and poverty reduction through accessible land survey methods.