cutwater wrote in post #18307801
I went through the same thinking - and decided against going for the certification for now. I think it depends on your market. There are already a fair number of commercial operators near me, and the photography business is just a part time thing for me, so not enough return.
I do have a P3P I've had for almost two years, and find the IQ lacking some, especially coming from a FF body. It's decent in good light but the new P4 Pro camera is substantially better. I enjoy using mine for my own enjoyment maybe I'll upgrade when the P5 comes out. Good luck on your decision
Right now I'm leaning towards doing the certification. Photography is my full-time business, although I'm also a part-time stay-home dad at this point (2 year old and a 6-week old.) I have quite a few large clients, apartment management companies, I also work for Ten-X (fka Auction.com). So my thinking is that it'll pay off in the future. But it's a thin line; I wasn't into drones, still not a huge enthusiast but a month ago I found a refurb P3P at a reasonable price with Ebay bucks (came out to $500 with 1-year DJI warranty). So that made me decide to buy one. I was not happy to find out about the certification requirement, but it's my fault, I hadn't done my homework properly.
Regarding the camera, yeah, it's not the best but I did know that before (I try not to compare it to my FF cameras ). If it all works out for me and get orders, I will upgrade to the 1" sensor P4P in the future (or whatever is the successor).
The biggest problem with the P3P camera though is it's bad quality control. Mine came with a flaw, a gradual diagonal blurring of the image. Upper left quarter was great and sharp, the middle mediocre, lower right was ugly. I sent it in for warranty repair. They replaced the camera/gimbal unit. The new camera (probably another refurbished part) was soft in the middle. Great, I thought. First I thought about sending it back again but the turnaround time is about 3-4 weeks and with so many bad units out there, no guarantee that I get a nice sharp copy. So I did some research and it's usually a problem of badly aligned sensor board. Easy fix, even just taking off the back plate remedied most of the problem (it was pushing the board too much.)
Anyway, thanks again for your input.