This paper presents spray characteristics of piezo-driven type common-rail injector and comparisons to those of solenoid-driven type. Experiments were conducted to measure spray penetraion and SMD distributions using a spray visualization system and PDPA (phase Doppler particle analyzer) system. Injection conditions including injection pressure and energizing durations were varied in order to analyzing effects of injection conditions on spray characteristics. Furthermore, ambient pressures were increased for keeping ambient gas density close to in-cylinder pressure of diesel engine. Results showed that injection delay of piezo-driven type injector was much shorter than those of solenoid driven type and exhibited enhanced atomization performances.