Thursday, November 9, 2017

DJI Spark: The Best Little Drone In The Whole, Wide World..

DJI's Spark is the newest addition to the DJI drone family, which continues to evolve and grow, getting better year after year. The Spark is a drone even smaller than their Mavic Pro, equipped with plenty of exciting features. The Spark is miles above and beyond its competition with groundbreaking features for its size. This ultra-portable, lightweight drone, features a high quality camera, 16 minutes of flight time (plus an extra 16 minutes for every extra battery you purchase and take along), and innovative gesture controls. It's so tiny and portable that it makes the much-loved, compact Mavic Pro look big. The Spark is incredibly light (.66 of one pound!), small (5.6" wide and long by 2.2" high), and a ton of fun to fly. In spite of its size it still offers 16  minutes of flying time, unprecedented for a drone of its size). It comes in five colors (Alpine White, Lava Red, Meadow Green, Sky Blue, and Sunrise Yellow). Because of its facial recognition (awesome), you don't need a remote controller or mobile device to fly it and you can control it with your hands! Its USB port allows charging via a portable battery pack simple. The Spark can fly up to an impressive 1.2 miles at 31 mph away using the controller, which is more than enough for most pilots, and a little less using gestures or mobile devices.

What we love most is the Spark's variety of shooting modes, onboard camera and 2-axis gimbal. Its 1/2.3" CMOS image sensor records FHD video at 1920x1080 resolution and 12 MP pictures. Photo modes we really like are the Shallow Depth of Field (locks on subject and flys two feet up with blurred backgrounds, very cool) and Panorama (flying sideways or vertical for spectacular landscapes and vistas to really capture the grandiosity of your surroundings). Other shooting modes that are really cool: Rocket (ascend with the camera pointing downward, revealing a unique perspective from above); Dronie (fly backward and upward, with the camera locked on your subject, creating an epic shot that captures the big perspective of the world around the subject); Circle (keeps the subject locked in the center of the frame, as the Spark automatically flies a circle around it); and Helix (starts close to the subject before flying up, away, and around in larger and larger circles). Using these modes is so enjoyable and offers lots of creativity. From personal experience, using the Spark on journeys through rainforests, beaches, the Outback, the Great Barrier Reef, deserts, ice glaciers, and volcanoes it spectacular.

The new PalmControl gestures are insane and unique. With the use of their amazing facial recognition technology, you can get your drone in the air without a dedicated remote controller or mobile device once you are identified. It's an amazing feat and jaw-dropping to watch. Wave your hand up, down, left, right, forward and backward, take a selfie, and return home (right into your hand) are all possible using hand gestures. (Just don't let it get too far away where you lose control.) WOW! Obstacle sensing is also a great feature. At speeds of up to 6.7 mph objects in front of your Spark, one to sixteen feet away, will be sensed and the brakes will activate to avoid collisions.

The Spark is the perfect drone for any beginner, but also a whole lot of fun for more advanced pilots.


For your information, if you want to compare the Spark to the Mavic Pro, here are the main differences. The Spark weighs 0.66 pounds and Mavic Pro weighs 1.62 pounds; the Spark is  3.2(H)x3.2(W)x7.8(L) inches and Mavic Pro (folded) is 2.1(H)x5.6(W)x5.6(L); the Spark flies for 16 minutes and Mavic Pro is 27 minutes; the Spark camera is capable of FHD: 1920×1080 at 30 frames per second with 12 MP photographs and the Mavic records 4K video at 30 frames per second and photos with 12.71 MP; the Spark is a 2-axis gimbal and Mavic Pro is 3-axis gimbal; both have sensor size of 1/2.3 CMOS; Mavic has f/2.2 (better in low low) and the Spark has f/2.6; and Mavic Pro can be adjusted using different color profiles and style settings, while Spark pilots are restricted to default camera settings; ssing the dedicated remote controller and Wifi the Spark can travel 1.2 miles but Mavic Pro transmits up to 4.3 miles thanks to OccuSync technology, and can even fly beyond this distance with their Maxx Mod Remote Controller. Bottom Line: More serious flyers who require long flight times, better quality video, and more capabilities will favor the Mavic. For a quick and easy-to-use drone ideal for shorter flights and beginner pilots, the Spark is the better choice.