DJI Spark Review
Earlier on this year, DJI released their smallest drone to date, the Spark. DJI
tailored the Spark to first time flyers, hoping to entice new consumers to the drone market with their easy to fly drone and allow the world to seize the moment.
When I first heard about the DJI Spark, I had my doubts, as it was so unlike anything DJI had done before. Although when it was first released, a number of Sparks were reported to be dropping out of the sky, that is long behind us now. This is pretty typical of a new drone launch anyway, it takes a good 6 months to iron out any bugs that may have made their way through to the launch model.
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The DJI Spark features a rather modest camera, able to shoot 1080p at up to 24 frames per second. The camera is attached to the drone with a 2-axis gimbal, that does a pretty great job at keeping the camera level whilst the drone was in the air. I was a bit dubious about the 2-axis at first, but it seems to work great and the shots look fantastic. The camera is also able to take 10 megapixel photographs which have a brilliant dynamic range and look equally as good as the videos.
Considering the size of the Spark, it’s battery life is fantastic! Able to sustain 16-minutes of air time from a single charge, nothing else that size can even come close. This still isn’t a massive amount of time, so buying a spare battery or two will definitely be a must!
Before we begin to discuss the range, it is worth mentioning that you can pilot the DJI Spark in three different ways, each having their own maximum range. The first is with a transmitter, which allows you to reach a distance of 1km. The second is with a smartphone or tablet, which uses a Wi-FI connection. This allows you to achieve a maximum range of around 100m depending on the conditions. Finally, the last method of piloting the Spark is with hand gestures, this can only really work if the drone is up to 3m away.
Ease of use
DJI definitely succeeded in creating a high quality drone that anyone can fly! The drone can automatically take off, land and return to its take off position on its own. The drone itself is extremely stable in the air and ultra responsive to controls.
The DJI Spark also comes packed with features that make anyone able to record some brilliant looking footage. These include follow me, tap to fly, orbit, point of interest, tap to fly and more!
Overall for $450, you really do get a lot for you money! The DJI Spark is definitely worth asking for this holiday season!