DJI spark review – palm drone with great features (2020)

DJI spark review – palm drone with great features (2020)

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The DJI spark drone comes under the mini drone category, and it has some cool specs and features. For instance, control with palm, obstacle avoidance, active tracking, lightweight, etc that we will discuss in this article DJI spark review and specs.

The features and size of the spark make it competitive with the high-end drones like Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic 2 air, and its price level drones Like DJI Mavic mini And DJI Mavic Air.

The spark has brought the aerial photography hobby to a whole new group of people. If you are somebody that owns some higher-end drones then there are a lot of features that might make it worth picking up.

The first thing we need to understand is that the Mavic mini is not the alternative version of the spark, but it is a whole new series of the Mavic.

The DJI launched the spark on April 15, 2017. The DJI has 4 series in the commercial drone and that is.

  1. Inspire series on the top, for the professional uses like Film making
  2. Phantom series, for professional photography and cinematic shots.
  3. Mavic series, this series drone has a foldable design and is portable.
  4. Now the spark series drone, it is for basic photography and for fun

DJI has a focus on the features of the spark. It is fun to use, easy to fly, and easy to control. Overall, the spark is one of the best drones for the beginners, for entry-level photography, and for the one who is seeking to fly the drone for the fun.

So with no further delay, let’s dive into the main content that is:

dji spark review

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Specification

  • Name – DJI Spark
  • Rating – 4.5 out of 5
  • Weight – 300 grams
  • Flight Time – 16 minutes
  • Max Flight Distance – 2,000 meter (6,561 ft) With remote
  • Max Speed – 50 kph  (31 mph)
  • Camera – 12 MP
  • Effective Pixels – 12 MP
  • Sensor – 1/2.3″ CMOS 
  • Image Format – JPEG
  • Video Resolution – 720p 30p
  • Video Formats – MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)
  • Max Bitrate – 24 Mbps
  • Stabilization – 2-axis (pitch, roll)
  • Internal Storage – NO
  • Micro SD –  Yes (Expandable up to 64 GB)
  • Remote – Yes
  • Video Transmission System – wifi (2.4/2.5 GHz)
  • Obstacle Avoidance – Yes
  • Active tracking Yes
  • Colour – White, yellow, blue, green, and red
  • Foldable Size – 143×143×55 mm (Length×Width×Height)
  • DJI goggles – Yes

DJI spark controller

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The controller in the spark is simple, and it looks similar to the controller of the Mavic mini. The controller (remote) has Wi-Fi, and you don’t have to attach a cable.

You can see your phone connected via Wi-Fi with the drone on the remote controller, and to unlock the Maximum power of the spark, you need to connect the drone with the remote.

You can see the battery life of the drone in the remote. To access the drone in the sport mode, it needs remote and you cannot use the sport mode by the mobile phone.

We can control the drone by the remote, gesture, and complete with the mobile and tablets by installing DJI GO 4 app.

With the remote, the max range of the spark is 2,000 meter (6,561 ft), and as discussed earlier the sport mode of the drone is only accessible by the remote.

The mobile or tablets can completely control it with the DJI app, which makes it easy to use and you will save around $150 by not buying the remote.

Though there is some limitation you may face while flying and controlling the drone with the mobile or tablets

For instance, with the mobile phone, you will get a range of around 80 meters in distance and 50 meters in height

For instance, the range you will get nearly 80 meters in distance and 50 meters in height and not get access to its sport mode as sport mode can be only unlocked by the remote controller of the spark.

Gesture control: You can also control it through a gesture, This feature makes the palm-size drone special from the rest of the DJI drones (when compared by review).

https://youtu.be/b133h35NaO4

To fly in the palm mode (DJI spark), you need to turn on the drone, point it towards your face, and double click the power button.

When it detects a face, the front lights turn green spark makes a beeping sound then the propellers turn on and it slowly takes off from your hand.

Then, when you put your palm up after the front lights turn green, it follows your palm. You can rotate, push, pull, bring it higher and lower.

DJI spark design and portability

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The drone is available in five different colors 

  • Green
  • Blue
  • Yellow 
  • Red 
  • White

In the Spark, we have got five unique colors to choose from, but for the other drone, we get only one or two colors.

And when you put your palm underneath the Spark, it gently lands into your palm.

This feature, i.e.,  palm takeoff and landing gives the drone of an enormous advantage over not worry if there is enough space at your flying location.

If you like to film on the beach, you won’t take a chance of having dust, sand, or small rocks near your drone during takeoff and landing, then you can use palm takeoff and landing.

The spark also supports DJI Goggles this is a dominant feature because the Mavic mini that lies in the same price category does not have this feature.

The DJI spark is one of the smallest drone made by DJI. It fits in the palm and weighs next to nothing, just 300 grams (with battery) less than twice the weight of the DJI Mavic pro.

Which was previously the king of the portable drones.

If you’re a traveler or a vlogger or you have plenty of equipment in your bag already this drone will help you out with its extreme portability.

But the legs or arms of the drone are unfoldable.

It has forward sensors and downward sensors and 3D Sensing on the front part of the spark.

So it avoids obstacles, it has precision hovering, has a precision landing, returns home, and Intelligent flight modes.

The sensors not only help the drone from obstacle avoidance but also using the palm mode of the drone. Which might excite you to buy the spark.

DJI spark different Modes

The spark also has a quick short mode unlike other Mavic drones for instance:

  • Rocket Mode: Ascend with the camera pointing bottom.
  • Helix Mode: Fly higher, spiraling around your subject.
  • Circle Mode: Circle around the object
  • Droine modes: Fly backward and upward, with the camera locked on one point.
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Camera

This drone has a 2- axis gimbal and the camera on the gimbal has a 25 mm f/2.6 lens. The camera on the drone 12 megapixel and it captures great photographs.

The camera specification if DJI Spark and mini are the same, but the difference is with the picture quality of both the drones.

The spark can shoot videos at 1080P @30fps. Though the spark cannot record 4k videos still the quality of the camera is outstanding.

It records the video bitrate at 24 megabits per second, the image on the spark looks great and the gimbal on the drone gives the drone smooth stable videos and images.

https://youtu.be/Twm82aoAEUQ

DJI spark not only gives you to control the exposure of the camera but also has cool built-in camera mode like auto-exposure mode, auto-bracketing for HDR photo, or shallow focus.

HDR helps the photo to enhance the camera quality, and the shallow mode gives the user to blur the background of the image manually.

There is panorama mode vertical or horizontal so you can get wide-angle shots.

Overall, the photos and videos look great in a palm-size drone (DJI Spark).

It has an active track mode which will auto-follow the subject and keep the subject in the camera frame even if the object is moving.

It has an active track mode which will auto-follow the subject and keep the subject in the camera frame even if the object is moving.

The spark also has some smart quick shot modes as discussed above.

DJI spark pro and cons

Pros of the drone

  •  Supports DJI Goggles.
  • It has Active track mode.
  • No legal restriction as it is a super lightweight and portable drone.
  • You can control it by mobile using Wi-Fi
  • Gesture control feature works well in the spark
  • Cool features at Affordable price
  • Easy to use and fun to fly with technology inside and out

Cons of the drone

  • It does not record 4k video, but still, the camera is good at 12MP.
  • The drone arms are not foldable
  • It has less battery time

Conclusion

So concluding by the review of the article is

It is a perfect drone for all of you who are seeking about spending money on a professional DJI drone experience. This new drone will spark your creativity and offer you an aerial photo and video.

This drone is especially for the beginners and the one who flies the drone as a hobby. The spark will give a professional experience like the Mavic pro and phantom.

The spark is small, which easily fits into the bag of the photographer or professional users. It might act as a backup drone.

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Mantosh

Mantosh Sharma has been a content writer for one year. He has flown many drones and has a sound knowledge about the drones. Therefore, He has shared his knowledge and experience about the drones with us.

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