DJI Spark Portable Mini Drone Quadcopter Review

January 17, 2018
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DJI Spark Portable Mini Drone Quadcopter Review

Known for their large, top of the line drones designed for pro and amateur pilot use, DJI has kept the momentum going by creating one of the fastest compact drones on the market. While it may not be a racing quality drone, it sure does its best to impress as it zips through the sky and handles flips, twists, and turns, impressively well.

Just last year DJI introduced the VR drone community to the Spark, a mini drone that packs some serious power. Compact, fast, and highly portable, there’s no stopping this feature-packed model. This kit comes with everything the pilot needs including the best VR headset, remote control, landing pad, micro USB cable, rechargeable battery, storage box, sling backpack, antenna range booster, quick release propellers, cleaning kit, lens cap, and a foldable tablet stand holder.

Overview and Features

The manufacturer did a great job of packing in a ton of features in a compact model that’s rated as one of the best VR drones in this price range. Affordable, powerful, and just plain fun to fly, the Spark features a number of intelligent flying modes. In addition to some great basic features, this model comes with the following modes: helix, circle, dronie, and rocket. The drone is also equipped with gesture recognition abilities. This feature allows the pilot to fly the drone without a controller or phone.

The obstacle avoidance system is another great addition. Typically, safety features that alert drones to obstacles and potential hazards are often only found on higher priced, larger models, but the manufacturer equipped the Spark with a great sense and avoid feature that effectively helps the pilot avoid crashes.

The twelve-megapixel camera shoots video footage at thirty frames per second at 1080p. The drone also utilizes a two-axis gimbal design that works by stabilizing the camera during flight, improving video and image quality. Drones in this price range normally have a basic single axis gimbal, so this is a nice touch.

The drone’s design is one of the toughest you’ll come across. Featuring a camera that’s neatly tucked away, no legs, and short arms, you don’t have to worry about components on the drone snapping or breaking off in the event of a crash.

In terms of fly time, this drone can remain in the air for approximately fifteen minutes when fully charged. On windy days, the drone has a fly time of thirteen to fourteen minutes. Since it comes with an extra battery pack, you’re looking at a total flight time of thirty minutes in ideal conditions.

A Leader in the Mini Drone Category

Charge time is impressively short. A full charge will only take approximately forty-five minutes.

In the sky, we found that the drone provides a very responsive and tight flying experience. The plan is incredibly stable and fast. Even on windy days this drone does a great job of handling turns and navigating the sky. If you release the joystick the drone will remain in the sky, hovering until you grab the controls. While this may not sound very impressive, small drones usually have a reputation for being unstable, but the Spark scores very well in this department.

The built-in avoidance system is a big deal and it’s a feature you won’t find on other drones in this price range. The sensing distance for this system is sixteen feet, which isn’t great compared to bigger models, but considering this is a great extra feature for a mini drone, we gave it high marks for functionality.

The drone’s variety of flight modes is what makes it really stand out. In fact, the drone is designed with the beginner in mind and it’s super easy to fly. Aside from the standard flight modes such as active track, it features some brand-new modes that will allow the pilot to take some great aerial shots even if their piloting skills are pretty mediocre.

The four new flight modes include the helix, circle, dronie, and rocket. The circle mode allows the drone to orbit while remaining locked on, while the helix mode causes the drone to use a spiral pattern when orbiting outward. The rocket mode causes the plane to ascend quickly with the camera pointing down. And last of all, the dronie mode causes the drone to fly up and backward. You can switch up the flight modes easily using your smartphone.

The included VR headset can’t quite compare to mid-range headsets such as the Google Daydream VR headset, but it is a nice extra that allows you to instantly see exactly what your drone is seeing during a flight.

Pros

  • This kit comes with a ton of extra gear, making it a great budget friendly option.
  • The included headset is comfortable to wear and easy to use.
  • The intuitive user app allows the pilot to instantly switch flight modes.
  • A camera that offers high-quality images and video footage is a nice surprise for a drone in this price range.
  • The double axis gimbal is a huge selling point for photographers in search of a drone that can take crystal clear images and video footage.
  • Easily one of the top portable drones on the market.

Cons

We were disappointed that the drone didn’t feature a 4K camera.

Known for their large, top of the line drones designed for pro and amateur pilot use, DJI has kept the momentum going by creating one of the fastest compact drones on the market. While it may not be a racing quality drone, it sure does its best to impress as it zips through the sky and handles flips, twists, and turns, impressively well. Just last year DJI introduced the VR drone community to the Spark, a mini drone that packs some serious power. Compact, fast, and highly portable, there’s no stopping this feature-packed model. This kit comes with everything the pilot needs including the best VR headset, remote control, landing pad, micro USB cable, rechargeable battery, storage box, sling backpack, antenna range booster, quick release propellers, cleaning kit, lens cap, and a foldable tablet stand holder. Overview and Features The manufacturer did a great job of packing in a ton of features in a compact model that’s rated as one of the best VR drones in this price range. Affordable, powerful, and just plain fun to fly, the Spark features a number of intelligent flying modes. In addition to some great basic features, this model comes with the following modes: helix, circle, dronie, and rocket. The drone is also equipped with gesture recognition abilities. This feature allows the pilot to fly the drone without a controller or phone. The obstacle avoidance system is another great addition. Typically, safety features that alert drones to obstacles and potential hazards are often only found on higher priced, larger models, but the manufacturer equipped the Spark with a great sense and avoid feature that effectively helps the pilot avoid crashes. The twelve-megapixel camera shoots video footage at thirty frames per second at 1080p. The drone also utilizes a two-axis gimbal design that works by stabilizing the camera during flight, improving video and image quality. Drones in this price range normally have a basic single axis gimbal, so this is a nice touch. The drone’s design is one of the toughest you’ll come across. Featuring a camera that’s neatly tucked away, no legs, and short arms, you don’t have to worry about components on the drone snapping or breaking off in the event of a crash. In terms of fly time, this drone can remain in the air for approximately fifteen minutes when fully charged. On windy days, the drone has a fly time of thirteen to fourteen minutes. Since it comes with an extra battery pack, you’re looking at a total flight time of thirty minutes in ideal conditions. A Leader in the Mini Drone Category Charge time is impressively short. A full charge will only take approximately forty-five minutes. In the sky, we found that the drone provides a very responsive and tight flying experience. The plan is incredibly stable and fast. Even on windy days this drone does a great job of handling turns and navigating the sky. If you release the joystick the drone will remain in the sky,…

9.3

Conclusion & Rating

A drone that’s smarter, faster, and can fly for longer periods of time, this reliable model is one of the best VR drones for the pilot on a budget.

If you’re new to drone flying, this starter kit comes with everything the new drone pilot and aspiring aerial photographer needs. Reliable, durable, and equipped with sensors designed to minimize crashes, this drone makes learning how to pilot a drone easy and fun. The Spark also has a pretty decent track record in terms of handling crashes without taking on major damage. While it’s not quite as fast as a drone racing quality model, it’s lightweight compact design allows it to fly through the sky at a much faster rate than larger drones in this price range.  Pilots in search of a racing quality drone can check out the Parrot Bebop 2 FPV Drone.   We gave this drone a rating of four and a half out of five stars.

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