DJI Spark Mini Drone – Quadcopter Review

DJI Spark

 

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DJI Spark Mini Drone Quadcopter with FlightAutonomy and 1080p Video / 12MP Stabilized Camera with Intelligent Flight Modes

 

Are you looking for state of the art leading edge in Drones – then check out the DJI Spark Mini Drone which is seriously awesome considering its size.

 

As with all DJI products, it is a top quality, high performance, feature loaded Quadcopter designed for personal use and is a lot of fun.

 

It is loaded with state of the art flight assisting features which make it easy even for beginners to get going.

 

Very reasonably priced in our opinion, the Spark makes it effortless to shoot amazing video footage, take fantastic still photos and even do a spot of FPV (First Person View) flying.

 

What more do you want !!??

 

Let’s explore what this innovative and exciting UAV has to offer….

 

Pros

+ High End Camera Quality

+ 2 Axis Gimbal for Extremely Stable Footage

+ FPV (First Person View)

+ Hand Gesture Control

+ Great Camera Features 

+ Tracks Objects Automatically 

+ Satellite and Vision Positioning Systems

+ Obstacle Sensing System

+ Intelligent Flight Battery

+ Return to Home Function

+ Long Control Range

 

Cons

– Controller not included in basic package

 

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Main Features

  • ANTI-COLLISION SENSING:  Will avoid objects automatically in the flight path

 

  • GPS / GLONASS / VISION POSITIONING:  Satellite and on board Camera positioning systems

 

  • FLIGHT PROTECTION: Warns if you are near sensitive flight areas, like airports or stadiums

 

  • HIGH-QUALITY CAMERA: 1080p Video and 12 MP Photo quality for amazing aerial footage and photos

 

  • 2 AXIS GIMBAL: For very stable video footage and photos

 

  • GESTURE MODE: Using gestures only it will follow you and take selfies

 

  • ACTIVE TRACKING:  Allows you to mark and track a moving object

 

  • TAPFLY: Decide where you want to go, Tap the screen and it will automatically fly there

 

  • RETURN TO HOME (RTH): 3 modes of  RTH; Smart, Low Battery and Failsafe

 

  • SPEED:  Up to 31 mph (50 kph) in Sport Mode without wind

 

  • CONTROL RANGE:  Real-time video up to an impressive 1.2 miles (2 km) away

 

  • FLIGHT TIME: Good at up to 16 minutes depending on use

 

  • BATTERY: Recharging takes 80 minutes with standard USB charger, 52 minutes when using a Charging Hub

 

  • WEIGHT: 300g 
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FAQs

Q) Can the Spark be used by beginners?
A) Yes, it is perfect for beginners and is very easy to learn to fly

 

Q) Is the Spark Waterproof?
A) No. You should avoid flying in wet conditions and landing in / taking off from puddles as the chassis is close to the ground.

 

Q) How Do I Control it?
A) You control your Spark with either your mobile device using the DJI GO 4 app or the remote controller. You can also use hand gestures.

 

Q) Is FAA registration required in the USA?
A) Yes

 

DJI Spark - In the Box

 

What is Included in the Box?

Here’s what you get for your money;
  • 1 x DJI Spark Quadcopter
  • 1 x Intelligent Flight Battery
  • 1 x  Charger
  • 1 x Extra Propellor Pairs
  • 1 x Micro USB Cable
  • 1 x Storage Box
  • Manuals

 

 

So What Do We Think – Our Verdict

The Spark is really well designed and a lot of fun straight out of the box due to the fact that DJI has made it so easy for anyone, even beginners with no experience, to get a good level of control.

 

It is small, compact and lightweight bearing in mind that vast array of technology and features they have crammed into this little gem, so easily carried around and not a burden.

 

The main and most standout feature is the fact that you can control the Spark using hand gestures, which makes you feel like you have mastered the force and become a Jedi!

 

This can be used in conjunction with Quick Launch, which works by face recognition so that once identified, Spark takes off from the palm of your hand and hovers in place awaiting further commands.

 

The main idea here is everything is designed to free you up so it’s possible to take selfies, group photos and aerial shots without the fuss of using the app or a controller.

 

 

The camera is on a two-axis gimbal, so is very stable and offers 1080p Video and 12 MP Photo quality as well as live streaming for First Person View (FPV) via Wi-Fi.

 

The DJI GO 4 app on your smart device provides editing templates and an array of filters so you can easily and quickly edit your videos and photos and share them straight to social media.

 

Below are some of the great main features you can use with Spark from the DJI GO 4 app ;

 

  • TapFly – view the area you are in via the camera and then tap where you want to fly on the screen and the Spark will automatically fly to that location

 

  • Gesture Mode – The Spark vision system will recognize your gestures and then perform the matching functions associated to them allowing it to follow you and then take a selfie without using a phone or controller.

 

  • Active Tracking – Identify, mark and then follow any moving items such as people, animals or even vehicle

 

  • Flight Protection – DJI’s GEO system lets you know where Drone flying could raise safety or security concerns, such as near airports or public venues where security is restricted. This provides you with peace of mind knowing you are flying your Spark safely and responsibly.

 

It’s also pretty fast – Spark has a top speed of up to 32mph (50kph).

 

You can access the high speed potential by switching to Sport Mode but you can only do this with the controller so it is definitely worth investing in one.

 

If you have FPV goggles you can strap them on and immerse yourself in the flight experience, if not just enjoy the speed!!

 

Spark’s FlightAutonomy system is state of the art which includes the main camera, GPS, 3D sensing and a vision positioning system.

 

This lets Spark hover accurately almost anywhere, sense obstacles from up to 16 ft (5 m) away, and land safely.

 

 

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When you need or want to come home, the DJI SPark has 3 Return To Home (RTH) options which will automatically bring you back to exactly where you started from;

 

  • Smart RTH – Use the RTH button when you decide it’s time to come home

 

  • Low Battery RTH – Triggered when battery levels are at a low point which may affect safe return

 

  • Failsafe RTH – Automatically activated if remote control signal is lost

 

When you arrive home, the Precision Landing System uses both GPS and vision positioning to bring you down to earth safely.

 

It will automatically scan and try to match the terrain features from when it took off and when it matches it will start landing immediately.

 

Along the way, there is also obstacle avoidance sensing due to the vision system, so the Spark can detect an object in its path and take steps to avoid any potential collisions.

 

Overall this is a fantastic Drone for beginners and experienced flyers and we feel you get a lot for your money as this is a great quality product that has it all – fun, excitement and state of the art technology.

 

Due to the charging time versus flight time, it’s always worth having a spare battery so you don’t get caught out if you need to be in the air longer.

 

If you found this useful, check out more of our reviews here.

We would really love to hear about your experiences with the exciting DJI Spark.

Please leave us a message below and let us know what you think!

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