DJI Spark, Fly More Combo, Alpine White

DJI Spark, Fly More Combo, Alpine White
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Average customer review:
(4.5 stars, based on 245 reviews)

Product Details

  • Sales Rank: #106 in Camera & Photo
  • Size: small
  • Color: Alpine White
  • Brand: DJI
  • Model: CP.PT.000899
  • Released on: 2017-06-15
  • Aspect ratio: Unknown
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 8.20" h x 3.00" w x 9.80" l, 1.49 pounds
  • Battery type: Lithium Ion

Features

  • Intelligent Flight ModesSmart, reliable, and incredibly intuitiveQuickShotVideos with a Tap
  • High-Performance CameraAmazing images and stabilized videoMechanical Gimbal StabilizationShake-Free Shots
  • Flight PerformanceAwesome potential, immersive experiencesPowerful Propulsion Speed and Precision Control
  • Flight SafetyWorry-free flight in the palm of your hand

Spark is a mini drone that features all of DJI's signature technologies, allowing you to seize the moment whenever you feel inspired. With intelligent flight control options, a mechanical gimbal, and a camera with incredible image quality, Spark empowers you to push your creative boundaries. Quick Launch With Face Aware, Spark lifts off from your hand by recognizing your face.[1] It takes off and hovers in place within seconds of powering on. Simple Control Take amazing aerial photos using just hand gestures, without a remote controller or mobile device.[1] Create with Ease Intelligent Flight Modes and intuitive controls help you create cinematic aerial videos with just a few taps. Edit and Share The DJI GO 4 app features automatic editing templates and an array of filters. Quickly edit videos and share them straight to social media.


Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

460 of 471 people found the following review helpful.
4Wonderful Drone for Non-Professional Use
By C. Harrington
If there’s one thing DJI is good at, it’s stuffing a ton of features and functionality into increasingly small drones — and nothing showcases this talent more than the Spark. Despite the fact that the drone’s hull is roughly the size of a Twinkie, DJI somehow managed to cram in many of the same technology you’d find under the hood of the Spark’s bigger, bulkier bother: the Mavic Pro. But where should you place your hard earned money, and is the Spark right for you? Read on to find out.

I have been flying drones since the debut of DJI's very first Phantom. I have since then owned every reincarnation of the Phantom lineup (with the exception of the Phantom 3 Standard and advanced), and currently have a Phantom 4 Pro, Inspire 1, Mavic Pro, and Yuneec Typhoon H. I shoot aerial videos/stills for real estate companies, construction companies, universities, and occasionally for weddings. I also fly a lot for personal enjoyment. I use Adobe Premier Pro for my video editing and Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop for image adjustments. Therefore, one of the most important factors for me is image quality and video resolution. So let's start there.

Video footage is stuck at a maximum of FHD: 1920×1080 @ 30fps. No 24fps. No 60fps. No 120fps. No 4K resolution. 1920x108p @ 30fps is the only option DJI's Spark offers in terms of video options. This means that 99% of the beautiful, cinematic, smooth slow-motion aerial footage you see on YouTube is absolutely impossible to achieve with the Spark and therefore automatically places this drone in the "not meant for professional use" category. Don't get me wrong, though. 1920x1080 @ 30fps will produce great footage without a doubt. But I guarantee that your most loved aerial footage on YouYube was shot at either 24fps or 60fps. So by all means, please do not expect to mimic those types of videos with the Spark because it won't be achievable. I hate to be a downer, but I’m just being realistic. If this is your first Drone and you’re “looking forward to making amazing videos,” be forewarned that the Spark will not produce the same footage you see from Phantom, Inspire, Mavic, Typhoon, etc.

Moving on…

The camera is held in place by a 2-axis gimbal. Meanwhile the Phantom line, Mavic Pro, and nearly every other drone is equipped with a 3 axis gimbal. Is there a huge difference between 2-axis and 3-axis gimbals? It depends on how fast you fly. With a top speed of 31MPH, the lack of a 3rd-axis is somewhat apparent during yaw movements at that speed. Overall though, I am very impressed with the stabilization DJI's Spark offers. It remains very steady in adverse wind conditions which was a huge surprise for me. It's small enough to blow across the table with a shop vac, but is a force to be reckoned with when it's in the air.
(See notes at bottom for an explanation of 2-axis vs 3-axis gimbals)

As I just said, the Spark has a top speed of 31MPH as stated by DJI. I have personally reached 28MPH while flying next to my car for speed comparison purposes, but with the cruise control nailed at 31MPH it was never able to remain at the car's side (wife drove while I flew). The magic number I came up with after 10 back and fourth runs in an empty field was 28MPH. Once the cruise control was set to 28MPH the Spark was then able to consistently remain at my side. One important thing to note is that you can only fly at a top speed of 12MPH while using your phone as a standalone controller. In order to go faster than 12MPH you will have to purchase the dedicated controller.

Flight time is advertised as 16 minutes, but I have never (62 flights to be exact) been able to keep it in the air for that amount of time. Depending on ambient wind speed and how aggressively I fly the Spark I consistently get between 8 and 12 minutes of flight time. Therefore, I highly suggest purchasing extra batteries if you want to fly for long periods of time. I asked DJI how they came up with 16 minutes and was informed that testing was done in a windless environment and also at a static hover. Completely real world testing, right? Not even close. 12 minutes is the most you will get in the real world.

Of course you can’t have flight time without a battery, right? Charge time takes an average of 45-50 minutes and has been consistent for me since I received this on June 1st as a tester. As with all DJI batteries it has a LED indicator which allows the user to see its charge at any given time. You can also charge the spark with a micro USB cable which is very convenient. I have plugged it into my car’s charging port a few times to add some juice while traveling to different locations and it works just fine. You can also use a portable battery pack as well. But be forewarned that charging the Spark’s battery via a portable battery pack takes a few minutes shy of forever. The same holds true for a car’s charging port. If you want to get the 45-50 minute empty-to-full charge time you will have to plug it into a wall.

Range is advertised as 100 yards with a cell phone and 1.24 miles with the dedicated remote controller. Personally I have never been able to exceed 85 yards with my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and my wife’s iPhone 7 Plus offered no increase (I flew it away from me on a football field and my wife marked where control input no longer worked. 10 times / 85 yards was the maximum distance). The remote controller holds true to DJI’s 1.24-mile claim. In-fact I’ve reached 1.76 miles. But here is the kicker… battery life will not allow you return all the way home most of the time if you fly out that far. I flew out to 1.24 miles 10 times and automatically turned around to return home. Not once was I able to make it all the way back. 50% of the battery was always exhausted before I reached .85 miles and sometimes less depending on ambient wind conditions. In terms of range I will say that the Spark is capable, but the battery is not.

Let’s talk about the Spark’s claim to fame. Hand gestures.
Yes, they work. Yes, they are cool. Yes, it will make you feel like Darth Vader. All-in-all, the palm launch functionality and hand gestures are a very welcomed technological addition. Not having to pull out my phone or the remote in order to get a picture has been a great time saver and eliminates a small amount of hassle. My phone can be dead and I can forget the remote controller at home, but I can rest assured knowing that I’m still able to control the drone without those things. If you’re like me and literally never take pictures of yourself with your drone, this will be gimmicky and useless. But if you’re a selfie stick addict who wishes your selfie stick could extend another 50 feet, then this will be a very welcomed feature.

Final word:
The DJI Spark is meant to fill the gap between serious dronies / professionals and those who just want to have fun without breaking the bank. It’s essentially an entry-level drone and nothing more. If you already own the Mavic Pro / Phantom / Inspire, the Spark will just be a dust collector on your shelf once you realize how inferior it is to what you already have.
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Note 1: A 3-axis gimbal is not necessarily better than a 2-axis gimbal. Saying a 3-axis gimbal is better is like saying a car is better than a motorcycle simply because it has more wheels. Both 3-axis and 2-axis gimbals have their own pros and cons.

3-axis gimbals generally provide better video stability than 2-axis gimbals. This is because 3-axis gimbals stabilizes your video on all 3 axis (yaw, pitch and roll) while 2-axis gimbals stabilizes only on the pitch and roll axis. Jello, or jittery horizontal movement, is more obvious in videos taken using a 2-axis gimbal due to the lack of stabilization in the yaw axis. 3-axis gimbals are able to greatly reduce and sometimes completely eliminate jello due to a third motor that helps absorb unwanted movement in the yaw axis.

However, 3-axis gimbals are heavier and more expensive than their 2-axis counterparts. They also draw more battery power due to having more motors. This is part of what keeps the cost of DJI's Spark down, and also extends the battery life.

Note 2: Buy the prop guards. Especially if you plan to launch the Spark from your hand a lot. I’ve been hit once while the Spark was taking off and it hurt. It’s not pleasant to get hit by a drone’s propellers, so always be sure your hand is completely flat.

Note 3: Buy a landing pad, especially if you are uncomfortable with catching it with your hand. The Spark can easily land on pavement, but grass is a challenge because there is no landing gear and also because the props are so low to the ground. You can also use cardboard or some other homemade pad. The good thing about nylon landing pads is their resistance to water. Cardboard will become soft when placed on wet grass.

117 of 123 people found the following review helpful.
5Great Quad! GO with FlyMORE!! The controller rocks!
By Devin Stephens
[[VIDEOID:cb389c4a604e34d8f5b2f0a0b04d4af5]]Short Review: Received my Spark Fly More package today and for a mini quad, this thing rocks.. I wrote a good review on the Yuneec Breeze about 6 months ago, but the SPARK BLOWS IT out of the water!! I have now had MULTIPLE flights on my Spark and can say it is AWESOME and works GREAT, just as well as my other DJI Copters!!! Why is the spark so good?

**NOTE** Review will be updated as I get more flights on the drone! Edit history will be logged below

**Edit History**
-Firmware Updated added to Pros (#15) (6/20/17)
-OTG Cable allows for USB phone connection to controller added to pros (#14) (6/20/17)
-Battery Charging Time added to pros (#16) (6/20/17)
-Confirmed that batteries can be charged in the field by a Goal Zero Sherpa added to pros (#17) (6/27/17)
-Added sample video of the Spark and Mavic Comparison Photos (7/1/17)

Sample Video Note: Video is short and unedited.. Simple video showing the Sparks video quality

Pros
1.) Excellent Battery Life for a mini drone! I get the advertised battery life out of my quad! Which is much longer than other quads of this size.. First flight I got 13 minutes and second 12 minutes.. My breeze gets under 10 pretty much any flight

2.) Fly More includes a remote - The remote ROCKS! It works just as well as a larger DJI Remote and has AMAZING RANGE!

3.) Controller not needed to fly - You can fly this with your phone, saving even more space (Distance and range is limited with the phone)

4.) Camera has a gimbal - Again, gimbals work MUCH BETTER than software stabilization

5.) Quality is Amazing - Everything from the battery, the quad, the controller, and even my storage case is simply AMAZING!!

6.) Picture Quality is GREAT

7.) Video Quality is GREAT

8.) Has AMAZING range - using your phones WiFi, the range is limited but using the included controller the range is 1000+ feet!! In any direction!

9.) VERY EASY TO FLY!

10.) Great Value - for $499 (or $699 with fly more) you get a drone with all the features of the Phantom 4 or Mavic.. That's a WONDERFUL VALUE in my book

11.) Full of Features - This has all the features of my Phantom 4 which blows the competition AWAY when it comes to mini drones!!

12.) Hand Gestures work GREAT - While I don't see myself using them often, they do work WONDERFULLY WELL!!! I can see how they will come in handy for selfies and whatnot

13.) Fly more is a GREAT VALUE!! The controller and the battery alone are worth the $200 extra! But prop guards, a much nicer carry case,, battery charging bar, and extra props just add to the value! Plus I got a MicroSD card tossed in

14.) While at first I loved the IDEA of my phone commuicating with the controller via WiFi, Video was spotty! BUT I quickly learned the DJI OTG Cable will allow my phone to connect to the controller VIA USB!! Now video is 100% CLEAR!

15.) Firmware update was simple! I used the mobile app for the firmware update BUT normally I use the DJI PC Software.. I did confirm the update installed correctly using the DJI PC Software.. Update was very simpel via the app!! Another plus for this great drone, making it very user friendly!

16.) After several flights now, the batteries for the quad charge VERY quickly!! Normally under an hour! Wow, talk about fast!

17.) Want to charge your batteries in the field? Grab a Goal Zero Sherpa! It works GREAT with the DJI Spark batteries and the charging kit!! (Make sure you grab the inverter to go with the SHERPA!! It's extra)

Goal Zero Sherpa 100 Recharger

Mavic or Spark? The Spark offers most of the Mavic features for much less than the cost of the Mavic! But you do sacrifice a little when it comes to the camera in the Spark.. However, the spark is a FUN park flyer and is super easy to use for folks new to quadcopters!! Buying the spark only because it is easy to transport? DON'T! Folded up (As seen in my photo below) both are almost the same size, so don't buy the spark if and only if you think it will be easier to transport.. Both are VERY EASY! Remember, the Mavic does have more of a professional camera so if you need higher quality photos and video, the Mavic should be your choice!

Overall: Right now I am in love with this drone and I can't wait to fly it more tomorrow!! Everything is as expected!

158 of 175 people found the following review helpful.
3HONEST REVIEW: Not recommended as an Entry Drone or For Experts
By MrAntill95
This drone is hard to recommend as an entry drone because of its premium price tag or for professional use due to its lack of professional features. I realize that this will upset many DJI Spark fans, so please allow me to explain why I feel the Spark isn't good value. I'll try to keep it brief and just highlight the main pros and cons. As someone who got caught up in the hype and marketing surrounding its release, I hope to provide my honest review so that you can make a more informed purchase decision.

While it's targeted primarily for beginners and those looking for a small palm size drone which is easy and safe to use, it kind of misses the mark here. I understand that this isn't intended to be a more affordable Mavic, yet with all the features and limitations it faces, it makes it hard to recommend because of how expensive it is. If this drone was sold as it was with its limited features but at a much more fair and affordable price of say ($500 with the combo), then I would argue that this is a good entry drone with some very cool features. However, at $700 this drone is too limited to recommend. For an extra $300, the Mavic is a much more appealing drone which you won't feel is lacking in comparison. Allow me to explain the main cons of this Spark and also include pros at the end to be as unbiased as I can.

*As a quick preliminary thought - with the 2 main cons I discuss below, the lack of a 3rd Axis on the Gimbal and being locked to 1080p 30fps - it feels as though DJI has intentionally held back this Spark drone so that it is not seen as a direct competitor to the DJI Mavic. Yes you can argue it's to keep costs down, but again it goes back to fact that at $700 for a drone, these features should be present.*

Cons:
-Price/Value: First off, this isn't that cheap. It's advertised as a $500 drone, but that doesn't include the much needed controller. The drone isn't really $500, nor should you simply buy the drone without the controller. It is locked done and misses out on many of its features without the controller. This includes limited range, harder controls, and slower flying speeds. On top of that, you lack many essential accessories including a must have extra battery (if you want to realistically fly longer than 12-14 minutes at a time). You're essentially shooting yourself in the foot by not buying the fly more package. In reality, this drone is $700, only $300 less than the much more capable and enjoyable DJI Mavic. You might think that's a big difference, but take into account that the Mavic can do just about everything (with the exception of gesture controls) better.

-2 Axis, not 3 Axis Gimbal: This was a big one for me. The lack of the Yaw (3rd Axis) on the Gimbal makes your panning shots (when you spin the drone in different directions) jittery and unsmooth. Even for non-professional use, this can ruin the quality of footage. I wish I noticed this in initial reviews online. You can argue that this won't bother you, however, it is noticeable and is a big letdown.

-Difficult Setup: With all DJI drones, the setup process can be a little confusing and the included manuals do little to help. This is especially problematic for less experienced consumers who simply want a drone that is good to fly out of the box. This makes it hard to recommend for new fliers who want ease and simplicity. Something as simple as pairing and connecting your controller and drone in sync with your phone takes time and isn't clearly explained. Many people will hate this.

-Poor Instructions: Tying in with the point above, this isn't very intuitive to use and setup. With some patience, reading, and online research, you can probably answer most of your questions. However, why isn't the included material and App enough to clarify everything on its own with ease?

-Only 1 Shooting Mode: This is locked to 1080p 30fps. Another huge con limiting your options on shooting. Even many beginners are familiar with different shooting settings and will see the limitation of being stuck with just 1080p 30fps. I would be willing to bet that DJI intentionally limited its functionality here so it doesn't rival the Mavic, or so that a future Spark generation is seen as appealing and people upgrade to it. Smartphones from 4 years ago could should 4k. I highly doubt the onboard processor is what's holding it back. Even if it was, why can't we shoot 24fps or 60fps? For settings in video, you're limited to changing the Shutter Speed, ISO, EV.

-Non-Foldable Arms: While a con as it means it effectively takes a larger footprint when stored compared to the larger DJI Mavic, it honestly does make it more durable if there were impacts to the arms. That said however, I again would think this is a future feature we'll see on the Spark 2. Because the arms don't fold however, it does make it harder to store than the Mavic. Not by a whole lot, but it is annoying.

-Storage: The DJI Carrying Bag was not well designed in my opinion. Yes it's very well made and beautiful, however, it's lack of appropriately sized accessory pockets make it a very tight fit to store your accessories. This is especially true for the Prop Guards. The front pocket is the only place you'd fit them with the drone and remote in the main compartment. I was hardly able to close its front zipper with the prop guards in.

-DJI Go App Sucks: Read the reviews online for the must-have accompanying app. It sucks. It’s full of bugs and every update seems to hinder it more. It frequently crashes and has random issues. This can take away from the flying experience and potentially cause for a dangerous experience. Granted this issue plagues all DJI products, but is still important when considering this purchase as well.

-It’s Unique Features are Causing Inexperienced Users to Crashe: This is controversial, and so I’ll argue it’s very minor but should still be noted. With those cool unique gestures and flight modes such as Dronie, Rocket, and Fly Away, many people have already crashed and destroyed their drones within their first few flights. This IS NOT DJI’s FAULT. It is user error as they used these modes in tight locations they should not have (Crashing into tress, walls, etc). This is still a con, however, because newer users, especially those excited to try these modes out, will ignore the DJI warnings and still try the modes, crash, and hate their purchase. The best part of this drone is also its weakness unfortunately.

Pros:
-Small Size & Weight: Despite not having folding arms, it’s palm size and very light. It will take little room in your backpack when you carry it along.

-Good Accessory Combo: The accessory combo includes everything you’d realistically need to get up and flying and having fun. It was smart to include the prop guards standard.

-Well Made/ Durable: It would seem because of its fixed arms, that this is probably more durable than even the larger Mavic. The arms are less likely to be seriously damaged upon impact.

-Unique Gesture Modes: Perhaps the biggest selling feature of this drone is all the cool easy to use gestures and flying modes which allow you to capture great shots without much prior experience of drones or aerial photography.

-Palm Landing/Take Offs: Another very cool unique feature to the Spark is that you can easily take off and land in your palm with ease (for the most part).

Conclusion:
All in all, this a great concept but with poor execution. DJI built up hype with some excellent marketing. Without a doubt, this a very cool drone that had potential. At its current price point, it lacks to many features which I easily feel could’ve been included. I’m all for an affordable entry drone that can do everything this can do. In fact this is an excellent entry level drone… but not with its premium pricing. Again, if it was say $500 with the fly more combo, I think that would be a fair price.

I hope this review has helped you better decide if the DJI Spark is for you.

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