DJI Spark In Depth Review
The DJI spark the cheapest drone. The DJI makes and for most people this is probably as good of a drone as you will ever need to get it offers most of the features of its bigger brothers in a package. That is less than half the price of them but for that cut down price you lose a couple of useful feature. It’s the absence of those that really leave me a little bit unsure about this drone the design of DJI spark is great.
It’s a sleek looking drone the clearly doesn’t compromise on durability. Its feels great with premium feeling plastic covering the entire body. It is slightly heavier than you’d expect for a plastic build and whilst. This doesn’t help with flight times it actually does make the drone feel less like a toy and more like a pro device underneath. The motors of he’ll have LED which service indicator lights with GPS flight mode and connection status whilst also making the drone look pretty cool.
It makes it easier if you just see the drone if you fly at night not the use shoot. But they also give a clean and static to the drone. That’s it otherwise wouldn’t have around the back. We have the microUSB port for charging and the microSD card slot. The microUSB services no other function than charging for the drone. That it has some diagnostic function if you send your drone into DJI for repairs. Without the battery installed you realize how small the internal technology has to be and that is one of the reasons why some of the features are probably lacking here.
It makes sense for the size the battery service not only is the power button but also as a pairing or mode button. Which can enable the hand tracking mode or perrineau controller to this drone. If you planning on getting Xbox. I would definitely recommend picking up a couple of these batteries because their capacity is only 1418 mAh powers and maximum flight time is 13 minutes. On that 30 minutes does go by pretty quickly.
The propellers on this drone fold up which is great for storage but it also allows some dampening for crashes and probably prevent them from snapping in too easily they locked in through a spring-loaded mechanism so removing or attaching them is pretty easy around the front of the drone is where the main components live the sensor bar houses. The obstacle sensors which essentially make this drone impossible to crash forwards into thing provided you’re in GPS mode. The drone will stop itself even if you keep pushing it forwards on the sticks.
The bar also houses sensors for gesture control which I think is more of a gimmick than anything underneath. The sensor bar is the two axis gimbal and this is probably the most lacking part of the drone. Really like to have seen could be more expensive drones. The noticeable absence here is your access stabilization. You definitely don’t notice it in photo mode but when in video mode it creates jumpy rough looking footage. If you can get a smooth curve but in wind it just looks unprofessional. The roll until stabilization is great and you definitely don’t see propellers anywhere in video mode.
It’s just that your axis that has problem. The camera on DJI spark can shoot up to 1080p at 30 frames a second with no other video or even frame rate options. It’s decent enough bit rate footage at 24 megabit per second. It’s definitely not the best thing you’ll see there are options from manual ISO and shutter speed settings. It better to use auto mode because most drone shots have an exposure change at some point. The price and size of the dji spark drone it’s decent enough sure the mother care can shoot much better video quality. It’s also double the price of DJI spark comparing.
DJI spark footage is totally usable for vlogs or basically any other type of YouTube content. Photos from DJI spark are actually really great. You’ve got 12 megapixel wide-angel photos that are rich in detail and color accuracy and have a level of sharpness. That doesn’t look artificial. You have up to three frames a second photo shooting. It is definitely nice to have. I think with just a little editing the photos that you can get from the DJI spark can match the photos of the Mavic pro or even the map of the air with the only problem here being the lack of raw image shooting which can restrict your editing ability. DJI spark drone is completely awesome initially.
Its Wi-Fi abilities 30 meters it drops signal and lands itself but with a controller able to get up to 600 meters away at 120 meter height before it drops signal but range is not the only bonus that you get here you have a physical control service with dedicated buttons that will give you an unmatched experience. You’ve got your two physical sticks which alone is just far superior to your touchscreen controls but you also get a dedicated video and photo button to custom function buttons a dedication return-to-home button and a gimbal tilt control and a pause button and all of those paired with your phones as a life you monitor create a simple but intuitive live view experience that gives you all the data that you’ll possibly need whilst you’re flying.
You’ll notice on the bottom of the controller there’s a microUSB port and until recently you weren’t able to use the port to connect the controller to your phone which limited your video stream quality and shorten the range. The recent updates on the app actually allow you to plug your phone directly into the controller with an on-the-go cable.The difference this makes is huge the video clarity doesn’t change thought out and the latency is just so much lower in the middle of the controller.
There is the sport mode switch which disables the object sensing and enables the speed of up to 12 meters of a second. Which is just insane it has no practical use case what so everybody is just fun to use. The radio controller gives you so much more control over what the drone does so you can have it moving forward whilst titling up and down. Most of getting cinematic shots with the drone is down to the piloting skills. You have and whilst it may take a while to get used to the DJI spark can capture some awesome looking footage. It’s lacking advanced video setting a three axis video stabilization, photo and the battery life is all that great. DJI spark price in Amazon $399.
DJI Spark Full Specification
- Takeoff weight– 300 g
- Dimensions- 143x143x55 mm
- Max speed- 31 mph (50 km/h) in sport mode
- Max service celling above sea level-123 feet (4000 m)
- Max flight time- 16 minutes (no wind)
- Max hovering time- 15 minutes (no wind)
- Satellite positioning systems- GPS/GLONASS
- Operating frequency-400-2.483 GHz, 5.725-5.825 GHz
- Controllable range– pith-85 to 0 degree
- Stabilization– 2 axis mechanical (pitch, roll)
- Operating frequency-4 GHz/5.8 GHz
- Max transmission distance- 100 m (distance), 50 m (height) (unobstructed, free of interference)
- Sensor- 1/2.3” CMOS
- Effective pixels- 12 MP
- Lens- Fov 8.9degree 25 mm, f/2.6
- ISO- video: 100-3200, photo: 100-1600
- Electronic shutter speed- 2-1/8000 s
- Image resolution- 3968X2976 jpeg
- Video resolution- FHD: 1920×1080@30p, mp4 (MPEG-4 AVC/H264)
- Max video bitrate- 24 mbps
- Operating frequency-412-2.462 GHz, 5.745-5.825 GHz
- Battery- 2970 mAh
- Operating current- 950 mAh @3.7V
- Supported mobile device size- thickness range: 6.5-8.5 mm, max length: 160m
INTELLIGENT FLIGHT BATTERY
- Capacity- 1480 mAh
- Max charging voltage-05V
- Energy-87 Wh
- Net weight- Approx 0.2 Ibs (95g)