And in a few cases, the Spark seemed to behave erratically based on a simple gesture. In one instance, the drone’s camera seemed to lose track of the pilot and could only be righted by taking control with the app. The Spark weighs a full pound less than the Mavic and is roughly half its size. Extra batteries will run you about $50 each, and you’ll probably want to buy at least one just as a backup. However, since you’re flying by phone, you’re limited by its wireless range that maxes out at 100 meters away and 50 meters high, unobstructed and free of interference.
I don’t really want to reward DJI with even a tepid recommendation due to the terrible problems they have with their Android software. On the other hand, flying the Spark was a total blast, and I was very sad to send it back. If DJI can get their software sorted out then I can give my full endorsement, until then, buy one if you’d like, but do so knowing that you will encounter some frustrations along with the fun. The video editing portion of the app is also a great idea, on paper. You can create your own films by manually selecting and editing your shots and adding pre-loaded music available in the app with a rather basic, but decent video editor.
Protection plans include standard coverage as well coverage for malfunctions due to accidental damage from handling . This includes malfunctions due to liquid damage that were the result of an accident. The new Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 features an OcuSync HD transmission system, which supports automatic dual-frequency band switching and connects to DJI Goggles wirelessly.
While the app crashed plenty of times, I never lost connection with the controller. It’s well worth the $150, and you absolutely should not buy the Spark without it. One of the most noteworthy features of the Spark is that it is gesture controlled when it is in flight mode. This means that you can control your drone when it is in the air with the movement of your hands or fingers.
It also has a new feature called Shallow Focus, which uses the drone’s vision system to blur the background and create an artificial depth-of-field effect. DJI Spark, a mini drone which boasts all of DJI’s signature technologies, allows you to seize the moment whenever you feel inspired. With various Intelligent Flight Modes, a 2-axis mechanical gimbal and a 12MP camera, your creativity is sure to meet no boundaries. With FaceAware, Spark can be launched on your palm and hover at a desirable height. You can use Gesture Mode to take selfies and control the drone when it is within 3m away.
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See Price & Options at DJIThe price above is an estimate. The dji drones might be small, but its main body feels dense and solid as a brick. The drone’s limbs feel just a sturdy thanks to some heavy ribbing.
According to DJI, the new 8331 props reduce noise by up to 4 dB, resulting in a 60% quieter flight. While that might not be enough to justify the $100 price difference between the Pro and Platinum, another big change are the Platinum’s noise reducing props. Recommended for daily use, vacations, or any time you’re on the run and don’t want to miss capturing a moment. Using a phone and remote combination, you’ll be able to clearly navigate the skies. For those shooting video, the Spark has a max video bitrate 24Mbps.
The Spark on the other hand requires no such protection, making it quicker to transport. Although I do miss the lighter weight of the Spark vs the Mavic Pro, after owning both drones, I much prefer removing and stowing the Mavic Pro in my camera bag. I bought the DJI Spark Fly More Combo initially based solely on the price.
As for still photography, both are similar as far as resolution goes. They both have 1/2.3″ sensors, both capable of shooting up to 12-megapixel stills and both with f/2.6 aperture lenses. The big difference is that the Mavic Air has an advanced HDR mode. ActiveTrack is another DJI staple, dji mini 2 fly more combo and is featured on both drones, enabling you to set the drone to automatically track a person or object. On the Mavic Air, DJI says that’s it’s been improved and can now automatically detect multiple subjects, and is better at keeping a track on people moving quickly (running/cycling).