DJI Spark The Ultimate Guide
What Is This Page For?
This page is the table-of-contents to all of the information that we’ve written about the Spark.
You probably have your eyes on the DJI Spark. You might even be ready to get one, but there are a few important things you should know before making your final decision.
After all, the Spark is relatively inexpensive compared to a DJI Phantom 4 Pro ($1,400) or Mavic Pro($999), but at $499, it still isn’t pocket change!
There’s a lot of articles and hype around the DJI Spark. Some say it’s the best drone ever. Others say it’s a waste of money (usually people who haven’t gotten their hands on it yet and didn’t plan to).
Here, we’re going to take a look at the facts, and give you as much information about the spark that we can.
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What is the Spark?
The Spark is a consumer drone made by DJI, a Chinese company founded back in 2006, and now known as the Apple Computer of drones. Before the Spark was released, DJI’s best-selling product was the Mavic Pro, and before that, the Phantom series. DJI’s goal for the last few years has been to make drones that are as small and easy to use as possible, while still providing a great amount of utility and high-end features.
A Quick Features Rundown
We can’t go over every feature of the Spark on this page, but here’s a quick rundown of everything you need to know and how it compares to other drones.
Starting with video, the Spark can record in 1080p, at 30FPS. To stabilize the video, the Spark has a two-axis gimbal and additionally uses digital stabilization to smooth out any extra shakiness in your shots. It also shoots 12-megapixel photos with a variety of useful shooting modes.
You can take time-lapses, panoramas, exposure bracketed shots, burst pictures and even images that have depth-of-field (like portrait mode on the iPhone).
There are tons of ways to shoot video with the Spark. You can fly manually using your phone, use the optional controller, or go for one of the many automated shooting modes.
There’s Quickshot, a mode where you set up the shot and the Spark flies on a predetermined cinematic route of your choosing, and then there are other modes like Active Track which track and follow you around while recording video.
If you’re only interested in taking pictures of yourself (selfies), you can use Gesture mode. In Gesture mode, you can turn the Spark on and fly it using only hand signals. This allows you to take pictures of yourself without needing to hold a smartphone in your hand. It’s also a really cool way of flying the drone.
Real World Use: Does It Suck?
We’ve had the Spark for a few weeks now, and honestly, if you’re new to drones, the Spark is going to be a great experience, with the exception of gesture mode.
Yes, Gesture mode works, but it doesn’t allow you to activate other shooting modes like Active Track. There’s also no way to record video in Gesture mode.
I think a lot of people are going to quickly realize how limiting gesture mode is, compared to just using your phone as the remote, but that shouldn’t make you shy away from buying this drone.
Even if you were to take away Gesture mode, the spark is the most advanced, easy to use and useful drone in its price range.
It has been reliable, held up to a crash or two, it doesn’t fly unpredictably, the video quality is good enough for any beginner, and the build quality is just as good as DJI’s other drones at the $1000 price point.
Is the Spark Right For You?
The DJI Spark is a drone for consumers who want a small and cheap drone that does 90% of everything a larger more expensive drone can do. Whether you want to take selfies, landscape photography, or get into aerial filmmaking, the spark was intended to be a person’s first ever drone experience.
If you’re interested in drones, but you don’t know exactly what you will be using one for, the Spark is an exceptional choice. The Spark isn’t the best drone for video and photos compared to the higher priced options out there. But it is the best at being easy to use and having enough functionality to experiment with new ideas without investing too much money into your first drone.
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DJI Spark: Teaching A Newbie How To Fly With Hand Gestures
Can he do it?
DJI Spark Introduction Video
What makes the spark different?
DJI Spark (Live Stream Event)
Recorded May 24th, 2017 in New York