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DJI Spark In-depth Review
Today I’m going to be talking about DJI Spark in this article and this thing is a drone. So that means to say, this article for today I’m going to share is for those who love drones and drone enthusiasts. DJI Spark is the smallest drone in DJI’s entire line up. But just because it’s the smallest, doesn’t mean it leaves the environment at all.
The Size of DJI Spark
First off, let’s go over the looks of this thing. So, the DJI Spark is very, very small – it’s about the same size as an iPhone without the prop guards on it. And included in the package is a set of four prop guards.
So, you guys can go ahead and put these prop guards on, if you’re a newbie at flying drones, and with a little bit more safety, navigate around the inside of your house or outside without having to worry about ruining paintings or painted walls inside of your house or crashing your drone in to a tree and ruining it and totally putting it out of action until your new pair of props arrive in the post.
The drone fits very nicely with the other drones in the DJI ecosystem.
DJI Spark’s Build Quality
Following on from that it has a very, very high build quality. It’s a lovely, lovely piece of equipment. The same is said for the controller – it has two arms at the bottom which, when extended, make this controller feel really, really nice to hold and when it’s all folded up, it’s really small.
This whole package, including the drone and batteries, can easily fit in a small to medium sized backpack. The arms at the bottom retract and extend to then fit a device in to that – whether that is an iOS device or an Android phone.
The controls for the drone are much like any other DJI drone. They’re very, very simple and, pretty much, after two minutes of flying, anybody can do this. So, that’s the first thing that I absolutely love about this drone – the build quality.
Everything from the props down to the battery – it’s all premium stuff and that is something that, typically, drone enthusiasts want to expect from DJI.
They know what they’re doing with this type of stuff. They know that people are going to crash it and that it does need to attempt to survive.
The Controller of DJI Spark
OK, so once you’ve unboxed the drone and had the battery on charge, it’s included charger, for about half an hour until it reaches 100%, you’ve whacked it in the drone, turned on the controller, inserted your phone in to the controller dock – you’re probably thinking – hang on a minute – how do I connect my phone up to the controller so that I can have a live view of what the drone is seeing?
And this is really, really cool. So, the actual controller itself gives off a WiFi signal and depending on your interference, you have the option to choose 2.4 or 5 gigahertz.
Once you’ve gone ahead and connected your phone to the controller via the wireless network that it gives off, you can go ahead and launch the brand new DJI Go Four app, click on “fly” and there you go – you’ll be presented with a live preview of the drone and if it’s your first time flying, it will check for firmware updates and map updates and go ahead and apply those accordingly.
Once your drone is all updated, fully charged and ready to be taken off, you’re pulling the two joysticks, the props will fire up and then, depending on your controller layout which you can choose upon set up, you push up on the left stick and the drone will move up and complete to a still hover. From there, you click “record.”
Video, and Image Sizes And Quality
The centre size is a 12 megapixel seema sensor with a full resolution in recording video of 1920 x 1080 – so full HD – at 30 FPS. That is the only option you get. As far as stills are concerned, I’m not going to bore you with it but you’re getting close to 4K imaging on the stills, which I suppose is pretty cool.
Now, once you’ve got your drone in the air, DJI say that you’re going to get about sixty minutes of flight time. And now I can tell you guys when you try to move this drone back and forward, left and right at full speed, you can really say that this little thing is fast.
DJI Spark’s Performance in Windy Places
And also in some places where it’s fairly windy like ours, I’m sure that that has a detrimental effect on the battery life too. So, you’ll notice that if you’ve flown any other DJI drone i.e. a DJI Inspire or a Phantom series or even a Mavic, you’ll notice that all of the features on this drone carry over.
And I’m talking about the features that you can see on the iOS or the Android device you’ve got connected to it. So, you can go in here and you can change things like your stick layout, you can go ahead and change the photo quality, you can go ahead and add filters and different bits and bobs like that.
The Special Mode of DJI Spark
You can even go in and turn off GPS and put this in to special modes. And these “special modes” are where the DJI Spark really shines. This is what sets this drone apart from all of the competition. And it’s the fact that you don’t even need the controller once this thing is in the air to take control of it.
And to try this, you can put this drone in the “follow me” mode where you draw a circle or a square or a box around what you want the drone to track and once you’ve done that, you click go and the drone will simply try its best – its best ability – to follow whatever you’ve drawn that square around. And the best thing about this is it will really, really work in following the one who controls it.
Taking that a step further, you can actually control the drone’s features by putting it in a different mode with gesture controls with your hand.
So, you can actually put your hand up and the drone will recognize that you’ve got your hand there, and then you can actually move the drone around by moving your hand up and down and left and right and also moving back and moving forward. It’s really, really cool.
And by doing a simple gesture – by putting both of your hands in the air – the drone will automatically know to follow you so you won’t even have to go ahead and draw a box around yourself. Just put your arms in the air and it’s going to follow you.
This thing is awesome. As well as all of the other features as well, it has object avoidance, so it won’t let you physically fly in to objects – forward, not backwards though – so please bear that in mind. It has too many features to talk about.
The drone can do things like take off from your palm which is really cool. It also has different effects like a panorama effect so that you can get a really wide image from the drone and it also has some features that modern phones have now where it can actually emulate a depth of field if you’re taking a selfie and a plethora of more and more things that you can do with this drone which I’m not even going to list in this article.
You can literally just throw it in your bag – it’s so robust – and you can take it anywhere since it’s so small.
So, that’s all for now about this wonderful drone called “DJI Spark”. I hope you found this article informative and useful for you. You might have stumbled upon this article because you are a drone enthusiast, why not try this one out and see it for yourself.
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