DJI Spark Drone and accessories
If you thought about having a drone as a kid, you probably imagined something like the DJI Spark. It’s a micro-sized camera drone, loaded with features and specs that make flying a drone easy and approachable. The Spark is beyond small. It fits in the palm of your hand, and with the new palm-launch feature, you can go from powered-off to flying in less than 30 seconds.
When using the Optional controller, the Spark has a top speed of 31MPH, a range of over 1 mile, and enough flight time to get you there and back (12 to 16 minutes, tested by us). But what if you don’t care about any of that?
What if you just want it to fly a few feet from you and take a photo or two? This is where gesture control comes in. With Gesture control (only available on the DJI Spark), you can launch the drone, fly it around, and take pictures using only hand gestures.
It’s like using the force! The Spark can do all of this because it uses computer vision processors and machine learning algorithms to recognize your face and hands. In other words, it’s the smartest drone you can buy right now.
Pictures are great, but the Spark is more than just s selfie drone. It shoots 1080p video and stabilizes it using a mechanical gimbal. This makes the Spark much better at shooting video than drones that only rely on digital stabilization. You can get exactly the kind of shot you’re looking for by connecting the Spark to your phone via Wi-Fi and using the virtual joysticks, but there’s an easier way of shooting that can make even a beginner look like a pro.
Quick Shot, DJI’s newest set of smart shooting features are a great way of helping you get cinematic shots without needing hours and hours of practice and patience.
One of my favorite features of the Spark is the new ShallowFocus photo mode. This mode allows you to get those professional DSLR-like shots where the main subject is in focus, and everything else is blurred out. It’s like the portrait feature of the iPhone, but it works on almost every kind of shot (not just faces).
There’s so much stuff packed into this tiny little drone that you could write a book about it. There’s no way to go through all of the features here, but that’s why we’ve created a Spark section, where you can get a better idea of what the Spark is, how it works, and decide if the Spark is right for you.
We decided to put the DJI Spark at the top of our list for two reasons.
- The main reason is… it’s a great little camera drone with enough features and capabilities to keep you learning and growing as a new drone owner.
- The other reason is… the price point. At $499, this is the best drone you can get, in a price range accessible to everyone!
The DJI Mavic Pro is like the Swiss Army Knife of drones. If you’re familiar with the Phantom 4, you can also think of the Mavic Pro as a Mini Phantom 4. The Mavic Pro is a drone made for adventurers and travelers, kids and adults, beginners and Pros, or anyone who wants a small yet extremely capable camera drone. That’s why the Mavic Pro made it to the number one spot on our list.
The big selling point of the Mavic Pro is its size. It’s already small, but with its foldable design, there’s no excuse not to have it around when you want to get that fantastic stabilized drone shot. Don’t believe me?
It’s practically the same size as a large camera lens. Even the controller folds up into a size that’s almost pocketable. You might think that its small size means it doesn’t have a lot of features, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The Mavic Pro shoots 4K video at 30FPS and 12-megapixel photos with DNG support. Now, I’m sure you know specs aren’t everything when it comes to cameras; that’s why we’ve tested the Mavic Pro and compared it to all of the other top camera drones out there.
The Mavic Pro’s camera beat out every other drone in its class except the Phantom 4 Pro, which starts at $1,499. With all of the same automated computer-vision shooting modes as the DJI Phantom 4 like Active Track and Tap Fly, the Mavic Pro is perfect for getting the occasional tracking shot, where you become the talent and the camera man.
Forward-facing obstacle-avoidance is enabled in every mode except Sport Mode, so The Mavic Pro will try to keep you safe while you fly, and even while it flies itself.Endurance and performance are things that all drones should have, but most don’t.
This is why DJI gave the DJI Mavic Pro over 4 miles of range and over 21 minutes of flight time (tested by the MyFirstDrone team), and a top speed of 40MPH.
These features are perfect for people who like to push their drones as far as they can. If you do lose signal while flying, don’t worry the Mavic will go into return-to-home mode and avoid obstacles while it comes back to you.