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A DJI Spark review should mention how very, very short the battery life. It’s actually pretty unfortunate, but at least they rectify the situations somewhat by allowing you to charge it via micro USB cable and thus a portable power bank. Still, if they want to make the ranks of best VR drone the battery showing must be a lot better than this.

Why We Like It – DJI Spark Fly More Combo

The DJI Spark Fly More Combo is an excellent entry-level drone if you’ve been thinking about getting one but can’t decide on which one to get. It’s lightweight means you can easily just throw it in a backpack and be on your way, and the 31 miles per hour top speed is very fun to play around with yet not too fast that it will overwhelm you.

Pros
  • Very Fast for a Beginner Drone
  • Can Charge Via Micro USB Cable
  • Can Control It With Hand Gestures
Cons
  • Very Short Battery Life
  • Gets Pushed Around By The Wind
  • Spotty Wi-Fi With Smartphones

Speed/Power

The DJI Spark, when shifted into sport mode via the remote controller, can travel at speeds of up to 31 miles per hour. This makes for some interesting drone flying, especially if this is your first drone and you’re looking to race it for a little fun. If you’re looking for something faster, the DJI Mavic Pro series, specifically the DJI Mavic 2 Pro Drone, is a good consideration.

Range

One of the shortcomings of the DJI Spark is its flight time. At 16 minutes, the battery life isn’t exactly stellar. The Autel EVO Drone has a more impressive 40 minutes of battery life, so see that one if you want something longer-lasting. The good news for the spark, though, is that you can charge it via a micro USB cable instead of the charging hub if you’re out and about with it and have a power bank with you.

Durability

I’m a bit of a stickler for color variation, so I like it that the drone comes in more colors than just alpine white. And while the drone may be small and weigh only about 11 ounces, the main body still feels dense and solid. The propeller guards attach in mere seconds for a quick takeoff out of the box, and you can control it like a Jedi with hand gestures in gesture mode after it finishes scanning your face.

Camera Features

The image quality on the DJI Spark is pretty good. The drone is equipped with a 12 megapixel camera which can also film in full HD. It’s stabilized by a 2-axis gimbal which, unfortunately, ends up eating some of the pixels off the edges. This is mostly what prevents the drone from shooting in 4K. The drone also features an 82 degree field of view, at least, so you should be able to capture everything you need to.

Value

While the drone does seem expensive, it’s actually much more affordable than most drones on the market today. Still, you can try the DJI Mavic Mini if you want something a little more affordable. It should also be noted that the wi fi can be a little spotty if you’re operating it with your phone, and the wind tends to push it around because of the drone’s light weight.

DJI Spark Fly More Combo Wrap Up

The DJI Spark isn’t a bad drone by any stretch of the imagination, it just has some things it needs to improve on. A beginner model is no excuse for a 16 minute battery life, for one, and the stableness of the Wi-Fi should be addressed in future instalments. But if you’re just looking for something fun to feel like a Jedi with and you know this will be your one and only drone, then go for it!

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Michael Iaboni

Michael Iaboni is a Canadian Freelance Writer and Editor. He graduated from York University with a Degree in English and Creative Writing and then attended Queen's University where he obtained a Professional Editing Standards Certificate. He is a member of Editor's Canada and, in his spare time, enjoys reading, writing, soccer, and gaming.

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