DJI Spark Mini RC Review: New Cute Selfie Drone 2017

DJI Spark Mini RC Review: New Cute Selfie Drone and Low Price 2017

DJI generated a lot of anticipation before presenting its new proposal. Once the interest in a product that stood out because of its small size grew significantly. Now, after having tried for a few days I have a clear and formed opinion about what the new DJI Spark offers and whether it is worth it or not.

Before continuing it is important to know that it is not an all-terrain such as the Phantom 4. Also not an option as interesting as the Mavic Proo spectacular as the DJI Inspire 2. But I foresee that in general is positioned as a product almost perfect for the vast majority of users. Interesting for those who are looking for their first drone, that is manageable to transport and simple to fly. If you think we start and go away by section.

DJI Spark Mini RC Selfie Drone - BNF

Price: $435.99 with coupon: SparkMS45 or DJISM11

1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor, f/2.6 wide-angle lens, fly at up to 50 kph in Sports Mode, 1480mAh 11.4V LiPo provides 16min long flight time

DJI Spark Mini RC Selfie Drone - BNF

Price: $435.99 with coupon: SparkMS45 or DJISM11

1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor, f/2.6 wide-angle lens, fly at up to 50 kph in Sports Mode, 1480mAh 11.4V LiPo provides 16min long flight time

These are the main features of DJI Spark Mini RC but there are more details that you can consult on the DJI website. Along with its dimensions, the most outstanding is the new control by gestures that incorporates. The feature that gives you independence by not needing neither the app installed on neither the smartphone nor the remote control.

DJI Spark Mini RC: Design

The DJI Spark draws much attention because of its small dimensions. It’s 143 x 143 x 55 mm makes it very manageable, easy to carry and seems to not infuse as much respect as the Phantom or even the Mavic Pro to the novice user.

DJI Spark Mini RC Review: New Cute Selfie Drone and Low Price 2017

Of course, looking like a toy Drone does not make it one. It is a very well constructed product, of materials that transmit good sensations and robustness, and is loaded with all the technology that has made DJI famous.

DJI Spark Mini RC Review: New Cute Selfie Drone and Low Price 2017

It is also important to know that although not afraid to fly it does not mean that we can do it anywhere and under any circumstances. It is important to take into account the laws and good practices that the competent agencies of each country communicate, so watch out.

DJI Spark Mini RC Review: New Cute Selfie Drone and Low Price 2017

From here little more than telling you not to see in pictures. The arms are not foldable as in the Mavic, it includes the option to place protectors to fly inside safely or for when we make use of gestures to interact with him, in the back, we have access to the charging connector and slot for microSD, and the gimbal of the camera is 2 axes.

DJI Spark Mini RC: Flight experience

Flying a DJI Spark Mini RC in our test is not complicated. Yes, it is true that depending on the model the feeling of risk will be greater at the beginning. But between the user guide, advice and all the technology it offers is very complicated to have an accident if we go with caution.

DJI Spark Mini RC Review: New Cute Selfie Drone and Low Price 2017

In this DJI Spark Mini RC all this is fulfilled and from the first moment, we can launch ourselves to fly it. It is advisable to do it in places where you comply with the regulations and do not endanger anyone or anything. And if you are going to use gesture control, first look at how it works, what are the gestures and functioning of each.

DJI Spark Mini RC Review: New Cute Selfie Drone and Low Price 2017

That’s it, that’s it. There is nothing more relevant. Or almost, just as we said the above is also important to know the application, its options and what to do in case of emergency. The latter can be summarized practically in maintaining the calm since it has a system that in the case of loss of connection with the control returns to the point of takeoff. Therefore, gratuitous tip, it is important to take off from points that facilitate the emergency landing.

In my tests DJI Spark Mini RC I tested the two control options I had available: the gesture and through the app and use the smartphone as a remote control.

DJI Spark Mini RC Review: New Cute Selfie Drone and Low Price 2017

From the gestures, I have to say that the experience has not been what I expected. Sometimes the recognition was not as effective as it would have been. It was hard for Dron to recognize my hand or my gestures, usually because I was in situations where lighting was not optimal.

DJI Spark Mini RC Review: New Cute Selfie Drone and Low Price 2017

When I recognized myself well I admit that the control by gestures greatly simplifies the use and can be more than interesting to take advantage of the intelligent flight modes offered as well as the option to take photographs. These modes are:

DJI Spark Mini RC Review: New Cute Selfie Drone and Low Price 2017

  • Rocket, Spark ascends vertically with the camera pointing down
  • Drone moves away from goal while rising
  • Circle, orbits around a target
  • Helix, trace an upward spiral motion around a target

DJI Spark Mini RC: Application

With the smartphone plus the DJI Go application (available for iOS and Android), the control is better but I keep happening as with other DJI drones or other manufacturers, the accuracy is not the best and the scope depends on a lot on the device.

DJI Spark Mini RC Review: New Cute Selfie Drone and Low Price 2017

In my case I tested with an iPhone and a Huawei P10, with both the radius of action was quite reduced and soon it was gone the connection was lost (about 30m). So, if you plan to fly it seriously, to squeeze all your video and photo capabilities, optimum is to acquire the control rowing.

DJI Spark Mini RC Review: New Cute Selfie Drone and Low Price 2017

The use of the remote control I think is the best way to enjoy to the maximum of any drone in general and of DJI in particular. The levels give more precision for each movement, greater coverage, and overall better experience.

DJI Spark Mini RC Review: New Cute Selfie Drone and Low Price 2017

Leaving aside the control, the DJI Spark’s flight is good but by dimensions and weight (300gr) with the slightest gust of wind suffers. This not only affects flight safety and stability but also autonomy. The drone has to force more engines to stay in position and at the end the battery consumption increases, reducing the normal flight time which is usually about 13-15 minutes per battery.

DJI Spark Mini RC: Features

When the weather conditions are favorable to fly the DJI Spark Mini RC: is a super fun experience. It is capable of reaching up to 50 km/h so it is not only a good product to exploit its multimedia side, also its recreational side and have a good time.

DJI Spark Mini RC Review: New Cute Selfie Drone and Low Price 2017

Finally, I used to say that flying a DJI drone is something safe and I repeat it. The different systems that incorporate anti-collision work very well. Detection is fast and helps a lot not to crash the drone if we are newbies. Anyway, if you are newbie try tripod mode help in the first flight. This mode is thought to obtain better images by the reduction of speed that offers and the less sensitivity when making sudden movements with the remote control. And to novice users, this allows you greater control.

DJI Spark Mini RC: Camera

DJI Spark Mini RC incorporates a camera similar to that of the Mavic Pro only with some limitations. In part understandable is not to cannibalize this model and also by technical decisions.

This camera makes use of a 12MP sensor and is capable of capturing video at 1080p and 30 frames per second. We do not have video option in 4K. This is not a big problem but it is true that at least with Full HD resolution, it would have been nice to be able to record at 60p.

The DJI Spark camera records video at 1080 and 30p. It offers good quality but no 4K video or 1080 and 60p option that would have been ideal.

DJI Spark Mini RC Review: New Cute Selfie Drone and Low Price 2017

At the level of quality, the image offered by the video clip of the DJI Spark is fine. By dynamic range, sharpness, color fidelity, etc. I think it allows for very interesting results for fans of video or aerial photography. Of course, if you want to express that section with greater solvency and quality the Mavic Pro or Phantom 4 are better options. Of course, for a professional level, the Inspire 2 is the option.

However, the DJI Spark camera is on a good level and also highlights the stabilization of its 2-axis gimbal. Valuing in just measure the type of drone it is I think the work of DJI does not have big hits. And if by some chance does not end up calling you much attention for the camera but for all other features, the only solution is to have patience and wait for a future renovation to improve that section.

DJI Spark Mini RC: Conclusion and Reviews

DJI is a leading manufacturer in the field of drones by its own merits. There will always be other types of proposals in the market or even the option to assemble your own, also things that could improve and some adjustment to certain aspects to do but your product catalog offers practically a solution for every need.

DJI Spark Mini RC Review: New Cute Selfie Drone and Low Price 2017

The DJI Spark Mini RC is an attractive product for all types of users. Flying is fun, its capabilities are many and as you accumulate more hours of safe flight you get more out of each of its functions and features.

DJI Spark Mini RC is the first drone I would really recommend to any user interested in the world of drones

The only thing I think you have to consider is how much the investment of drone, extra batteries (because the autonomy is about 13 minutes per battery), command (important for a better flight experience) and charger for multiple charging compensates you. Because the base price of DJI Spark Mini RC is $435.99 with coupon: “SparkMS45”. And of course, in that range, we already enter into Mavic Pro or GoPro Karma terrain. Or even some version of Phantom for the similar price to the starting.

DJI Spark Mini RC Selfie Drone - BNF

Price: $435.99 with coupon: SparkMS45 or DJISM11

1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor, f/2.6 wide-angle lens, fly at up to 50 kph in Sports Mode, 1480mAh 11.4V LiPo provides 16min long flight time

DJI Spark Mini RC Selfie Drone - BNF

Price: $435.99 with coupon: SparkMS45 or DJISM11

1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor, f/2.6 wide-angle lens, fly at up to 50 kph in Sports Mode, 1480mAh 11.4V LiPo provides 16min long flight time

Anyway, as in almost every purchase decision, if here what you value is size forward. DJI Spark Mini RC in our review has the quality that is demanded of DJI and is a very solvent and interesting product for anyone interested in the world of gifts.

DJI Spark Mini RC Review: New Cute Selfie Drone 2017 was last modified: November 10th, 2017 by Boby Sanburn