You may have heard that I recently invested in the DJI Spark (aka ‘baby drone’).
If you’re following me on Instagram you can probably tell that I am LOVING every minute of flying it; it’s the best. In fact, sometimes I forget to take photos and videos on it because I’m just having so much fun actually flying the thing.
For those who don’t know, the Spark* is DJI’s latest drone that was released last month in the UK. It’s their smallest drone and I believe one of the smallest ‘semi-professional’ commercial drones on the market. It shoots up to 1080p film (not 4k like DJI’s Mavic or Phantom 4 etc., but if you’re like me with just a dodgy old laptop in your life, you probably don’t need 4k anyway!), 4k photos, and has a flight time of 16 minutes per battery.
I opted for the ‘Fly More’ combo*, which meant not only did I receive the drone (which you can actually just control from an app on your phone), but I also got the remote control (that attaches to your phone), an extra battery and bag to fit it all in. The extra battery is obviously a plus, but the main benefit is the remote control.
Without the remote control, the Spark has a range of about 50 metres when using just your phone to control it, which isn’t much. Whereas with the remote, it extends to around 1.6km – awesome! It’s also much more fun to control with real joysticks in my opinion.
I’ve managed to take it out about 3 times so far (the weather has been less than optimal in Cornwall recentlt) and below are some things I’m loving about it:
- Because it’s so small, the batteries can be charged using a portable charger (this one is my fave*), so you can technically get several flights out of one battery if you’re out and about!
- It uses the same SD card as my GoPro which is fantastic; don’t need to buy anymore
- The film footage is sooo silky smooth; the gimbal on this thing is such a babe
- It’s much easier to control than I anticipated, and has loads of options to make it easier like ‘return to home’, ‘track an object’, ‘circle around an object’ etc. which means you don’t have to do anything
- It’s so small and inconspicuous – this is the main reason I bought it, so that I cause less of an annoyance to other people
There’s so much more to it than that but that’s just a few of my thoughts so far. Flying it around Porthtowan at sunset the other evening was a dream and I can’t wait to get out and do more with it (and hopefully put together some more videos that are longer than one minute!).
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