One of the most recent additions to our photography and video arsenal is a drone. For many years we have been wanting to invest in a drone. We have always wanted to buy a drone to improve the quality of our photography and videography. After a lot of research, we decided on the DJI Spark. This drone was released way back in 2017 and while it might seem outdated, considering DJI have now released the DJI Mavic Mini, we think it is still worth it. Below we have listed 4 reasons why the DJI Spark is still worth buying.
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Why the DJI Spark is still worth it
The size and weight of a drone was one of the biggest things we had to consider when choosing a drone. The size of the Spark is so much smaller than the Mavic Pro, Phantom and even Air drones. We travel quite regularly and travelling as lightly as possible, especially in our hand luggage, is very important to us. The newer Mavic Mini weighs less than 250 grams but the Spark still only weighs about 300 grams. The dimensions of the Spark are only 143×143×55 mm meaning it is still a perfect drone to carry in any bag, without taking up a lot of room or weight.
2. Video and picture quality
The video quality of the DJI Spark is extremely good. It can shoot full HD video (1920 x 1080) up to 30 frames per second. It also has a 12-megapixel camera and can shoot stills up to 3968×2976. While the quality isn’t as good as other DJI drones, it is more than capable of doing what we need and want from a drone.
Another major reason you should consider choosing a Spark is the price. We paid about $629 for the drone + controller combo. That price has come down even more since the release of the new Mavic Mini. Compare that $629 to the price of the Mavic Air which costs more than $1200, the Mavic 2 Pro which costs more than $2000 and the Phantom 4 Pro which costs more than $2300. Even the newer Mavic Mini Fly More Combo is valued at $800. The price of the Spark drone is probably the best reason why the DJI Spark is still worth buying.
4. New to drones
Another reason we chose the Spark is because we have never owned a drone before. We have had no experience controlling one so we saw this as more of an entry-level drone for us to practice and get better at. Flying the cheaper drone felt like a better investment for us to learn on than any of the more expensive and more advanced drones on the market. While I wouldn’t want to crash this drone and damage it, I would rather this one fall from the sky or hit a tree than the more expensive models. We are able to practice on the lower, entry-level, selfie drone that is the Spark and upgrade to a bigger, more expensive drone with better specs in the future.
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