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We’ve all heard of the Phantom, the expensive flagship drone of from DJI, but the Phantom also has a smaller, less expensive cousin!

DJI Spark Review

The DJI Spark

The Spark offers all of the basic features you could want in a drone with a more affordable price tag. The DJI Spark’s main advantage over other drone models is its size. It is small enough to nearly fit in the palm of a person’s hand, giving it unrivaled portability. It is a great drone for those on a budget or beginners entering the world of aerial cinematography. The simple controls and easy use of the drone are a plus for those with less experience flying drones.
The drone offers great specs in a small package for an affordable price and it offers decent video footage (1080p) and smooth controls. The drone is designed similar to every other drone on the market (it is a quadrocopter) and can be controlled by smartphone. A controller can be bought with the more expensive DJI Spark package for more precise controls. We highly recommend this package because of the major advantages the dedicated controller has over just controlling the drone by smartphone.

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For most drone operators, video footage and smooth aerial cinematography is the primary reason for owning a drone.

Drones offer a unique camera and video perspective making them great for photography and filming. The DJI Spark has a 12 MP camera for still photography and 1080p/30 fps video footage. These are fixed values and they cannot be altered to higher or lower resolutions. Ok, so recording in 1080p today is not that impressive by any standard since many of today’s drones record in 4k, but, can you carry them drones in your pocket? Because with the DJI Spark, YOU CAN!

DJI Spark Drone

  • If you are a beginner just trying to get the hang of filming with a drone the video resolution is good enough to look professional while not being very expensive to record
    If you are a beginner just trying to get the hang of filming with a drone the video resolution is good enough to look professional while not being very expensive to record
  • The 2-axis stabilization is well suited to a small drone like the Spark because it extends the small drone’s battery life and does not over encumber it.
  • The Spark’s flash memory is Micro SD and you may have to buy an SD card depending on the package you buy (some DJI Spark packages on Amazon come with an SD card and some don’t).
    The Spark’s flash memory is Micro SD and you may have to buy an SD card depending on the package you buy (some DJI Spark packages on Amazon come with an SD card and some don’t).
    Always be sure to keep a spare SD card handy just in case you fill up the memory of the Spark. There is nothing worse than attempting to record beautiful scenery only to find out you have no memory space.
  • If you are trying to get high-resolution professional footage from a small package, then this might not be what you are looking for.
    If you are trying to get high-resolution professional footage from a small package, then this might not be what you are looking for.
    There are some small 4k drones on the market such as the DJI Mavic that can film at higher resolutions albeit at a higher price.

To ensure smooth footage, the DJI Spark has a 2-axis stabilized gimbal camera.

This essentially means your footage is not going to be shaky and will be isolated from the aberrations in the drone’s flight. All of DJI’s other drones come with built in 3-axis stabilization that offers even more stability. For those wondering, the difference between 2-axis and 3-axis stabilization is essentially that 2-axis stabilization has two motors to stabilize video from the effects of pitch and roll while 3-axis stabilization has three motors to stabilize the video from the effects of pitch, roll, and yaw. 3-axis stabilization is better, but uses more battery and is heavier.

The 2-axis stabilization is well suited to a small drone like the Spark because it extends the small drone’s battery life and does not over encumber it. The stabilization has proven to be able to withstand mild winds even though it is such a tiny drone. Its rotors are very powerful and keep it in the area very effectively. The built in stabilization should be enough to handle most flights, but more extreme winds and higher speeds may cause a noticeable shake in video footage.

The drone’s camera is limited because it can only move to record what is ahead of it and what is below it whereas more expensive drones may also be able to move their cameras toward the side or the rear. However, the DJI Spark does feature subject tracking and GPS navigation. These features are a standard of the DJI drone line and allow for smoother footage when trying to get tracking shots.
The footage itself is not bad although it is slightly washed out in appearance. There is a noticeable difference between the 1080p footage from the Spark when you compare it to the 4k footage from the DJI Mavic, the second smallest drone in the DJI line up. The Spark footage is lacking in detail when compared to the 4k footage (as it should) and the darks are visibly more washed out. However, the 1080p footage still looks great and certainly does not look noticeably poor in quality unless compared to much higher resolutions (such as 4k).
Overall, the video quality is not bad for the price point and will not be noticeably poor unless you compare it side by side with higher quality footage from a more expensive drone. The drone’s built in stabilization does a great job in most situations and you should not have issues with shakiness unless you are flying in extreme weather. The memory should not be an issue as most bundles come with a 32 gb SD card and buying one should not be difficult or expensive if you get a cheaper bundle. This drone offers the most basic video features found in more professional drones and is a great introduction to drone features and controls.
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Fear not, the Spark’s powerful rotors do a great job of keeping it stable in the air during windy days.

As we previously stated, the Spark footage is stabilized by a 2-axis gimbal. The gimbal performs well, especially in windy conditions. This is slightly surprising given that the drone itself is tiny and seems fragile enough to be killed by a friendly breeze.


The Spark is advertised as having a top speed of 31 mph, but it is not easy to reach this speed outside of a testing environment. If you have a smartphone controller your top speed will be limited to just 12 mph, and if you have a dedicated controller your speeds will be limited to around 25 mph. The low speed with a smartphone is unfortunate but not a big deal (and flying low speeds will also extend your battery life), but we would recommend buying the more expensive DJI Spark bundle to have a controller (we talk about this package more at the end of this section). The controller has advantages in range and in top speed, and it makes controlling the drone easier thanks to tactile joystick feedback.



Range Test

The range of the DJI Spark is only about 300 feet when using a smartphone and 1.2 miles with the controller. The smartphone type does not affect the range of the drone and users have reported only being able to control the drone to distances of 250 feet instead of the advertised 300 feet. 250 feet is not as impressive as it sounds and this is just another reason to buy the controller. The controller does give the drone the advertised range of 1.24 miles, but the drone cannot achieve this distance due to its battery power. The battery simply will not last long enough to allow the drone to fly 1.24 miles and back (2.48 miles). The maximum range with the battery accounted for is about .85 miles, but this is still much better than the 250 foot smartphone range (about a 4,200 foot difference).

Should you buy the DJI Spark ultimate backpack bundle, you will receive a controller in addition to the other items.
As we previously stated, the Spark footage is stabilized by a 2-axis gimbal. The gimbal performs well, especially in windy conditions. This is slightly surprising given that the drone itself is tiny and seems fragile enough to be killed by a friendly breeze.


The controller is highly recommended as it makes flying the drone much easier thanks to the tactile feedback of the joysticks. Flying with a smartphone is convenient, but the lack of tactile feedback can make it a pain to fly. The controller comes with a mount for a smartphone to get a first person, real time view from the drone’s camera. The drone transmits what it is seeing directly back to your phone in real time so you can control what you record. The connection is lag-free (a major issue with cheaper drones) and will not stutter. Unfortunately, the controller only comes in the $700 DJI Spark package that is $200 more expensive than the basic Spark package, but luckily, you might be able to pick up a used controller on ebay.

We will again reiterate that the controller gives a faster top speed, better controls, and much, much better range, so we do recommend buying the more expensive bundle if you can afford it. The drone is essentially handicapped without the controller and it cannot achieve its full potential without it.

DJI Spark Remote

If you really love gadgets then you might have picked up the DJI 3-D VR goggles for FPV (first person view) at some point. These goggles are compatible with the Spark and allow you to see the drone’s point of view in first person. They are handy if you have trouble seeing your phone screen during bright days and can be obtained by buying the DJI starter bundle on Amazon.

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The DJI Spark has an advertised battery time (and supposed flight time) of 16 minutes, which we found to be slightly more than the real-life flight time

Many users reported about 10-13 minutes of flight time, which is slightly less than the advertised time. However, this is not an a typical flight time for a drone, and many drones have flight times much shorter, some even less than 10 minutes. The flight time should not be a major issue as it is unlikely that you will need more than 10 minutes in the air (and if you do, you can always buy more batteries for a quick change out of battery packs).


Charging the DJI Spark’s batteries is not anymore difficult than charging the batteries of a typical drone. The Spark comes with an AC power adapter for wall charging which allows you to charge multiple batteries. In addition, the Spark’s batteries are also USB compatible so you can charge it on the go. If you carry it in a backpack, you can plug it into a portable battery pack and charge it up, however, this will likely take longer than wall charging. It is recommended that you charge the batteries using the wall adapter instead of a USB charger because AC charging is by far the fastest and most efficient.

Charging the Spark’s batteries from the wall charger typically takes between 45 and 50 minutes. Charging from a portable battery pack will take significantly longer and is not recommended unless you have no other options. This is not an abnormal charge time and is actually slightly faster than many other drones. Car charging is also a possibility with this drone, but it is also much slower than wall charging and is, again, not recommended.

Dji Spark Charger

DJI Spark Review
The batteries are well designed and have LED displays that show current charge. Should you need to quickly extend your flight time, you can buy more batteries to eliminate the need for waiting for your batteries to charge, or you can buy one of the more expensive bundles which will provide extra batteries in addition to the drone.

Overall, the drone has decent battery life and enough battery life for some amateur drone flying. Its battery life can be a problem when trying to fly the drone to its maximum range because the battery will likely die before the drone can fly back. The batteries are well made and clearly indicate the charge status which makes prioritizing which batteries to charge far less of a hassle.

Some Tips

  • Buy the controller if you can (I know, we’ve said this a million times already) because it will improve the performance.
  • The drone is designed to be launched from your hand so buy the rotor guards to prevent the rotors from hitting your hand. They probably won’t cut you if they hit you, but they will hurt pretty bad, and the less pain the better. Buy a launch pad for the drone or just make one from cardboard or wood.
  • The drone has rotors that are close to the ground and they can easily catch on grass. A pad for launching the drone (if you are scared of using your hand as a launch pad) will minimize accidents and rotor breakage.

Final Thoughts


We highly recommend this drone for beginners, drone pilots on a budget, and people looking for a portable drone. The size is unrivaled in the DJI line of drones and the video footage is phenomenal for the price point and size.

The camera’s quality is not great but its stabilization is amazing. This drone has some of the best video stabilization of all the drones at a similar price point and the resulting videos it creates look silky smooth. DJI has done a fantastic job of making sure that the 2-axis gimbal does its job nearly as well as its 3-axis gimbal counterparts.

The drone itself flies much better than it would initially seem to be able to. Although being extremely light and seemingly fragile, the Spark can hold its own in the skies and is able to survive gusts of wind and high speeds without too much camera shake. It has a decent range and battery life and its specs can be improved to rival those of higher end drones with the purchase of a dedicated controller.

The built in gesture reading is somewhat interesting but is, overall, a bit gimmicky and unnecessary. It offers few features beyond selfies and its uses are extremely limited.

This drone won’t burn a massive hole in your pocket, but will introduce you to all the fundamental aspects of flying a drone and familiarize you with drone features. It is also ridiculously small and portable and its little body is packed with features that you will find in more expensive high-end drones.

THE DJI SPARK

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This is a great little drone and definitely worth the money, and if you have an extra $200 lying around you can buy the more expensively priced bundles which come with accessories like the dedicated controller (which we have praised endlessly in this review) for a better flying experience. The controls are simple and easy to master making this great if you want to get into the awesome hobby of drone piloting.
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