The DJI Spark has been the best drone under $500 for quite some time now. At its new reduced price of $399, the Spark is officially the beginner drone for most people. There really haven’t been many other options for people who want a good aerial photography drone on a budget. That’s changing now, with some smaller players moving into the affordable consumer drone space. Let’s take a closer look at the best drones under $500. expand full story
Spark Stories November 7
Spark Stories October 23
Hubsan will soon launch the Hubsan Zino, a $399 folding drone with a 4K camera. Hubsan is marketing the Zino as a competitor to the Mavic Pro. A better comparison is probably the Mavic Air ($799), the ultra-portable 4K drone from DJI. The price of the Zino is far less than the Mavic Air, it is identical to the price of the DJI Spark ($399). This is good news for consumers, as there are very few good entry-level drones under $500. By the specs, the Zino compares favorably to the Spark in a few areas. Is the Zino the new leading drone under $500? Let’s take a look. expand full story
Spark Stories January 9
Good morning! Today is a big day. Not only because CES 2018 is officially open to the public, but also because we have one lucky person who will receive our beloved DJI Spark drone. A few weeks ago we announced that we would give away our Spark drone to one of our readers who would share and comment on our articles on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. Well, today we are going to announce who will receive our mini-drone…
Spark Stories December 15, 2017
The first time I got the DJI Spark in my hands was back in June. Since then I have flown the Spark mini-drone on numerous occasions, at many different locations, and in varying conditions. To say that I like the Mavic Pro’s smaller brother is an understatement.
I simply love the Spark. Yes, I wish it had 4K video, a real 3-axis gimbal, and a longer flight time. But the way the Spark flies when you put it in sports mode (fast and agile) and the fun that you can have with it, make up for its shortcomings. As they say, the best drone you have is the one that is with you. The Spark has joined me on many trips, where I simply would not have bothered to take the bigger and heavier Mavic Pro. As you probably can tell, the DJI Spark is one of my favorite drones!
With that out of the way, I owe you a full review of the DJI Spark mini-drone, so here we go.
Spark Stories December 11, 2017
From DJI’ Thanksgiving or Black Friday offering, we go right into DJI Winter Holiday offering for the upcoming Christmas and/or Holiday Season. The Chinese drone manufacturer is offering up to 30% discounts on select products as well as a Double DJI Credit. Instead of the normal 1% of the total value, DJI will now give you 2% DJI Credit for any order placed during the Winter Holiday Sale.
Again, DJI has some really good offers, including $100 off the DJI Spark, although our team from 9to5Toys also has a better deal on the Spark at $289, $150 off the DJI Mavic Pro Fly More Combo, $50 off the Mavic Pro Alpine White Combo, free intelligent flight battery with Phantom 4 Advanced & Pro, $50 off DJI Goggles, $100 off Osmo Mobile & $90 off Osmo+.
Spark Stories November 17, 2017
Very early in November, DJI published a video on YouTube called: “DJI – Happy Holidays From Spark“. Most of the viewers on YouTube seemed to appreciate the Season’s Greetings from DJI, although some said it may have been a little early. One commenter noticed that around the 0:06 mark the video clip showed the camera and gimbal on the Spark moving from left to right (yaw), which is sort of interesting because the camera on the Spark does not, in fact, move sideways at all. It is a 2-axis mechanical gimbal that only allows for pitch and roll movements. All other camera movements involve de drone moving as a whole. This is where the Spark differs from, for instance, the Phantom 4 Pro and Mavic Pro drones, that do feature 3-axis gimbals.