Review: Flying the super-small, super-fun DJI Spark

Fun was had flying the DJI Spark — only one smaller crash.

If you’re flying a drone in a public place like a park, you’re prospering to get some looks. While consumer drones are becoming more by many available and more popular, they’re still novel to most consumers. Until recently, most drones were too big and vulgar to comfortably take anywhere, not to mention the hundreds to thousands of dollars you’d hold to spend to get one.

But drone technology is improving fast, and DJI is rolling along with it. Its Mavic Pro drone was applauded for its small size and reasonable price when it first came out at the end of 2016, and inconsequential than a year later, we now have the Spark. This $499 drone is incredibly tiny, doesn’t break the bank, and has a bunch of exciting features designed for anyone to use.

The event that DJI debuted the Spark so quickly after the Mavic Pro is an accomplishment in itself, but just better is that the Spark is built for first-time pilots. It’s small gauge will likely put novices like me at ease, as will controlling it with the «effective joysticks» in DJI’s app on your smartphone. While most of the Spark’s key features roar «easy» and «convenient» on paper, that doesn’t eliminate the learning curve reservation. Gesture control, in which you can control the tiny flier with your palm, is incredibly remote but can be finicky. QuickShots, or automated video recording modes, make it unembellished to shoot smooth video at unearthly aerial angles—but you still requisite to be careful about where you fly if you don’t want to experience the internal (and external) aversion of an unexpected crash.

I spent some time with the DJI Spark, and while it didn’t talk into me that I need a drone, it did make me want one.

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