The DJI Spark is a great drone, and since the release of the DJI Mavic Air the price has dropped and there are plenty of deals to be had. That said, the Spark is still expensive and many people cannot justify the cost.
The cost of the Spark doesn’t stop at the cost of the drone, and it extends beyond that. You need various accessories to get the best use from the Spark, as well as protect it, and DJI accessories are notoriously expensive. Batteries, spare propellers, gimbal guards, propeller protectors, bags and cases etc. all cost and you need to factor these in when buying a DJI Spark. There are third parties out there making accessories for the DJI Spark but the quality of most of these accessories is very suspect, and they aren’t usually worth buying.
The DJI Spark is a quality drone but it isn’t cheap and you have to be prepared to put your hand in your pocket to kit yourself out with one and all the other associated gear you’re going to need to go with it.
The Wingsland S6 drone
If you are struggling to justify the cost of the DJI Spark there is an alternative that you may wish to consider, and this is the Wingsland S6 drone.
Flying time: 10 mins
Transmitter distance: 100m
Camera: 13mp stills. Full HD video and can shoot in 4K
Size: 13.8cm x 7.9cm x 2.7cm
Key features: controlled by phone wifi, GPS and FPV, follow me mode, altitude hold, return home function, one touch landing, one touch take off, voice control
The Wingsland S6 is less than half the cost of the DJI Spark, but it isn’t half as good as the Spark. The S6 obviously isn’t as good as the Spark, and to think it is would be a little short sighted, but the S6 is an exceptionally good drone.
The Wingsland S6 is a foldable drone that is ultra-portable, and one you can have on your person at all times. The Spark is small, but the S6 is smaller and if you want the ultimate in “take anywhere drones” the S6 is it. The way the legs (and propellers) fold in to create a tiny little package you can slip in your pocket is ingenious and it works very well. Setting up the S6 requires extending the legs and turning it on, a process that takes seconds. Similarly, packing the S6 away again requires folding the legs in to the body.
The Wingsland S6 doesn’t use batteries that are as powerful as the Spark and as such the flight time is less. Wingsland claims the S6 will fly for 10 minutes on a full battery, but I have never got this out of my S6, even on still days. I consistently get flight times of 6 – 7 minutes but never the 10 minutes Wingsland claim.
The S6 is equipped with a 13 mega pixel stills camera and 4K enabled video camera, which on paper is better than the camera on the Spark. The camera on the S6 isn’t on a gimbal, and it is fixed (i.e. you can’t tilt it up and down like you can the camera on the Spark) so it is not as versatile as the camera on the Spark and the footage does suffer from movement. I always apply some image stabilization in Movie Maker to deal with the lack of gimbal, and whilst it works very well there are times when a gimbal was essential to get utra-smooth video footage. Overall, the camera on the Wingsland S6 is very good and it is possible to capture stunning stills and great video footage at 4K resolution.
The S6 is a durable drone that feels well made, but it doesn’t feel as tough as the DJI Spark. Given the difference in price between the Spark and the S6 this is to be expected. Overall, I have to say that I am more than happy with the build quality of my S6 and have no complaints.
The Wingsland S6 is controlled via an app on a mobile device, and whilst there are conventional RC controllers out there are no US or UK distributors that I can see so you’ll have to get one from China. Using virtual joysticks on a mobile device to fly the S6 is a challenge and requires some practice, but it’s not too bad. I would prefer a conventional controller but this is just my personal preference and I know many people are more than happy to use virtual joysticks.
Wingsland claim the S6 will travel at 8 meters per second, which is around 18 miles per hour. I have to say that my S6 does nowhere near this, and given I can easily walk beside my S6 when it is at full speed I estimate the top speed of my S6 is 5 miles per hour, which I believe is around 2.5 meters per second. The S6 is a lot slower than the DJI Spark, but given the S6 doesn’t have such a powerful battery this is to be expected. Besides, when taking aerial photos or video footage I always find the “slower the better” so the speed of the S6 is not a problem.
The Wingsland S6 is a great drone, and whilst it is not as good as the DJI Spark it does have a lot going for it. If you want a drone to capture great photos and video footage and can’t justify the cost of the DJI Spark the Wingsland S6 drone may well be the perfect drone for you.
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Below is a playlist of Wingsland S6 drone videos, courtesy of Youtube, that may be of interest or may persuade you to take a closer look at the Wingsland S6 drone.