My new Spark - First impressions are good. Now I just need to get it in the air
I have now taken delivery of my DJI Spark and as much as I want to get out there and fly it I have been unable to. Since I leave for work in the dark and arrive home in the dark weekday nights are out of the question, leaving only the weekends and with the weather being the way it has, i.e. blustery wind and rain the Spark has remained in its case. Even though I have not yet had the chance to fly the Spark I have obviously had the chance to give it a once over and see what it’s like.
The first thing I noticed about the Spark was its size. I knew it was going to be small, but I didn’t appreciate just how small it was going to be. Given it is a serious drone, as opposed to a toy one, I was expecting something a little bigger and beefier. I know you can fly the Spark in breezy conditions, I have seen the Youtube clips but had I not seen them I would struggle to see how the DJI Spark is designed for outdoor use.
Despite its small size and light weight the Spark feels pretty strong, robust and sturdy in your hand. Given the cost of the Spark, and the fact it is made by DJI (who are well known for creating good quality products) this is to be expected. The Spark feels like a good quality drone and well put together.
On the whole the Spark feels solid but there a couple of areas that seem a little fragile. The propellers don’t appear to be too manly, and seem weak. Propellers are consumable parts that will need regularly replacing so I guess this is not too much of an issue. Spare propellers are also cheap so when they do break it’s not the end of the world.
Another part of the Spark that feel fragile to me is the camera gimbal, which is exposed and open to damage. I had read the gimbal is the weak link of the setup, but I didn’t think it was going to be this fragile. I can see I am going to have to be very careful with this and also order a gimbal protector/cover as soon as possible.
Compared to my Hubsan 501S drone the DJI Spark is in a different league Okay, the Spark does cost a little over twice the cost of the Hubsan 501S but the Spark is superior in every way. The Spark is tougher, stronger and better built. The components used on the Spark are clearly better quality, and the Spark looks like the real deal whereas the Hubsan 501 looks cheap and nasty. Words can’t describe the difference in quality between the Spark and the Hubsan 501S and it is crystal clear which is the better quality. It is obvious I wasted money on the Hubsan 501S and I should have bought a Spark in the first instance. Hindsight is a wonderful thing………..
You can buy the DJI Spark from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and eBay.com
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