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Unboxing the new DJI Spark $499 is a pleasure. It comes with a very convenient carrying case that’s molded to fit the Spark perfectly, propellers and all.
The first thing you’ll notice is Spark’s tiny size for a drone. It’s impressive that DJI was able to pack so much technology into something so small and that fits in the palm of your hand so easily.
Spark is very lightweight, but still feels ultra-premium and high quality. This is something I’ve always valued in DJI products; they never skimp on build quality or materials, it always looks and feels premium!
After removing Spark from the box, you’ll see a set of four propellers, as well as a backup set. They have color indicators which make them quick and easy to install. Just press them on the drone arm and turn and they lock into place. Also, the propellers themselves are foldable. This means after removal you’re able to fold them up for easy storage. You don’t even have to worry about them bending or breaking.
DJI are also offering propeller guards with Spark. Like the propellers themselves, these feature color indicators and are super easy to attach. Just fasten them around the motor arm, and then close the clasp to lock them into place. The propeller guards not only protect Spark’s propellers but most importantly people and objects in the vicinity as well. Props to DJI as they managed to make these look cool!
The box also contains the 1,480 mAh battery and charger, a USB charging cable, and charging adapter. For an upgrade, pick up DJI’s charging hub, which allows you to charge up to three batteries in sequence or simultaneously. Again, very cool design. Pull the side-tabs to unlock the battery from the drone, and slide it into the charging slot. Like all new DJI drones, Spark batteries are both beautiful and ergonomic, with LEDs that to indicate battery life and status clearly. Flight times on a single charge are advertised at an impressive 16 minutes.
A key feature of Spark is the camera. It features a 2-axis mechanical gimbal — an incredible feat for its tiny size. The camera captures 12 MP photos, and records 1080p 30fps video footage.
At the front are the obstacle avoidance sensors. These are convenient to have as they let you fly with confidence. At the rear hidden behind the drone’s cover are a Micro USB port and Micro SD card slot. All your photos and videos can be saved to your SD card in full resolution.
Another observation I made while unboxing was Spark’s four rubber feet. They not only keep Spark from sliding on flat surfaces but also raise the drone off the ground just enough for the camera gimbal and other sensors to be clear.
So after all that, how do I feel about Spark? Well, it’s difficult to put into words just how little Spark is. It’s almost as if you have to see it in person to believe it! The main body is smaller than my Samsung Galaxy S8. It reminds me of a miniature Mavic Pro. I really can’t wait to take it out for a spin. It’ll be interesting to see how Spark handles high wind and how it is being controlled by a mobile device. There’s only one way to find out!
Overall, Spark looks super cool, is portable, and feels premium in build quality. It’s also pretty affordable at $499!
You can watch a hands-on of the DJI Spark via YouTube blogger Ben Schmanke below: