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October 20, 2017

The DJI Spark is one of the newest DJI drones to hit the market. A new lightweight, ultra-portable drone, the Spark captures all of DJI's brilliant innovations. The question to ask now is how does the spark compare to it's older brother? DJI's Mavic Pro. Join us as we match up the two to see which one is best suited for you.

Portability

Being designed as one of the most lightweight drones out there right now, the Spark is really sitting at the feather weight class of DJI drones weighing in at 0.6 Lbs, while its competitor almost triples its weight at 1.62 Lbs. Though, the Mavic is equipped with a significant feature that really sets it apart. The fold-able arms gives the Mavic the ability to transform from the dimensions of 3.5x12x11 inches to 3.2x3.2x7.8 inches when not in flight, almost matching the Spark in terms of size at 2.1x5.6x5.6 inches. A variety of carrying cases and bags are also available for both units to achieve maximum portability convenience. Check out some of the cases and bags available for the Mavic and Spark. The Spark has some of its own features to spin around on. Facial recognition and hand gesture movements allow complete control of the Spark without the use of a remote control or mobile device. The two match up well in regards to how compact and convenient each drone is. But the Spark is able to float ahead in comparison with its lightweight and compact design.

Camera

The superiority of the Mavic's camera should come to no surprise to anyone. With the capabilities of shooting videos at 4K resolution at 60 MPBS and images with a 12.35MP camera, the Mavic can capture stunning photos and videos. The 3-axis gimbal ensures for great camera stabilization during flight even with strong gusts of wind. Now the real question to be asked is, is the Spark's camera enough? The Spark is equipped with a 12MP camera and films at full HD resolution allowing users to capture photos and videos at 1080p with 24MBPS bit rate. Its 2-axis gimbal allows for great image stability indoors or with low winds though it may have some trouble in comparison to the Mavic at higher winds. 

Flight Time

Speed is key in this comparison round and the Mavic is able to unlock its capabilities and fly up to 65 km/h in Sport Mode, leaving the Spark behind it at 50 km/h. The bigger propellers of the Mavic definitely helps with its swiftness and its 3830mAh battery compared to the Spark. This allows the Mavic to have 27 minutes of flight, that is 11 minutes more than the spark at 16 minutes of flight time. Obstacle avoidance flight speeds show for an even bigger difference between the two units. The Mavic is able to fly up to 35 km/h sensing obstacles from 2-50 feet away. The Spark is much smaller in comparison reaching up to 11 km/h while sensing obstacles from 1-16ft away.

Price and Consensus

One of the most important factors between the two is obviously the price. The Spark is a fantastic entry level drone equipped with all of DJI's signature features. At the current price of $699.99 Cdn for just the unit and $979.00 Cdn for the Fly More Combo. The Spark offers a real bang for your buck, perfect for casual drone fans. The Mavic Pro unit on its own costs $1399.99 Cdn and the fly more combo at $1819.00 Cdn. Basically doubling the amount of costs compared to the Spark. The Mavic is equipped with amazing hardware and innovative design. The price of the Mavic is reasonable compared to the punch that it delivers, perfect for drone enthusiasts.

Both the Spark and the Mavic are fantastic drones well worth the price you are paying for each of them. We hope this guide assists in your decision making process for which drone is best for you.


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