When it comes to powerful, portable drones, Spark and Mavic Mini are both excellent options on the market. From intelligent functions to flight performance, check out our side-by-side analysis to find out which drone is the most suitable for you.
In 2017, DJI launched Spark, a mini drone packed with plenty of fun flight opportunities. Fast forward a couple of years, and the mini drone market has once again been redefined with the release of Mavic Mini. Boasting an ultralight design, 2.7K Quad HD videos, and the new DJI Fly app, Mavic Mini is an exceptional drone for everyday content creators. But the question remains, which drone is the most suitable for you?
Drone portability depends on the combination of weight and special design features. Spark features a lightweight design at 300 g, which is a very respectable weight for a mini drone. Mavic Mini weighs less than 250 grams and features foldable arms that allow it to be conveniently stored in a bag. When it comes to portability, Mavic Mini takes the leading position.
Both drones feature a 1/2.3-inch 12MP sensor, giving them excellent imaging capabilities for creating social media footage.
Mavic Mini features a 3-axis motorized gimbal, which stabilizes footage across the yaw, pitch, and roll axis. Spark has a 2-axis gimbal, which stabilizes footage across the pitch and roll axis.
In terms of video performance, Mavic Mini shoots ultra-smooth 2.7 K Quad HD videos, letting you transform any moment into a work of art. Spark is perfect for beginner users, offering 1080p video and 12MP stills that are perfect for selfies.
Despite being an entry-level camera drone, Spark is jam-packed with intelligent features like ActiveTrack, TapFly, QuickShots, and Gesture mode. QuickShots let you make creative videos with a simple tap, TapFly grants you the ability to control Spark by tapping your smartphone screen, and ActiveTrack cleverly follows your desired subject.
Mavic Mini also features QuickShots like Dronie, Rocket, and more, giving you shots that look like they came from a Hollywood set. The Everyday FlyCam offers a simplified flight experience through the new DJI Fly app. With an incredibly simple user interface, creative pre-made templates, and editing tools, Mavic Mini is a perfect choice for everyday drone flyers.
When it comes to flight performance, Mavic Mini packs plenty of power, with up to 30-minutes of flight time and a 4km HD transmission range*.
* 4 km for an FCC compliant model (MT1SS5) and 2.5 km for a CE compliant model (SRRC). Measurements were taken in unobstructed environments free of interference with the aircraft flying at a constant speed of 14 kph.
Spark, on the other hand, offers a maximum flight time of 16-minutes and a 2km HD Wi-Fi video transmission*.
* Estimated flight time is based on flying in windless conditions at a constant speed of 20 kph. Actual flight times may vary depending on your environment.
With a GPS signal, both Spark and Mavic Mini have a stable flight experience, and downward vision sensors ensure both aircraft can hover precisely.
In addition, Spark also comes equipped with a 3D sensing system, which is able to detect obstacles from up to 5 meters away.
Mavic Mini users can attach a 360° Propeller Guard to protect the aircraft from damage and protect themselves and others when flying.
Mavic Mini or Spark?
As a selfie drone packed with fun features, Spark is a perfect choice for beginner pilots. But it’s not all fun and games. 1080p video and a 2-axis gimbal make this a powerful, well-rounded mini drone.
For everyday drone pilots and aerial photographers, Mavic Mini offers the perfect combination of power, portability, and ease of use. The Everyday FlyCam is lighter, smaller, and features a longer flight time than Spark. Throw in 2.7K Quad HD video and a 3-axis gimbal and you have an incredibly powerful mini drone in your hands.
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