What is the Best Drone for Beginners? Michigan Drone Professional Explains
Hey there. Welcome to another episode of Tips and Tech Talk. I am your host, Ron. Today we’re going to talk about what I think is the best drone for first-time drone pilots.
One of the most common questions I get from people who don’t fly drones, who are interested in buying a drone, is what drone should I buy? What is the best drone out there for first-time drone buyers? Well, there really is no contest, to me, hands down, it is the DJI Spark. And there’s a lot of reasons for it.
First and foremost, it’s the cost. You can get a drone like this, a DJI Drone Spark for $399 with the Flymore Package, somewhere between $5 and $600 dollars and believe it or not, you’re not going to get any better quality at that price range, than the DJI Spark. It shoots in 1080 at 30 frames per second, which really is the standard for television and social media, so if you’re looking to make videos for social media or even for entry-level commercials, you can use the DJI Spark.
And there’s a lot of different little cool gadgets and bells and whistles, this DJI Spark has, that you wouldn’t think that you would get for $399. So today I want to talk about some of the great things, and some of the not so great things about this DJI Spark, but ultimately explain to you why I think this is the best first-time drone for first-time pilots.
I’ve had this Spark for about a year now, and it doesn’t have the capabilities that my Phantom 4 V2 has, but nevertheless, this DJI Spark is a lot of fun to fly. And one of the reasons is, is because it’s small and it’s compact, and you can hook it right up to your phone. It hooks up in less than about a minute, so right now, as you can see, it’s ready to fly.
A couple of things before we put this thing in the air, as you understand, it has obstacle avoidance. It detects if it’s about to crash into something. And it will stop and it’ll beep, and it’ll give you notification. But there’s also a lot of different smart modes on here, that has that can help you, especially being a first-time pilot. So without further ado, let’s turn this thing on and show you some of the things that I really like about this drone.
So we’re here at Ford Field Central Park in Shelby Township, which is one of my favorite places to fly, simply because it’s so wide open, and on a winter day like this, not a lot of people out there. It’s kind of 50 degrees. Nice January day in Michigan. Tomorrow it’s going to be freezing and snowy, right? Anyway, today we’re going to enjoy the sun.
The Spark also has a sport mode. When you’re shooting normally, it moves very slow and very deliberate, and you can get those really good cinematic shots, but if you want to speed it up a little bit, you can put it in sport mode, and you can really start cooking with that bad boy, and really pick up some speed. As you can see me clearing across the fields towards the Amazon plant, you really can’t see how fast it’s going, but it’s going pretty quick.
There are some achilles heels with this DJI Spark. One of them is it only has a two-access gimbal. However, once you start practicing and getting a hang of flying around and seeing how easy it is to manipulate, you’ll get really good at getting those cinematic shots, so there might be some really good shots kind of messed up a little bit because of the two-access gimbal, if it goes side to side, you might get some of that jerk motion, but for the most part, if you are very specific, you can be very good, you can get some really good cinematic shots.
So in addition to being cost-effective with this drone, another advantage is, if you do decide to upgrade, by owning this drone, you’ll find out, okay, these are the things that I like, and these are the things that I don’t like, and then when you go to buy that nicer drone and you upgrade, you’re going to have a better idea of what you need from a drone, and you’re going to make a better quality purchase, and in the long run that’s going to bring you a better ROI, whatever you’re using the drone for, so whether you’re an amateur or a professional, if you’re a first-time drone buyer, this DJI Spark is really the way to go, simply because of the quality of video and the quality of photographs that it takes. It’s very, very good.
I feel very comfortable using the video that I obtain from the Spark for my social media. And little known fact, last year when I was doing drone work for CBS for their Whistleblowers program, most of the footage you saw was the Phantom 4 Pro, but in the evening, my Phantom 4 got a little tired and my Spark is what captured the night time drone footage from that show. So, quality of video from the DJI Spark even at night. TV quality ready.
With the $399 that you pay for this DJI Spark you’re going to get a battery that lasts 15 minutes. If you go with the Flymore package, you’re going to get a total of three batteries, that’s 45 minutes of flying time, and a charger that charges them all simultaneously, so you can get back up in the air. There’s a lot of reasons to like this DJI Spark. There’s a lot of reasons that this Spark should be your first drone purchase, if, in fact you are looking for that first drone.
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