A non-pro Drone for fun & Video/Photo

I already have a drone for fun, but would really love a new one following me and recording video when biking or skying with kids…

I did a quick tour comparing brands and model and concludes that right now, the best one (compromise price/quality/feature) would be the DJI Spark.

DJI Spark

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I have been considering:

  • Quality of image (better than Parrot Bebop 2) – full HD, 12MB, stabilized on 2 axis (but no big deal with this limitation)
  • Duration of the flight (15′)
  • Range of the flight (100 m or 2000m with the optional remote, at 13 m/s)
  • Obstacle Avoidance (forward facing and bottom facing sensors only)
  • Flight modes: Circle or Helix around the subject, auto landing and takeoff (from the palm), follow-me (tracking), Selfie, Tapfly (goes to the location indicated with your finger on the screen),
  • Easy to use for novice. has an optional remote, can connect with a Android phone, can be controlled with gesture.
  • Handle the wind very well.

See review here.

Other options that I could be considering are:

  • In my dreams only, a DJI Mavic Pro, decribed here. Just a question of price, as it’s making fun a bit too expensive…
  • Maybe, because it comes with a FPV headset, a Parrot Bebop 2 Power, described here. But it’s less compact and portable than the DJI Spark and the quality of images is also lower. On the opposite, the flight can last for 30′ !
  • Possibly, a Yuneec Typhoon H, introduced here. It is more a pro device, more expensive, but very exiting :p Would be a better choice IMO than the DJI phantom from a quality/price perspective.
DJI Mavic Pro
Parrot Bebop 2 Power
Yuneec Typhon H

Edit 04/2018 I did chose for the Dji Spark with a Fly More combo.

Edit 08/2019 I did crash my drone at least 10 times since I am flying with it. Sometimes in trees, sometimes in walls. I never broke anything in the past. But after my last crash, the engine of the camera stopped to work. I did sent the devive to DJI and they fixed it for 50€ of workforece + 18€ for the engine. The best suport in the world, with excellent and clear communication!

Edit 10/2019 After one year and an half of practice with the Spark, I decided to upgrade to a Mavic. By chance, I have been able to aquire a Mavic 2 Pro with a “free SmartController”.






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