DJI’s $499 Spark Drone iPhone-connected easy and fun camera drone for everyone

DJI Spark Min Drone
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The wait is over.  DJI has launched a new drone that works for the masses.

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This is everyone’s drone; easy peasy flying camera drone that connects to your iPhone or Android.  DJI is one the premier drone manufacturers and they have been launching drones by the droves (sic).  But for sure, their latest iteration the DJI Spark mini drone that will ship in June is set to be the first true mass market drone. I predict this inexpensive, just $499,  easy to use versatile camera drone  will become this  holiday seasons gift fad.

DJI Spark Mini Drone : peek at the specs

Prior to the Spark the other drone that drew my interest was the  Yuneec Breeze drone, that was build for the quick flight with selfies as its main life purpose.  The new Spark mini drone’s body fits in the palm of your hand and is about length and width of the Samsung Galaxy S8.  Incredibly the Spark is small enough to fit inside your jacket pocket and this without the benefit of retractable propeller arms. DJI has designed a very impressive piece of drone hardware.

Camera and Iphone and Android connectivity

DJI Spark $499 Drone
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The Spark camera has two axis stabilizers for smooth clean video and still photo capture. The 12 mega pixel camera will shoot 1080P HD video at an impressive 30 frames a second.

WHY IS THIS THE DRONE FOR EVERYONE?

This is the traditional plug and play device. Unpack  it, power up and launch from the palm of your hand.  You are ready to start the drone, capture footage, and publish the footage is just minutes. Thats it !. Wonderful, no reading manuals, understanding terms like yaw and drag. The user experience is great, intuitive gesture and remote control will make this a true fan favorite.

DJI Spark Easy Drone
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Now that you got the video and pictures you needed, you don’t have to rush to complicated video editing software like  Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro.  The  DJI Go mobile app is simple and will get you editing those videos and photos in a jiffy. Yeah, Mission Accomplished.

You can invest in the DJI Spark as your new family camera. The Spark fits into your solar backpack or your beach bag or in your jacket pocket with easy.  Its  great for those impromptu shots whether you are walking biking or just partying.

And for those of you who are looking for something slightly less expensive here are a great selection of drones :

SaleBestseller No. 1
Drone With Camera Live Video, EACHINE E58 WIFI FPV Quadcopter With 120° Wide-angle 720P HD Camera Foldable Drone RTF - Altitude Hold, One Key Take Off/Landing, 3D Flip, APP Control, Gravity Sensor
218 Reviews
Drone With Camera Live Video, EACHINE E58 WIFI FPV Quadcopter With 120° Wide-angle 720P HD Camera Foldable Drone RTF - Altitude Hold, One Key Take Off/Landing, 3D Flip, APP Control, Gravity Sensor
  • Take HD pictures and videos, enjoy FPV function: The E58 drone is equipped with a 120° Wide-angle 720P HD Camera including adjustable angle, which captures high-quality video and clear aerial photos. The Wi-Fi real-time transmission FPV system can connect to your phone with the drone and the view will be shown directly on your phone, thus enjoy the world above the horizon, accurately capture photos and record videos for extraordinary moments.
  • Can be carried around & Replaceable Drone arm : The small fuselage contains excellent performance, clever folding design, let you travel light, enjoy the flight fun. The drone arm is replaceable, when the motor or drone arm is broken, you don't need to worry about the drone not performing anymore. Just replace the drone arm and it can fly again.
  • It's easy for everyone to fly the drone: On altitude hold mode, you can accurately lock the height and location, stable hover and capture video or photos from any angle shooting, making the experience very easy and convenient, even a novice, can play this drone easily. The drone automatically takes off and lands with one click, which is very handy. There is an emergency landing feature to prevent collision with other things.
  • 3D flip & one key return & Headless mode & Trimming: The E58 Drone includes the new 3D rolling special effects and can be quite the surprise! One-key return function allows the drone to return automatically without losing the drone. The Headless mode option can make the drone's front side the same as the remote control, making it easier to fly to your destination. With the Trimming function,you can adjust according to the tilt direction thus, making the drone stabilize during flight.
  • APP controls have super cool functions: Download the APP to control the drone. Click on the gyroscope icon, the drone will fly according to the gravity of the mobile phone. Click the REV icon, the drone can flip the screen 180 degrees. Click on the VR icon to turn on mobile phone split screen mode. Wear the VR Glasses to experience real-time transmission 3D visualization. Click on the Trajectory flight icon to draw a flight trajectory on the phone. The drone will then follow the trajectory.
Bestseller No. 2
Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini RC Helicopter Drone 2.4Ghz 6-Axis Gyro 4 Channels Quadcopter Good Choice for Drone Training
4,823 Reviews
Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini RC Helicopter Drone 2.4Ghz 6-Axis Gyro 4 Channels Quadcopter Good Choice for Drone Training
  • HEADLESS SECURITY SYSTEM Enables players of any level to fly the drone easily
  • 2.4GHz Technology Adopted for Anti-Interference
  • More Stable and Flexible with 6-Axis Gyro Stabilization System
  • Good Performance of Wind-Resistant Control Range: About 30-50 Meters
  • Flight Time: About 6-8 minutes Charging Time: About 45-60 minutes (Under currents input 0.5A-1A)
SaleBestseller No. 3
Holy Stone GPS FPV RC Drone HS100 with Camera Live Video and GPS Return Home Quadcopter with Adjustable Wide-Angle 720P HD WIFI Camera- Follow Me, Altitude Hold, Intelligent Battery Long Control Range
1,095 Reviews
Holy Stone GPS FPV RC Drone HS100 with Camera Live Video and GPS Return Home Quadcopter with Adjustable Wide-Angle 720P HD WIFI Camera- Follow Me, Altitude Hold, Intelligent Battery Long Control Range
  • GPS assisted flight: Provides you with accurate positioning details of your drone. Built in Return-to-Home (RTH) function for safer fly, the drone will automatically return to home precisely when its battery is low or the signal is weak when flying out of range, never worrying about losing the drone
  • Optimized 720P 120° FOV FPV Wi-Fi Camera: 90° Adjustable angle, captures high-quality video and aerial photos. You can enjoy the Real-Time Viewing right from your remote control. Ideal selfie done, catching every moment of your vacation from a birds-eye perspective.
  • Follow Me Mode: The drone will automatically follows and captures you wherever you move. Keeping you in the frame at all times, easier to get complex shots, provides hands-free flying and selfie
  • Flying time up to 15 minutes / Longer control distance: Capacity of 2500mAh high performance battery and reaching up to 500m control distance giving you a more extensive flight experience.
  • Headless Mode, Altitude Hold and One Key Takeoff and Landing for easier operation, you will not have to worry about orientation and with the simple press of a button your drone will rise to a height or land, perfect for beginners. PS: Blades are stored under the white foam box.
SaleBestseller No. 4
Cheerwing Syma X5SW-V3 FPV Explorers2 2.4Ghz 4CH 6-Axis Gyro RC Headless Quadcopter Drone UFO with HD Wifi Camera (White)
1,517 Reviews
Cheerwing Syma X5SW-V3 FPV Explorers2 2.4Ghz 4CH 6-Axis Gyro RC Headless Quadcopter Drone UFO with HD Wifi Camera (White)
  • Headless/IOC function. Usually, the forward direction of a flying multi-rotor is the same as the nose direction. By using Headless/IOC, the forward direction has nothing to do with nose direction. This lessens the steepness of the learning curve and allows the pilot to enjoy flight while slowly learning each specific orientation of the quadcopter.
  • Equipped with the latest 6-axis flight control systems, 3D lock, More scheduled flight, operating more to the force!
  • Equipped with HD camera to take photos and videos while flying! Bring a new perspective to your photos and videos from the air.
  • Wifi FPV allows you to view photos & video while flying It supports any IOS and Android phones. The cell phone holder keeps your phone secure all the time
  • One key 360° roll, continuous roll for perfect action and wonderful performance.
Bestseller No. 5
Holy Stone HS160 Shadow FPV RC Drone with 720P HD Wi-Fi Camera Live Video Feed 2.4GHz 6-Axis Gyro Quadcopter for Kids & Beginners - Altitude Hold, One Key Start, Foldable Arms,Bonus Battery
993 Reviews
Holy Stone HS160 Shadow FPV RC Drone with 720P HD Wi-Fi Camera Live Video Feed 2.4GHz 6-Axis Gyro Quadcopter for Kids & Beginners - Altitude Hold, One Key Start, Foldable Arms,Bonus Battery
  • FOLDABLE STRUCTURE: Foldable & flexible blades make the drone small and portable. Also provides a better and safer flight experience
  • Wi-Fi FPV 720P HD CAMERA: Equipped with 720P HD camera to take aerial photos and videos. Images and videos will be stored in both the app and the mobile album system
  • APP CONTROL SYSTEM: Operate your drone through an APP after connecting the Wi-Fi to your phone (iOS or Android), offering you real-time image transmission, easy to shoot and read, fun to share
  • MODULAR and BONUS BATTERY: There are 2 powerful 3.7V 500mAh Modular batteries including 1 bonus, which can support longer flight time for you and your family, this modular design ensures the safety of charge and storage
  • ONE KEY START/ LANDING: Allows players of any level (Beginners Intermediates Experts) to fly the drone easily with perfect control and wonderful performance. Offering Release Date: 2017/8/12
SaleBestseller No. 6
Syma X5C 2.4G 6 Axis Gyro HD Camera RC Quadcopter with 2.0MP Camera
4,638 Reviews
Syma X5C 2.4G 6 Axis Gyro HD Camera RC Quadcopter with 2.0MP Camera
  • Equipped with HD camera.
  • Perform flips at the press of a button with 360 degree eversion, Wind resistant and can be flown indoors or outdoors
  • 6-axis Gyro stabilization system ensures maximum stability during flight
  • 7 Minute flight time and 100 minute charge time.
  • Kindly refer the User manual for troubleshooting steps.
SaleBestseller No. 7
DROCON Drone For Beginners X708W Wi-Fi FPV Training Quadcopter With HD Camera Equipped With Headless Mode One Key Return Easy Operation
720 Reviews
DROCON Drone For Beginners X708W Wi-Fi FPV Training Quadcopter With HD Camera Equipped With Headless Mode One Key Return Easy Operation
  • HIGH-QUALITY DRONE GREAT FOR BEGINNERS: Equipped with REAL-TIME WI-FI transmission and HD camera. Wonderful choice for starting their journey with drone flying. It's made of premium materials and comes at a fantastic value.
  • ONE-KEY RETURN FOR EASY CONTROL: Never lose your drone! When the drone is flying in headless mode, press one key return button, the drone will fly towards to player. Press the one key return button again or operate the forward/backward control stick, the drone will exit the one key return function.
  • REAL-TIME WI-FI TRANSMISSION WITH HD Camera: Take things to new highs and enjoy a live video feed in high-definition straight to your mobile device with the all new FPV Wi-Fi feature.
  • NO NEED TO WORRY ABOUT NO IMAGES: WIFI connected, APP Opened, but no images solution:When installed the APP, or first open it, there should be a question asking whether allow the APP to get access to the phone camera, please select Allow, then connect WIFI and open the DROCON APP to watch the real-time video.
  • TWIN-SPEED MODES: Whether you're already skilled or a first time flier, there is a speed that will suit you. Plus, the unique streamlined-shaped body structure improves aerodynamics, thus reducing air resistance and makes landing operation more stable.
Bestseller No. 8
Holy Stone F181C RC Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera RTF 4 Channel 2.4GHz 6-Gyro with Altitude Hold Function,Headless Mode and One Key Return Home, Color Black
3,134 Reviews
Holy Stone F181C RC Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera RTF 4 Channel 2.4GHz 6-Gyro with Altitude Hold Function,Headless Mode and One Key Return Home, Color Black
  • Equipped with One Key Return & Headless Security System to assist beginners and help prevent losing the drone
  • Altitude Hold Function: Powerful air pressure altitude hold function allows the drone to hover at it's current height after releasing the throttle stick. Easy for you to shoot quality images or videos.
  • One Key 360° 4-Ways Flip (left,right,forward,backward), Continuous Roll For Perfect Action And Wonderful Performance
  • Come With Two Batteries (BONUS BATTERY) For Longer Flight Time.
  • Range: About 50-100 Meters. Battery Flight Time: About 7-9 Minutes. Charging Time: About 80 Minutes
Bestseller No. 9
Holy Stone HS110D FPV RC Drone with 720P HD Camera Live Video 120° Wide-angle WiFi Quadcopter with Altitude Hold Headless Mode 3D Flips RTF with 4G TF Card Modular Battery, Color Black
74 Reviews
Holy Stone HS110D FPV RC Drone with 720P HD Camera Live Video 120° Wide-angle WiFi Quadcopter with Altitude Hold Headless Mode 3D Flips RTF with 4G TF Card Modular Battery, Color Black
  • FOV 120° 720P HD FPV CAMERA: This high-quality camera captures memorable moments. See the world through the eyes of a bird on your phone.
  • ALTITUDE HOLD: It allows the rc quacopter to suspend in mid-air even with your hands off the joystick, for hands-free hovering. Easy, stable flight experience makes this a perfect drone for beginners, kids, starters, newbies, etc.
  • HEADLESS MODE: Orientation of the drone is in relation to the pilot, easier to control and fly back when the drone is out of sight, you'll have total control for a straightforward flying experience.
  • MODULAR BATTERY AND CAMERA: The 3.7V 1000mAh high capacity battery can support a longer flying time; the modularized design of battery and camera offers more convenience and safety. PLEASE CHARGE WITH ORIGINAL CHARGING CABLE FOR SAFETY.
  • MOBILE CONTROL: Operate the drone through an APP in a smart phone to activate multiple functions. Operate the camera function and flight in the APP interface.
SaleBestseller No. 10
Holy Stone HS230 RC Racing FPV Drone with 120° FOV 720P HD Camera Live Video 45Km/h High Speed Wind Resistance Quadcopter with 5.8G LCD Screen Real Time Transmitter Includes Bonus Battery
117 Reviews
Holy Stone HS230 RC Racing FPV Drone with 120° FOV 720P HD Camera Live Video 45Km/h High Speed Wind Resistance Quadcopter with 5.8G LCD Screen Real Time Transmitter Includes Bonus Battery
  • 5.8G FPV REAL TIME TRANSMISSION: Due to the 5.8GHz Analog Signal and 2.4GHz operating frequency, the live video can be transmitted quite fluently and quickly. You can watch the video on the LCD Screen and record or take photos with stable signal and far transmission distance.
  • 120° WIDE-ANGLE 720P HD MODULAR CAMERA: Equipped with the advanced camera, you can record and take beautiful, high definition and memorable videos and pictures at a special angle. Modular camera is easy to install and move.
  • HIGH SPEED RACING DRONE: Powerful motors installed for quick acceleration; the highest speed can reach 45km/h within seconds
  • HEADLESS MODE AND 3D FLIP: Making flying easier and no worry about drone direction when flying. The drone can entertain you with its powerful 3D Rolls by pressing only one button. Bring more happiness to you.
  • MODULAR BONUS BATTERIES: There are 2 powerful modular batteries with 2 USB charging cables for the HS230 racing drone and 1 strong battery with 1 charging cable for the transmitter. You can enjoy longer flying time.

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Author: Michael Bennet

A solar energy professional with eight years of marketing and installation experience. Avid and passionate about the adoption of solar and related technologies in all homes. Blog about all things solar at mysolarhome.us.

4 thoughts on “DJI’s $499 Spark Drone iPhone-connected easy and fun camera drone for everyone”

  1. Hi! I am speaking Angel burgin,I bought a drone 8 days ago . It solved my problem of the photography because it has a nice and clean camera.

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