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
DROCON Drone For Beginners X708W Wi-Fi Fpv Training Quadcopter With HD Camera Equipped With Headless Mode One Key Return Easy Operation
347 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 720p camera,Great choice for starting their journey with drone flying. It's made of premium materials and comes at a fantastic price
  • ONE-KEY RETURN FOR EASY CONTROL: Never lose your drone again! The one-key return feature of this drone ensures you never have to worry about losing this drone. Wherever you are flying, hit the one-key return button and it will return straight to you
  • 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
  • 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
  • NO NEED TO WORRY ABOUT LOSING IT: Thanks to the headless mode, control of this drone is easy and you do not need to worry about the direction of the drone when flying it. You'll have total control for a straightforward flying experience
Bestseller No. 2
DROCON Scouter Foldable Mini RC drone for kids with Altitude Hold Mode, One Key Take off Landing, 3D Flips and Headless Mode Quadcopter Easy Fly Steady for Beginners
172 Reviews
DROCON Scouter Foldable Mini RC drone for kids with Altitude Hold Mode, One Key Take off Landing, 3D Flips and Headless Mode Quadcopter Easy Fly Steady for Beginners
  • STABLE BEGINNER DRONE FOR KIDS: DROCON Scouter is Considered all Aspects for Beginners, all the Functions for Easy Operation Included: Altitude Hold / Headless Mode / One Key Backward /One Key Take Off and Landing/Lock and Unlock.
  • UNIQUE SPINNING FUNCTION: With One Touch of the Function Button on the Remote Control, DROCON Scouter Will Hover at Same Height and Start Spinning Automatically.
  • FOLDABLE and POCKETABLE: It can be folded and put into the controller to take away easily.
  • SEARCH LIGHT: Equipped with a bright LED searchlight on the head, users can fly the drone in the dark night easily.
  • 3 SPEED MODES: Drocon SCOUTER has 3 speed modes switchable: Low / Middle / High Speed, help you to practice the flying skills step by step, so that you can grow from a beginner to an expert gradually.
Bestseller No. 3
Cheerwing Syma X5SW-V3 FPV Explorers2 2.4Ghz 4CH 6-Axis Gyro RC Headless Quadcopter Drone UFO with HD Wifi Camera (White)
1237 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. 4
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
104 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 smaller and portable palm-sized and provide a better and safer flight experience
  • Wi-Fi FPV 720P HD CAMERA: Equipped with 720P HD camera to take aerial photos and video. Images and videos will be stored in both app and mobile album system
  • APP CONTROL SYSTEM: Operate your drone through an APP after Wi-Fi connection 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 flying time for you and your family, this modular design ensures the safety of charge and storage
  • ONE KEY START/ LANDING: Enables players at any level (Beginners Intermediates Experts) to fly the drone easily, with perfect action and wonderful performance
Bestseller No. 5
BLACK FRIDAY DEAL! Contixo F18 Advanced GPS Assisted RC Quadcopter 1080P HD Live FPV 5G Wifi Video Camera Drone Smart RTH Hovering Brushless Motors Carrying Back Pack App Control -Best Gift Idea
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BLACK FRIDAY DEAL! Contixo F18 Advanced GPS Assisted RC Quadcopter 1080P HD Live FPV 5G Wifi Video Camera Drone Smart RTH Hovering Brushless Motors Carrying Back Pack App Control -Best Gift Idea
  • Global Positioning System Offers Worry-free Flight: State-of-the-art GPS system makes the F18 completely aware of its location and relation to you. It hovers precisely, moves accurately, and locks onto satellites fast. 3 types of Return-to-Home (RTH) are designed to protect your F18. It will automatically return to home precisely when its battery is low or the control signal is weak when flying out of range. So your Contixo F18 is always under control, never fly away!
  • Full High Definition 1080P 5G Wifi FPV Camera Works Perfectly with APP "Contixo F18": The onboard FPV FHD camera lets you see what your aircraft see, idea for filming a spot or simply to look around and admires your surroundings after the camera is linked to the "Contixo F18" APP. The 5G Wifi zero-latency real time images transmission reach up 500 meters (1640 ft) FPV distance. App is compatible with most of the IOS and Andoird smartphones.
  • Super long control distance and flying time: Up to 1 mile remote control distance. Removable 7.4V 2100mAH, high-capacity rechargeable battery with energy-optimized system give you a vastly improved flight experience. Up to 16 minutes' footage satisfies all your desires about the sky. Search ASIN 731642721182 to add extra batteries into your cart.
  • 1806 1800KV Super-Powerful Propulsion: The 4 powerful Brushless motors have the power and precision needed and give you the ability to speed up, quickly increase or decrease altitude, and stop immediately. They work with lightning-fast ESCs to make your F18 fast, agile, and responsive. Each motor is managed individually by the Electronic Speed Controllers. And the innovative auto-braking system is mounted on the ESCs that not only effectively protect the motors, but also insure safety of flight.
  • One Key Takeoff and Landing, Headless Mode. Comes with Light, Durable and Water Resistant Material Back Bag. Easy to carry, more practical, suitable for your outdoor sports. Protect your items during transport in this compartment. 12 months manufacturing warranty. Contixo 7/24 technical support and customer services.
Bestseller No. 6
DBPOWER MJX X400W FPV Drone with Wifi Camera Live Video Headless Mode 2.4GHz 4 Chanel 6 Axis Gyro RTF RC Quadcopter, Compatible with 3D VR Headset
1222 Reviews
DBPOWER MJX X400W FPV Drone with Wifi Camera Live Video Headless Mode 2.4GHz 4 Chanel 6 Axis Gyro RTF RC Quadcopter, Compatible with 3D VR Headset
  • REAL TIME TRANSMISSION: Have a bird's-eye view with this flying drone. Armed with a WIFI HD camera, you're in total control and can take any photos and videos you'd like.Then share them to your favorite social network in real time for the world to see!
  • HEADLESS MODE DRONE FOR KIDS and BEGINNERS: Worried about controlling or losing the drone? With headless mode, you completely avoid these problems as you don't need to tell the orientation of the drone during the flight
  • ONE KEY RETURN: Under headless mode, click the function button for once, the drone will return automatically, making control more easily for beginners
  • 3D FLIP AND ROLL: Stun your friends by performing 360° flips in all directions. Just click the function button on the 2.4GHz controller and watch your drone's death defying stunts
  • 2 SPEED MODEs SWITCHABLE: There are two speed modes you to choose from, for beginners and experts. This not only lets you fly both indoors and out, but also allows you to practice flying skills and quickly move from beginner to expert
Bestseller No. 7
Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini RC Helicopter Drone 2.4Ghz 6-Axis Gyro 4 Channels Quadcopter Good Choice for Drone Training
3370 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 Any Level of Players to fly the drone easily
  • 2.4GHz Technology Adopted for Anti-Interference
  • More Stable and Flexible with 6-Axis Gyro Stablization System
  • Good Performance of Wind-Resistant Control Range: About 30-50 Meters
  • Flying Time: About 6-8 minutes Charging Time: About 45-60 minutes (Under currents input 0.5A-1A)
SaleBestseller No. 8
EACHINE E010 Mini UFO Quadcopter Drone 2.4G 4CH 6 Axis Headless Mode Remote Control Nano Quadcopter RTF Mode 2 (Green)
1303 Reviews
EACHINE E010 Mini UFO Quadcopter Drone 2.4G 4CH 6 Axis Headless Mode Remote Control Nano Quadcopter RTF Mode 2 (Green)
  • ONE-KEY RETURN: With built-in positioning system, the drone can auto locate the remote control, just press the one key return button, the drone will fly back to the remote control's location.
  • 360° ROLL-OVER: The simple flying of WSAD is to boring, and the new 3D rolling special effects surprise all the people.
  • COMPASS MODE: The drone will change its flight direction with the change of the direction of remote control.
  • STEPS TO MATCH CODE: 1. Turn on the quadcopter then turn on the controller; 2. Push the throttle(left lever) to the top , and then pull it down; 3. When you hear a "Beep", which means the connection was set up successfully, and then you can start to fly your drone.
  • Any questions, please feel free to contact us first.
SaleBestseller No. 9
DBPOWER UDI U842 Predator WiFi FPV Drone with HD Camera 2.4G 4CH 6 Axis Gyro RTF Low Voltage Alarm, Gravity Induction and Headless Mode Includes Bonus Battery
358 Reviews
DBPOWER UDI U842 Predator WiFi FPV Drone with HD Camera 2.4G 4CH 6 Axis Gyro RTF Low Voltage Alarm, Gravity Induction and Headless Mode Includes Bonus Battery
  • HIGH-DEFINITION WIFI-REAL TRANSMISSION FOR INCREADIBLE IMAGES: Now you are in total control and take photos and video you like with the drone. It capture it all 720p HD camera, Real-time sharing to the social network so that friends can feel pleasure.
  • 720P HD CAMERA, RECORD WONDERFUL MOMENTS: Let drone be your eyes, record the wonderful moments life. With sky prespective, View more beautiful image, restore true color. Shocking panoramic view when travel, party, or sports.
  • NO NEED TO WORRY ABOUT LOSING IT: Thanks to the headless mode, control of this drone is easy and you do not need to worry about the direction of the drone when flying it. You'll have total control for a straightforward flying experience.
  • BONUS BATTERY TO DOUBLE YOUR FLYING TIME: Equipped with two large-capacity batteries which can last up to 18 minutes on a full charge, giving a longer flying time than compared to the industry average flight time of 6.5 minutes.
  • DESIGNED FOR BEGINNERS OR KIDS, EVEN THE NOVICE CAN EASY TO MASTER: Headless mode, low power and out of range alarm, so functional design, suitable for novice operation.
SaleBestseller No. 10
Holy Stone F181W Wifi FPV Drone with 720P Wide-Angle HD Camera Live Video RC Quadcopter with Altitude Hold, Gravity Sensor Function, RTF and Easy to Fly for Beginner, Compatible with VR Headset
436 Reviews
Holy Stone F181W Wifi FPV Drone with 720P Wide-Angle HD Camera Live Video RC Quadcopter with Altitude Hold, Gravity Sensor Function, RTF and Easy to Fly for Beginner, Compatible with VR Headset
  • 120° FOV HD Wifi CAMERA: Equipped with the newest 720P 120° Wide-angle HD Wifi Camera, which allows you to take high-res pictures & video during flight.
  • FPV Real-time Transmission: With the built-in WiFi module, you can see exactly what your camera sees with a live video on your mobile device by installing the APP.
  • AUTOMATIC ALTITUDE HOLD: Powerful air pressure altitude hold function allows you to release the throttle stick and the drone will keep hovering at the current height. Easy for you to shoot quality images or videos.
  • Easy Safe and Fun to Fly for Beginners: Built-in the latest 6-axis flight control systems offer strong stability, easily implement various flight movements, stronger wind resistance; Headless mode eliminates need to adjust aircraft position before flight & improves learning curve.
  • DOUBLE FLIGHT TIME: Includes 2 strong powerful 3.7V 750 mAh LiPo batteries to extend the fun! FAA Registration NOT Required.

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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.

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