• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Super Drone, Shame About The DJI App

    This would be 5 stars were it not for the DJI GoPro 4 app.

    The drone is superbly engineered, flies well and is a joy to use. The images are sharp and video is smooth.

    The app to control it, however, lets it down.

    The app takes up a huge amount of room on an iPhone. You will find that a 16Gb phone will struggle to accommodate it. There's a full blown video and image editor included which must form a massive part of the app, most serious photographers will use their own computer-based editing suites as a phone is bound to struggle, so it is dead weight. Unfortunately, there is no provision for removing this part of the app and it just fills up the storage.

    Also, on a phone, there seems to be no reason to have all the minute detail on a screen so small, it's impossible to read half of it. The review sites for the app are full of woe and tales of it crashing (the app, not the drone!). I'm not surprised by this. I've turned off all the automatic downloads from the drone to the phone to avoid putting too much pressure on it. All the media is recorded anyway onto the drone SD card so it can be removed and processed later.

    DJI ought to be providing an app for this drone that is proportional to the kind of controller that will be used with it, lighter and smaller in the case of the iPhone. Instead they have just this one-size-fits-all app that encompasses all of their drones, including the professional range.

    It has not been thought out very well.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Ace airborne camera

    I don't do much video, although the Spark makes it fun to learn some airborne tricks. But I love taking photos from the air, in particular straight down. It's a small sensor and you can't do much zooming in post-processing before detail starts to look a little messy, but at 100% the quality is great.

    I'm still getting used to the iOS interface, using the iPhone SE in my case, but there is a lot of information and the control with the remote controller is very good.

    The image stabilisation is pretty good in the two axes, but you have to hold the "camera" still with careful controlling if you don't want camera shake in low light – just like a normal camera.

    Finally, the Spark is a small camera drone so I'm happy to have it with me all the time. The flight time is not a limitation for me, nor is the range limit; the Spark is a serious drone which gives me great enjoyment.

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