Let’s get the most obvious point out of the way first. The Spark will run you around $459-499 and the Fly More combo (we will discuss this further later) will run you $599-$719. However the Mavic Pro will take the price to $929-999, almost double the DJI Spark. The Fly More combo will cost $1179-$1299.
Advantages of the Spark
One of the best and most obvious features of the Spark is the small size. While it is flying, it takes very little space and can fit in tight areas. Due to its small size and weight, the drone is also more quieter and much more discreet. Being so small, the Spark is easy to take around and can fit into smaller bags.
Besides being so small, the Mavic can also be flown without a dedicated DJI controller. You can fly the little drone off your phone. This means that you don’t even need to lug your controller around. Even without a phone, the Mavic has basic gesture controls allowing you to control the drone to move, take a selfie and even return to your hand to land.
3. Newer features
The Spark is a newer drone from DJI. This comes with its perks as it has some software features that is not currently on the Mavic Pro. Two of these features are, ShallowFocus and new Pano (panoramic) modes. The ShallowFocus feature allows you to take photos which a much more shallow depth of field, giving a blurry background and focused subject. The new Pano modes will help to create much larger and detailed panoramic photos.
Advantages of the Mavic Pro
Wait, what? Size is the advantage of the Spark, is it not? Yes. The spark is smaller, especially when the drone is ready to fly. However the Mavic Pro has folding arms which, when transporting or in storage, makes it not that much larger than the Spark. Therefore if storage or carry-on space is concerned, the Mavic Pro is not at that big of a disadvantage. Furthermore, even though it may be larger, with better obstacle detection in terms of being able to detect smaller and further away obstacles, this allows it to also travel through tight spaces as well.
It is no doubt that the Mavic Pro is a professional level drone. With the need of a dedicated, and better controller (if you buy the Fly More combo for the Spark) which also has a better operation range. The Mavic Pro can steer and navigate far more nimbly than the Spark. If you need accuracy and precision in your shot, the Mavic Pro will do this better and more reliably than the Spark.
3. Faster Speed and Battery life
If you don’t think drone speed is important, chances are you may be content with the Spark’s 31MPH as most likely you won’t need to be chasing anything that fast with this drone. However. the Mavic Pro can go up to speeds of 40MPH rendering it better at chasing, say a moving car. It is also important to note, if you need to activate obstacle avoidance, the drone’s speed will fall to 22MPH and 7MPH respectively.
The battery life is also better on the Mavic Pro with advertised fly time of 27 minutes and 16 minutes for the Spark. In our tests we got flight times of approximately 23 minutes and 12-13 minutes.
4. Video Quality
Last and to many, the most important is the 4k video quality of the Mavic Pro. This is a big step up from the 1080p sensor of the Spark. Although the Spark’s video quality is great, if you push the little fellow to the limit and want to have more flexibility in post-production, it will not fair well. With so much more resolution, the Mavic Pro will capture more detail.
The Mavic Pro also has a 3axis Gimbal as opposed to the 2axis Gimbal of the Spark. Meaning you will get smoother video on the Mavic Pro.
We would like stress that the Spark, in non-windy and regular conditions, still produces an amazing video quality.
Fly More Combo
The Fly More combo is necessary if you plan to fly your drone for extended periods of time. With the short battery life of drones, the extra batteries in the kit will allow you to extend your flight sessions. To charge these extra batteries, the battery charging hub is also vital. Furthermore the extra propellers are important as you can not fly these drones if you break all your spares. Both kits will also come with a nice carry case. One big difference however, is that the Fly More combo for the Spark will come with the controller that is not included with the drone.
|DJI Mavic Pro||DJI Spark|
|Video Resolution||4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p||1920×1080 30p|
|Gimbal||3-axis (pitch, roll, yaw)||2-axis (pitch, roll)|
|Battery Life (advertised)||27 minutes||16 minutes|
|Max Speed||40mph (65kph)||31 mph (50kph)|
|Fly More Combo||– Battery Charging Hub
– 2 Spare Batteries (3 total)
– 1 Extra Set of Propellers (10 propellers in total)
– Extra Bag
|– Remote Controller
– Battery Charging Hub
– 1 Spare battery (2 total)
– 1 Extra Set of Propellers (8 propellers in total)
– Propeller guards
– Extra Bag
Both DJI drones are compelling devices. If after reading all the pros and cons above, you are still unsure, I would suggest going with the DJI Spark. The Spark is a cheaper and simpler entry into the drone world. If you do not have any specific expectations of a drone, the Spark’s video quality and user-friendliness will satisfy all newcomers. If you are also extra tight on space and would like the most compact drone, the also go with the Spark.
The Mavic Pro on the other hand, is for intermediate and even professional users. With its speed, and amazing 4k sensor, the Mavic is a content creator’s dream. It packs many professional features into a package only slightly smaller than the Spark when folded up.