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fansa6d9d300
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The Mrs has kindly treated me to a spark for christmas. Ive done my research and decided to activte it after all the numerous horror stories.Now im not to sure, firmware updates 100%, imu complete , preflight checks in hand including a compass to try and predict the dreadded errors.
i've flown 3d rc helis and race drones in the pat but is the dji spark a device i can trust to be safe?
Even more reports of issues after the latest firmware, i dunno....


2017-12-23
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Lucas775
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Make sure you have enough GPS (atleast 10) before take off and your home point is recorded and let it hover for atleast 15 seconds after auto takeoff.

Have fun!
2017-12-23
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Wachtberger
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Take off and happy landing! You'll love it :-)
2017-12-23
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lannes
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Also check your IMU and compass while hovering to make sure interference is not huge

I'd also have a quick look at the battery page to see if there are any significant voltage differences between the cells.
The DJI Go4 app I don't think warns about voltage differences, the AC just stops flying
2017-12-23
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Lucas775
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Read all the suggestions from everyone here.
2017-12-23
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Gunship9
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Then you should be able to handle ATTI mode which is what causes most of the fly aways in my opinion.  Newbies fly their first fight with an RC aircraft out so far, over water, the aircraft is a dot or a dim/shadowy profile.  It loses GPS and they start sawing at the sticks with zero idea which direction the sticks need to go.  Fly it with the same risk avoidance procedures you use with other model aircraft and you will have fun.  ie, select a safe area to fly.

The drone has been super easy to handle and it is my first drone.  My other RC aircraft experience is limited to a 2004 fly bar equipped Trex 450, a .25 size Piper Cub, and a .40 sport plane.


2017-12-23
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fansa6d9d300
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With a realist flight time of only 10mins with these things after a preflight check longer than a Boeing 747. ;)
i wonder if i should of put the same towards it and got the mavic.
Gesture modes pointless as i wouldn't go anywhere near it unless connected to the app as reports have proven the little spark is more scatty than a sobering crack head.
if you've tried connecting the wifi from rc to spark and back again, you will know what i mean.
Even the activation was like a game of battle ships, being a hit or miss, fun; we will see.
merry xmas
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2017-12-24
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S-e-ven
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Have you been so  negative, when you married your wife?
".... I can trust to be safe", come on, you are trained in situations like this ;-)
Happy flying
2017-12-24
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Dirty Bird
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fansa6d9d300 Posted at 2017-12-24 03:02
With a realist flight time of only 10mins with these things after a preflight check longer than a Boeing 747. ;)
i wonder if i should of put the same towards it and got the mavic.
Gesture modes pointless as i wouldn't go anywhere near it unless connected to the app as reports have proven the little spark is more scatty than a sobering crack head.

You have to decide your interest level & what you ultimately want to accomplish with your drone.  If you have the money there is no question the Mavic is a more robust & capable drone than the Spark.  The Mavic is superior in virtually every aspect.  Speed, stability, battery, 2x flight time, 4K camera, 3-axis gimbal, 4x range, transmission quality of OccuSync vs Wi-Fi, etc..  I'm not saying the Spark is bad.  It certainly is a capable little drone & a good choice for someone with a casual interest or a limited budget..  But it just isn't up to a Mavic in terms of performance & capabilities.  

At current pricing the Spark Fly-More is $599.  You'll probably want to add a few more batteries & a case large enough to hold it all bringing your total investment to around $800.  A Mavic Fly-More is currently $1199 & includes three batteries, charging hub, USB power adapter (to use batteries as a USB power source), & a decent case large enough to hold the drone, remote, batteries, extra memory cards, & cables.  You can cram the charger in the bag too but I recommend carrying it & the charging hub separately.   For $1200 you'll pretty much be set.  For an extra $100 you can step up to the Mavic Platinum for reduced noise & increased flight time.

For me I clearly would choose Mavic.  Now you just have to decide is it worth it to you?

EDIT:  With the Mavic you'll also have the option to later add a pair of DJI Goggles for hassle-free WIRELESS FPV connectivity.
2017-12-24
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I have both the Mavic and the Spark.  I enjoy them both. They are supremely capable quads. The Spark can pull of some things that I would never try with my larger drones.  And remember, legally you can only fly line of sight.  Spark will handle that all day plus more.  I've had mine since launch and did all the research required for sending an object into the air safely.  I've never had a issue.  Also, you can fly gesture mode while being connected to the Spark, so that's really a non issue.  
2017-12-24
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