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Upgraded from Spark to Mavic 2 Zoom, my first 12 impressions
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Duke56
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I posted this in the Mavic Forum but thought it might be interesting for Spark owners thinking of upgrading to a Mavic 2.

Recieved my Mavic 2 Zoom yesterday.  Did firmware update on the Mavic and the controller using the DJI Assistant Mavic 2 app on my laptop.  I got the Fly More Combo so connected all 3 batteries and the remote to the hub and charger.  Once everything was charged up connected my Ipad Mini and fired up DJI Go4 to activate the Zoom.  All of this went smoothly though I did get an "Inconsistant Firmware" warning later after flying.  DL the additional firmware update but haven't flown it since as I got the alert after burning thru 3 batteries.  

I'm upgrading from my Spark.  Only drone I've flown.  Got the Spark in January, just before the release of the Mavic Air.  Probably would have purhased the MA instead of the Spark but no regrets, have throughly enjoyed flying my Spark.  That being said, here are my initial impressions on the Mavic 2 Zoom.  While I was recording video during my flights with the Mavic Zoom, I was primarily into the flying.  In no particular order:

1. Cruising speed in P Mode:  M2 Z cruises at 27mph at full speed in P Mode.  That was an eye opener.  The Spark chugs along at about 7mph tops in P Mode.  

2.  Throttle Punch:  After auto takeoff and hover at 4 ft, hit left stick full up and the M2 Z goes up like a rocket.  Effortless climb, very responsive.

3.  Basic flying:  As expected, very stabile flight.  With top cruising speed of 27mph, covers a lot of ground quickly, much quicker than the Spark obviously.  

4.  Handling the wind:  A dreary, windy day here in NJ.  M2 Z had no problem handling the wind despite of the high wind warnings on the screen.  

5.  Battery life:  One M2 Z battery last as long as 2½ Spark batteries (more or less).  So 3 M2 Z batteries gave me approx. 1½ hours for flight time.  This will take some getting use to.  I have 4 Spark batteries so burning thru all 4 would take about 1½ of the 3 M2 Z batteries.

6.  Fly More Combo Charging Hub:  Big downside compared to the Spark Charging Hub.  Spark hub charged all three batteries at once.  M2 Z hub charges one at at time.  Expect to take about an hour and a half per battery so no quick turnaround.

7.  RC: Though the Spark & M2 Z RCs are pretty much the same, the M2 Z RC is a little thicker than the Spark's RC.  I have a tablet mount for the Spark that wraps around the RC to display the tablet above the RC.  Won't fit on the M2 Z RC.  Too thick.  Mav Mount worked perfectly as I expected.

8.  Fly More Combo Carry Bag:  Bag holds the M2 Z folded, 3 batteries including the one on the bird, the RC with compartments to hold the extra props and cables plus side elastic pockets to hold charging brick and hub.  It's a tight fit and I feel like I'm going to get one of the props caught on the inside of the bag as I try to pull it out.

9.  Flight Distance:  Rock solid connection to the RC at all times.  Took it out 5,500 ft away from me without a hitch.  Could have gone further but I didn't want to cross over the turnpike.  

10. Agility:  Very agile considering the difference in size and weight between the M2 Z and the Spark.  Those moving from the MP or MPP may not see as big of a difference but from the Spark, it was surprising how well it manuvered.

11. OEM Gimbal Guard:  Pain in the ass to get back on.  You have to hold the gimbal straight to lineup the gimbal guard top part.  

12. Prop noise:  M2 Z very quiet as compared to my Spark.  Quiet hum as compared to the swarm of bees sound from the Spark props.

These are my first impressions upgrading from the Spark.  May have missed a point or two.  Overall very impressed with my new M2 Z.  Will get into the camera once the weather gets better here in NJ.  Supposed to be dreary and rainy the next 5 days or so.  Will try and at least find a window to fly and get more accustomed to my new drone.  

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Jakab Gipsz
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Thanks for the information. Interesting and useful. SPark is still loved for its price and not for its knowledge.
As for the agile property, the DJI has blocked many settings that I have, and I have solved it. I can say I'm flying so fantastic.
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H. Arif - 6IX
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Great points. I still think the spark is great, not better in any way, but it does let teenagers own an amazing drone. I got the refurbished fly more spark and there is no way I would be able to afford a MP or MP2
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jacksonnai
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Thanks for sharing your experience  
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Greg - TheHuski
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Very useful info for anyone wanting to upgrade.   Cheers.
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Fury10
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Thanks for the comparison! I'm also interested to know if you kept your Spark or if you went the trade in route?
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nixuspix
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Thank You for Survey. Very useful
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Duke56
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Fury10 Posted at 2018-9-1 08:42
Thanks for the comparison! I'm also interested to know if you kept your Spark or if you went the trade in route?

I still have my Spark.  I'm flying the M2 Z exclusively right now.  It's only been 2 days but I'm getting spoiled with the extra flight time and the range and the better camera and features.  
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Ahaigh9877
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Thanks for taking the time to write all that out, very useful and interesting. I too have a Spark which I love dearly but has its limitations and I'm planning to upgrade to a M2P or M2Z.

If you're still around on the forums, how have things been since you got your Zoom? And how would you compare the cameras between the Zoom and the Spark?
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Duke56
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Ahaigh9877 Posted at 11-29 07:56
Thanks for taking the time to write all that out, very useful and interesting. I too have a Spark which I love dearly but has its limitations and I'm planning to upgrade to a M2P or M2Z.

If you're still around on the forums, how have things been since you got your Zoom? And how would you compare the cameras between the Zoom and the Spark?

Things with the M2Z have been great.  Sadly, haven't flown my Spark since getting the M2Z.  

As for the cameras, take away the obvious differences in 4K, optical zoom and 3 axis gimbal, the Spark camera does a great job holding it's own against thje M2Z if both are in 1080p mode with all settings at auto and no filters used.  I believe the M2Z has more settings that can be adjusted in the app for the camera but stock to stock the Spark fares very well.  I have reviewed footage shot with the Spark against footage show withe M2Z and I have no complaints.

If you search my posts you will see video of both the Spark in this forum and my M2Z in the Mavic forum.  See for yourself.
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Duke56 Posted at 11-29 09:52
Things with the M2Z have been great.  Sadly, haven't flown my Spark since getting the M2Z.  

As for the cameras, take away the obvious differences in 4K, optical zoom and 3 axis gimbal, the Spark camera does a great job holding it's own against thje M2Z if both are in 1080p mode with all settings at auto and no filters used.  I belive the M2Z has more settings that can be adjusted in the app for the camera but stock to stock the Spark fares very well.  I have reviewed footage shot with the Spark against footage show withe M2Z and I have no complaints.

Congrats on the new Drone, have to say I do envy you a little..
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Hani
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I’m glad you took the time to write a review about the Mavic 2 Zoom. I’ve been thinking about upgrading and I eliminated Mavic Air as I will keep the Spark and I think the Mavic air is the enhanced version of the Spark and mainly for the connection limitation both have. So I have been comparing Mavic Pro Platinum and Mavic 2 Zoom and I really enjoyed reading your review and I am thinking more about the Mavic 2 Zoom.

I’ll be checking your footages as well.

Thanks for sharing!
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Tentoes
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Hmm. Sounds like you'll have to send the M2Z to me
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