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Spark vs. Mavic
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Virgil Quick
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A question fro those of you who have both a Spark and a Mavic Pro.

I love flying my Spark and have really been bitten by the drone bug.  After flying the Spark enough to get confident with my abilities, I have begun taking it out to some extended distances.  One thing I have noticed is that the Spark responds well as long as there is a clear line of sight between the RC and the drone but if a tree comes between them then control of the drone becomes squirrelly and the video begins to freeze.

I was just wondering if the same is true for the Mavic?  I realize the Mavic uses a different type of communication which enables it to fly farther from the RC than the Spark but to fully control the Mavic must it also be a clear line of site?  



(I am having such a good time with the Spark that I am thinking about a Mavic at some point in the future.)


2017-8-15 13:33:23
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JoeCec
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The Mavic and the Spark use the same type of communication when you bake it all down a bit, that being said, if you love the Spark, you will go crazy over the Mavic Pro. I cannot express enough pleasure out of this little drone. I tell everyone I can that the Mavic is hands down the best drone DJI has made to date. Happy flying. Oh, and I own the Spark, Mavic Pro and Inspire 2! All great in their own ways.
2017-8-15 13:47:30
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Oracle Miata
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Just got my Mavic, words fail me.  I adore this bird.
2017-8-15 13:51:39
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dojoman
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I'll probably get Mavic 2 if it comes out this year. I know there's a lot of room for improvement in camera and compression bitrate.
2017-8-15 13:55:06
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Virgil Quick
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How difficult is it to transition from the Spark to the Mavic?
2017-8-15 13:55:10
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TheFlyingDutchm
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They are very similar to operate.
2017-8-15 14:09:16
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QuanthonyTrang
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Virgil Quick Posted at 2017-8-15 13:55
How difficult is it to transition from the Spark to the Mavic?

Just add money.

You cant beat the Mavic's Occusync Transmission. Its chalk and cheese. The occusync is much more reliable and penetrable than the old congested 2.4ghz wifi found on the spark.
2017-8-15 17:57:24
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Rawsome
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waiting on the fall release of M2
2017-8-15 18:26:12
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Oracle Miata
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Maybe...  ^^^
2017-8-15 18:50:53
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ImHereToCrash
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occusync and wifi are fairly similar.. .. very similar, hard to imagine given how far away you can push the mavic pro.   if you are asking if signal will propgate better in dense foilage or behind buildings, the answer is..its convoluted and has more to do with RF theory..   short answer is no, if it blocks wifi it likely block occusync, but the mavic pro has a much higher wattage for RF output, so it will likely pick up reflected secondary signals.. but if you are flying behind and around areas that will block wifi or other signals, becareful even with mavic pro, and use one of the other features like waypoint or POI to get around gaps in signal..  

battery life, range and camera(currently)... just miles beyond the spark.. i imagine the camera on spark will likely get updated for better metering and stuff.. but here and now... ya... mavic pro

my word of advice... $300 difference between fly more combo spark and base Mavic pro , get the mavic pro if you can..  which includes controller, 1 battery and handful of extras..  i know mavic pro and spark are targeted at different audiences and built differently, but DJi priced it out wrong given spark's features vs mavic's features..   i think DJi should have launched spark base at $300 for drone and a battery only.. and $500 for current fly more combo...  

2017-8-15 19:39:32
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Rawsome Posted at 2017-8-15 18:26
waiting on the fall release of M2

I'm thinking a Mavic something in the future
2017-8-15 20:12:44
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Sime
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own both, the Mavic destroys the Spark.
2017-8-16 00:04:55
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Sime Posted at 2017-8-16 00:04
own both, the Mavic destroys the Spark.

Can you elaborate?
2017-8-16 04:51:29
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Thor1
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i honestly don't believe they are comparable. the mavic is a whole different beast and they are better in different ways.

as ImHereToCrash said, the signal and response will still be spotty if you are flying behind things that block the signal although i believe it would be better than the spark in that way.

If i were you i would wait until DJI comes out with a new version of the mavic as it will probably be amazing, thats what i am doing
2017-8-16 04:56:22
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ImHereToCrash
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Thor1 Posted at 2017-8-16 04:56
i honestly don't believe they are comparable. the mavic is a whole different beast and they are better in different ways.

as ImHereToCrash said, the signal and response will still be spotty if you are flying behind things that block the signal although i believe it would be better than the spark in that way.

that was my original plan as well.. waiting for mavic pro 2 but i guess early bday present for me... returning my spark and getting my refund and taking it to mavic pro....  

, sadly today, lil sparky passed away booted her up all normal, started flying ..got a slew of errors all at once, like spammed with them.. couldn't even keep up with all popups..lost RC signal..  thought worst had happened, lil spark finally fell.. but no, silently returned home... landed at my feet.. i rebooted everything to check but she refused to boot up, battery booted fine, but spark was offline..  somehow it returned home basically dead.... landed turned off and never turned on again...  i have no idea what happened, and i dont care, im getting a mavic pro because its more mature platform and less likely to just fail...
2017-8-16 06:05:09
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ImHereToCrash Posted at 2017-8-16 06:05
that was my original plan as well.. waiting for mavic pro 2 but i guess early bday present for me... returning my spark and getting my refund and taking it to mavic pro....  

, sadly today, lil sparky passed away  booted her up all normal, started flying ..got a slew of errors all at once, like spammed with them.. couldn't even keep up with all popups..lost RC signal..  thought worst had happened, lil spark finally fell.. but no, silently returned home... landed at my feet.. i rebooted everything to check but she refused to boot up, battery booted fine, but spark was offline..  somehow it returned home basically dead.... landed turned off and never turned on again...  i have no idea what happened, and i dont care, im getting a mavic pro because its more mature platform and less likely to just fail...

thats a good plan, its too late for me to get a refund so ill wait until it dies. maybe get a mavic pro then. hopefully a mavic pro 2
2017-8-16 06:12:09
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Sime Posted at 2017-8-16 00:04
own both, the Mavic destroys the Spark.

i am just regret to get spark. my first drone is P4 and then Mavic. spark can't fly any further....
2017-8-16 07:00:42
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DJI Susan
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I would recommend you to select a place without interference. As for the Mavic Pro 2, I have not received any notification of this for now. Appreciate your attention and we will release on our website if there is any updated news.
2017-8-19 02:35:52
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I used somebody's Mavic a number of times a few months ago and it is indeed impressive. I went back n forth between spark and Mavic back in June when I decided to get a drone and picked the spark.  Lost It  a few days ago when it either shutdown or went bananas while flying 1900' away.  I am most likely going to get a Mavic this time mostly for th better reliability and range of ocusync

That said since I don't need or use 4K there is very little difference in the footage between both. The other thing which makes want to go with Mavic is that th gimbal remains stabilized in sports mode instead of switching to FPV   In FPV mode the footage I see pretty much useless and sports mode is a must for shooting action stuff like watersports
2017-8-19 03:54:32
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