DJI Spark or DJI Phantom 3 Standard: Which One to Buy?

What’s up people this is Andrew from djibestdrones.com and I’m gonna do a little more in-depth comparison between the Spark and the Phantom 3 Standard.

Spec Spark Phantom 3 Standard
Size (L×W×H) 5,6×5,6×2,1 inches (folded) 19.3 x 19.3 inches (with props)
Take off Weight 0,66 lbs 2,68 lbs
Camera 1/2.3” CMOS; 12 MP; 1920×1080 30p 1/2.3” CMOS; 12 MP; 2.7K: 2704 x1520p 24/25/30
Gimbal 2 axis 3 axis
Hover Time ~14-16 minutes around 20 minutes
Range 1.2 miles 1 mile
Price $499 (Discount on Amazon.com)

They’re both at the same price point but I don’t think it’s a matter of which drone is better I think it’s a matter of which drone fits you and your lifestyle. One of the first thing is the fact that Spark is much smaller than P3 3 Standard. If you’re skateboarding through your city with a full-size DSLR I guess you wouldn’t mind attention yourself but someone like me carrying this thing around draws a lot of attention as it’s big and it’s bulky, it’s just not convenient at all. So because of that reason there’s a lot of places I didn’t take this. Spark on the other hand is super convenient: you can put it in a backpack, you can put it in a purse if you’re a female mad it doesn’t take up that much room. It’s not going to draw a lot of attention to you, it’s just convenient. And depending on your lifestyle (maybe you camp a lot or hike a lot) this will be perfect drone to carry with you.

Granted, the Phantom 3 Standard has a better camera than the Spark but you’re still getting great quality out of this if you’re the type of person that just wants to take a picture real quick with the family, maybe around vacation. To set this up and to take a picture is going to take way longer than setting P3 Standard. I mean you pull it out, turn it on, double tap – it flies out of your hand – make the gesture and it takes a picture. That’s it! The Standard is different: you got to set up put your phone in the remote, turn your power, everything on and as far as I know you’re going to be holding the remote also while you’re taking a picture so it just it’s not as convenient in that situation.

Another benefit to the Standard is the 3 axis gimbal. The DJI Spark only has a 2 axis. A benefit to the spark is obstacle avoidance feature while the phantom does not grants the obstacle avoidance. On P3 it is just in the front so will not allow you to fly into an object but this is something that this doesn’t have it all no obstacle avoidance.

The battery life on the Phantom 3 is a little bit longer but, granted, last time I looked the batteries for this were 100 dollars and for the Spark you can buy another battery for 50 dollars. The phantom battery is bigger that the Spark so there is huge difference in size and you could carry multiple ones of these. Another point I want to make is when I put P3 in my case whether it be a soft backpack or whether it’s hard case I got to take the propellers off so when you go to pull it out, get it run in to take a shot of something you got to also spin the propellers on.

With the Spark you’re not going to get the distance that you would if you’re using the remote with the DJI Phantom 3 but that just goes back to which suits you better as a consumer. Like I said they’re both at the same price point and I’m assuming that this Phantom 3 Standard might drop a little bit if not already. When I purchase the DJI Spark last year I got it around Christmas and it was 399 opposed to $499 at the launch.

In my opinion which drone is better it’s what suits your lifestyle better and things that you do. The Spark is smaller so people just don’t get drawn to this as much as something like P3 Standard.