DJI Spark vs Holy Stone HS700 Drone

On August 23, 2018 not onle the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom has been released: the Holy Stone company has released their next-generation drone Holy Stone HS700 priced $329. It has comparable price to the DJI Spark drone so we decided to compare both quadcopters and find out pros and cons.

Model DJI Spark Contixo F18
Size (LxWxH) 5,6×5,6×2,1 inches 8.66 x 8.66 x 6.10 inches
Weight 0.66lbs 1.34lbs
Gimbal 2-axis none
Global Position Systems GPS, GLONASS GPS
Camera 1/2.3” CMOS; 12 MP; 1920×1080 30p 1920×1080@30p
Removable Camera No Yes
Live Feed 1080@30fps 1080@30fps
Battery LiPo 3S, 1480mAh, 11.4 V LiPo, 2800mAh
Range 1.2 mile (with remote) 0.6 mile
Hover Time 14-16 minutes 16-20 minutes
Retutn-to-Home feature Yes Yes
Price $299 (Discount on Amazon.com) $329.99 (Discount on Amazon.com)

DJI Spark Pros

Pros
  • DJI Spark is a tiny drone with foldable propellers that can be carried everywhere and that doesn’t require any registrations. It is so small and can fit almost everywhere including a purse!
  • DJI Spark is very fast making it almost a racer FPV drone!
  • Very easy drone to fly. That is achieved with a lot of installed tutorials and easy control overall.
  • 2-axis gimbal performs well in terms of camera stabilization. That lead to better image stabilization hence quality and better video capture.
  • Both GPS and CLONASS global vision position systems works anywhere, even at the most remote places on Earth!
  • 1/2.3″ CMOS camera isn’t something great but it still can produce some quality 1080p footage and images if there’s enough light and good skills of a drone pilot,
  • With remote controller the pilot can achieve stunning 1.2 mile range – that’s double of what you can achieve with the Holy Stone HS700!
  • WiFi live feed transmission works at distances as 1 mile!
  • A bunch of Intelligent Flight Modes including TapFly, Tracking, Panoramic and so on allow to take selfies, make panoramas and yield the most out of aerial photography and videography.
  • It is lightweight and can be carried even by the small children!

Holy Stone HS700 Pros

Pros
  • HS700 brushless motors fly fast and quiet if we take into consideration the drone’s size.
  • Very stable in the wind conditions compared to the DJI Spark drone.
  • You don’t need to buy any additional accessories to fly the drone up to 0.6 mile range compared to the DJI Spark.
  • 20 minutes of flight time makes this drone very useful for beginners as they may fly longer and thus make better shots and capture more footage as well as improve their pilot skills.
  • Removable camera allows you to install other action camera onto your drone improving your video quality up to 4K resolution. GoPro 2/3/4 are supported as well as some other manufacturers.

DJI Spark Cons

Cons
  • To achieve 1.2 mile range with the DJI Spark you are required to buy a remote controller for the drone. This will cost you an extra $125 that high the price up to $425. In this range you can buy the semi-professional Phantom 3 Standard or if you add another $200 you are entering the mid-range drones such as DJI Mavic Air that will give you a complete new drone experience.
  • Small range of a few hundred feet without the remote controller.
  • Limited flying time compared to HS700’s 20 minutes.
  • Can’t withstand a wind.
  • Camera isn’t removable – you stick to the 1080p forever.

Holy Stone HS700 Cons

Cons
  • The full battery charge takes up to 5-7 hours. It’s too long compared to 1 hour and 30 minutes of DJI Spark.
  • Range is somewhat limited to what of DJI Spark: the latter can achieve 1.2 mile range when the HS700 can’t fly at distances longer than half a mile.
  • Drone isn’t lightweight at all: it might be an issue carrying it when travelling. Also you will need a designed case for the drone as it’s foldable and requires a lot of space.
  • The Holy Stone HS700 flight features are as numbered as the DJI Spark’s so that might be a con for beginners that want to experience as much as they can when piloting a drone.