Can DJI Spark’s video quality compare to Phantom 4 Pro and Mavic Pro?

Jun 29, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Can DJI Spark’s video quality compare to Phantom 4 Pro and Mavic Pro?

Jun 29, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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DJI has recently released Spark, their smallest and cheapest drone yet. With the price of $500, you may wonder how it compares to DJI’s more powerful models like Phantom 4 Pro and Mavic Pro. In this video from Billy Kyle, you’ll get to see how the “selfie drone” stands against the Phantom and Mavic in terms of video quality and customization of features.

Since the Spark can’t shoot 4K, all three test videos were recorded in 1080p at 30 fps. All three drones used the same settings: the exposure set to “automatic” and white balance set to “sunny.” You can see the footage of each drone first, and then they’re lined side by side so you can compare them.

When you compare all three videos, it’s obvious that Phantom 4 Pro exceeds the performance of both Mavic and Spark. But these two drones are still pretty good considering that they’re much cheaper (especially Spark).

When you compare Spark with the Mavic, you can say that the colors from Spark are warmer and more realistic.  Billy sees more clarity in the Mavic, but to be honest – I can’t tell too much of a difference. It may be my monitor or my eyesight, but to me, the clarity looks more or less the same.

Now, when you compare the Spark with the Phantom 4 Pro, the difference becomes more obvious: the Phantom’s image quality is unarguably better. But again, considering the difference in price, I wouldn’t expect anything less from the Phantom.

Another feature Billy compares are customization and features. With Phantom 4 Pro and Mavic, you can shoot in 4K, which is a deal breaker for many users when they are choosing the drone. But other than this, there are many customization options – you can change color profiles, style settings and customize the look of the screen with these two drones. When it comes to Spark, there aren’t so many features and abilities for customization. However, this may still be improved over time.

I must say I’m pleasantly surprised how little Spark holds up against the two more powerful drones. Although the image quality of the Phantom 4 Pro is obviously better, I don’t see much difference when I compare it with the Mavic Pro. And how does it seem to you? Do you think this is a fair comparison, and what do you think of Spark’s performance?

[DJI Spark vs. Mavic Pro vs. Phantom 4 Pro Video Quality Comparison via FStoppers]

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2 responses to “Can DJI Spark’s video quality compare to Phantom 4 Pro and Mavic Pro?”

  1. Peter Pfau Avatar
    Peter Pfau

    Hello, i agree with you. I habe both of them, spark and mavic and i am surprised too about the Imagequality and stability of the spark. And the out of the box color correctness of the spark is much better as the mavic.
    But the dynamic range of the mavic ist visible better than the spark.

  2. Ashley Jacobs Avatar
    Ashley Jacobs

    Its good i am absolutely agree with you, spark and mavic result amazed me to see the quality and stability of spark. Nice work i like it .I would add http://www.studio77.ae/services/family-portraits-dubai/ Here you can find amazing things abut photography.