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dragonalumni

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I bought the last spark at the camera shop almost a year ago. (I think) It leaves me wondering what would be a viable alternative. It seems the mavric mini isn't that good and the pros are big and in another price bracket. Is dji getting ready to offer something new at this level?
 

DavidBlezard

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I was out taking video from a moving boat. The short flight time was a pain. Giving the Mavic air 2 consideration.

anybody interested in a Spark? I maybe posting in the classified section.
 
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Der olle Hansen

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>This< would have been THE answer ... 😢

The official replacement though is the Mini, but I think it is NOT.
The Mini is too different - it is just another type of drone: As the name says It is a small Mavic - no new SPARK.

IMHO a "SPARK 2.0" should have:
  • an optical facelift like in the link above
  • more flight time (20-30 min)
  • more software features like the bigger models
  • higher camera resolution (I do not think, it is really necessary, but "the market" will demand it.)
  • nothing that makes the SPARK 2.0 less robust and reliable, therefore no 3rd axis for the gimbal and not foldable.
    (The size is compact enough for the backpack.)
  • not necessarily under 250 g (those who need that, can choose the Mini), but well under 600 g including RC
    (The actual SPARK + battery + RC = 595 g.)
 

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>This< would have been THE answer ... 😢

The official replacement though is the Mini, but I think it is NOT.
The Mini is too different - it is just another type of drone: As the name says It is a small Mavic - no new SPARK.

IMHO a "SPARK 2.0" should have:
  • an optical facelift like in the link above
  • more flight time (20-30 min)
  • more software features like the bigger models
  • higher camera resolution (I do not think, it is really necessary, but "the market" will demand it.)
  • nothing that makes the SPARK 2.0 less robust and reliable, therefore no 3rd axis for the gimbal and not foldable.
    (The size is compact enough for the backpack.)
  • not necessarily under 250 g (those who need that, can choose the Mini), but well under 600 g including RC
    (The actual SPARK + battery + RC = 595 g.)
With a few exceptions, you've described the MA2.
 
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Spark 317

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I was out taking video from a moving boat. The short flight time was a pain. Giving the Mavic air 2 consideration.

anybody interested in a Spark? I maybe posting in the classified section.
Keep the Spark and turn somebody on to the hobby.

Always room in the hanger for another aircraft. :)
 
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Speed750

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I'm looking at the M2 as well. Check out some you tube reviews. They make it irresistible. It has a ton features that DJI doesn't even mention.
 
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Der olle Hansen

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With a few exceptions, you've described the MA2.
The Mavic 2 has
  • too much camera
  • too much weight
  • too much size (unfolded)
  • too much prize
to be the small, compact entry-level model like the SPARK is once was.

The motto "faster, higher, further" does not apply to all customers. Many are very satisfied with what they have and just want a facelift, as we know it from cars.
Compared to the car models from Volkswagen (as I come from Germany), the SPARK could be the "Polo" from DJI. (The VW Polo is the "little brother" of the VW Golf. The VW Golf is clearly the cash cow and meanwhile THE identification icon of VW. That might be the Mavic to DJI, but the differences between the Mavic Air 2 and the Mavic 2 have not yet been worked out clearly enough, they compete with each other instead of positioning themselves independently for a specific customer group.

VW Polo 1975, 1st generation ⏩ VW Polo 2017, 6th generation
40 years old VW Polo
⏩
VW Polo 2020, 6th generation

I would like to see a corresponding development at DJI.

Perhaps the Mavic Mini will exceed the limit of 250 g one day and then get a few sensors and other features. Then it could fit into the currently no longer occupied segment of the SPARK in terms of functions and price.
Maybe DJI decided "all of our drones have to be foldable" and therefore no SPARK 2.0 was developed.
 

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