DJI Spark Alternatives – Here are some great options

The DJI Spark is one of the hottest new drones out there, but it is certainly not for everyone.

First there is the high price. For the size of drone and the quality of the video (1080p) it is quite a lot to pay over 500 bucks.

There is also the size issue (because the arms are not foldable) as well as some other things which are great (or annoying) depending on what you are after.

So, in this review I am going to show you some other great options you have and their pros & cons so you can quickly decide for yourself!

Now, let's find you the perfect DJI Spark alternative...​

DJI Spark in Red

Size

Weight

Distance

Image / Video

Price

Zerotech Dobby Selfie Drone

5.3 x 2.6 x 1.4 inches

7 oz

300 ft

13MP images and 1080p video

$

Parrot Bebop 2

15 x 12.9 x 3.5 inches

1.1 lb

900 ft (1.2 miles with controller)

13MP images and 1080p video

$$

Genius Idea Follow Me Drone

6.2 x 6.2 x 2 inches

9.6 oz

300 ft

13MP images, 4K video

$$

Wingsland S6 Selfie Drone

7.5 x 5.5 inches

16 oz

300 ft

4K or 1080p

$

Xiro Explorer Mini Selfie Drone

7.5 x 5.5 inches

16 oz

300 ft

13MP images and 1080p video

$$

Yuneec Breeze Selfie Drone

11 x 8.7 x 3.1 inches

13.5 oz

300 ft

4K or 1080p

$

DJI Mavic Air Quadcopter with Remote Controller - Onyx Black

7.2 x 6.6 x 2.5 inches

 15.2 oz

1.25 miles

4K or 1080p

$$$

8. DJI Mavic Pro

DJI - Mavic Pro Quadcopter with Remote Controller - Gray

3.2x 3.2 x 7.8in

1.62 lb

4 miles

4K or 1080p

$$$

Choosing Your Perfect Drone

The drones in this review are all good options. They vary in price, starting at a few hundred dollars. In most cases, the more you pay the better the drone.

Purpose

The biggest decision you have to make is the purpose of your drone. Is it:

  • Just for fun or more serious hobby
  • Indoors or outdoors
  • For photography / videography or just flying
  • More serious (thinking pro level)

Keep in mind pro level drones cost over a thousand bucks and only the DJI Mavic Pro is anywhere near good enough (more on that below).

Size & Weight

Portability is a big thing when it comes to drones because they often weight a bit and take up a lot of space.

So, if you want to be able to either put it in your pocket or bag for easy use on the go. You need it to be collapsable and light.

If you are willing to put it in a larger bag or specific bag for the drone, it gives you more options (it can be larger and heavier).​

Video and Image Quality

The second biggest consideration is always video/photography. Unless you don't need it at all.

Most drones come with a 12MP sensor which will give you reasonable to great photos. However, in order to get 4K video you will have to pay quite a lot (in most cases). Most lower-end drones only to Full HD (or 1080p). Just be aware that as tech improves and 4K becomes the new normal, you might have to upgrade.

Intelligent Flight Modes

One of the other big differences between the drones is what kind of built-in modes it has. They are often called "intelligent flight modes". The minimum you want to accept is a RTH or Return To Home mode (which all should have) that brings the drone back when there are problems (loss of connection, low battery etc).

However, if you want to get some of those cool aerial videos you see online, often you need these modes to achieve it without weeks of practice. Things like circling a point of interest, or doing a helix (up and around) above something/someone.

Dronie (the up and away from mode) or Follow Me / Tracking modes are also really cool features to have, especially when you are on your own.​

Battery Life

Lastly, the one that might annoy you the most is battery life (or flight time). Smaller/cheaper drones have way smaller batteries and you need to keep in mind that means (often) less than 10 minutes flight time.

So, you either buy a bigger/better drone OR lots more spare batteries. Just keep in mind even the smaller drones have spares that cost about 50 bucks. So it is not cheap.​

1. ZeroTech Dobby

The Dobby ZeroTech is a great option for those that want a decent drone at a lower price point.

When I was hunting for a present for my niece who suddenly became drone obsessed (and I did not want her playing with my Mavic Pro) I settled on this one.

It is super lightweight and compact (with foldable arms) and it includes impressive features like:

  • 13 Megapixel images and 1080p Video (Electronic Stablization)
  • Collapsable, with foldable arms and propellers
  • Built in flight modes (Face tracking, Target tracking, Orbit Mode, Auto pull away/up - aka Dronie)
  • Photos - Single, Burst or Timer
  • Take off from the palm of your hand using voice command, tapping or throw and fly
  • Return to Home: returns to hand with shutoff for safety
  • Standardized USB Charger for easy use with most chargers etc
  • Phone App controlled using wifi

More info on the specs here.

This drone works well both indoors and outdoors, so is a fun drone as well as having a decent camera.

The photos are taken with a 13MP camera and it can shoot up to 1080p which is decent for the price. There is no mechanical stablization though, just software, so the videos will be good but not as great as the Spark.

There is only 9 minutes flying time which might be a little frustrating and spare batteries are not cheap (about 50 each).

However, it's a great starter drone with some cool features and video/camera included. Not bad if you ask me!

Zerotech Dobby Selfie Drone

Zerotech Dobby Selfie Drone

Zerotech Dobby Selfie Drone Parts

Zerotech Dobby Selfie Drone Parts

Specifications

  • Size: 5.3 x 2.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Weight: 7 ounces (200g)
  • Max Flight Time: 9 minutes
  • Max Flight Distance:  300ft (or 100m)
  • Video: 13MP images and 1080p video

2. Parrot Bebop 2

Parrot have been making drones for a while now and their Bebop 2 is another decent drone worth your time.

The impressive thing with this drone is the flight time - 25 minutes. That rivals the Mavic Pro, a way more expensive drone.

Of course, a bigger battery means a heavier and larger drone, so the Bebop 2 is 3x the length of the Dobby and more than twice the weight.

The video specs are quite similar but if you get the package with the controller you can fly up to 1.25 miles away. That is just not possible with wifi for any drone.

  • 14 Megapixel images and 1080p Video (Electronic Stablization)
  • Long flight time - up to 25 min
  • 180 degree fisheye lense
  • NOT Collapsable
  • Built in flight modes (Return to home & Follow Me - with Paid App upgrade -  20 bucks or so)
  • Phone App controlled using wifi OR controller up to 1.25 miles (packages also include FPV Goggles.)

More info on the specs here.

The Parrot Bebop 2 has a lot of pros and cons.

It's First Person googles with long flight time and long distance controller make for a far more "fun" experience. It also includes a decent camera and video with stablization.

However, for the cost (usually under $500) it is lacking a few more features like Intelligent flight modes. If you don't need or want them, then it's a good option. But even the Follow me option is an app upgrade at about $20)

All in all this is a great drone for those wanting to fly a bit further and for longer, or experience FPV flying which is a whole other level!

Parrot Bebop 2

Parrot Bebop 2 Drone

Parrot Bebop FPV and Controller package

Parrot Bebop FPV and Controller package

Specifications

  • Size:15 x 12.9 x 3.5 inches
  • Weight: 1.1 lb (499g)
  • Max Flight Time: 26 minutes
  • Max Flight Distance:  900ft (no controller) OR 1.25 miles with Sky Controller
  • Video: 13MP images and 1080p video (electronic stablization)

3. Genius Idea Drone

Quite a new contender on the market, the Genius Idea Follow Me drone is a super portable drone that is the closest thing to the Spark I have seen in a while.

it's shape and layout is very similar to the Spark, it is also a tiny big lighter. It also comes with quite a lot of the same flight modes (see specs).

The big bonus with this drone is the battery life, which is claimed to be 18 minutes or more and also the type of battery - small, round and cheap Lithium batteries.

It is also about 2/3 the price of the Spark. 

What else do you get:

  • 4K stabilized video (with a 13MP sensor)
  • 18+ minute flight time (more than some of the smaller options)
  • Flight Modes: Return to home, Follow, Face recognition (great for selfies), Orbit/circling, Route planning, Selfie gesture mode
  • Phone App controlled

For those not wanting anything fancy in terms of controllers or flight modes, this is a great option. It is a reasonable price, very light and portable and a great way to either get drone experience or take some cool selfies and videos when out and about.

If you want to see an in depth review of the drone, check out the video below.​

Genius Idea Follow Drone

Genius Idea Follow Drone

Genius Idea With App Controller

Genius Idea With App Controller

Specifications

  • Size: 6.2 x 6.2 x 2 inches
  • Weight: 273g (9.6 oz)
  • Camera: 4K, 13 MP image
  • Max Flight Time: 18-20 min
  • Max distance: 300ft (or 100m)

4. Wingsland S6 Mini Drone

The Wingland S6 is similar to the Dobby in terms of it's small size, light weight and of course short flight time.

But if portability is what you want, this drone delivers! It also has 4K video, which is rare for such a small drone.

And it has loads of intelligent flight modes, which is usually a compromise for such a low price point.​

It includes impressive features like:

  • 4K UHD video
  • Built in flight modes (Course-Lock mode, 360 Photo mode, Orbit, Follow me, Outdoor Auto Hovering)
  • Return to Home: one click
  • Outdoor and indoor flying possible
  • Phone App controlled

If light and portable with decent video is what you are after, this might be the perfect drone for you. Of course, the build quality is less than any DJI product, but you can't have everything, right?

Specifications

  • Size: 1.06 x 3.11 x 5.43 inches
  • Weight: 230g (8.1oz)
  • Max Flight Time: 10 minutes (no second battery)
  • Max Flight Distance:  300ft (or 100m)
  • Video: 4K UHD or 1080p 
  • Colors: Camouflage, Green Blood, Metallic Silver, Banana, Fresh Orange, Subtle Acqua
Wingsland S6 Selfie Drone

Wingsland S6 Selfie Drone (Fresh Orange color)

Wingsland S6 Selfie Drone Folded

Wingsland S6 Selfie Drone Folded

5. Xiro Explorer Mini Selfie Drone

The Xiro Explorer Mini is a great selfie style drone that is also collapsable.

That means it's very compact and portable, however at 16oz it is not as light as say the Dobby.

The extra weight is because of the battery though - which means a longer flight time of 15 minutes.

It has an extra battery in the kit too which is great as you don't have to buy one (which you will for most other drones).

Other features include

  • 1080p stabilized video (with a 13MP sensor)
  • 15 minute flight time (more than some of the smaller options)
  • 2 batteries (so you can actually fly for 30min)
  • Return to Home: safety feature if you lose connection or battery power
  • Follow Me Mode: to record you as you move
  • Phone App controlled

Specifications

  • Size: 7.5 x 5.5 inches
  • Weight: 460g (16.23oz)
  • Camera: 1080p, 13 MP image
  • Max Flight Time:  15min
  • Max distance: 300ft (or 100m)
Xiro Explorer Mini Selfie Drone

Xiro Explorer Mini Selfie Drone

Xiro Explorer Mini Selfie Drone Size

Xiro Explorer Mini Selfie Drone Size

6. Yuneec Breeze

The Yuneec Breeze is similar to the Spark in that it is small but NOT collapsable.

It's also super light, which is a plus, coming in a about 13.5oz

However, it also has 4K which is nice, and quite a few flight modes to help you take some great shots.

It includes impressive features like:

  • 4K Video (Electronic Stablization) 13MP Images
  • Built in flight modes (Seflie, Orbit, Journey - away from you, Follow Me and Goggles/FPV Mode)
  • Return to Home: returns to hand with shutoff for safety
  • Phone App controlled

If you want to see this baby in action, check out this quick overview review below.

Yunec Breeze Selfie Drone
Yunec Breeze Selfie Drone

Yuneec Breeze Selfie Drone

Specifications

  • Size: 11 x 8.7 x 3.1 inches
  • Weight:  13.5oz (385g)
  • Max Flight Time: 8 minutes (with second battery)
  • Max Flight Distance:  300ft (or 100m)
  • Video: 4K or 1080p

7. DJI Mavic Air

There used to be only the DJI Spark or the Mavic Pro when it came to super-portable drones for the average Jo like you and me. Then DJI upped the ante and release an in-between drone - the DJI Mavic Air.

Even smaller and lighter than the Mavic Pro, but a few more features/specs above the Spark. So, if you are seriously thinking about a Spark, this is the toughest decision - Spark vs Mavic Air.

Here is the feature list:

  • 4K video,  12MP RAW Images (also does 1080p)
  • Built in flight modes (Follow me, Orbit/Point Of Interest, Course/Direction Lock, Waypoints, Return to Home)
  • Controller that connects to a phone (or just use your phone)
  • Range of up to about 1.25 miles with the controller
  • Flight time of about 21 minutes

This is perhaps one of the best portable drones to come on the market since the Mavic Pro and Spark. It just combines the best of both their worlds.

DJI Mavic Air Quadcopter with Remote Controller - Onyx Black
DJI Mavic Air Quadcopter with Remote Controller - Flame Red

Specifications

  • Size: 7.2 x 6.6 x 2.5 inches
  • Weight: 15.2 oz (430 g)
  • Max Flight Time: 21 minutes
  • Max Flight Distance: 1.25 miles
  • Video: 4K or 1080p

8. DJI Mavic Pro

The DJI Mavic Pro is an alternative to the Spark worth mentioning because it is really its big brother.

The Mavic is also quite new on the market and has similar intelligent flight features to the Spark (without the gestures). However, what it has over the Spark is it's collapsed size, which is a lot narrower (and easy to pack/carry).

It also has a remote controller as standard (extra with the spark and often not an option with most small drones) which means it's range is an insane 4 miles and flight time of around 25 minutes!

It also has 4K with 3-axis gimbal, so physical stablization - ie. it's a pro level camera.​

Here is the full feature list:

  • 4K Video (3-axis gimbal Stablization) 12MP RAW Images (also does 2.7K, 1080p etc)
  • Built in flight modes (Follow, Active Track, Orbit, Way points via GPS, cinematic, and more)
  • Return to Home: returns to hand with shutoff for safety
  • Controller that connects to phone or tablet
  • Range of up to about 4 miles with the controller
  • Flight time of about 25 minutes

All in all the Mavic Pro is a serious drone at about the thousand bucks mark (without all the extras). So, if all you are after is an entry level, give this a miss. But, if you are serious about having a portable drone that can also do great selfies, this is your guy for sure!

Here is a full review from the Youtube star Caisey Neistat - forward to 2:40 to see the review!

DJI Mavic Pro

DJI Mavic Pro - Unfolded

DJI Mavic Pro Folded

DJI Mavic Pro Folded

DJI Mavic Pro Controller

DJI Mavic Pro Controller

Specifications

  • Size: 3.2x 3.2 x 7.8in
  • Weight: 1.62 lbs (734 g)
  • Max Flight Time: 25 minutes (2 extra batteries with fly more combo)
  • Max Flight Distance:  4 miles
  • Video: 4K or 1080p