Last Updated: February 4, 2020

DJI Spark Alternatives – The Best Options

DJI Spark in Red

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…​


At A Glance: Our Top DJI Spark Alternatives


 

 

Top Product Overview

DJI Mavic Mini - Drone FlyCam Quadcopter UAV with 2.7K Camera 3-Axis Gimbal GPS 30min Flight Time, less than 0.55lbs, Gray
Best Overall Alternative
  • Super light at 249g
  • Very affordable for the quality
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DOBBY Mini Selfie Pocket Drone with High Definition Camera
Great Budget Option
  • Simple drone for beginners
  • Great budget drone
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HUBSAN H501S X4 Drone 4 Channel GPS Altitude Mode 5.8GHz Transmitter with 1080P HD Camera RC Quadcopter RTF Standard Edition Black
Good Budget Option
  • Great budget option
  • Enough video quality to get started
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GPS Drones with Camera 1080P for Adults, EACHINE E511S WiFi FPV Live Video with 1080P Adjustable Wide-Angle Camera and GPS Return Home, 16 Mins Long Flight Time RC Quadcopter Helicopter
  • Decent entry level drone
  • Quite a few modes
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DJI Mavic Air Quadcopter with Remote Controller - Flame Red
For those with money
  • One of the best mid-level drones around
  • Good alternative without paying Mavic Pro money
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Geniusidea Follow Drone-Portable Quadcopter Drone with 4K HD Video Camera and GPS Positioning System Remote Controlled by iOS or Android G-IDEA APP
  • Lightweight
  • 4K video
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Wingsland S6 Orange 4K30 Foldable Pocket Drone with Camera, Ready-to-Fly - Quadcopter, Advance Edition, Orange
  • 4k video
  • Lots of built in modes
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DJI Mavic 2 Pro - Drone Quadcopter UAV with Hasselblad Camera 3-Axis Gimbal HDR 4K Video Adjustable Aperture 20MP 1' CMOS Sensor, up to 48mph, Gray
  • Top quality images and video
  • Different camera options
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Top DJI Spark Alternatives


Best Overall Alternative

DJI Mavic Mini

DJI Mavic Mini - Drone FlyCam Quadcopter UAV with 2.7K Camera 3-Axis Gimbal GPS 30min Flight Time, less than 0.55lbs, Gray

I have loved the DJI Mavic series of drones ever since they came out. Blowing the rest of the competition out of the water with the video quality, controls, range and much more.

BUT, the Mavic Pro and it’s follow up the Mavic Pro 2 are just too expensive for most people.

That is where the DJI Mavic Mini comes in. It is about as cheap as you can get in the DJI range without sacrificing much quality. And when you compare it to the DJI Spark, it is cheaper, has better video, a 3 axis gimbal and it is 50g lighter, coming in under the FDA limit for registering a drone! How great is that.

The Mavic Mini does not have the gesture modes of the Spark, which is great if you want to do selfies or use it for that kind of photography or videography. But, for most people that is irrelevant.

The Mavic Mini is DJIs best small drone hands down!

Pros

  • Super light at 249g
  • Very affordable for the quality
  • High enough video quality for most (2.7k)

Cons

  • Image and video won't be enough for pros
  • No gesture modes

Product Information

  • Size: 10.8 x 9.9 x 6 inches
  • Weight: 8.8 ounces (249g)
  • Max Flight Time: 30 minutes
  • Max Flight Distance: 4.2 miles (6.76 km)
  • Video: 12MP images and 2.7k video
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Great Budget Option

Zerotech Dobby

DOBBY Mini Selfie Pocket Drone with High Definition Camera

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!

Pros

  • Simple drone for beginners
  • Great budget drone
  • Easy to learn

Cons

  • No remote control
  • Limited video quality

Product Information

  • 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
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Good Budget Option

HUBSAN H501S X4 Drone

HUBSAN H501S X4 Drone 4 Channel GPS Altitude Mode 5.8GHz Transmitter with 1080P HD Camera RC Quadcopter RTF Standard Edition Black

The Chinese are deep in the drone game and come out with all sorts of toys and models every single year. One such manufactuer is Hubsan who’s X4 model is worth checking out as a super-budget option.

Although it is not up there with the DJI models, it has 1080p video, a dedicated controller which is great for control range, but it can only manage 300m max distance. However, the flight time is decent at 20 minutes. Which beats the Dobby quite easily.

It also comes with enough modes to make it fun to play with, for a while: GPS Positioning / Follow Me / Headless Mode / Auto Return Home / Altitude hold / Orbiting.

It is around half the price of a DJI drone, but you also sacrifice quality. So, it’s a decision you have to make.

Pros

  • Great budget option
  • Enough video quality to get started

Cons

  • Lacks range (300m max)
  • Will not satisfy pros

Product Information

  • Size: 11.1 x 11 x 6.4 inches
  • Weight: 3.3lb (1500g) - probably package weight
  • Max Flight Time: 20 minutes
  • Max Flight Distance: 1000ft (or 300m)
  • Video:1080p video
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EACHINE E511S GPS Drone

GPS Drones with Camera 1080P for Adults, EACHINE E511S WiFi FPV Live Video with 1080P Adjustable Wide-Angle Camera and GPS Return Home, 16 Mins Long Flight Time RC Quadcopter Helicopter

This drone is a bit of a Mavic Mini ripoff if you take a close look, but still worth checking out if you are on a budget. The arms fold almost exactly as the DJI does, with the remote doing the same. However, the price is less than half of a DJI project which might suit some people.

Where this drone falls down in comparison to the DJI range is the image quality. It only managed 1080p which is quite poor in this day and age. The flight time is decent at 16 minutes, but you won’t get the range the DJIs can manage with only 300m (as far as I can find online – it’s hard to get the proper specs).

The gimbal is also lacking a little, but does manage wide-angle and the ability to move up and down by 45 degrees.

All in all, it’s yet another option for those on a budget. Honestly though, I would just save up and get the Mavic Mini. You will be happier for longer and it is less of a toy.

Pros

  • Decent entry level drone
  • Quite a few modes

Cons

  • Short distance
  • Only 1080p video

Product Information

  • Size: 13.8 x 13.8 x 2.8 inches
  • Weight: 1.9lbs (860g)
  • Max Flight Time: 16 minutes
  • Max Flight Distance: 1000ft (or 300m)
  • Video:1080p video
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For those with money

DJI Mavic Air

DJI Mavic Air Quadcopter with Remote Controller - Flame Red

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.

Pros

  • One of the best mid-level drones around
  • Good alternative without paying Mavic Pro money

Cons

  • More expensive
  • Bigger than spark

Product Information

  • 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
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Genius Idea Drone

Geniusidea Follow Drone-Portable Quadcopter Drone with 4K HD Video Camera and GPS Positioning System Remote Controlled by iOS or Android G-IDEA APP

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.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • 4K video
  • Easy to learn

Cons

  • Not the best drone on the market
  • Very limited range

Product Information

  • 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)
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Wingsland S6 Mini Drone

Wingsland S6 Orange 4K30 Foldable Pocket Drone with Camera, Ready-to-Fly - Quadcopter, Advance Edition, Orange

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?

Pros

  • 4k video
  • Lots of built in modes

Cons

  • Not the best drone on the market
  • App controlled on phone

Product Information

  • 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
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DJI Mavic Pro 2

DJI Mavic 2 Pro - Drone Quadcopter UAV with Hasselblad Camera 3-Axis Gimbal HDR 4K Video Adjustable Aperture 20MP 1' CMOS Sensor, up to 48mph, Gray

The DJI Mavic Pro 2 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!

 

Pros

  • Top quality images and video
  • Different camera options
  • Long range and battery life

Cons

  • Most expensive option

Product Information

  • Size: 3.2x 3.2 x 7.8in
  • Weight: 1.62 lbs (734 g)
  • Max Flight Time: 31 minutes
  • Max Flight Distance:  4 miles
  • Images: 20MP
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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.​