DJI Spark vs Yuneec Breeze vs Zerotech Dobby vs Parrot Bebop 2

The market for small drones is hotting up and we have a lot of amazing contenders in this post.

DJI recently launched the Spark, which is an amazing piece of machinery, but perhaps the pricier of the bunch.

Parrot creates some decent products, and the Bebop 2 is certainly no exception.

Yuneec is another up and comer in the drone market and their offering in this range - the Breeze, is worth a look.

And last but not least, my niece's latest birthday present - Zerotech's Dobby. A small but feature-rich drone that is super portable.​

Now it's time to see how they stack up against one another, and which one is best for your next drone purchase.​

DJI Spark Yellow

QUICK COMPARISON OF ALL DRONES

Flight Time

Video

Gimbal

Size (inches)

Weight

Distance Max.

Spark

16 min

1080p

2 Axis

5.6 x 5.6 x 2.2

10.6 oz

327 ft with wifi

1.2 miles with controller!

Zerotech

Dobby

8 min

1080p

None

5.3 x 2.6 x 1.4

Folded​

7 oz

300 ft

Yuneec

Breeze

8 min

1080p

or 4k

None

11 x 8.7 x 3.1

13.5 oz

300 ft

Parrot

Bebop 2

25 min

1080p

None

12.9 x 2.4 x 15

17.6 oz

984 ft with wifi

1.24 miles with controller​

Choosing The Best Drone For Your Needs

The drones in this review are all quite small and light, but there is a bit of a difference nonetheless.

It pays to compare all the specs with what you plan to do with the drone.

Are you going to take it with you everywhere you go?

Do you need lots of flight time or just a quick selfie or scenic shot while traveling?

Is 1080p video enough, or do you really need 4k?​

Then, there you also need to have a think about quality. Some of these drones are a bit cheaper, but maybe not as good a quality. Others are just better products.

I will highlight this in each of the specific reviews below as well as giving you a quick set of recommendations at the end.​

Size & Weight

Size and weight are one of the biggest factors if you want a super portable drone you can take anywhere.

Another big factor is if the arms collapse. This decides the overall size in most situations. But, not all!

And the clear winner on this front is the Zerotech Dobby. So, if that is what you care about most, it's a great buy.​

Video and Image Quality

Most of the drones in this comparison are only 1080p, but there is one exception - The Yuneec Breeze can also do 4k. There are some other factors to consider though - like a gimbal for image stabilzation as well as what the drone can offer from range, flight modes and flight time.

Intelligent Flight Modes

These days, each of the drones usually comes with some fun and helpful "flight modes". These are ways of taking cool videos without the need to be a ninja with the controls. So, in my opinion, it is well worth checking out what each offers in terms of flight modes before making your purchase. They might just be the deal breaker. (Hint: the Bebop has the least features, The Spark probably the most)

Battery Life / Flight Time

This is a big one, especially when you are dealing with the fun factor. My niece was really disappointed when the battery ran out on her Dobby. My Mavic Pro, like the Parrot (26 min)and the Spark (16 min), can run 2-3 times as long.

But, is it necessary if you are just shooting a few photos for fun. Plus, you can always get another battery which is perhaps only $50, like with the Dobby. Which still brings the total drone price lower than the Parrot or Spark.​

Maximum Flight Distance

The smaller and lighter drones that only use wifi to connect are always going to be restricted in their maximum flight distance. Wifi just can't reach that far. Usually you are looking at a range of about 300ft.

When you add a controller to the mix, like with the Parrot and the Spark, the range increases significantly - up to 1.2 miles or more in some cases (when the visibility to the drone is good).​

Now, let's take a more detailed look at each of the drones...​

DJI Spark - (Editors Choice)

The DJI Spark is probably the most impressive drone on this list in terms of quality and features. It is also the latest drone from DJI, who are known for making quality drones like the Phantom and Mavic.

Yes, it only has 1080p video, but it comes with a 2 axis gimbal to help stabilize, something none of the other drones have. So, this drone will give you some of the best video quality of all of them.

It also comes with a huge combination of modes, including ninja-like hand gestures so you can easily take selfies on the fly. It also hand launches and lands with ease.

Here is a list of the features the Spark comes with​

  • 1080p stablized video / 12MP camera 
  • 16 minutes flight time 
  • Intelligent flight modes (Active track, tap to fly, circle above, helix above - rising, dronie -fly away and selfie, rocket - fly straight up and shoot )
  • Gestures: control the drone during selfies (follow hand, come, go, shoot etc)
  • Return to Home: like all DJIs safety when lost signal, low battery etc
  • Outdoor and indoor flying possible
  • Use phone or remote control (more flight distance - 1.2 miles)
  • Choice of 5 colors (see image - bottom right)

Specifications

  • Size: 5.6 x 5.6 inches
  • Weight: 10.6oz and 
  • Max Flight Time: 16 minutes (second battery with fly more combo)
  • Max Flight Distance:  109 yards with phone, 1.2 miles with controller!
  • Video: 1080p with 2 axis gimbal stabilization
  • Colors: Alpine White, Sky Blue, Meadow Green, Lava Red, Sunrise Yellow
DJI Spark Yellow

DJI Spark Yellow

DJI Spark in Red

DJI Spark in Red (from slight angle)

DJI Spark Controller

DJI Spark Controller with phone attached

DJI Spark Colors

DJI Spark Colors

ZeroTech Dobby

The Dobby ZeroTech is a great beginner drone (I bought it for my 9 year old niece) and also a drone that is perfect for quick videos and selfies.

It is the smallest and lightest on this list and produces reasonable footage that will satisfy most casual users. If you are after a more serious drone, go for the Spark instead.

It includes impressive features like:

  • 1080p Video (Electronic Stablization)
  • Collapsable, with foldable arms and propellers
  • Built in flight modes (Face tracking, Target tracking, Orbit Mode)
  • 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 (3 possible control modes)

This is a fun drone to use for kids or someone wanting to just buy something a bit cheaper that still has full drone functionality. It has some cool built-in modes, is easy to carry in your bag or pocket and shoot video on the go.

The 8 minute flight time is a bit annoying, so I recommend you have one extra battery on hand. ​

Specifications

  • Size: 5.3 x 2.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Weight: 7 ounces (200g)
  • Max Flight Time: 8 minutes
  • Max Flight Distance:  300ft (or 100m)
  • Video: 1080p stabilized
Zerotech Dobby Selfie Drone

Zerotech Dobby Selfie Drone

Zerotech Dobby Selfie Drone Parts

Zerotech Dobby Selfie Drone Parts

Yuneec Breeze

The Yuneec Breeze is a fun drone with lots of modes to help you make the most of it.

Not being fully collpaseable, it is a little larger than the Dobby and Spark, but still a reasonable size.

The one upside for this drone compared to the others on this page is the 4K video option. It is the only one that has it. Keep in mind though that it only has electronic stabilization, so it is unlikely you will get good or useable 4K footage (as it will get cropped in the stabilization).​

It includes the following features:

  • 1080p 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

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
Yunec Breeze Selfie Drone
Yunec Breeze Selfie Drone

Yuneec Breeze Selfie Drone

Parrot Bebop 2

Parrot's Bebop 2 is one of their most popular drones.

It is one of the heavier drones on this list but has a huge flight time and range, especially when you combine it with the controller (sold separately in some cases).

It includes some features like:

  • 1080p (Electronic Stablization) with 13MP Images
  • Longest flight time at 25 min
  • Built in flight modes (Follow Me and Flight Plan via GPS - extra $20 in-app purchase)
  • Return to Home: returns to take off point
  • App controlled or use Parrot or other remotes (up to 1.2 miles)

Specifications

  • Size: 12.9 x 2.4 x 15 inches
  • Weight:  17.6 oz (499g)
  • Max Flight Time: 26 minutes (the best in this review)
  • Max Flight Distance:  300ft (or 100m) with app or 1.2 miles with Sky controller
  • Video: 1080p
Parrot Bebop 2 - From Above

Parrot Bebop 2 - From Above

Parrot Bebop 2 in flight

Parrot Bebop 2 in flight