This was my very first drone. Purchased in early January 2018.
Great travel drone. Can be used with or without separate RF remote. I'll likely replace it soon with a Mavic Air (or Mavic 2 when available)
Two weeks after purchasing the Spark, I passed my FAA Part 107 exam, became a certified, commercial remote pilot, and bought a Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian
Sold my Spark and bought the Mavic Air. Largely due to increased flight time and 3-axis gimbal
Great travel drone: samller than the Spark when folded.
Benefits over Spark:
Purchased this in 2nd half of January 2018.
This is a fantastic drone. It has 3-axis gimbal, with a 1-inch sensor in the camera, compared to 1/2.3 for Spark and Mavics, which loads of people think is one two-thirds: it's not: 1/2.3 is marginally over half an inch, so is 1/4 of the area of the Phantom 4 Pro).
In additon to a much bigger sensor, it also has a variable aperture, which means ND filters are rarely required. Further, it has a mechanical shutter, which elimiates artifacts found with electronic, rolling shutters.
Sensors on all 4 sides and the bottom protect from most crashes.
This is the perfect size for carrying the Phantom 4 Pro, batteries, controller, iPad mini, etc.
There's are back-pack and messenger styles. I got the messenger style.
Flying before sunset or after sunrise requires navigation lights that are visible from 3 nautical miles.
Besides, being required for navigation, I also find them very useful during daylight to help orientate the drone.
I attached the left and right lights (red and green) to these with velcro, which clip on to the Phantom 4 Pro landing gear perfectly.
One of my greatest fears is losing my drone. If I crash it in the first year, DJI Refresh will replace it twice, but to make a claim, I need a body, so to speak.
There are several tracking options on the market, from Bluetooth to GPS/cellular. Bluetooth's range is too limited, and I plan to fly in a lot of places where there is no, or spotty, cell-service. That doesn't leave many options.
After a lot of research, I opted for the Marco Polo RF tracker. Very light, long range and long battery life (so plenty of time to find my downed drone!)