So, I finally bit the bullet and bought myself a DJI Spark. I've wanted one for the longest time, but couldn't get myself to spend so much money for it. And then Mavic Air came one, so I once again got very excited and thought "this is it, I'm buying THE Air!"
Yeah, yeah, I know-- "but, you didn't buy the Air!" Yes, I indeed instead bought the Spark, for a couple of reasons.
1. The price. I realized that for the price of Air, I can get the Fly More combo deal of the Spark, so there.
2. I'm no photographer, or even an experienced flyer. Really, I should've bought something way cheaper for someone who needs practice! (So far, I'm doing well.)
My actual experience with the Spark:
Upon opening the package, I excitedly unpacked everything and charged the batteries. By the time both batteries were fully charged, I followed some steps on Youtube on "before you fly your Spark" videos.
~ Pair the device with the RC. -Done-
~Turn on the Spark. -Done-
~Wait for "connected / Go Fly" sign. -Waiting...-
This took about 10 minutes before I realized nothing was happening. So, I go watch more Youtube videos. So many videos on how to fix this possible "issue" I was having, but none helped. I was getting frustrated and annoyed. I stumbled upon a DJI forum, typed my issue, found a topic similar to my problem, suggested to turn on Airplane mode. Then, just like that, I was connected! Oh, my excitement!
**Flying and controls**
~ Maneuvering with RC is very easy.
~ Joystick hurts my thumbs, but not too bad.
~I get about 15-16 minutes of fly time if I'm not messing around with the camera settings too much.
~ Videos and pictures are amazing. Not 4K amazing, but you get what I'm saying.
My experience hasn't been too bad, but for the price I paid, I can't believe I have to fly the drone on Airplane mode-- or otherwise have to mess with OTG cables. Four stars, because I wish I didn't have to do this. Otherwise, DJI has my support from here on, and maybe someday, I'll get one of those bigger and better drones that can lift a puppy! (lol, just kidding)