Blast! RC – Day 1 with DJI Spark

Published on 08/11/2018

This is a series of short clips taken with the onboard camera of a DJI Spark, my first good quality drone.
This is the first time I’ve ever flown a drone that was of better quality than all previous drones I’ve purchased from toy stores; basically, toys that destroy themselves if you look at them wrong.
I learned some very basic flight maneuvers with a Walmart special over the course of 4 days, using a single-cell 700Mah Lipo battery.
In this video you can observe that my piloting commands are slow, deliberate and taken with as few chances as possible.
The video also demonstrates a few of the camera gimbal limitations but as a beginner, I can certainly live with them. This early on, I didn’t even realize the camera could be tilted, from a transmitter control.
The dji Spark, in my opinion, is a real confidence booster. Moving up to this level of quality after flying toy drones was a smart move because otherwise I would have given up, believing I simply didn’t have the skills to fly something in 3 dimensions. The Spark proved otherwise and every flying session continues to improve my skills, without putting the drone at risk of colliding with obstacles.
The most important thing to be aware of is that the obstacle avoidance sensors only work in forward and downward directions – in other words, it’s possible to back it into a tree. But if you follow the basic flying instructions laid out by DJI, you can learn at whatever level you wish.


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