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Old 06-28-2018, 11:23 AM   #1
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Wanting to get a drone for my son (19)and I to play with. Will use for boating, fishing, hiking. Have researched on here and also on net. Just like everything else a few hundred more and you can get so many more options and accessories.

I think I want a DJI but which one is good enough? Spark, Phantom, Mavic?

Don't really want to spend as much as the Mavic.

Does anyone have a used one that they want to sell?

Any good advise out there?

Thanks
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Old 06-28-2018, 11:42 AM   #2
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I did a bunch of research on them .. that is a good brand the phantom seems to be most popular check CL I see them all the time for sale I keep tying to find a reason to buy one ha ha ..

adding a remote with view screen or even better a tablet is very cool
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Old 06-28-2018, 11:46 AM   #3
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The Phantom is great, the camera/gimbal is stable and clear. Range is over 3 miles, and you can usually find them used for about $500-$550
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Old 06-28-2018, 11:47 AM   #4
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I have the DJI Spark and it's pretty great for an intro drone, I've had mine for about a year and I'm looking at getting the Mavic Air to use for more cinematic shots for my videos.
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Old 06-28-2018, 11:49 AM   #5
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I have the DJI Spark and it's pretty great for an intro drone, I've had mine for about a year and I'm looking at getting the Mavic Air to use for more cinematic shots for my videos.
Why would someone by a Mavic over the Phantom? I would assume the size.
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Old 06-28-2018, 11:51 AM   #6
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My son saved up and bought himself a Spark.... I can't tell you much about the comparisons, but I can say I'm amazed at what it can do for an "entry-level" drone. Easy to fly, and pretty amazing video capability, in a very small package.
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Old 06-28-2018, 11:53 AM   #7
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I have the DJI Spark and it's pretty great for an intro drone, I've had mine for about a year and I'm looking at getting the Mavic Air to use for more cinematic shots for my videos.
I also have a Spark. After I had it for a few weeks, I was really wishing I had jumped straight into a Mavic!
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Old 06-28-2018, 11:55 AM   #8
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I have a used DJI Phantom. For some reason I can't get the camera to be visible from the app. It still takes pics but you just can't see what you are taking a pic of.

Will sell for cheap and I am sure you can get the app deal fixed.

Let me know if interested.
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Old 06-28-2018, 11:57 AM   #9
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I also have a Spark. After I had it for a few weeks, I was really wishing I had jumped straight into a Mavic!
Same question can you elaborate on why the Mavic?
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Old 06-28-2018, 11:59 AM   #10
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Wanting to get a drone for my son (19)and I to play with. Will use for boating, fishing, hiking. Have researched on here and also on net. Just like everything else a few hundred more and you can get so many more options and accessories.

I think I want a DJI but which one is good enough? Spark, Phantom, Mavic?

Don't really want to spend as much as the Mavic.

Does anyone have a used one that they want to sell?

Any good advise out there?

Thanks
I have one listed right now in the classifieds with a very nice hard case and lots of extras you can look at. If you decide on a DJI.
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Old 06-28-2018, 12:04 PM   #11
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I recently got a Mavic Air and really like it? Very easy to fly and great images. It is smaller than the Mavic Pro and arms fold up making it great for packing or traveling with.
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Old 06-28-2018, 02:43 PM   #12
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interesting thread, I have the same question
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Old 06-28-2018, 04:12 PM   #13
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I have a Phantom II (retired), Inspire 1 and a Spark. By far, I have gotten the most use out of the Spark due to the ease of use and portability. It's easy to pull it out and get some quick footage.


That said, the best option depends on WHY you want it and its primary usage. If you want something to fly far or fast, then there are better options than the Spark. Likewise, if you're using it for freelance or paid video work, then a Phantom IV or Inspire will probably suit you better.

I bought the Spark because it's something I can put in a pack, in my kayak or even drag behind me while wading (in a small Pelican) and take it up to get a few quick shots as supplemental footage for most of my hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking videos on YouTube.

I bought the Spark before they came out with the Mavic Air, so if I had to purchase today I'd have to more closely compare the features to figure out which I'd prefer. That said, for its primary purpose, I rarely need 4k, low light or high frame rates, so small and lightweight (and cheaper) would likely trump the other features.
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Old 06-28-2018, 04:12 PM   #14
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I would go Mavic Air or Mavic Pro over the Phantom, mainly due to portability. Mavics can be thrown in a backpack and taken wherever. Phantom's have better camera and whatnot, but are more of a paint to transport around you want to take them hiking and stuff.
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Old 06-28-2018, 10:15 PM   #15
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I have two Mavic I would consider selling one..PM me and we can talk about price. Have something in mind I want to buy so might be willing to take the hit.


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Old 06-28-2018, 11:58 PM   #16
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Mavic is a good machine because it's size you will take it more because of the small size and easy deployment.
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Old 06-29-2018, 08:09 AM   #17
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I recently got mine and went with the Mavic Air and did so because of how portable it is. Plus the 4k camera and how easy it is to fly. The range is awesome and I shopped and found mine on sale. I also bought the DJI refresh in case it got destroyed while learning how to fly it.
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Old 06-29-2018, 08:13 AM   #18
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The drone footage here was with a Mavic pro

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhIpIRwc-CI
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Old 06-29-2018, 08:05 PM   #19
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I wish they had the Mavic before I bought the Phantom. But that said, I also don't fly it near like I thought I would.
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Old 06-29-2018, 08:21 PM   #20
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I don't know anything about any others, but my brother has the phantom IV and it is awesome.
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Old 06-29-2018, 10:27 PM   #21
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Why would someone by a Mavic over the Phantom? I would assume the size.
Yeah the phantom cannot be folded up, but when the mavic is folded up it is pretty compact.
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Old 06-29-2018, 10:30 PM   #22
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I also have a Spark. After I had it for a few weeks, I was really wishing I had jumped straight into a Mavic!
I was thinking that too but I'm glad I didn't because I flew my buddy's mavic a few weeks ago and you can tell that it is a lot bigger but that is ok depending on the uses that you have for it, I fly through houses regularly and the mavic is just too big to do that comfortably.
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Old 06-29-2018, 10:32 PM   #23
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Here you can check out some of the videos I have shot with my spark within the last year. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO1..._as=subscriber
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