So if you read my blog a few months back on the trials and tribulations of setting up the DJI Spark you will know how excited I was for my first foray into droning and drone photography (Spark of insanity ) But almost as much as it excited me the littlest drone in the DJI line up did leave me frustrated for the 4 months or so I did own it. Flying through a WIFI connection to the phone, the biggest bug bear I had was that the furthest out I could get it before losing signal was just over 100m at the limited height of 120m. Limited battery life was addressed through multiple batteries and the ease of flying with the remote was actually quite impressive. And then, in almost an ultimate act of insanity and almost to fulfill the prophecy I laid out in September, on the 30 December, the little spark flew out about 70m over the waves of Nature’s Valley and about 4m high then started to come back in reverse and decided to spit its own battery out and plummet into the knee-deep water of the Southern Indian Ocean.
Sweating through Soweto
Every year, early in November, thousands of people gather to run through the streets of Soweto. Some run farther than others, some faster and some, like me, much slower. The strange thing, I am told, is that they are not running from anything. No dogs or policeman. The absolute definition of insanity apparently. I must say though that by the end of this year’s race I really was questioning my state of mind, like many of the spectators who lined the streets were as well!
I don’t usually do pure tech reviews. Mostly because by the time I decide to buy anything I have done loads and loads of research and generally am half way to being in love with it already so am generally biased towards being positive. I think the same is true about the DJI Spark that I recently purchased but it hasn’t been all positive for a change so I decided to write it up on here.
I have been following Casey Neistat after a friend brought his channel to my attention late last year. He was sent a prototype version so I had the first view of the smallest drone in the DJI line up months before it even became available here in South Africa. Then he got the real version and his review was just brilliant (with an apology to his wife at the end but that’s Casey for you!). So after doing more research, speaking to the guys at ODP and much advertising hype I decided that come September I will be getting one. And I was going to pay full price for it and everything, then the white fly more combo went on special and a quickly grabbed it up! That’s why people like Casey are social media influencers I guess, they influence you into buying what they get sent…although his reviews are not sponsored. Continue reading “Spark of insanity…”