Written by Sanne

Compare the DJI Spark to the DJI Mavic Air and DJI Mavic 2 Pro

Choosing a drone is not that simple. How do you know which drone best suits you? To make the choice a little easier, I've compared 3 DJI drones. In the overview below, you can see how the DJI Spark, DJI Mavic Air, and the DJI Mavic 2 Pro differ.

Main differences between the DJI Spark, Mavic AIR, and Mavic 2 Pro

DJI Spark DJI Mavic AIR DJI Mavic 2 Pro
Video resolution Full HD, 30 fps 4K, 30 fps 4K, 30 fps
Image stabilization 2 axis gimbal 3 axis gimbal 3 axis gimbal
Maximum flight time 16 minutes 21 minutes 31 minutes
Maximum flight distance 9,000 meters 10,000 meters 8,000 meters
Charging time 80 minutes 55 minutes 90 minutes
Weight 300 grams 430 grams 907 grams
Obstacle detection position Front Front, side, bottom 360 degrees

Image quality

Spark image quality

DJI Spark

With the DJI Spark you can film in Full HD quality at 30 frames per second. The 12 megapixel sensor provides detailed images. Even in low-light situations, you can still take relatively good shots with the Spark. For making videos you set an ISO value up to 3200, for photos that is 1600 ISO.

Mavic AIR image quality


Lovers of 4K videos have come to the right place at the DJI Mavic AIR. With this drone you can film in 4K quality at 30 frames per second. The 3-axis gimbal ensures smooth and stable images. This way you prevent jerky images even in strong winds. Take photos with this drone in JPEG and DNG format.

Image quality Mavic 2 Pro

DJI Mavic 2 Pro

With the DJI Mavic 2 Pro, you can also record in 4K quality at 30 frames per second. Thanks to the large 1-inch sensor, your videos are very detailed. A 3-axis image stabilizer keeps the images sharp. The drone can photograph in RAW format. This gives you more options to edit your photos.

Flight and battery life

Flying and battery duration Spark

DJI Spark

When the battery is fully charged, you can fly with the DJI Spark up to 9,000 meters away. In total you will enjoy your drone for 16 minutes if it is in the air. Then you have to recharge the battery. The battery is fully charged again within 80 minutes.

Flight and battery life Mavic AIR


With the DJI Mavic AIR you can fly just a little longer than with DJI Spark. You fly a total of 21 minutes with this drone. During this time, the Mavic AIR covers a maximum flight distance of 10,000 meters. Fully charging the battery will take you a maximum of 55 minutes.

Flight and battery life Mavic 2 Pro

DJI Mavic 2 Pro

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro isn't called 'Pro' for nothing. This drone can fly for the longest time. This model can fly for a total of 31 minutes. In addition, you can cover a maximum distance of 8000 meters, which is not as far as with the DJI Mavic Air. Charging this drone takes the longest: 90 minutes.


Driving Spark

DJI Spark

The compact DJI Spark drone can be fully controlled with hand gestures. You can control both taking off and taking a photo with a hand gesture or with the included controller. By connecting your phone to the Spark via an app, you also control it with your phone. In the app you choose 1 of the flight modes and let the drone fly back to you easily via the 'Go home' button.

Driving Mavic AIR


The DJI Mavic AIR can also be controlled entirely with hand gestures. This is useful if you prefer to keep your hands free. For more precise control, use the supplied controller. By clamping your phone in the controller, you can follow all actions of the drone on the screen via the app. In the app you choose from various flight modes, such as the ActiveTrack. In this mode, the drone automatically follows a person. In Sport Mode you let the drone fly quickly.

Controlling Mavic 2 Pro

DJI Mavic 2 Pro

Like the DJI Mavic Air, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro comes with a controller. You place your smartphone in it so you can see what you're filming with the drone. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro has the most flight modes, which you can set on the screen. Besides an improved version of ActiveTrack, there's the hyperlapse mode, which lets the drone move when recording a time-lapse.


The compact DJI Spark is suitable for beginners. You can use it to make good recordings, and you can easily control the Spark with the app. The DJI Mavic Air is interesting for travelers, since you bring this compact model with you on the road. You can record in 4K, and the drone has various flight modes. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is suitable for photographers and videographers. Thanks the 1-inch sensor, your footage will be detailed. This drone can also stay in the air the longest.

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Sanne Drone Expert.

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