DJI Spark vs Yuneec Breeze
It’s a war of drones out there, and I’m here to help you pick the right one. Today, we’ve got a side by side comparison between two of the most compact, feature packed and affordable drones on the market; The DJI Spark and the Yuneec Breeze. Both are extremely capable, loaded with features and super compact but which one wins my vote? Do you have an opinion on either of these drones?
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The DJI Spark is an incredibly impressive drone. The Spark comes RTF (ready to fly) right out of the box, letting the buyer experience the fun almost immediately. The Spark is extremely small in size, fitting easily on top of your hand which is great when using the automatic takeoff and landing features since it flies right out of your hand.
The camera on the Spark is stunning; capturing high quality images with a simple press of a button and unlike the Breeze, the Spark comes equipped with a 2-axis mechanical gimbal. Meaning it will keep your footage completely stable during pitch and roll movements. Even though the Breeze can shoot 4K resolution and the Spark only 1080p, the Breeze can’t stabilize past 1080p which in my opinion renders the 4K useless.
That’s not all the Spark has to offer. Pilots can easily set the spark to automatically follow them or a friend with DJI’s ActiveTrack, or even control the flight of the drone using only simple hand gestures. The Spark also comes with DJI’s QuickShot feature which has become a staple in all of DJI’s drones. With QuickShot, pilots can set the drone to record automatically in 4 different modes, which are broken down below.
Rocket Mode will ascend the drone directly upward while the camera is pointing downward. Rocket mode is one that a pilot could do pretty simply manually, but it's nice to know you can focus more on the camera shot rather than the flight controls.
Dronie will fly the drone backward and upward while the camera is locked on the subject. Dronie shots make for some captivating clips that reveal the scenery around the subject. I've found it works well when I am hiking and want to show off my surroundings.
The third QuickShot mode is Circle, which will circle around the subject at a specific height. This flight mode doesn't disappoint and is another entertaining way to reveal the scenery around the subject.
Last but not least is Helix, which will fly the drone upward and spiral around the subject. Helix is similar to Circle, but rather than staying at a fixed height and distance, the drone will start close to the subject and fly further out in a spiral path rather than a complete circle.
TapFly is another feature inside the Spark. TapFly lets the pilot tap the screen to pilot the drone around while maintaining a constant altitude. I personally fly with a controller, so I don't use TapFly very often, but it's nice to know the option is there.
ActiveTrack has two flight modes, Trace and Profile. Both of these will follow a subject, but with Trace the subject can be tracked from the front, behind or even be circled. With Profile, the subject gets tracked from a fixed view. I use ActiveTrack a lot, and can say it's hands down my favorite automatic feature out there. The Trace setting is perfect for action sports like biking, driving, snowboarding, etc. Trace allows the pilot to focus on the shot and subject rather than worrying about the manual flying.
Like the Spark, the Breeze comes RTF (Ready To Fly) right out of the box. The Yuneec Breeze is a tough challenger to the DJI Spark. It’s extremely lightweight and compact making it an easy travel companion. The Breeze has the capability to record in 4K, but can’t provide stabilization for that high of quality, meaning your footage could be shaky. There is digital stabilization support for 1080p quality and the Breeze does take impressive photos with it’s 13MP camera. The camera is very easy to operate, requiring only the press of a button to snap a photograph. Since the Breeze is live-streaming the camera feed right to your smart device, the pilot can easily ensure they’ve got the best shot possible.
Yuneec has done a good job designing the Breeze to be extremely simple to fly. This particular drone is almost better to fly with automated modes rather than manually as it can take some getting used to flying from the smart device and your footage may appear unstable. Letting the drone handle the movements and focusing on the clips or photographs themselves seems to be the best way to use the Breeze. The app used to live-stream the feed is simple to use and connected well with all the major social media platforms, making it incredibly simple to share your fun with family and friends. One other design feature worth mentioning for the Breeze is the fold-able propellers. Being able to fold up the propellers makes it even more compact and easy to travel with. The Breeze does come equipped with some automatic features modes which are handy to have and are broken down below:
The first is Selfie Mode which lets the drone fly up in the air and give you a fun selfie shot from the sky. Selfie mode is fun for group shots, or solo shots to show a unique perspective that you couldn't get without a drone.
The second mode is Journey, which sets the drone to fly a path away from you and then have it fly back to you, filming along the way. Journey mode is fun to show off the area around you, without having to worry about manually flying the Breeze.
Last but not least, is Follow Me mode, which is my favorite feature offered by the Breeze. It allows the Breeze to track the subject via GPS and follow along behind them filming as it goes.
Like the Spark, by default the drone is setup to fly from your smart device and not a remote. There is an affordable FPV (First Person View) Bundle that comes with a remote controller and headset to live-stream the feed from your Breeze right to your smart device. The FPV headset holds your smartphone right up to your face via the headset, much like the early days of VR headsets. This is truly a lot of fun to play with and fly around. The FPV headset can be a bit dizzying, but you’ll get used to it. The controller is an excellent upgrade from flying with your smart device as it makes the controls more easily handled and allows you to use the smart device purely for the live-stream feed.
Even though I believe both drones are a lot of fun, in my opinion, the winner is the DJI Spark. The 2-axis gimbal is excellent for making sure footage remains completely stable and the amount of automatic features packed in to it are unrivaled. The Spark is the perfect size for traveling, hiking, or anything on the go. Another selling point for me was the controller upgrade. Being able to control the drone easier and see more flight metrics all while extending the distance the drone can fly is fantastic. At the end of the day, having a 2-axis gimbal, longer battery life, more automated features, and an excellent controller available makes the DJI Spark the clear winner. If you have any questions about the reviews or would like to know anything I didn’t cover, let me know!