Travelling and photography go hand-in-hand for most of us. Today, with advanced drone technology you get a wide variety of choices when it comes to selecting the best drone for aerial photography. But if you are an avid travel photographer then you also know the importance that storage and maintenance play when carrying equipment on route.

The DJI Mavic Pro Platinum was released with much fanfare and has truly lived to the hype. However, the DJI Spark (the ‘Selfie Drone’, as it is also called), is also one of the largest selling compact drones from the Chinese drone giant.

Our experts decided to answer the question: which drone is best when you are travelling? Should you choose the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum or the DJI Spark selfie drone, let’s check out what the specs tell us.

Size & Portability


DJI Mavic Pro Platinum – FOLDED: H83 mm X W83 mm X L198 mm EXTENDED: Diagonally 335 mm

DJI Spark – H143 mm X W55 mm X L143 mm (Diagonally with Propellers): 170 mm

WEIGHT (including Battery, Propellers & Gimbal Cover)

DJI Mavic Pro Platinum – 743 g (1.64 lbs)

DJI Spark – 300 g


DJI Mavic Pro Platinum – 30 minutes (in conditions of no wind with constant flight speed of 25 km/h

DJI Spark – 16 minutes (in ideal conditions of no wind with constant flight speed of 20 km/h


DJI Mavic Pro Platinum

  • Max Ascent Speed: 5 m/s (or 16.4 ft/s)
  • Max Descent Speed: 3 m/s (or 9.8 ft/s)
  • Max Speed: 40 miles/hr (or 65 km/h)

DJI Spark

  • Max Ascent Speed: 3 m/s (or 9.8 ft/s)
  • Max Descent Speed: 3 m/s (or 9.8 ft/s)
  • Max Speed: 31 miles/hr (or 50 km/h)

Camera Quality


DJI Mavic Pro Platinum – 1 / 2.3” (CMOS) 12.35 MP

DJI Spark – 1 / 2.3” (CMOS) 12 MP


DJI Mavic Pro Platinum – FOV 78.8˚ 28 mm (equivalent to 35 mm Format) f/2.2 : Distortion – Less than 1.5% from 0.5 mm to infinity

DJI Spark – FOV 81.9˚ 25 mm (equivalent to 35 mm Format) f/2.6 : Shooting range – 2 m to infinity


DJI Mavic Pro Platinum – Videos: 100-3200 / Photos: 100-1600

DJI Spark – Videos: 100-3200 / Photos: 100-1600


DJI Mavic Pro Platinum – 8 s to 1/8000 s

DJI Spark – 2 s to 1/8000 s


DJI Mavic Pro Platinum – 4000 x 3000

DJI Spark – 3968 x 2976


DJI Mavic Pro Platinum – 60 Mbps

DJI Spark – 24 Mbps

The DJI Spark is superior to the Mavic Pro Platinum when it comes to being compact. This has palm take-off and does not need a landing pad as long as your hand can help it take-off.

Although the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum seems superior to the smaller Spark, in terms of video bitrate range and camera quality, there is not much difference.

Hence, the DJI Spark seems to be the better travelling companion if you are flying out to unknown photography destinations.

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