When comparing 3DR IRIS+ vs DJI Spark, the Slant community recommends DJI Spark for most people. In the question“What are the best follow drones?” DJI Spark is ranked 5th while 3DR IRIS+ is ranked 14th.
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Pro Operating frequency
Unlike most drones, which use 2.4GHz WiFi, the IRIS+ uses either a 915 MHz or a 433 MHz frequency, which means much less interference than with 2.4GHz.
It has on board GPS, so you can plan your next flight before the drone takes off.
Pro Good flight time
The flight time changes depending on load, but it is between 16-22 minutes, which is a pretty standard fly time for drones.
The drone is pretty fast, reaching a top speed of 40mph.
Pro Includes high-end smart features
It's easy to learn how to control the Spark, since it has simple controls. It also has an automatic stabilization system and anti-collision sensors that help prevent impact that can cause permanent damage.
Pro Great image quality for the price
Pro Controllable with gestures
This drone can be controlled via physical gestures, which can be especially useful for beginners, since it provides an intuitive way of controlling flight.
Con High price
This drone's price is quite high, considering what you get when you purchase it.
Con Looks like a toy
The drone doesn't look very good: its designed more like a toy than a drone.
Con Does not come with a gimbal or camera
If you want to take aerial shots, you will need to purchase a gimbal and a camera separately.
Con Camera is not of professional quality
The Spark's camera can't be compared to the cameras of more advanced drones. For example, it's not 4K and it only has 12MP.
Con 2 axis gimbal
The Spark's gimbal only has 2 axis, unlike those with 3 axis of high-end drones.
Con Doesn’t come with a remote by default
The Spark doesn't come with a remote by default. If you get the more basic version, you have to control the drone via an app installed on your smartphone or tablet. If bought separately, the remote costs $149. Getting the Spark's "Fly More" Combo, which includes the remote, among other accessories, costs $699.
Con Short flight time
This drone's maximum flight time is 16 minutes, which can feel quite short.