The Zerotech Dobby Pocket Selfie Drone has been in the market for a while now but while the DJI Spark Drone is a fan favorite right now, the Zerotech Dobby Pocket Selfie Drone also holds its own place and comes with some worth noting flight features. The Spark is priced at $499 while the Dobby is much cheaper at Amazon at $299.
Here’s a comparison of the most important features of the DJI Spark Drone and Zerotech Dobby Pocket Selfie Drone.
Both, the DJI Spark and the Zerotech Dobby have been created with portability in mind, a feature very sought after in the drone and quadcopter world right now. While the Spark does not feature foldable arms like DJI’s previous release DJI Mavic Pro, it is still designed in a way that carrying it in your bag is easy. Falling in the small drone category, its dimensions are 143×143×55 mm.
The Zerotech Dobby though features high portability and comes with a unique foldable design that is compact and has foldable propellers, allowing it to fit in a bag or pocket. The fragile and delicate parts like the propellers have always been a concern when traveling since they can break easily, but the Dobby can help avoid that.
The drone is also super light at just 199 grams, letting it do away with FAA’s registration for quadcopters that weigh more than 250 grams. Unfolded, it measures 135 x 145 x 36.8 mm, while folded it is 135 x 67 x 36.8 mm.
Color wise, the Spark is available in multiple fun colors like white, red, yellow, green, blue, while the Dobby is only available in white.
DJI Spark Drone
Camera and gimbal performance
The DJI Spark uses a 1 / 2.3 “CMOS Camera that has the ability to capture 12MP pictures and videos in 1080p at 30fps, while the Zerotech Dobby Pocket Selfie Drone comes equipped with a 1 / 3.06 “CMOS Camera that can take 13MP pictures and videos in 4K at 30fps as well as 1080p at 30fps.
The Spark uses a lens with two-axis PTZ fixed remote control -85 degrees to 0 degrees, where as the Zerotech Dobby uses a lens with Manual control -90 degrees to 0 degrees and optional 6 angles.
The DJI Spark Drone is equipped with a 2-axis mechanical gimbal and UltraSmooth technology that helps in providing considerably stable and smooth videos with reduced shakiness. The Dobby too comes with digital image stabilization technology, removing unwanted shakiness and capturing stabilized videos.
ZEROTECH Dobby Pocket Selfie Drone
The Zerotech Dobby Pocket Selfie Drone is equipped with a 970mAh LiPo battery that provides 9 minutes of flight time as opposed to the Spark that has a much higher flight time at 16 minutes.
Flight modes and features
The Dobby drone works on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC that has a 2.3GHz quad-core CPU with 2GB of RAM, Hexagon DSP, 16 GB of internal storage, 8000Hz samplong frequency and an Adreno 330 GPU.
These smartphone like specifications takes the drone a rank above its competitors and provides capabilities like facial recognition, understand and execute voice based commands, auto follow, gesture based controls, 3 tap wake up and even lets it execute some flips! The drone also comes with GPS and GLONASS as well as dual frequency Wi-Fi connection with good anti-interference performance.
dji spark battery
The DJI Spark too is rich in flight features and comes with FaceAware that recognizes your face and then within seconds the drone lifts off from your palm. It also has QuickShot, which lets users take videos with just a tap. Use modes like Rocket, Dronie, Circle, and Helix to get the perfect picture. Other older modes such as ActiveTrack and TapFly are also available.
Another cool way to control the drone is through Gesture control. Gesture Mode lets you conveniently take a selfie by making a particular gesture when the drone is pointing at you. Take a selfie by just raising your arms, waving your hand or making a frame with your fingers.
Both the drones are also controlled by smartphones and provide FPV functions.
It is interesting to not that by far the Dobby is the only drone in the market that matches the Spark’s flight features of gesture control, facial recognition, and advanced flying modes.
The Dobby does fare better when it comes to portability due to its foldable design as well as the cheaper price. When it comes to the camera it can provide 4k recording while Spark cannot. It also has great shooting modes, and easier controls just like the Spark, but the Spark fares better when it comes to flight time.
If you are considering buying one of them, then the Dobby is definitely a good choice if you want an advanced and portable quad at a reasonable price. But if you are an ardent DJI fan, then there no question but the Spark that is for you!