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« on: October 25, 2018, 00:27 »
Does anyone know if the DJI Spark 1080P HD video is good enough to submit stock footage or do I have to wait until I have a drone with 4K video (which is a long way off at this point)?  Will 1080P be accepted by Pond5, Shutterstock, etc...?  I realize that 4K makes a better selling point but does that mean that 1080P is useless for stock?  Does anyone here submit footage from a Spark?  Thanks.


« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2018, 03:16 »
Full HD from a good camera is better than 4K from a poor camera. Lens, sensor, processor, codec and compression... everything matters.

So you're actually asking two questions in one:

1) Is 1080P (full HD) acceptable?

Yes, it is. All stock sites that I know accept it.

2) Is the DJI Spark camera quality acceptable?

I don't know this model so I can't answer for sure.

(Looking at movies from this camera on YouTube, it seems a bit soft and real resolution is probably less than nominal. As expected from a small and cheap camera. May be acceptable in very good lighting conditions, if you already own this drone why don't you try?)
« Last Edit: October 25, 2018, 03:28 by msg2018 »

« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2018, 07:04 »
Under the right conditions, any camera can produce acceptable stock footage.

The Spark will be fine, provided you shoot the appropriate content with the appropriate lighting conditions.

« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2018, 11:13 »
Yes, it will be accepted, you can give it a go.
As other have said before, you will get decent results only in extremely easy light conditions. Forget anything even remotely against the sun or high dynamic situations.

Tyson Anderson

« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2018, 18:31 »
HD will sell but 4K will sell better in the future.  If you put a lot of energy into filming great shots, you might regret not investing a little more to get a 4k drone.

« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2018, 09:06 »
The better the equipment, the better chance of being accepted.

Everything is constantly updating.

Several years ago (i.e., 10 years ago) - it was the "norm" to accept 720p (1280x720). And that was considered really 'good', also because that's what a lot of high end digital cameras did.

Now - if you tried submitting that - most likely automatically rejected because its too 'small'.

The spark (although I haven't used it) - is most likely just an "okay" camera. You will get some of the stuff accepted - but like others have said - if it isn't a beautiful bright sunny day - most likely you'll have artifacts (blocky pixellation) - which will get rejected.

So if you want the best chance of getting accepted - right now the mavic 2 pro seems to the best.


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