Dji Introduces New Compact Drone Called the Spark

  • Dji Introduces New Compact Drone Called the Spark

Dji Introduces New Compact Drone Called the Spark

The Spark, which has fixed arms, is even smaller and lighter than the foldable Mavic Pro drone that DJI launched last September.

In the past few years, DJI has made a reputation for high-end drones such as its Phantom 3, which is considered one of the best in the market. Read on to find out everything about the latest aerial gadget.

All of Spark's flight modes include full flight autonomy, thanks to a sensor cocktail of GPS/GLONASS, a 3D sensing system and what DJI is marketing as a vision positioning system to stay stable during flight. Using only one's hand, it's possible to fly Spark as well as tell it to do things like take photos. The ActiveTrack will let Spark automatically recognise and track an object chosen by the user, and it will be in the centre of the frame.

Gesture Mode also allows users to direct Spark into the sky to take a photo, which can then be called back using gestures. That sounds really cool doesn't it? Users can hold the Spark in their hand, power up their Spark, and launch it right from their palm. DJI has not yet announced pricing for individual Spark accessories.

Moving to the highlight of the new drone, DJI Spark can be controlled with hand movements.

While it is unfortunately not capable of capturing 4K video, Spark checks just about every other box in terms of features. In several countries the DJI Spark will be considered a toy and hence not require a license.

It has new video shooting mode as well.

The idea of a personal drone to follow individuals around was first highlighted by UK-based aerospace and defence technology firm Torquing Group in November 2014.

The Spark has two new modes for taking pictures. That's more modest than the company's other super-mobile drone, the $999 DJI Mavic Pro, but that drone is twice as expensive. Let's hope that the DJI Spark brings some improvement there.

Price: $499, comes in four different colors: White, blue, green, red and yellow.

I haven't had the chance to fly the Spark yet, but the specs are certainly promising.

DJI is also including a range of sensors that help keep Spark out of trouble. It seems like the 3rd axis is stabilize via software. It uses them in "selfie" modes on higher-end drones, but that has always been more of a gimmick for serious drone photographers. You'll have to charge the Spark fairly frequently too, since its maximum flying time is only 16 minutes. It can sense obstacles from 16 feet away.

NFZ geofencing: Provides users with up-to-date information on areas where flight might be regulated.

Again, if you use the controller, you'll get 720p real-time video from up to 1.2 miles away (way, way further than you're allowed to fly a drone in the UK). The DJI GO 4 app features automatic editing templates and an array of filters for editing videos and option for sharing them to social media channels.

The retail price of a DJI Spark, including an aircraft, a battery, a USB charger and three pairs of propellers, is £519 (€599).

The device is up for pre-order with shipping expected on Jun 15th.