DJI have just launched a new rather small drone in the new DJI Spark to enter a market they’ve ignored up until now — the “selfie drone” business — which other Chinese companies like Zerotech, Yuneec among others had been dominating.
The aircraft is named DJI Spark and is expected to give consumer aerial photo and videography a new lease of life, much like the DJI Mavic Pro and DJI Phantom series have done before.
The DJI Spark is available on the DJI store.
In this article we will go through the 10 things you absolutely need to know about the DJI Spark. Let’s check them out!
10 Things You Need to Know About the $500 DJI Spark
1. Size and Price
The DJI Spark is the smallest drone the Chinese tech giant has ever launched. It’s dimensions are: 143×143×55 mm, which is about half the surface of the DJI Mavic Pro when unfolded.
Sadly, the DJI Spark does not feature foldable arms so it won’t get any smaller than that, but as our beloved YouTube celebrity — Casey Neistat — shows us, the Spark is still pretty pocketable.
As for the pricing, the DJI Spark starts at $499 with a Fly More package available for $699. You can find more about the DJI Spark on the DJI Store by clicking below.
Being DJI’s entry-level and cheapest drone on the market, the DJI Spark comes with some basic features which will allow anybody to fly this drone with simplicity.
The DJI Spark can for example take off from your hand by pointing it towards your face, it’ll recognize you and then lift off and hover in front of you. It also has gesture controls so you can just use your hands for simple tasks. The drone is super easy to control with the app, in which you can also edit and publish your just captured videos to social media.
3. Intelligent Flight Modes
The DJI Sparks comes with four main flight modes: QuickShot, ActiveTrack, TapFly and Gesture.
Using QuickShot, the Spark does everything for you, you can tell it to “Rocket” and the drone will ascend with the camera pointing down; if you select “Dronie” it will fly backward and upward with the camera locked on your subject; it can “Circle” around your subject; and finally tapping on “Helix” the drone will fly upward in a spiral motion.
With Tapfly you can simply tell the drone where to go, either by tapping the screen in the direction you want to go or by giving the Spark a spot to fly to.
ActiveTrack allows you to track your target from in front, behind or circle around it. Meanwhile in “Profile” mode it will keep following the subject from a fixed perspective.
Lasty, we have Gesture flight mode. In this mode the DJI Spark will always be looking for hands gestures to shoot selfies, whether it’s raising your arms, waving your hand or making a frame with them. In “Palmcontrol” mode it will instead follow your hands as you move it, or even take off and land on your palm.
The DJI Spark packs a 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor, it can shoot photos at 12MP and record 1080p videos at 30fps. The camera sports an f/2.6 wide-angle lens equivalent to 25mm on full frame sensors.
Featuring a big sensor and not so high resolution — thus bigger pixels, the Spark should be really good at recording videos or taking photos in low light situations and capturing more accurate colors.
DJI’s Spark drone comes with mechanical gimbal stabilization for “shake-free” shots, it features 2-axis stabilization and UltraSmooth technology to dramatically reduce vibrations and rolling shutter effect. The gimbal has a range of -85° to 0°.
6. Shooting Modes
The DJI Spark adopts all previous DJI drones shooting modes with the addition of two new ones: Pano and ShallowFocus.
With Pano, the Spark will be shooting horizontal or vertical panoramic photos, adjusting its gimbal and heading automatically. In ShallowFocus mode it will instead use its 3D visition technology to create images with a shallow depth of field.
7. Flight performance
Albeit small, the DJI Spark does not lack in perfomance. The tiny drone can indeed speed up to 50kmh (31mph) in Sport Mode thanks to its aerodynamic and lightweight design.
Being so light the DJI Spark can also fly for about 16 minutes with the included 11.4V 1480mAh battery.
8. HD WiFi Video Transmission
The DJI Spark features an innovative HD WiFi video transmission technology that allows to stream 720p real-time video from up to 1.2 miles (2km) away. Beware though, this range will only be possible with the compatible remote controller, your smartphone won’t be able to support that distance.
9. FPV Flight
FPV flying the DJI Spark is probably one of the most exciting things you can do with this compact drone. With the compatible DJI Goggles you will indeed be able to fly the Spark and have an awesome FPV experience.
In order to do that you have to switch the drone to Sport Mode, in which the gimbal automatically set to FPV mode, in this mode the camera will move with you as you fly.
10. Flight Safety
It wouldn’t be a DJI drone without a bunch of useful safety features; which DJI divides in four main sections: FlightAutonomy, Return to Home, Flight Protection and Intelligent Battery.
FlightAutonomy consists of a group of sensors giving the Spark enhanced awareness of its surroundings. To achieve that, we have the main camera, a vision positioning system (VPS), 3D sensing system, dual-band GPS, hi-precision inertial measurement unit and 24 computing cores to handle all this data. Thanks to these sensors, the DJI Spark can hover accurately up to 98 feet (30m) and sense obstacles up to 16 feet (5m) away.
Then we have Return To Home, which is somewhat self-explanatory. The DJI can indeed automatically return to the preset home point using GPS. That happens when you either click the Return To Home (RTH) button or when the drone battery gets too low.
Flight Protection is DJI’s way of telling you where you can or can’t fly the Spark. The built-in GEO system will notify you if your drone may raise safety or security concerns, i.e. near airports or stadiums.
Last but not least, using batteries with Intelligent Flight technology, you’ll get the best performance possible out of the LiPo battery, as well as 12 intelligent protection functions to have safe flights. The DJI Spark will also let you know estimated remaining flight time so that you can land your drone harmlessly.
And that concludes our list, what do you guys think about the DJI Spark? Are you going to get one? let us know in the comments below!