The Chinese company DJI released their smallest drone to date, DJI Spark drone. Due to its size and features it falls in the selfie drones category, which has been occupied by many other manufacturers, for example Zerotech, Yuneec or GeniusIdea. The Spark is supposed to target this market previously untouched by DJI.
10 Things You Should Know About The DJI Spark drone
1. Price and size
The dimensions of this small drone are only 143 x 143 x 55 mm. Unlike the DJI Mavic it doesn’t have foldable arms.
The Spark has already been tested out by youtuber Casey Neistat who has worn it in his breast pocket, where it fits perfectly.
The drone has slightly higher pricetag here in Europe, than in the USA. The basic version costs 599€.while the Fly More Combo package costs 200€ more. Both can be ordered from here.
2. Software gadgets
Although it’s the least expensive drone offered by DJI, there is no shortage of software gadgets. The drone can be for example controlled by gestures. Those can also be used to take still pictures. Face recognition is also implemented, so the drone keeps your face always in shot.
3. Intelligent fly modes
There are multiple fly modes on the Spark – QuickShot, TapFly, Active Track and Gesture. Those let the drone fly by itself to determined location, follow any chosen object or fly in circles around you.
4. The Camera
The camera is equipped with 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor with 12 MPx resolution and handles FullHD/30 fps video recording. The benefit of the big sensor isn’t in its resolution, rather in it’s size. The bigger the pixel, the more light it can get.
The camera is attached to a 2 axis gimbal with UltraSmooth technology. This ensures that you always get sharp and smooth shots.
6. Still modes
Panoramic mode is nothing new. ShallowFocus mode is much more interesting though. In this mode, the subject is in focus, while the background is blurred out.
7. Performance and Flight time
The DJI Spark drone is quite powerful for its size. Its can reach maximum speed of 50 km/h and a 11,4V 1480 mAh battery can keep it in the air for 16 minutes.
8. HD video Wi-Fi FPV
FPV video is transmitted via Wi-Fi in HD resolution within the range of up to 2 kilometers. A transmitter is however needed for this, because regular smartphone is not capable of reaching this far.
Spark is also compatible with DJI Googles FPV glasses. When using Sport mode, the camera is locked in FPV mode and you can pilot it as if you were sitting onboard.
10. Safe flight
Of course, Spark is also enabled with a positioning system, dual GPS and many more sensors. This makes sure that it can avoid obstacles by itself and return back home.