Popular drone aviation company DJI recently took the stage to announce the Spark, which is the company’s cheapest and smallest drone to date. It is designed to fit in the palm of your hand and when in hands-free mode, can even be used via motion gestures. An example of how this would work would be waving your hand to make it fly upwards, downwards, right, left, towards or even away from you. There is also a neat way to trigger the camera to take a picture, making the Spark the ultimate selfie companion. The only downside to the hands-free mode is the range; It’ll only be able to work up to 10 feet away from you. Thankfully, when the drone is paired with the companion app and remote, the range is extended up to 300 feet. Flying speed tops out at 31 miles per hour. The analogue remote has a control range of about 1.3 miles, as well. However, that remote does not have a built-in screen, like what is found on the more professional DJI Mavic Pro.
The companion app also allows users to choose between a few different shooting modes, QuickShot, Dronie, Circle, Helix, Active Track and TapFly, the two ladder ones are found on the Mavic Pro. However, when looking at the QuickShot mode, its main function is to take cinematic videos of you. It does that by locking focus onto a subject and in turn follows them around for a minute. Then, the drone will take that footage and shorten it down to a 10-second sharable clip.
When looking at the specifications, the Spark has a 12-megapixel sensor, mechanical stabilisation, a GPS GLONASS sensor, 3D depth-sensing and vision-position systems that can detect objects and environments up to 16 and 96 feet. Battery life clocks in at just 16 minutes of use per charge, and can be recharged via MicroUSB. The camera is supported by a two-ais gimbal and can capture 1080p videos and 12-Megapixel still shots. The DJI Spark can be pre-ordered starting today for a price of $499, making it the cheapest model that the company sells. The drone also weighs in at just 0.6 pounds, making it one of the lightest drones on the market. It is available in sky blue, metal green, alpine white and lava red color variations. DJI is also including a “Fly More” bundle, which on top of the drone, adds an extra set of propellers, a charging box, and the analog remote control.
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