Just when you thought Mavic was the easiest and most consumer friendly drone, DJI has outdone itself again with the introduction of the DJI Spark Drone.
At 143×143×55 mm and 300 grams, the Spark is the smallest and lightest drone that DJI has ever produced. If you have ever flown a drone, you would know how troublesome it is to simply get the drone flying. Besides calibrating the drone, you would need your mobile phone as a controller etc.
To give you a sense of how small the Spark is, DJI is comparing it to a can of soda which you can easily hold in the palm of your hand.
With the Spark, DJI has totally eliminated all the pain points of flying a drone simply with Quick launch and Gesture controls.
To take off, simply turn on the drone and within seconds, the drone will recognize your face with the FaceAware feature. The Spark will hover in the air while it awaits your next instruction.
Because controlling your drone with your phone is too mainstream, the Spark uses simple gesture controls to take amazing aerial shots. Simply move your hand in the direction you wish the drone to fly towards or wave both hands for the drone to return home.
DJI also wants you to spend more time being in the action instead of flying the drone. Working with Hollywood directors, DJI has created 4 Intelligent Flight Modes that allows you to create professional looking, cinematic drone flight paths simply by tapping on the screen of your phone.
- Ascend with the camera pointing downward.
Dronie – Fly backward and upward, with the camera locked on your subject.
Circle – Circle around your target.
Helix – Fly upward, spiraling around your subject.
Despite its small size, the DJI Spark has a 2-axis mechanical gimbal with a f/2.6 wide-angle lens and 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor. It is capable of capturing 1080p videos and stills at 12 MP. The Spark can also shoot panoramic photos or every photos in portrait mode.
The Spark is also a performance monster despite its size. It has a powerful propulsion of up to 31 mph (50 kph) in Sport Mode and allows for 720p real-time video transmission from up to 2 km with the remote controller (sold separately). It has a flight time of about 16 minutes and for the first time, the Spark drone can be charged via microUSB.
While the Spark does not have an obstacle avoidance system on it like the Mavic and Phantom 4, it features a 3D sensing system that utilizes 24 powerful computing cores with dual-band GPS to get accurate positioning even indoors. The drone will also automatically return to home when the signal is weak or when it is running out of battery.
The DJI Spark is seriously the most compact and easy to fly and control drone that DJI has ever introduced. While we have seen similar sized drone like the Hover (S$799) and Dobby (S$820), none of them are as sophisticated or powerful as the Spark. And given DJI’s track record, it is a given that the Spark will work as advertised.
The DJI Spark is available now for pre-order at a recommended retail price of US$499 (S$693) which includes an aircraft, a battery, a USB charger and three pairs of propellers. A Spark Fly More Combo is also available for US$699 (S$971) which includes an aircraft, two batteries, four pairs of propellers, a remote controller, propeller guards, a charging hub, a shoulder bag and all necessary cables.
The Spark is expected to start shipping mid-June.