This is Spark, DJI’s mini imaging drone that is, well, fun. It is small, sports a refreshing design, and it launches right from the palm of your hand. While small, Spark has all the DJI technologies you will find on regular drones like the Phantom, or perhaps, even more. It powers up simply by recognizing your face, has stable hovering capability for capturing selfie/wefie, and it can return and land on your palm when you wave at it. And oh yea, in addition to the usual control means like DJI remote controller, mobile device, and DJI Goggles, Spark can be controlled by hand movements too.
Packed inside Spark diminutive form are all the tech you’d expect from a DJI drone, including GPS/GLONASS, obstacle sensing and avoidance, one-touch return to home, two-axis mechanical gimbal stabilization, one-touch preset flight maneuvers, and interestingly, its 1/2.3” sensor-equipped camera is capable of capturing smooth panorama images, as well as sprucing up your image with shallow depth of field – a feature that’s unheard of in aerial imaging drones. It’s like iPhone 7 portrait mode, but it does it in the air and with more people in the picture.
But those are not it has to offer. If you are unsure about flying, TapFly features get the drone flying even if you know how to and also, active tracking ensures Spark always have the eye on the subject, so you can carry with your fun times, knowing that it will be immortalized in video recording. For those in need for speed, Spark also offers a sport mode.
Spark’s quad motor enables it a top speed of 31 mph (50 km/h) and the included high-density lithium polymer batteries offer up to 16 minutes of flight time on a single charge. And Spark, like any DJI, also boasts HD WiFI technology that allows this little guy to live stream video at 720p from as far as 1.2 miles (2 km) away. So, yea, it is totally FPV friendly too, if that’s how you roll with a drone.
The DJI Spark mini drone is available now, starting at $499.