DJI manufactures a range of products including unmanned aerial vehicles, flying platforms, flight controllers for multi-rotors, helicopters accessories, aerial and handheld gimbals and ground stations. It is also known to make some of the most popular drones in the market, beating GoPro by a huge margin.
DJI has announced the launch of its latest mini-drone, the DJI Spark. The latest drone by the Chinese company is the cheapest and smallest drone from the company. The drone is priced it $499 (roughly Rs 32,000) and packs a number of features that are usually features in the more expensive flagship drones launched by the company.
Featuring signature technologies, new gesture control, and unbelievable portability, the Spark makes your aerials more fun and intuitive than ever before. With five different colors, there’s a Spark for everyone.
The company is using the tagline ‘Seize the Moment’ to market the product and it will be available for pre-order soon. With its small size and low pricing, Spark can be a game-changer for the drone industry and a big deal for DJI as a company.
- Compact size and claimed weight of 300g
- 1080p 30fps footage
- Two-axis gimbal stabilisation
- Can be controlled with hand gestures
- Autonomous ‘Follow Me’ mode with obstacle avoidance
- Claimed top speed of 31mph / 50kph
- Battery allows for 16-min of flight time
Specification and Features
The Spark has a 2-axis gimbal and a 1080p camera that can also take 12Mp photos. This means it’s a cut-down version of the three-axis gimbal found on all other DJI drones (including the Mavic Pro) and has a lower resolution than most.
It’ll fly for around 16 minutes on a full charge, which is around half the time of the Mavic and Phantom 4.
The mini drone can be airborne even faster than the Mavic Pro since it doesn’t need an app or controller. However, you’re not limited to using gestures: the drone can be flown using a traditional remote controller or a mobile device.
It uses the main camera, of course, along with downward-facing sensors and a forward-facing 3D sensing system. Plus it packs in dual-band GPS and GLONASS, all of which mean it can hover accurately and detect obstacles up to 5m away (which isn’t very far compared to the Phantom 4 Advanced).
Like all recent DJI drones, the Spark can return to its take-off point automatically with a sufficient GPS signal. And if you’re using the remote controller (which is like the Mavic’s but without the LCD screen) and the battery gets too low or the connection is lost it will automatically return home, sensing obstacles in its path.
Again, if you use the controller, you’ll get 720p real-time video from up to 1.2 miles away (way, way further than you’re allowed to fly a drone in the UK). You can also switch into Sport mode where the Spark will fly at up to 31mph.
DJI has put a lot of effort to maximize the versatility of this drone. And to confirm that, they’ve also put some efforts into creating the Spark into multiple colors – you have the following color options:
- Alpine White
- Sky Blue
- Meadow Green
- Lava Red
- Sunrise Yellow
DJI Spark is available on the DJI store and authorized DJI dealers. One thing to note is that DJI does not ship the spark to India and Indian government is working on formulating guidelines and regulations for drones.