Even though the Spark has fixed arms, it is still smaller than what was DJI's smallest drone, the Mavic Pro, which the company launched last September. With the Spark, you can wave the drone further away, use your palm to signal it to change location, and take an image by using the same framing motion you can with DJI's other models.
One of the major selling points of this little guy is a new feature called "Gesture Mode", which allows you to control its movements with hand gestures. Spark comes with a 2-axis mechanical gimbal and DJI's UltraSmooth technology for smooth shots with limited rolling shutter. The drone's FlightAutonomy system enables it to sense obstacles up to 5 metres away, and the optional $259 remote controller can receive a live 720p video transmission from up to 2km away. The drone will be available in five different colours - white, blue, green, red and yellow - and will start at $500 Dollars.
Users can also choose from four QuickShot modes to shoot more stylised 10-second videos. "After all, the Spark weighs less than a can of pop, comes in five colors, and can be controlled (at least a little) with simple hand gestures", Velazco added. QuickShot is a mode that lets you capture cinematic shots without doing anything. Sadly, speed demons should look elsewhere - the Spark tops out at 31MPH, well short of the 40MPH top speed you'll find on a Phantom.
"Four QuickShots are available: Rocket, sending Spark straight up into the air with the camera pointed down; Dronie, flying up and away from your subject; Circle, rotating around the subject; and Helix, spiraling away from a subject as it flies upward", boasts DJI.
With the remote controller accessory, you can switch to Sport Mode and see Spark's speed potential of up to 31 miles per hour (50 kph).
Spark has inherited the autonomous flight modes and sensing technology features from some of its previous versions.
The gimbal stabilisation ability used by DJI with Spark allows users to manipulate the device like a pro, giving a less shaky capture and a smoother video.
DJI has launched its smallest drone yet that will retail at nearly half the price of its cheapest existing product. There's going to be a $699 bundle too, which will give you an additional battery, an extra pair of propellers, a remote controller, propeller guards, a charging hub, a shoulder bag, and all the necessary cables.
The DJI Spark is available now for pre-order with a price tag of $499. Battery life clocks in at 16 minutes of flight time on a single charge, but you can charge on the go with a Micro USB.
DJI is taking a two-fold approach to Spark with both smartphone and remote control capabilities. It costs $499, and it will start shipping in June. A new one-year covereage plan will allow users to replace the drone twice for a nominal fee.