As expected, DJI just announced the DJI Spark at it’s latest press event in Grand Central Station, New York, earlier today.
Rumours of the new quadcopter have already been flying around for months, as have leaked pictures. So today’s announcement didn’t really surprise anybody.
That said, the DJI Spark is as cool as we hoped and even has some interesting new fetaures. And, in a surprising move for DJI, it comes in several colors.
What is the DJI Spark?
The Spark is DJI’s latest and greatest (or should we say smallest?) addition to it’s collection.
This new drone is a super small quadcopter that seems like a lot of fun to fly. How small? Well, it makes the DJI Mavic Pro looks like a giant in comparison! Really, it’s that small!
Sure, the DJI Mavic Pro‘s folding legs make it less wide during transport. But in all other ways, the DJI Spark is the smallest consumer drone DJI has on the market right now. At 13cm (5.1 inch) x 15cm (5.9 inch) it’s smaller than a standard paperback book. And if we just look at the body, that’s about the size of a soda can. Like we said, tiny!
And in some regards small is a great thing. It takes up less room when you store it and you don’t need a huge backpack or case to carry it around.
So what makes it this great?
DJI Spark specifications
Let’s have a look at all the DJI Spark specifications:
- USB Chargeable
- weight: 190gr (without battery)
- Obstacle avoidance
- GPS + Glonass
- 2 axis Gimbal + electronic stabilization
- 1 2/3 censor
- 12mp pics
- 1080p, 30 fps video
- 31 mph with sports mode on controller
- 16 minute flight time
- interchangeable batteries that you can swap in the field.
- works with DJI Goggles
- visual positioning system
- forward facing obstacle avoidance
Launching and controlling the DJI Spark
First of all, the Spark can be put in the air by just holding it in front of you and pressing the power button twice. The quad than looks for the pilot (so have it facing your way). After that you can control it with gestures which makes it super easy to control. It’s pretty much the ultimate selfie drone as you can also take pictures by using gestures. It does this all up to a distance of 30 feet. If you want it to fly further you can use your smartphone to go up to about 130 ft away. And if you want to go further, there’s an optional remote control as well.
Special flight modes and Quickshots
Quickshots are new to DJI. When you use these the DJI Sparks flies for about a minute and edits the footage down to 10 seconds.
You can use 4 different quickshots
Rocket – straight up looking down
Droning – up and away focusing on you
Circle – object in center
Helix – droning and circle combined. The Spark flies up and away in a circle.
And of course, some intelligent flight modes:
- active track
- tap fly
- pano (automatic panorama)
- shallow focus (uses DJI 3d vision to identify subject in the shot and blur out the background).
All in all, a very complete and easy to operate product.
DJI Spark Edit on the go
You can edit the clips from your DJI Spark rightaway, on your phone, using DJI Go 4 app. This app comes with updated templates and filters and will allow you to edit right where you are. So you can edit everything on the go.
DJI Spark Accessories
- propeller guards
- extra batteries
- charging hub
- Remote controller
- DJI Goggles
- DJI Care Refresh
So right from the start you can get going with a complete set.
DJI Spark Price
What do we mean with a complete set? DJI offers the Fly More Combo pack that includes the DJI Spark, propellers, propeller guards, battery, charging hub, remote controller and a carry case for only $699.
Of course, if you just want to start with only the DJI Spark that’s no problem either. You can get the DJI Spark for $499 and add accessories later.
And that brings us to the big question, when will DJI deliver. After all, there have been some long waits between pre-order and delivery. Not this time. You can pre-order now and shipping starts in the middle of June. So you’ll only have to wait a couple of weeks!
Our opinion on the DJI Spark
We think the DJI Spark is a great addition to DJI’s product line and we’ll be getting the DJI Spark just because of it’s fun factor. No, it won’t be able to replace the Phantom 4 Pro for the serious hobbyist and the prosumer. The Phantom 4 Pro still dominates this segment. And no, we don’t think it’ll be able to replace the DJI Mavic Pro for those who travel a lot. But, the DJI Spark is a relatively cheap way for people new to quadcopters to get into the hobby. They can get used to flying and get some pretty good video and photos while they’re learning. (For more information on how to capture the best video with your DJI quad, check out this article)
And for somebody who is just looking to have fun flying around and to capture some images while doing so this might indeed be the best quadcopter on the market today.
So yes, we think the DJI Spark was a great release and we’re looking forward to getting our’s at which time we’ll share our experiences with you. If you don’t want to wait for that (we’ll admit, we wouldn’t either) you can get your DJI Spark here.
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