DJI Spark Drone Review

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DJI, one of the world’s leaders in aerial imaging and civilian drones technology, has again launched Spark, an easy-to-use and fun-to-fly mini drone that can lift off from the palm of your hand so as to capture and share special moments in your life while on the go.

Thanks to the DJI’s powerful technology, this is the first drone that users can control using hand gestures alone. This successfully removes the barriers between you and the camera in the sky. Even if you have never flown any other drone before, flying Spark is still easy to use because the only remote controller that you will need is your hand.

When Spark drone takes off from your hands, it automatically enters the Gesture Mode. The Gesture Mode features new advanced controls such as PalmControl, that enables users to control Spark using hand movements. When in the Gesture Mode, you’ll also be able to send Spark upwards and away from you. You can also take a selfie, and then call it back just by using your hands.

Controlling a drone with the hand movements alone is a big step towards making the aerial technology to be an intuitive part of every person’s daily life, from adventure and work to moments with family members and friends. Spark’s revolutionary interface enables you to effortlessly extend the point of view to the air which makes it easier to capture and also share the world from a very new perspective.

Spark has also been designed to be the ideal lifestyle accessory that you can take anywhere, anytime. It fits quite easily in almost all bags and weighs just 300 grams (10.6 ounces). Spark is ready to launch in a matter of seconds whenever inspiration strikes. It can also be operated using a remote controller, mobile device or the hand gestures alone. The DJI Spark Drone is available in 5 different colors: Sky Blue, Alpine White, Meadow Green, Sunrise Yellow and Lava Red.

Build Quality

DJI makes some of the most well-designed and sturdiest drones in the industry — and the Spark drone is no exception. It’s actually among the toughest drones that the company has ever manufactured. With no legs, short arms and a tucked away camera, there is not much on this drone that will break easily in the event of a crash. As a matter of fact, if you are flying over carpeting or grass, this mini drone could probably drop 2-dozen feet without suffering from any serious damages. The most likely parts to break are props, and those are easy and cheap to replace. All in all, The Spark is among the hardiest drones that you will ever encounter, and its build quality is certainly top notch.

Visually Smart, Incredibly Intuitive

If there is one thing that DJI is good at, then it’s stuffing a wide variety of features and functionality in increasingly smaller drones — and nothing showcases this more than this Spark drone. Spark comes with exciting and new flight options that will empower you to effortlessly capture moments and share all your memorable moments. The QuickShot Intelligent Flight Mode feature makes creation of professional videos easy and more fun. Select the QuickShot, and Spark drone will fly along the preset flight path as it records a short video while still tracking a given subject along the way.

Four QuickShots are also available: Rocket which sends Spark straight upwards into the air with its camera pointed downwards. Dronie which sends Spark flying upwards and away from your subject. Circle sends the drone rotating round the subject. Last but not least, Helix sends the drone spiraling away from the subject as it flies up. For each of these QuickShot, Spark shall automatically create a ten-second video from the flight that’s ready for sharing on social media, where every person can see your special moments.

With the remote controller accessories, operators can always switch to Sport Mode and then unleash the drone’s speed potential of up to 50 kph (31 mph). The Sport Mode usually sets the gimbal to the first-person view just by default. As such, the camera will move with you as you fly. Spark is also compatible with the DJI Goggles for an amazing FPV flight experience.

Fly with Safety, Accuracy, and Precision

The Spark’s FlightAutonomy system is made up of the main camera, forward-facing 3D Sensor System, downward-facing vision system, dual-band GPS and the GLONASS (this is a high-precision inertial measurement unit) along with 24 powerful computing cores. The above features allow Spark drone to hover accurately using vision system assistance up to 30 meters (98 feet) and sense any obstacles from up to 16 feet (5 meters) away.

Like all the recent DJI drones, this model can return to the home point automatically using GPS signal. While using a remote controller, in case the battery gets low, connection will be lost, or the operator presses RTH (Return to Home) button, Spark will fly back to the preset home point. Spark also integrates NFZ geofencing or DJI’s GEO System to provide you with an updated guidance on the areas where flight might be limited by regulations or even raise safety/security concerns. This will help you to fly responsibly and safely.

For optimal performances, Spark is normally powered by a higher-energy density LiPo battery and it has a 16-minutes maximum flight time. When flying with a remote controller accessory, the Spark drone allows for a 720p real-time videos transmission from up to 2 km (1.2 miles) away.

Shoot Like a Pro

Spark houses a very impressive camera with the 1/2.3” CMOS sensors that capture 12 megapixel photos and also shoots stabilized High Definition 1080p videos. Spark's two-axis mechanical gimbal and the Ultra Smooth technology reduces shake and rolling shutter effects to capture cinematic shots with a lot of ease.

Spark includes many of the previous DJI’s drone shooting modes with 2 new additions: ShallowFocus and Pano. In the Pano Mode, the camera usually creates vertical or horizontal panoramas by automatically adjusting its heading and gimbal thus taking a series of photos and then stitching them together. The ShallowFocus feature allows people to put part of the picture in sharp focus whereas the rest of the picture is softened. In turn, this creates photographs with a relatively shallow depth of field. A wide range of filters and the automatic editing templates are available in the DJI GO 4 app. These templates enable people to quickly edit their videos and then share them directly to YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and any other social media platforms.

Pros:

· Tons of intelligent flight modes

· Two-axis gimbal stabilization

· Obstacle avoidance

· Excellent flight performance

· Ultra compact form factor

Cons:

· No 4K camera

Summary

The DJI Spark is certainly one of the best drones available on the market today. Despite the simple fact that it cannot shoot 4K videos like some of the competitors, it still outshines the competitors in just about any other regard. It’s smarter, faster, can fly for long periods of time, and it’s definitely the most reliable drone in its class. Therefore, if you don’t necessarily mind shooting in 1080p, then this drone will make a great companion on your next adventure.

DJI Spark Drone Price

The DJI Spark Drone is reasonably priced and can be found online.