Today, DJI launched their latest drone – the DJI Spark – on local grounds. The Spark is currently the smallest drone (size of a soda can) in DJI’s repertoire, measuring at only 143 x 143 x 55 mm. It is an easy-to-use and quick to launch mini camera drone that can be started up in as little as 20 seconds.
We even got a chance to try out PalmControl, a Gesture Mode that can be used to control the drone with hand movements. By recognising your palm and your shoulders, you can easily angle, raise and lower the drone by just moving your outstretched palm up and down. You can also land the drone easily by covering your palm and then lowering your palm under the drone for it to enter landing mode, which will allow the drone to slowly descent onto your palm for landing.
Onto the meat of things, the Spark only weighs 300 grams and can be controlled via an app on your smartphone, or using a remote controller. Its camera sports a 12-megapixel 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor, an 81.9 degree FOV lens, up to 3,200 of ISO Range on Videos and can take up to 1,600 photos. As for video capturing, its max resolution is capped at a 1920 x 1080 30p Full HD. In addition, it’s stabilised with a 2-axis mechanical gimbals and with UltraSmooth technology cinematic shots will have reduced shake and rolling shutter effect. The drone can operate for roughly 16 minutes before needing to swap batteries, but it would be wise to charge up extra batteries if you wish to take more shots when you are out and about on vacation taking scenic shots.
Its FlightAutonomy system is made up of the main camera, a downward-facing vision system, a forward-facing 3D Sensing System, GPS and GLONASS, as well as 24 powerful computing cores. Utilising GEO system, information of no-fly zones or other concerns will be automatically raised and alerted on your smartphone. It can also return to the home point automatically when battery is low, connection is lost or when you hit the Return-to-Home button.
Speaking of shots, Four QuickShots are available on the Spark: Rocket, Circle, Helix and Dronie. Rocket will send your drone soaring straight up into the air with the camera pointed down on you, Circle will make your drone rotate around the subject, Helix will send your drone spiralling upwards and away from the subject, creating a cinematic experience. As for Dronie, it will send your Spark flying up and away from your subject. Previously introduced, the Intelligent Flight Modes can also be found on the Spark, such as TapFly and ActiveTrack. Utilising the remote controller, you can switch the Spark into Sport Mode, which can increase its speed to up to 50 kph. Additionally, equipping the DJI Goggles can give you an immersive and exhilarating FPV flight experience. You can even control the drone from up to two kilometres away using the remote controller.
The DJI Spark is currently available in two versions: A base version that includes the aircraft, a battery, a USB charger, and three pairs of propellers for RM 2,288; and the Spark Fly More Combo, which includes an aircraft, two batteries, four pairs of propellers, a remote controller, propeller guards, a charging hub, a shoulder bag and all necessary cables, for RM3,188. The base version is available from ECS Astar Sdn Bhd resellers and DJI Authorised Dealers. As for the Spark Fly More Combo, it will be made available come mid-late August. We’ve been informed that the base version of the DJI Spark only comes in Alpine White, but if you wait a little longer then you might be able to purchase the other colours: Sky Blue, Meadow Green, Lava Red and Sunshine Yellow.