• Sensor: 1/2.3-inch CMOS @ 12-megapixel
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Full HD @ 30p
  • Max Speed: 50 kph in Sport Mode without wind
  • Max Flight Time: 16 minutes
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi @ 100m (Distance) / 50m (Height)
  • Storage: Max 64GB microSD
  • Satellite Positioning System: GPS/GLONASS
  • Dimensions: 143 x 143 x 55 mm
  • Weight: 300g (including battery and propellers)
  • Pros:
  • Lightweight
  • Convenient
  • Cons:
  • Could have a better camera

A Little Spark In Your Hands

The DJI Spark is a follow up to the amazing Mavic, and this time it comes in a smaller form factor along with some new additions that makes it a good DJI drone for beginners to get their hands on. It can be controlled via gestures or using your smartphone or drone controller. Simply just tap the power button, then have it lift off your palm once it has your face recognition down to a pat. Using gestures, you can pan the drone from left to right, or up and down. Once you have the drone at the position you desire, simply pose a picture frame with your fingers and the drone will snap a picture.

Flying the Spark with your smartphone is also very easy. Simply connect it to your DJI GO 4 app, then connect to the drone via Wi-Fi, and voila – the setup is done and you are ready to fly. You will have to find a suitable location to fly the drone and make sure that it is not raining, in order to keep your drone in tip-top condition. The battery life of the Spark is decent, clocking at about 16 minutes, and charging it is also simple. If you did not purchase the ‘‘Fly More” combo, which comes with a charging hub, just plug it into your standard micro-USB charger and you are good to go. During our tests, we’ve used it a few times and found that it usually stopped flying at about 50%, and charges up fully in less than an hour.

You can take pictures using the smartphone, and if you do not have a microSD card, do not fret as the pictures taken can be shared to the DJI GO 4 app, which you can then share to your family and friends. As the Spark is a miniature version of the other available drones, the picture quality of the Spark is not of particularly high quality.But with some trial and error, you can definitely get a smooth video out of the Spark. To make it even better, DJI has given the Spark a few QuickShot abilities such as ‘‘Rocket”, which propels the drone upwards, or ‘‘Helix” to make the drone automatically fly upward and spiral around the subject.

Overall, the Spark is a drone that is made for convenience. Simply take it out, lift off and take a snap in less than a few minutes, this enables you to capture those impromptu moments of life, the beauty of nature and so on, without wasting too much time on the setup.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The DJI Spark offers you what most drones can’t do, and that is convenience – all in the palm of your hands. You can set up and fly, all within a few minutes.

(previously published in issue November 2017)

DJI Spark