It’s even smaller than the already tiny Mavic Pro
DJI has officially unveiled their smallest drone yet: the Spark. The diminutive drone is being marketed as a lifestyle accessory, a gadget meant for casual flyers and people who just want a handy aerial camera that’ll take awesome selfies when they’re out and about in exotic locales.
And the Spark sure does fit the bill – it’s as large as a soda can (sans propellers), comes in several different colors (five to be exact) and can be controlled by hand gestures.
DJI didn’t go into detail if those hand gestures meant that pairing the Spark with a smartphone would be obsolete, but the little drone does sport impressive features for a UAV its size: it can take 12-megapixel photos or 1080p videos with its 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor stabilized with a 2-axis gimbal, and can fly 100 meters when paired with a smartphone. Just like its other drones, the Spark can also be controlled via a dedicated remote control which increases the distance that the little drone can reach.
Just like the Mavic Pro, the Spark has a multitude of shooting modes available, including the new QuickShot feature where the drone shoots around one minute of video and automatically edits it down to a sharable 10-second clip. Being as tiny as it is, the Spark still has DJI’s trademark obstacle avoidance feature that’s included in its bigger brothers. And it’ll need it, as you’ll be tempted to try and reach the Spark’s 31 mph (50 kph) top speed. DJI quotes the Spark’s battery life at around 16 minutes on a single charge.
The best part of the Spark is how cheap it is compared to DJI’s other offerings – starting at just $499 (Php 25K), it’s the cheapest drone that DJI has ever released so far, despite being the smallest. Additional options like extra batteries and other add-ons will likely bump up the price, but if you’ve always wanted to buy a drone by DJI without spending a lot of money, the Spark is your best bet.