dglobalnews.com DJI Spark announced - your new selfie camera
Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Research | By Kayla Price

DJI Spark announced - your new selfie camera

DJI Spark announced - your new selfie camera

An SDK is also available for the Spark platform, which includes a partnership with Epson, including coding while using drones, or for use with the first-person view goggles, allowing developers to get a bit more creative with flight modes or capture features.

DJI Spark will take a selfie, and all you have to do is make a gesture with your hand. The drone can take off from your hand and can be controlled by hand gestures. Rolling shutter and shakiness are reduced by the 2-axis mechanical gimbal and UltraSmooth technology. The camera itself, though, has a 12-megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensor, that can capture up to 1080p videos.

The DJI Spark is a small handheld drone that requires no separate controller, all the work is done on your smartphone.

Spark incorporates a new QuickShot Intelligent Flight Mode that, when selected, will fly a Spark along a preset flight path while recording a short video and tracking a subject along the way. The idea is to make drone flying simple enough for everyone and thus it can be controlled by hand gestures alone. QuickShot is a mode that lets you capture cinematic shots without doing anything. In a video showing off the Spark in action, it was carried on someone's belt, but I'll need to spend some time with it hands-on to see whether I'd feel as comfortable throwing it in my bag as I do with the Mavic; those rotors are thin, and it's easy to imagine one snapping off.

DJI Spark is considered to be the best drone at present- Period. Additionally, a Fly More bundle brings other accessories and a carrying case for $699.

A separate Sports Mode allows the Spark to reach its top speed of 31 miles per hour (50 km/h), and switches the gimbal to FPV mode for use with DJI's Goggles for first-person view flying.

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The drone also includes previous DJI drone shooting modes including PanoMode, which creates horizontal or vertical panoramas, and ShallowFocus, which allows part of a photo to be put in sharp focus, while the rest of the image is softened. (DJI Googles still haven't shipped yet.) The Spark's battery life is a disappointing 16 minutes, and the range for video transmission is 2km when flying with the remote controller. The drone's so-called 3D Sensing System also uses front-facing sensors to keep it from running into obstacles.

The U.S. retail price of a DJI Spark, including aircraft, battery, USB charger and three pairs of propellers, is $499.

Spark will also give guidance on where there maybe be restrictions on using the drone, with its DJI's GEO System or NFZ geofencing.

A LiPo battery powers the Spark drone and it can fly for about 16 minutes. Pre-orders will start shipping in mid-June.

Announced in an event staged in Grand Central Station, the Spark is available for preorder starting today and is priced at $499.

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