Introducing the DJI Spark Mini Quadcopter

The DJI Spark is the latest consumer quadcopter from the market leader in drone manufacture. With tonnes of functionality packed into an aircraft that’s smaller than their popular foldable Mavic Pro, this affordable unit is aimed at hobbyists looking to have a great time with a solid platform. The Spark also comes in a range of colours for those of you who like to put a personal stamp on your gear.


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So, without further ado, Heliguy’s Insider Blog presents all the information you need to know about the all-new DJI Spark.


Key Features

Before we delve into DJI’s new quadcopter in more detail, here are the main things you need to know about the Spark:

  • Capable of 31mph in Sport Mode
  • 16 minutes of flight time
  • A 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor captures video at 1080p and stills at 12MP
  • Plenty of shooting options including advanced gesture control
  • All the familiar intelligent camera modes are included plus Pano & ShallowFocus
  • Use the Spark’s controller, your mobile device or even hand gestures (PalmControl) to fly the Spark

The DJI Spark Has Landed

Featuring an aerodynamic, lightweight design, the DJI Spark‘s sleek design is optimised for minimal wind resistance. The front-mounted gimbal and camera are flush with the aircraft which increases the overall stability of the system.

A powerful 50kph of propulsion offers means you can expect a steady flight at speeds of up to 31mph in Sport Mode. DJI has also developed an advanced flight control system to make flying even more fun and intuitive.

Controlled via a new remote controller, your mobile device or even your hands, the DJI Spark signals the next generation of intuitive drone operation.

Introducing the DJI Spark

The DJI Spark uses a high-energy density LiPo battery and features 12 intelligent protection features which ensure greater safety during flights. Additionally, the mini drone’s battery can estimate remaining flight times, which offers a heads up on when to land in real-time. Additionally, an innovative HD Wi-Fi system allows 720p video transmission from up to 2km away. Even with all of its smart features, you can get up to 16 minutes of flight with a fully-charged battery, allowing you to capture more footage.

 

Intelligent battery specs are displayed in real-time on your device

 

DJI has designed the Spark’s camera to ensure that all imagery us consistently sharp with little-to-none colour aberration and distortion. Featuring a f/2.6 wide-angle lens with a 25mm equivalent focal length, the camera’s five elements are arranged into a single group that fit into a compressed frame.

Small and compact like the drone itself, the camera features a 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor which allows for stabilised video at 1080p and stills at 12MP. The use of larger pixels means that the DJI Spark is sensitive to light and can record colours with precision. Keeping the camera in place is the 2-axis mechanical gimbal coupled with UltraSmooth technology which dramatically reduces shake and rolling shutter effects.

The DJI Spark is a small, powerful & affordable aircraft

 

The Spark has adopted all of the previous DJI shooting modes while adding two new features: Pano and ShallowFocus.

  • Pano: This mode shoots both horizontal and vertical panoramas by automatically adjusting its gimbal and heading.
  • ShallowFocus: This feature uses the DJI Spark‘s 3D vision technology to create photos with a shallow depth of field.

Additional camera modes include:

  • Rocket: The Spark ascends with the camera pointing downwards, capturing the scene below
  • Dronie: This setting makes the drone fly backwards and upwards, with the camera locked on its subject
  • Circle: A self-explanatory feature that circles around the target
  • Helix: With Helix, the Spark flies in an upward spiral around the subject

 

Control the DJI Spark using hand gestures

 

The addition of what DJI has named ‘Deep Learning Gesture Recognition’ lets you capture ‘Dronies’ using simple hand motions. Another step in the direction of autonomy is PalmControl mode which controls the DJI Spark‘s aerial movement by hand. This means that you can leave your remote controller and phone at home and still have the ability to fly the Spark.

  • Dronies: Simply raise your arms, wave your hands, or make a frame with your fingers to manoeuvre the Spark and shoot photos.
  • PalmControl: The Spark can follow your hand movements or even take off and land in your palm.

The new features keep on coming and with DJI’s FaceAware (coupled with PalmControl) the Spark lifts off from your hand by utilising face recognition. Once it has locked on to you, it can take off and hover within seconds of powering on.

 

The all-new Spark controller

 

Switch the DJI Spark to Sport Mode to unleash its 31mph speed potential. This setting switches the gimbal mode to FPV by default, so the camera intuitively moves with you as you fly. For an upgraded FPV experience, the Spark is fully compatible with the DJI Goggles.

Now we’re back in familiar territory, the Spark features TapFly mode which enables you to control your drone with a simple tap of your mobile device. Using DJI’s bespoke vision technology, the drone either flies in the direction of your tap or exactly where you tapped while actively sensing obstacles depending on the settings you choose.

ActiveTrack makes its return and allows the Spark to automatically recognise objects of different shapes and sizes to enable tracking based on what they are and how fast they move. There are two versions of this feature currently available on the Spark:

  • Trace: Track your target from in front or behind, or even circle around it.
  • Profile: Follow your subject from a fixed perspective

The DJI Spark also makes use of a powerful FlightAutonomy system which includes the front-mounted camera, its vision positioning system, a 3D sensing system, dual-band GPS, an inertial measurement unit and 24 computing cores. This allows Spark to hover accurately with VPS assistance at up to 98ft, sense front-facing obstacles from up to 16ft away and also land safely every time.

DJI’s Spark quadcopter is available in a range of colours

 

Like all of this generation’s DJI drones, the Spark can return to its home point automatically. If the battery gets too low, the connection is lost or you hit the Return To Home button, the little quadcopter flies back to a pre-set home point while avoiding obstacles in its path. The Spark’s downward-facing camera also captures images of the area surrounding home point and references these images for a safe landing.


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It’s also compatible with DJI’s SDK (Software Development Kit) allowing you to customise the Spark to fit your needs. Finally, DJI’s GEO system lets you know where drone flights may raise security concerns, such as near airports or stadiums. This provides the information needed to fly the Spark safely and responsibly.


GALLERY

See below for all of the available imagery of the Spark from DJI – we’ll be updating you with further blogs and images across our social channels as we learn more:

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