Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Research | By Chelsea Rogers

Finally a quality selfie drone: DJI sets the bar high…

Finally a quality selfie drone: DJI sets the bar high…

One way Spark can be flown is by what DJI calls Gesture Mode, which not only directs the drone as it flies, but can also tell it to snap a selfie with its 12 megapixel camera which also records HD 1080p video.

The mini drone can be airborne even faster than the Mavic Pro since it doesn't need an app or controller. Like the Mavic, there's also the option of using a smartphone to control it, although that doesn't have as long a range.

It also has a new mode for shooting video, which allows the drone to shoot a minute of video and automatically cuts it down into a 10-second clip that's shareable on social media.

While the Mavic Pro relied on a smartphone for most of its controls, the Spark is created to take off from the palm of your hand and interpret your hand motions as commands. Circle rotates the drone around the subject, and finally Helix spirals it up in the air and away. The low price alone could help consolidate DJI's share of the drone market.

The drone actively tracks its subject which adjusts the viewpoint of the camera.

You launch the Spark by simply turning it on and letting it see you.

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The drone will also be compatible with DJI goggles for an immersive, first-person view experience of the drone's flight.

Excluding the main camera, the drone comes with a forward-facing 3D Sensing System, downward-facing vision system, 24 potent computing cores, a higher precision initial measurement unit and a dual-based GPS and GLONASS according to the company. The gadget will be able to return to its home point automatically with enough Global Positioning System signal. It weighs less than a can of soda and can be folded up small enough to fit into a backpack or purse. With the controller, it can beam back 720p video in real-time over up to 1.2 miles. Rolling shutter and shakiness are reduced by the 2-axis mechanical gimbal and UltraSmooth technology.

For those anxious that DJI might have stripped its drone of safety features, the Spark will offer its FlightAutonomy system that will consist of its "main camera, a downward-facing vision system, a forward-facing 3D Sensing System, dual-band GPS and GLONASS, a high-precision inertial measurement unit, and 24 powerful computing cores". ShallowFocus Mode, meanwhile, creates artificial depth-of-field pictures, keeping a section of the frame in focus while blurring the rest. With the Go 4 app, captured stills and videos can be edited immediately.

The drone will be available for pre-order at store.dji.com, four DJI Flagship Stores, and authorized dealers, and pre-orders will start shipping in mid-June. Apart from the aircraft, for this price you will also get a battery, a USB charger, and three propellers pairs.

The drone will be sold in five different colors: White, blue, green, red and yellow. It has everything the basic bundle has, but includes a remote controller, a charging hub, one shoulder bag, propeller guards, essential cables, an extra battery and an additional pair of propellers.

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