Taking pictures with drones just got easier, DJI offers a more simple yet elegant alongside some cool features like gesture control amongst others. The DJI Spark has an impressive flying capability with a gimbal built-in to steady the camera.
Suitable for taking aerial photos or videos, the drone is not for professionals or complex drone activity. You would have to go for a Mavic Pro or Mavic Air. The only hiccup here is that, the DJI Spark is not cut out for long time flights and is pretty much on the lighter side which could easily make it a bit easier to sway by the wind.
DJI Spark Key Specs and Features
- Gesture control
- 12 megapixel Camera
- 1080p Full HD Video Recording
- 16 minutes Flight Time
- up to 50km/hr Flight Speed
- 2KM Control Distance
- Standalone Drone Controller
- USB charging port
- 11.4V, 1480 mAh Battery
Design and Build
In reality, the DJI Spark is quite small just measuring like 143 x 143 x 55mm in dimension. It is what you can refer to as mini-drone. As opposed to other drones from DJI, the DJI Spark is available in an array of colours ranging from Meadow Green, Alpine White, Sunrise Yellow, Lava Red and Sky Blue. In appearance, the drone looks like a minimised version of the DJI Mavic Pro without the foldable arms.
In spite of the small size, the build is quite compact and sturdy with two feet which is unlike the landing gear on other drones. With no visible seams on the surface the drone is one uniform piece of technology, although, the feet might be difficult to land on uneven surfaces..
Even with the size, the DJI Spark has Flight Autonomy which makes flying the drone much more easier for beginners. Equipped with forward facing sensors and camera, the drone is able to avoid obstacles in its path.
However, there is no camera or sensors at the back which means you could easily run into a tree or something else from the back. You also have autonomous modes available like Dronie, Circle, Helix and Rocket mode.
Dronie takes aerial selfies, Circle automatically flies around you in a cyclical path, Helix formulates a spiralling flight upwards and Rockets makes the drone fly straight into the sky. Some other features include ActiveTrack which follows you around and tries to keep you in the same track of view while navigating through obstacles.
You can navigate the DJI Spark with your phone using the DJI Go 4 app, however, connection is limited to 100m within the reach of the smartphone. The reach of the WiFi is diminished in the presence of obstacles and the strength is not that much due to the small size.
For a better experience, the remote controller is an ideal option. With a reach of up to 2km without obstruction, you have a better control over the drone.
Video and Image Capture
The DJI Spark packs a nice 12MP 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor which is capable taking 1080p videos at 30fps. In the area of pictures, the drone snap images of 3,968 x 2,976 resolution.
On the downside, the DJI Spark can not take 4k video’s unlike the higher Mavic Pro or Mavic Pro Platinum. Having a f/2.6 lens, you are open to a 81.8 degree field of view to capture.
DJI Spark Price and Availability
DJI Spark price starts at $399 at leading online stores. The DJI Spark is available for sale on various online stores in Nigeria starting at a price of about 180, 000 Naira depending on the deal.
DJI Spark Specs
Here are a few specs of the DJI Spark:
- Description: Mini-Quadcopter
- Platform Support: DJI Go 4
- Colours: Alpine White, Sky Blue, Meadow Green, Lava Red and Sunrise Yellow
- Processor: Intel Movidius Myriad 2
- Memory: –
- Storage: up to 64GB MicroSD card
- Motor Type: –
- Dimension: 143 × 143× 55mm
- Weight: 300g
- Resolution: 12MP
- Video Recording: 1080p @30fos, 720p @30fps
- EV Range: –
- Camera Angle Adjustment: –
- FPV: –
- Shooting Time Delay: 2-1/8000 s
- Field of Vision: 8.18 degrees
- Features: –
- Sensors: 3D Sensing System, camera
- Satellite Navigation: GPS, GLONASS
- Flight Time: 16min
- Maximum Altitude: 4, 000m
- Controller: Smartphone, remote controller
- Functions: –
- Battery: 1, 480 mAh Li-Po battery
- Charging Time: –