DJI's New $499 Spark Drone Looks Fun as Hell

DJI to Release New Drone Focused on Form Factor and Mobility (Video Teaser)

DJI's foldable Mavic Pro from a year ago was already rather easy to pack along on your trips, but the Chinese company has unveiled an even smaller and lighter drone today.

The Spark automatically enters Gesture Mode when it takes off from the hand. For those using the remote control, if the battery gets low or connection is lost, the user can press Return to Home (RTH) button, and Spark will be back home. The Spark sports a 12-megapixel camera that can capture photos and video in 1080p resolution. The Spark is also equipped with a 1080-pixel video camera and 2-axis gimbal stabilizer to make sure the high-quality videos don't give viewers vertigo. Today, the firm launched the Spark, a $499 drone that is aimed at being fun and easy to use. It comes in five colors: alpine white, sky blue, meadow green, lava red, and sunrise yellow.

In QuickShot mode, Spark will automatically create a 10-second video from your flight that can instantly be edited and on your mobile device and shared on social media.

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Preset flight sequences such as circling and spiralling shots help to make Spark easier for the novice drone pilot. When it comes to more complex controls, DJI has also created a "3D Sensing System" so the drone can scan its surroundings, stopping it from running into objects. TapFly's Direction Mode lets you keep flying in the direction you tap on the screen.

DJI's new drone is its smallest yet - and it can be controlled completely with hand motions.

The Spark Fly More Combo comes for a United States retail price of $699. That raises the Spark's top speed to up to 31 miles per hour, and sets the camera gimbal to first-person view (FPV). DJI says these features allow Spark to hover accurately with vision system assistance at up to 98 feet and sense obstacles from up to 16 feet away.

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"As if that weren't enough, DJI also equipped the drone with a slew of environmental sensors that allow it to sense and react to its surroundings autonomously", noted Drew Prindle, a writer with Digital Trends. It can fly through small spaces, like between library bookshelves or around a playground set.

This news is extremely fascinating for all the customers of DJI as getting a full compacted drone in an incredible price of 499 U.S. dollars is like a dream come true. If you're looking to include the remote controller, that kit will cost you $700, but also includes an extra battery, bag, extra propellors and guards. The drone can be charged via the micro-USB port and each charge is rated to offer a flight time of 16 minutes.

The DJI Spark drone is available for pre-order now starting at $499, with an expected shipping date on June 15th. The Spark is smaller than a dinner plate, weighs less than a can of Coke, and packs some of DJI's coolest tech inside its teensy tiny body. DJI is launching their first drone squarely aimed at the mass consumer market, and based on specs and previews from guys like Neistat, it looks like they might have a real victor on their hands.

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