The Spark is a brand new, mini-drone from DJI. Some see it as the ultimate 'selfie drone' but really, it's so much more. With gesture control and new shooting modes, it could become an essential tool for photographers and creatives around the world. The DJI Spark is available in 5 different colours, which helps your Spark quadcopter reflect your personality.
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. Watch the introductory video below to learn more.
DJI’s new Spark drone shares some similarities with its predecessor, the Mavic Pro, however, the static motor arms (with under-mounted LEDs), newly designed camera and more prominent sensor array give it a truly individual appearance.
You can shoot videos in 1080p and keep your aircraft safe with DJI's forward obstacle avoidance system and downwards visual positioning.
Whether you're looking for a drone as a first time user or shopping around for another affordable, highly portable solution to throw in your bag for a day of flying the DJI Spark offers plenty of functionality for a drone of its size.
Here’s what you need to know about the DJI Spark's suite of features:
See below for the core specifications of the DJI Spark quadcopter:
The Spark has an amazing new camera, with an incredible amount of power packed into the tiny shell.
Don't think because the Spark is smaller than the Mavic or the Phantom 4 Pro that it doesn't have lots of the same functionality.
In fact, the Spark is perfectly suited to creative users and adds a host of intelligent flight modes.
The new Quickshot mode featured on the DJI Spark helps you get professional quality footage and stills with minimal effort.
You can produce cinematic quality video snippets with the tap of a button.
Quickshot currently offers these modes:
The DJI Spark has very impressive performance given its small form factor:
The DJI Spark will be released in June 2017.
The fastest way to get your Spark is to pre-order the standalone white quadcopter.
DJI have stated that these will be the first to ship.
The Fly More Combo will be shipping in Q3 2017 according to DJI.
Placing a pre-order will ensure you get your Spark as soon as possible!
We've already had a number of queries about the Spark mini quadcopter.
Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:
What's the difference between the Spark and the Mavic Pro?
The Spark is significantly lighter than the Mavic, but has lots of the same features. However, it also adds the Quickshot functions. The camera might be slightly lower spec on the Spark when compared to the Mavic, but it's still capable of producing excellent 1080p footage and 12mp stills.
Do I need the remote controller to control my Spark?
It's by no means essential! There are a number of options, you can use your mobile device (iOS or Android) through the DJI GO4 app, with the Spark Remote Control or using the DJI Goggles.
Is the Spark waterproof?
No - as much as we'd like it to be, the Spark is not IP rated, and not waterproof.
What are the new functions available with the Spark's camera?
Shallowfocus and Pano functions. Panoramas can be taken horizontally or vertically. The Shallowfocus function creates shallow depth of field in your photos using 3D vision technology.
Can I use my Mobile to store the images and video from the quadcopter?
Yes indeed - the Spark can save it's images and video to either an onboard SD card, or to your mobile device.
What range does the obstacle avoidance have on the Spark?
This mini quadcopter can avoid obstacles 16ft (5m) in front of it, up to a maximum speed of 3 m/s.
Can I transport my DJI Spark with the propellers still attached?
The propellers on the Spark fold up, so there's no need to remove them before transporting your drone.
Can I fly my Spark in the wind?
The official word from DJI is that the Spark can "withstand wind speeds between 13 - 18mph".
Is there a lag in the live stream from the Spark to my mobile device?
The estimated latency during live transmission is 200ms. Various environmental factors can affect this though.
What kind of range does the Spark have?
If you're using your mobile device to fly, the transmission is over Wifi. Therefore you'll be restricted to a distance of 100m and a height of 50m.
Using the remote controller, you can get a maximum of up to 2km (1.2 miles) depending on your region.
In the UK the remote control has a maximum range of around 500m (0.3 miles).
How do I charge the battery?
You can use the included USB cable to charge the Spark's battery, or use a charging hub to charge more than one battery at a time from the mains.
How long does it take to charge the battery for my Spark?
Using a USB charger, up to 80 minutes, or using the charging hub, it can go down as low as 52 minutes to fully charge a battery.
Is the Spark a Racing Drone?
No - DJI have officially classified it as a 'mini drone'. It's certainly fast enough - but we wouldn't classify it as a racing drone.