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Review and Specs of the New DJI Spark Mini Drone

by Jason Pedersen May 30, 2017

Review and Specs of the New DJI Spark Mini Drone

DJI Spark Mini Drone

Some say that good things come in small packages and this is certainly true with DJI’s new mini drone Spark. DJI has always innovated the drone world with their technological marvels and the Spark features a host of unique features that makes it a versatile drone for everyone to enjoy. When everyone thought a drone could not get smaller, DJI have outdone themselves by creating the Spark which is no bigger than a smartphone. The Spark sits comfortably in the palm of your hand and takes off and hovers by recognizing you. Simple hand gestures to take photographs are unique to the Spark mini drone and is a new trend to the drone world. Maneuvering the Spark is easy with the Advanced Flight control system, while the recording aerial imagery can easily be edited with the DJI Go application and shares to social media sites immediately. The controller features a compact fit for your smartphone on which the video transmission is relayed back in HD quality. The joysticks allow for precise flight movements while there are minimal buttons with dedicated functions. It is also competitively priced and is all set to revolutionize the world of smart drones.

Size Factor:

Size Comparison of the DJI Spark

Considering the fact that most consumer drones are quite large to be carried around, the Spark is introduced as the smallest aerial drone by DJI. It is smaller than the Mavic Pro, but features most of its functions and capabilities. The Spark is small enough to fit in your pocket and ready to fly as soon as it is powered on. Weighing in at just 300 grams it is also a lightweight contender in an aerial world dominated by the heavyweights.

Propulsion:

Make no mistake about the performance of this little drone. With its lightweight frame and aerodynamic design, the Spark can easily soar through the air with minimal wind resistance. Since the camera and the gimbal system is tucked within the main frame, this mini drone can perform quite well in the skies above. The four rotors are powerful enough to propel the Spark at 31mph (50kph) even in strong winds. The flight control system is technologically advanced, making it easier for anyone to master the art of flying an aerial drone. The flight time is limited to 16 minutes after a full charge and the immersive flight experience lets you enjoy the moments as they are being captured.

Camera:

The Spark is equipped with a 12 megapixel Full HD camera that is capable of recording stunning videos at 1080p. Photographs are captured in vivid detail and is recorded as 12 megapixel jpeg files in the memory card. Another cool feature is the size of the sensor being used here. It is a 1/2.3” CMOS sensor that is larger enough to capture aerial imagery with a much better sensitivity to light. The Full HD camera uses a 25mm f/2.6 wide-angle lens that is consistently sharp and has very little color aberration and distortion. Another new feature that is quite captivating is the use of 3D vision technology to achieve a shallow depth of field. This isolates the main subject from the background, resulting in a DSLR type photograph.

Mechanical Gimbal Stabilization:

You might wonder what else the Spark carries within its main frame. Along with its primary components, there is a 2-axis mechanical gimbal stabilization system for the camera. This allows you to record aerial imagery with ultra-smooth camera movements with no shakes or unwanted movements in flight. The 2-axis gimbal system also provides adequate stabilization that reduces the rolling shutter effect while recording Full HD videos.

Intelligent Flight Modes:

QUICKSHOT
The Spark mini drone features a Quickshot feature that lets you record amazing aerial footage with a            cinematic composition.

TAPFLY
Just try to envision the shot you need and Spark does the capturing of the required footage. Using Vision technology, this mode is activated with just a tap on your smartphone screen. The mini drone flies according to the direction of the tapped area, while being able to tactfully avoid obstacles along the way.

ACTIVETRACK
Objects of different sizes are automatically recognized by Spark and then tracks them according to what they are and the speed at which they move.

GESTURE
Aerial selfies are much easier with just a simple palm gesture. Spark is able to recognize your hand movements in Palm-Control mode and clicks the right picture as you make a frame with your hands.

Video Transmission in HD:

As with all DJI aerial drones, the video transmission is on the stronger side with the Spark too. Featuring an innovative HD Wi-Fi technology, video transmission is relayed back to your smartphone in 720p from up to 1.2 miles (2kms) away.

Flight Autonomy:

The Full HD camera, Vision positioning system (VPS), 3D sensory system, Dual-Band GPS, High-Precision inertial measurement unit and 24 powerful computing cores are all included in the Flight Autonomy system of Spark mini drone. This allows the Spark to hover anywhere you want to in a precise and controlled manner. The VPS assistance is possible up to 98 feet (30m) and object sensing capabilities are up to 16 feet (5m) away.

 

Return to Home:

Like most other DJI drones, Spark features the Return to Home feature that lets it fly back safely where it took off from. As soon as you press the Return to Home button, Spark is able to avoid all the obstacles it might encounter along the way and returns back with a safe landing.

Intelligent Flight Battery:

A high energy LiPo battery is used in the Spark as its power source. There are 12 intelligent protection functions that help deliver a safe flight. Additionally, the DJI Go app can let you know when there is low battery status and aids you in getting back the Spark safely to the landing spot.

The Spark mini drone from DJI is an outstanding aerial drone with an awesome set of features and technological prowess in aerial imagery. If you are new to the world of aerial drones, then the Spark might be the right drone for you. Not only is it easy to fly and capture aerial imagery, it is also colorful and small enough to be taken along with you on your travel trips without any hassles.

Jason Pedersen
Jason Pedersen


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