DJI Spark

$859, dji.com

Australian T3 - - HYPE -

Aww, it’s a baby drone! So cute. This mini quad­copter has a lot of fea­tures for some­thing so teeny, tak­ing some cues from the big­ger DJI Mavic Pro. The Spark is now DJI’s small­est drone, sized to fit in the palm of your hand, from where it can also take off. So it’s be­gin­ner-friendly, then? Ab­so­lutely. The Spark re­sponds to hand ges­tures and is con­trolled via the DJI Go smart­phone app (us­ing ‘vir­tual sticks’, as with the Mavic Pro) when fly­ing, fol­low­ing and shoot­ing. It can also be teamed with an op­tional con­troller for ad­vanced flight speeds. I’m not sure I’d like a drone tak­ing off from my hand. The Spark utilises on­board sen­sors, in­clud­ing Dual GPS/GLONASS, to help it fly safely in­doors and out­side, be­fore in­tel­li­gently re­turn­ing home. It also fea­tures a for­ward-fac­ing 3D vi­sion sys­tem, which de­tects ob­jects up to five me­tres away, and a vi­sion po­si­tion­ing sys­tem to fur­ther en­sure sta­ble flight. Nice. What’s the range, speed and flight time like? The Spark has a top speed of 50km/h in sport mode, but that can only be un­locked with an op­tional re­mote con­troller ($259). The drone can be con­trolled via your smart­phone from up to 100 me­tres away, ex­pand­able to a 2km range. Su­perb! When can I buy one? The DJI Spark, which is com­pat­i­ble with the forth­com­ing DJI Gog­gles, is avail­able to buy now in Alpine White, with four other colours to follow later this year.

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