DJI Spark

From ₹43,000, www.dji.com

T3 India - - 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.

Whoa, back up there for a sec­ond! 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 31MPH in sport mode, but that can only be un­locked with an op­tional re­mote con­troller. The drone can be con­trolled via your smart­phone from up to 100 me­tres away, ex­pand­able to a 2-km range.

Nice. 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.

The DJI Spark has a range of cin­e­matic flight modes, in­clud­ing Rocket (fly­ing up­wards), Dronie (up and away for an air selfie), Cir­cle (or­bit­ing you or what­ever you’re film­ing) and He­lix (an ex­pand­ing ra­dius or­bit) The Spark fea­tures a twoaxis sta­bilised cam­era with a 1/2.3-inch im­age sen­sor, ca­pa­ble of cap­tur­ing 12MP stills and 1080p/30fps video. Video is recorded to the in­cluded 16GB mem­ory card, or straight to your smart­phone if you don’t in­sert the mem­ory card

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