From ₹43,000, www.dji.com
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