Wednesday, 23 August, 2017

DJI's $500 Spark Drone Launches From Your Palm

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Heather Davidson | 28 May, 2017, 02:18

The DJI Spark is here as the next-generation of personal flying drones and it's one of the smallest and smartest yet. That's not to say a remote control doesn't work with Spark-or that you can't use a smartphone app to run the drone as well.

Spark can handle up to 16 minutes of flight time on a full charge, which varies depending on conditions and if the optional Sport Mode is activated.

Aussie price: $859. Ouch. Tagged, "Seize The Moment", the big reveal Wednesday alluded to the idea that this is a drone that you could tuck into a backpack, even a jacket pocket, and just have it take off and fly wherever you may be-on a walk with your dog in the Hollywood, Ca. hills or in New York's Central Park. The 2-axis gimbal equipped in Spark Camera appreciably shoots 12-megapixel stable photos and record videos of 1080p, which is opposite to the recording features available in other DJI drones.

Using a Global Positioning System signal, the drone can automatically return to a "home point".

Again, if you use the controller, you'll get 720p real-time video from up to 1.2 miles away (way, way further than you're allowed to fly a drone in the UK). It will be available in five different colours: Alpine White, Sky Blue, Meadow Green, Lava Red and Sunrise Yellow. Also, there are two other modes for the camera. A Direction sub-mode, meanwhile, flies the drone automatically in a direction you choose from the screen.

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Like all recent DJI drones, Spark can return to its home point automatically with a sufficient Global Positioning System signal. From there, you can wave your hands around to make the drone take a selfie or motion for it come back in to land.

DJI will start taking Spark pre-orders in mid-June. Spark will also be compatible with DJI Goggles for an immersive FPV flight experience.

"As if that weren't enough, DJI also equipped the drone with a slew of environmental sensors that allow it to sense and react to its surroundings autonomously", noted Drew Prindle, a writer with Digital Trends. In this mode, Spark's 3D Sensing System senses any obstacles that might appear in front of it. These features allow Spark to hover accurately with vision system assistance at up to 98 feet (30 metres) and sense obstacles from up to 16 feet (5 metres) away. The idea is to create a shallow depth of field, and create a bokeh style image. DJI Spark will offer a great competition to its rivals such as Parrot and Yuneec.

The DJI Spark basic bundle carries a US$499 (AU$665) retail price tag that includes the drone, its battery, one USB charger and three pairs of propellers. DJI is also selling a Fly More kit that includes the drone with a set of replacement propellers, an additional battery, battery charging hub, and a shoulder bag for $699 (about £540, AU$940).

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