Today, DJI officially announced their latest and greatest drone…the DJI Spark. And I do have to say it looks pretty darn awesome. It’s even smaller than the DJI Mavic Pro – the Spark is a palm-sized unit that’s about the size of a soda can or an iPhone 5S. But don’t let the size fool you, it still comes packed with a bunch of sensors and powerful features that DJI is known for. However, perhaps the best feature about this drone is its price tag, which is $499 – I know, that’s still a lot of cheddar but much less than what we are used to seeing from DJI. Here’s a link to the DJI website where you can order the DJI Spark or you can get it here on Amazon with Prime shipping.
It’s still a little early but I think there’s a good chance the Spark could take the crown of Best Consumer Level Drone from the Mavic Pro given its price. It’s really designed for the average person to take with them everywhere so they can capture awesome video and images to share.
DJI Spark Hardware & Features
So besides having an insanely portable size, the Spark has some other neat features as well. It can take off and land from the palm of your hand – something you can sort of do with the Mavic Pro but now it should be a lot easier. It’s also got gesture-based controls so you can literally control the flight of the drone or snap a picture using just your hand motions…pretty cool. The Spark comes with four, preset QuickShots – Rocket (drone flies straight up with camera pointing towards the ground), Circle (rotates around a target), Helix (flies up and away in an enlarging spiral) and Dronie (flies up and away from the target). These QuickShots will let you shoot one minute of footage and then edit that down to a 10 second clip for you to share. You also have intelligent flight controls like ActiveTrack and TapFly, which you see in DJI’s more premium drones.
DJI claims the Spark can reach speeds up to 31MPH and can detect obstacles up to 16 feet away. The company also says you’ll get up to 16 minutes of flight time, but as we learned with the Mavic Pro, that’s not always the case – we’d expect battery life to be more in that 12-15 minute range. So plan on buying an extra battery.
DJI Spark Video Quality
The Spark can capture 1080P stabilized video (No 4K ?) and 12MP stills. It’s got a 2-axis gimbal rather than a 3-axis like you see with the Mavic Pro. This all means that it’s not a professional device and more of an entry-level, fun consumer drone.
The Spark is available in five different colors and will start shipping mid-June. DJI also offers a Fly More combo, which comes with the drone (obviously), two batteries, four pairs of propellers, a remote controller, propeller guards, a charging hub, a carrying case and a shoulder bag. The Spark Fly More combo starts at $699 – which you can pre-order here.
Needless to say, we are psyched to get our hands on the Spark. You can bet we will be doing a DJI Spark vs. Mavic Pro comparison, but until then be sure to check out our full DJI Mavic Pro Review.