Today DJI have announced their latest new drone call the Spark
This new smaller DJI quad is smaller and lighter than the Mavic Pro being just 170mm diagonal, it comes with a 1080P 12MP camera, Obstacle Sensing and a whole host of new intelligent flight features.
Available in a number of colours this new quad is smaller than anything DJI have release before in an RTF platform, its size is 143 x 143x 55mm, weighs 300g and has a maximum speed of 31mph in Sport Mode and the max Ascent/descent at 3m/s.
Its fitted with the usual DJI GPS system receiving both GPS and GLONASS, Vision Positioning System and a 3D Obstacle Sensing System
The Camera & Gimbal
Fitted to a 2 axis stabilised gimbal the camera has a 1.2/3 CMOS 12MP Sensor with a FOV of 81.9 degrees (25mm). ISO in Photo is 100-3200 and 100 – 1600 in video with an electric shutter speed of 2-1/8000 s.
In Stills maximum image size is 3968×2976 and supports single shot, burst 3 frames and interval.
Video is recorded at 1080P 30FPS max to the onboard SD and supports cards up to 64GB.
The camera also has an number of new modes
ShallowFocus – This is a new mode that creates photos with a shallow depth of field with its 3D vision.
Pano modes – In Vertical Mode the camera will capture three photos vertically then combine them to make a vertical panorama image . In Horizontal Mode the camera will take nine photos from different angles vertically and horizontally then combine them to make a horizontal panorama.
Power & Flight
The Spark has a 3S Lipo thats 1480mah, this allows a maximum flight time of up to 16 minutes in calm conditions.
Unlike any DJI craft before the battery is actually charged via USB while located in the craft, this takes around 80 minutes to reach full charge, DJI also offer an external charging hub that can charge two packs in around 55 minutes or thee in 86 minutes.
These batteries also have a new hibernation mode and when you received them they will not turn on, you will need to fully charge the battery for the fist time before it will activate, further to this if you leave the batter at below 10% for longer than 6 hours it will enter hibernation again to save the battery from over discharging, again to recover just fully charge and it will activate again as usual.
Control and RC
The Spark does not come with an remote control as standard, the craft is controlled with gestures or your phones or tablet via wifi, additionally a remote is available as an accessory, it also has a totally different wireless system, based on wifi it supports both 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz frequencies and can both automatically and be manually switched between them, Live feed is 720P 30fps and has a latency of around 200ms.
When connected to the optional remote controller in 2.4 GHz range is as follows
FCC: 1.2 mi (2 km)
CE: 0.3 mi (500 m)
SRRC: 0.3 mi (500 m) (unobstructed and free of interference)
In 5.8 GHz its
FCC: 1.2 mi (2 km)
CE: 0.18 mi (300 m)
SRRC: 0.7 mi (1.2 km) (unobstructed and free of interference)
The Spark can also like the mavic be used to connect directly to you smartphone with out using the RC, when connected directly to a mobile device it has a max height of 50 m and distance from take of 100 m.
3D Obstacle Sensing System
The Spark has an all new obstacle sensing system that can automatically avoid obstacles up to 16 ft (5 m) in front of it, the maximum speed at which Spark is able to sense obstacles is 3 m/s.
It also has the usual Vision Positioning System that works up to a maximum of 30m.
Intelligent Flight Modes
The Spark also supports all of the Mavic Pro’s Intelligent Flight Modes and also introduces new features like QuickShot and advanced gesture controls like PalmControl.
The Spark also features new TapFly submodes call Coordinate and Direction.
In QuickShot mode the Spark takes professional shots for you with Rocket, Dronie, Circle, and Helix.
The Gesture Mode also includes a new set of advanced gesture recognition capabilities including PalmControl, Follow, Beckon and the new PalmLaunch that allows you to take off while holding the craft in your palm.
MultiFunction Power Button
The Spark has a new multifunction power button that supports performing a number of tasks, Power On/OFF. RC Linking, Resetting Wifi and PalmLaunch can all be done via the one button.
Overall the new DJI Spark is an incredible new craft, smaller and lighter than the Mavic Pro it makes AP and flying even easier.
DJI Goggle Support
The Spark is compatible with DJI goggles for FPV flight
The Spark Is available from the DJI Store now