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DJI Announces the $499 Spark Drone

Michael Maher

DJI’s latest release is also its smallest. The DJI Spark mini drone is your personal pocket aerial camera.

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DJI made plenty of headlines with the release of the collapsable Mavic Pro drone designed for travel, but their latest drone is half the size of the Mavic Pro. Today the company announce the new mini drone, the DJI Spark.

At under one pound  — 0.6 pounds to be exact — the DJI Spark impressively features the Intelligent Flight Modes you know from the Phantom series. You can control the mini drone with hand gestures, a smartphone with the DJI Go app, a controller, or DJI Goggles. You can also power it on with FaceAware, a facial recognition scan. Launching and landing is as easy as extending your palm.

DJI Announces the $499 Spark Drone

The DJI Spark camera can capture HD 1080p video and 12-megapixel stills. With the new QuickShot mode, the drone will shoot one minute of footage and automatically edit down to a 10-second clip. It also allows you to capture a shallow depth of field with ShallowFocus mode.

 DJI Announces the $499 Spark Drone — Product View

The DJI Spark has a top speed of 31 miles per hour and a max flight time of 16 minutes. The mini drone will ship in five colors: Alpine White, Sky Blue, Meadow Green, Lava Red, and Sunrise Yellow.

DJI Announces the $499 Spark Drone — Load Out

Here are all the top DJI Spark specs: 

  • 1/2.3″ CMOS Sensor
  • HD 1080p video up to 30fps at 24 Mbps
  • 12 MP Photos
  • ISO 100-3200 for video (ISO 100-1600 for stills)
  • MP4 video capture (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)
  • 16 minute flight time
  • 31 mph top speed
  • MicroSD
  • FPV Flight

For video production, this may not be your main camera by any means, but for quick B-roll shots for cut-ins, it’s tough to beat the ease and simplicity of this camera.

The Spark is available for pre-order starting at $499 and will start shipping June 15th. If you really want one, I’d hop on the pre-orders early, as the Mavic Pro saw its own set of delays based on the popularity of its release.

What are your thoughts on the Spark? Let us know in the comments.

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