It’s no secret that on May 24 in New York, the long-awaited presentation of a new product from the leader in the field of UAVs, DJI Innovations, took place. This new product, as expected, was a selfie drone — Spark. We offer you to get acquainted in more detail with the capabilities that this compact quadrocopter is endowed with.
- 24 core high performance processor
- Face Aware Face Recognition Technology
- Frontal 3D Obstacle Recognition System
- VPS Visual Positioning System
- Full drone control with gestures
- 12MP FHD camera built on 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor
- 2‑axis mechanical gimbal coupled with digital stabilization
- 4 autonomous flight modes
- Smart shooting modes
- Max speed 50 km/h
- Max FPV Removal Distance 2km
- Maximum flight time 16 minutes
- Compatible with DJI Goggles
- DJI Care Refresh Extended Warranty
- SDK support
- 5 drone colors to choose from
At the moment, the manufacturer offers a selfie drone in two trim levels:
- Spark Controller Combo
- Spark Fly More Combo
Quadcopter DJI Spark is implemented in 5 colors:
The Spark Controller Combo will include:
- Control equipment
- 1 × intelligent battery
- 4 × rotors (2CW/2CCw)
- 2 × spare rotors (1CW/1CCw)
- Micro USB cable
- RC micro USB cable
- RC cable USB‑C
- USB charger
- Compact transport case
Spark Fly More Combo:
- 2 × intelligent batteries
- 4 × main rotors (2CW/2CCW)
- 4 × spare rotors (2CW/2CCW)
- Rotor protection
- Charger for simultaneous charging of three batteries
- Remote Control
- Carry bag (Spark/Mavic)
Max. takeoff speed:
10km/h (Sport mode in calm weather)
Max. sink rate:
10km/h (in auto landing mode)
50km/h (Sport mode in calm weather)
Max. ceiling above sea level:
Max. flight time:
16 minutes (in calm weather at a constant speed of 20km/h)
Max. hang time:
15 minutes (in calm weather)
Operating temperature range:
0° to 40°C
Satellite positioning systems:
2.4GHz FCC: 25dBm; CE: 18dBm; SRRC: 18dBm. 5.8GHz FCC: 27dBm; CE: 14dBm; SRRC: 27 dBm
Operating frequency range:
2.400 — 2.483GHz; 5.725 — 5.825GHz
3D Obstacle Recognition System
Obstacle detection range:
0.2 – 5m
The surface of the obstacle must be at least 20 x 20cm and provide a diffuse reflection of more than 20% (for example: wall, people, trees)
Effective pixels: 12MP
FOV 81.9° 25mm (equivalent to 35mm) f/2.6
(Shooting range: 2m to ∞)
Video: 100‑3200; A photo: 100‑1600
Electronic Shutter Speed:
single/burst: 3 frames/AEB: bracketed frames at 0.7 EV bias/interval: 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60sec
FHD: 1920 × 1080 at 30 fps
Max. video bitrate:
File system support:
FAT32 (≤ 32GB)
MP4 (MPEG‑4 AVC/H.264)
Max transmission distance:
2.412 — 2.462 GHz (in an unobstructed and interference-free area) FCC: 2km; CE: 500m; SRRC: 500m. 5.745 — 5.825GHz (in an unobstructed and interference-free area) FCC: 2km; CE: 300m; SRRC: 1.2km
Working temperature range:
0° to 40°C
2.4GHz FCC: 26dBm; CE: eighteendbm; SRRC: 18dBm. 5.8GHz FCC: 28dBm; CE: 14dBm; SRRC: 26dBm
Operating current / voltage:
950 mAh at 3.7V
Sizes of supported mobile devices:
thickness: 6.5–8.5mm; maximum length: 160mm
Max. charging voltage:
Charging temperature range:
from 5° to 40°C
Pitch: ‑85° to 0°
2.4GHz / 5.8GHz
Max. transmission distance:
100m (distance), 50m (height) (in unobstructed and interference-free area)
Recommended microSD cards
Sandisk 16/32GB UHS‑1 Micro SDHC
Kingston 16/32GB UHS‑1 Micro SDHC
Samsung 16/32GB UHS‑I Micro SDHC
Sandisk 64GB UHS‑1 Micro SDXC
Kingston 64GB UHS‑1 Micro SDXC
Samsung 64GB UHS‑I Micro SDXC
DJI Spark received 4 smart shooting modes:
QuickShot — make a video clip in one tap. Let Spark take professional shots for you (the drone itself shoots for 1 minute), after which a 10-second video will be cut in automatic mode, which you can share as quickly as possible. QuickShots helps you capture amazing shots with cinematic composition in one tap.
In turn, this mode supports 4 options for offline shooting:
- Rocket – the drone flies vertically upwards and shoots under itself.
- Dronie — the drone takes off from the bottom up, focusing only on you.
- Circle – the drone performs a circular flight around a given target.
- helix — the drone performs a circular flight around a given target, moving away along a spiral trajectory.
With the DJIGO4 app, creating a video clip using recorded footage and playing your favorite music has never been easier. Select one or more videos from which you want to create your clip, select a caption, filter and click “Create”. The clip will be created automatically in a few seconds.
tapfly — In this mode, the drone will fly to its destination with one touch on the screen. Using vision technology, he will proceed to the specified location, tracking obstacles in his path.
Includes 2 flight options:
- coordinate — touch the place on the screen where you would like the Spark to go, and it will fly there while maintaining the specified height.
- direction – continue flying in the direction of the tap on the screen.
active track — Using this mode, Spark automatically recognizes objects of various shapes and sizes, and then tracks their movement.
There are two modes available:
- Trace — allows you to track the target both in front and behind or around it.
- Profile – follows the object from the set angle.
Gesture — Take full control of the drone with simple hand gestures.
Provides two options:
- selfies — Raise your hands, wave or join your fingers in a frame and Spark dutifully takes a photo.
- PalmControl – allows you to move away, zoom in, as well as move the quad from side to side in accordance with the movement of the user’s hands. Spark can also take off and land from the palm of your hand.
In addition to the already existing shooting modes, the quadcopter received two more new modes:
- Pano – The drone is capable of capturing horizontal or vertical panoramas by automatically adjusting the 2‑axis gimbal and camera direction.
- Shallow Focus — Using 3D vision technology, it detects the object in the picture, creating photos with a shallow depth of field in order to end up with a beautiful professional-quality picture.
On board the drone, a high-performance 12MP FHD camera built on a 1/2.3‑inch CMOS matrix is installed by means of a 2‑axis mechanical gimbal. The unique tandem is completed by the “UltraSmooth” technology, which allows to realize high-quality and stable shooting at the output.
The drone camera received a wide-angle f / 2.6 lens with an equivalent focal length of 25mm. The lens consists of five elements in one group. All images captured by Spark are always bright and sharp with minimal color aberration and distortion.
The DJI Spark is equipped with powerful brushless motors that provide wind-resistant flight at speeds up to 50km/h (in sport mode).
Sport mode becomes active only when using the remote control.
Innovative HD Wi-Fi technology delivers 720p real-time video streaming up to 2km away.
The powerful 1480mAh (3S) intelligent lithium polymer battery, with 12 intelligent protection functions, ensures the drone can fly stably and safely. The Spark battery automatically tracks the remaining flight time in real time, so the pilot knows when to return.
Despite all the existing intelligent functions, the power of the drone provides an indicative flight time of up to 16 minutes. You can charge the battery in 3 ways:
- Using a USB cable — in this case, the charging time will be 80 minutes.
- By means of a charger (Charging Hub) that allows you to charge up to three batteries at the same time. Time to fully charge one battery — 52 minutes, two batteries — 55 minutes, three Battery — 85.2 minutes.
- Using the docking station “Charging box”.
*Docking station for fast charging “Charging box”.
Spark can be managed in three ways:
- Gestures (removal distance up to 10 steps)
- Smartphone via DJIGO4 app (remote distance up to 100 meters)
- Control equipment paired with a smartphone via the DJIGO4 app (remote distance up to 2km)
The FlightAutonomy system consists of a main camera, a VPS positioning system, a 3D sensor system, a GPS/GLONASS satellite positioning system, and a 24-core high-performance processor.
This arsenal allows Spark to carry out high-precision flight both outdoors and indoors. For example, with the help of the VPS, the drone is able to fly and land safely without GPS support (no higher than 30 meters). And also, thanks to the 3D sensor system, it can detect objects encountered in advance (for 5 meters).
Like all DJI drone products, the Spark is capable of autonomously returning to its take-off point in three situations:
- Insufficient battery charge
- Signal Loss
- When the RTH (Return to home) function is activated.
The drone operates in obstacle detection mode throughout the journey. Having reached the point, using the camera facing down, Spark checks the landing site with the images recorded during takeoff, and only then performs a precise landing.
Geospatial Eenvironment Online — the system is designed to inform the pilot about how safe it can be to fly at the current launch site. GEO will tell you about the presence of “No-Fly” zones (airports, stadiums, etc.) at the launch site. All for the sake of safety.
To date, DJI Spark is available for sale in the following trim levels:
- Spark Controller Combo — $399
- Spark Fly More Combo — $549.
DJI Spark from $399
- Full gesture control
- 2‑axis mech. suspension
- Frontal 3D Obstacle Recognition System
- Color spectrum
- Flight time (for a selfie drone with this potential)
- Beams don’t stack
DJI Innovations, as always, put everything in its place, now in the selfie niche. An excellent product at a very affordable price. Congratulations to all fans of this brand. Selfie and travel enthusiasts will appreciate the drone’s maximum capabilities. Age limit 18+.
Photo taken with the DJI Spark selfie drone.
Video with DJI Spark drone.
DJI Spark presentation (in Russian).