DJI Spark

DJI Spark: Specifications, Videos, Price and more

The DJI Spark Mini-Drone was officially launched yesterday, May 24, 2017, and is now the smallest quadcopter of the Chinese manufacturer, ahead of the DJI Mavic Pro. The DJI Spark can be controlled not only via smartphone and app but also with a controller as well as via gestures. Automatic flight modes help the occasional pilot take in professional-looking maneuvers and camera ways or flights. The camera brings 12 megapixels to a 1 / 2.3-inch sensor and according to DJI “buttery shots”.

Reading tip: I have the small drone subjected to an extensive test. You can read the article here with all the details and a comparison with the Mavic Pro here: ” DJI Spark in the test with all the advantages and disadvantages “.

DJI Spark

DJI Spark: Small video drone

Back in the fall of 2016, DJI Innovations enthusiastically introduced the Mavic Pro as a handy drone that delivers great performance, a good camera and practical flight modes in a compact format. With the DJI Spark, the currently most popular manufacturer of drones, especially camera drones, goes one step further: the DJI Spark, which was presented on May 24, 2017, measures only 14.3 cm x 14.3 cm x 5.5 cm and weighs only 300 grams. Nevertheless, he should be fast in sports mode up to 50 km / h. Thus, the DJI Spark is not a racing drone; nevertheless, the DJI goggles can be used to realize the First Person View (FPV).

Buy DJI Spark: Order here directly from the manufacturer

DJI Spark Fly More Combo Bundle

Before I get to the datasheet of the DJI Spark, here is the note: the DJI Spark Fly More Combo Bundle costs only 200 Euro more (ie 799 € instead of 599 €), but brings with it further accessories worth about 420 €. Among them is another battery, more exchange propellers, protectors for the rotors, a second transport bag, fits into everything, etc. All the information, details and savings of the DJI Spark Fly More Combo Bundles, I have listed here.

Datasheet: The technical details

Before I annoy you with a lot of text, I summarize the technical data of the DJI Spark in a list. Below you will get even more detailed information – here but briefly the overview for all technically interested readers.

measurements and weight

  • Weight: 300 g
  • Dimensions: 143 mm x 143 mm x 55 mm
  • Diagonal (without propeller): 170 mm

Gimbal and camera movement

  • 2-way gimbal: pitching and rolling
  • Up-and-down movements are possible; Slopes are compensated
  • No movement of the camera left and right without turning the drone itself

Speeds and altitude

  • Speed (ascent, sport mode, no wind): 3 m / s = 10.8 km / h
  • Speed (descent, landing mode): 3 m / s = 10.8 km / h
  • Airspeed (sports mode, no wind): 50 km / h
  • Highest altitude above sea level: 4 km

Battery power and flight time

  • Capacity: 1,480 mAh
  • Voltage: 11.4V
  • Weight: 95 g
  • Energy: 16,87 Wh
  • Flight time (one battery charge, 20 km / h, no wind): approx. 16 minutes
  • Hovering time (no wind): 15 minutes

Camera and shooting details

  • Sensor: 1 / 2.3 inch CMOS with effectively 12 MP
  • Lens: f / 2.6
  • Field of view: 81.9 °
  • ISO: 100 – 3,200 for video recording; 100 – 1,600 in photos
  • Image size up to: 3,968 x 2,976 pixels
  • Photo modes: single shot, continuous shot, auto exposure bracketing, interval, etc.
  • Formats: MP4 for Video (MPEG-4 AVC / H.264); JPEG for photo
  • Optical position determination: max. 36 km / h; 0 – 8 meters; Lighting over 15 lux

Connectivity and location

  • Positioning and navigation: GPS, GLONASS
  • WLAN frequencies (for control and image transmission): 2.4 GHz, 5.8 GHz
  • Used bands: 2,400 – 2,483 GHz; 5,725 – 5,825 GHz
  • Interference-free transmission of video (without obstacles): up to 100 m distance and 50 m height

Further technical data of the DJI Spark: directly on the manufacturer side

Wifi and controllers: differences in control

The technical details may vary when controlling with iPhone or DJI controller. Thus, the range for the exclusive control by the app at 80 meters distance and 50 meters height. With the remote control unit, a much better connection is possible, which is why you can let the Spark so ascend about 2 km far. Incidentally, further restrictions on the performance are in the app itself, even if you couple the smartphone with the controller – I’ve summarized this information as news below.

Drone regulation must be observed

As of April 2017, there was an update of the Drone Ordinance in the USA. This states, among other things, that for drones over 250 grams, including the DJI Spark is a mandatory labeling. So you have to provide the DJI Spark with a fireproof badge on which your data (name, address, best of all phone number, etc.) are noted.

Scope of delivery and price of the DJI Spark

You can order the DJI Spark in two different sets of 599 Euro or 799 Euro each. In addition, the Spark can be ordered not only in typical DJI white but also in some other colors. Here are the details of the delivery and the individual options:

  • DJI Spark: drone, propeller (2 x replacement), battery, charger, micro-USB cable, transport box – ( view it here )
  • DJI Spark Fly More Combo: drone, remote control, propeller (4 x replacement), propeller protection, 2 batteries, charger, power cable, battery charging station, micro-USB cable, transport box, shoulder bag  ( view it here )
  • Colors of the DJI Spark Drone: White (Alpine White), Blue (Sky Blue), Green (Meadow Green), Red (Lava Red), Yellow (Sun Yellow)

The right mode for everyone

As already mentioned, the DJI Spark is a clever little drone with a well working camera. The automatic obstacle detection, the automated return flight mode and much more simplify the use for amateur filmmakers. Basically, all the DJI drones from phantom to inspire Mavic to bring in intelligent flight modes; the DJI Spark, however, is designed to be easy to use with any mode, in my opinion. There is always the right mode for the right photo or an exciting video. Here is some information summarized.

Photography: shallow focus and Panorama

The shallow focus mode for photographs provides the so-called bokeh effect. Bokeh means a blur in the back and/or foreground while the object, the human or the animal in focus remains sharp. The shallow focus mode with bokeh as artistic effect makes especially pictures in landscapes more attractive. For panorama shots, there are two so-called pano modes. The Vertical Pano mode adds three images taken vertically along; the horizontal Pano Mode creates a panoramic landscape of up to nine images.

Gesture Control: Selfies and PalmControl

Selfies or drones can be easily made with gestures, so you do not have to hold a controller or an iPhone in your hand. Just wave with one hand or shape a square with both hands and the DJI Spark already knows that a picture should be taken. With PalmControl you steer the DJI Spark with the Palm (English: Palm), in order to align it.

QuickShot: Drones, Rocket, Circles, and Helix

The QuickShot modes are for shooting video with the DJI Spark camera. Dronie is an artificial word from Drone and Selfie and thus stands for the admission of one or more persons. While the person (s) stay in focus, the DJI Spark flies up and down in Droniesmode – it is ” zoomed out”.

Also popular with many drone users is the maneuver that is in the Rocket mode. Here, the camera is pointing down while the drone is flying away from the object or person vertically. So the recording gradually shows the whole scene.

Circles (circle) and helix are almost self-explanatory by name: once the DJI Spark circles around the target and once it flies spirals around the target as it ascends. An illustration is provided by DJI with a graphic:

TapFly and ActiveTrack

These modes are also known from earlier models like the Phantom or Mavic. With TapFlyyou just have to tap on the screen of iPhone, iPad or Android device and the drone flies in the appropriate direction. ActiveTrack keeps track of a moving target and keeps track of it.

Conclusion to the DJI Spark

The individual modes for video and photo recordings are ideal for beginners. You do not have to be a copter professional to take photos or videos with the Spark. Who wants to dive into the world of drones as a beginner, who gets here certainly a reliable device from a well-known manufacturer. Whether drone selfies or professional-looking video material, everyone gets a chance to live out his creativity.

DJI Spark videos on YouTube

Big descriptions nice and good, but pictures – especially moving pictures – say as you know more than a thousand words. That’s why I picked out a couple of meaningful videos from YouTube or the DJI channel and a prototype test here.

If you’re looking for videos on Youtube, here’s a tip for you: If you see a fisheye distortion in the video, then it’s 100% sure to be a fake video shot with another drone. The DJI Spark is not a vaulted horizon or the like to see. Unprocessed shots of the Spark you can find for example with this search term ” DJI Spark Footage ” on YouTube.

#SeizeTheMoment Event, May 24, 2017, New York

DJI Spark Test by Trend-YouTuber Casey Neistat

Meanwhile, Casey is no longer allowed to circle New York City because the FAA is overseeing him, but for the DJI Spark he went out and tested the pre-sale model of the selfie drone with his smartphone. A special feature here is that he compares the Spark with his previous favorite aircraft, the DJI Mavic Pro. And the Spark does not fare badly!

Intuitive operation via iPhone / Android smartphone

As can be seen in the videos, the drone can be controlled by the controller (coupled with iPhone or Android smartphone) or just with the mobile device. If you want to control the DJI Spark, then you can download the corresponding app via the following links:

The DJI GO 4 app is recommended for all newer DJI drones that came on or after the DJI Phantom 4. This means that this app is suitable for the Phantom 4, the Phantom 4 Pro, the Inspire 2, the Mavic Pro and the Spark. The control software for Android devices and Apple iPhone or iPad is free.

Information about the drone regulation in the USA

With regard to the new rules on drone flight, which became public in April 2017, the following applies to the new model of the Chinese copter giant: Since the DJI Spark weighs more than 250 grams, it must be marked. The corresponding badge is best made of metal with your details as an engraving. You can find good drone identifiers that also fit the size of the Spark, for example, here in the article. In any case, the marking must be fireproof. You do not need proof of knowledge (“drone driver’s license”) because this is only necessary for copters from 2 kg upwards.

A permission requirement of the aviation authority/promotion approval is also not necessary; You only need that from 5 kg machines. Nevertheless, the general ban on flights over and around airports, on land whose owners have not been asked about public gatherings, use of police, fire and rescue service, government buildings, etc. apply.

Test and review of the Spark?

As a small Apple blogger, you get in advance no advance model or no prototype of a new drone. Therefore the DJI Spark was ordered for the release in the official online shop for the Haus Apfelot. However, a test with a test report on this page still has to wait. Excitement regarding the new mini model from DJI is definitely present. And even though there was nothing in this post, but rather information and data, I hope that you feel fully informed – even if no big “DJI Spark Test” has been done yet.

News about DJI GO (4) App (install here)

As part of the #SeizeTheMoment event for DJI Spark in New York, unfortunately, other news on the top Chinese manufacturer went down a bit. For example, when using the control apps for iOS and Android, there are already indications for the users that the used drones must be registered:

” Activation Note
Dear customer: DJI will release new versions of the DJI GO 4 and DJI GO apps next week. All customers will need to log into their DJI GO again to complete the application activation process. To ensure you can use the new DJI GO 4 and DJI GO apps, make sure you stay connected to the internet after updating and completing the login process. 

Translated abstract: After updating the apps users have to log in again and register their drones! Otherwise, the performance of the copter is throttled. Exactly that means according to ComputerBILD that no more shots are streamed from the drone to the smartphone and the flight range is reduced to 50 meters radius and 30 meters height. If you want to use DJI Spark and Co. in a comprehensive way, you will have to register your copter with the manufacturer in the future.

Excluded from the registration or restriction are the Drone Controllers DJI A3 and DJI N3. Both are not used for the Spark.

Do you have a buying impulse?

May 2017 is full of surprises for DJI: the goggles, the Spark (and the app store) … What do you think about the hype surrounding the new drone options? Are you looking forward to the new flight and video modes, or do you find it a pity that the drone weighs more than 250 grams and needs to be marked? Are you interested in this topic and do you want to buy the Spark as soon as possible – or do you have no purchase impulse with this information and data? The do crazy tricks team has ordered the DJI Spark Fly More Combo, because we have to deliver you a test. 😉

If you are also interested in DJI’s small selfie drone, feel free to leave an extensive commentary on DJI Spark da 😉

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