DJI has just announced the Spark.  The DJI Spark takes the idea of a seriously portable drone, first introduced with the Mavic Pro last year, and makes it even smaller.

Spark is smaller and lighter than the Mavic Pro, but also supports all of the Mavic Pro’s Intelligent Flight Modes and introduces new features like QuickShot and advanced gesture controls like PalmControl.   Described in the launch keynote as easy, intuitive and fun. This really reminds me of the Lily, the failed kickstarter drone that was focused on easy selfie photos and videos.  One feature borrowed from recent innovations in smartphone cameras – fake depth of field with shallow focus mode- intentional background blur.

While it can produce professional results the lack of 4k, 16 minute flight time and probable issues in wind make this less ideal for serious aerial photo or video needs. Those that desire a more versatile drone need to consider the Mavic Pro or a higher model.

$499 will get you the drone and one battery. You can charge the drone via Micro USB(a first for DJI).   Control with hand gestures or the DJI app on your smartphone – range is limited to approximately 100 meters.

$699 for the Fly more combo which includes – extra props, prop guards, 1 extra battery (2 total), a remote and a carry case. The remote extends the range to 1.24 miles and while the remote is similar to the DJI Mavic it is much simpler without the LCD Screen.

Shipping June 21st – Preorder from Amazon or B&H Photo (No sales tax outside NY)

Mavic Pro
Phantom 4
DJI Spark
Size
335mm (Extended) 83mm x 83mm x 198mm (Folded)
350mm
143×143×55 mm
Weight
1.64 lbs (743g)
3.04 lbs (1380g)
.66lbs (300 g)
Operating Temp
32° to 104° F ( 0° to 40° C )
32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)
32° to 104° F (0° to 40° C)
Max Ascent /
Descent Speed
16.4 ft/s | 9.8 ft/s
19.7 ft/s | 13.1 ft/s
9.8 ft/s (3 m/s) | 9.8 ft/s (3 m/s)
Max Flight Time
27 Minutes
28 Minutes
16 Minutes
Max Flight Distance
8 mi (13 km)
Max Tilt Angle
S-mode: 42°
A-mode: 35°
P-mode: 15°
Max Angular Speed
S-mode: 200°/s
A-mode: 150°/s
Max Wind Speed Resistance
10 m/s
Sensor
1/2.3” (CMOS), Effective pixels:12.35 MP
1/2.3” CMOS, Effective pixels:12.4 MP
1/2.3″ CMOS
Effective pixels: 12 MP
Lens
FOV 78.8° 28 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.2
Distortion < 1.5% Focus from 0.5 m to ∞
FOV 94° 20 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.8 focus at ∞
FOV 81.9° 25 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.6
(shooting range: 2 m to ∞)
Gimbal
3-Axis
3-Axis
2-Axis
ISO Range
100-3200 (video)
100-1600 (photo)
100-3200 (video)
100-1600 (photo)
Video: 100-3200
Photo: 100-1600
Shutter Speed
8s -1/8000s
8 – 1/8000 s
2-1/8000 s
Image Size
4000×3000
4000×3000
3968×2976
Still Photography Modes
Single shot
Burst shooting: 3/5/7 frames
Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV Bias
Interval
Single shot
Burst shooting: 3/5/7 frames
Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV Bias
Timelapse
HDR
Single Shot
Burst Shooting: 3 frames
Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV bias
Interval: 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60 s
Video Recording Modes
C4K: 4096×2160 24p
4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p
2.7K: 2720×1530 24/25/30p
FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/96p
HD: 1280×720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
UHD: 4096×2160 (4K) 24 / 25p
3840×2160 (4K) 24 / 25 / 30p
2704×1520 (2.7K) 24 / 25 / 30p
FHD: 1920×1080 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 60 / 120p
HD: 1280×720 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 60p
Max Video Bitrate
60 Mbps
60 Mbps
24 Mbps
Supported File Systems
FAT32 ( ≤ 32 GB ); exFAT ( > 32 GB )
FAT32 ( ≤ 32 GB ); exFAT ( > 32 GB )
FAT32 (≤ 32 GB)
Photo
JPEG, DNG
JPEG, DNG
JPEG
Video
MP4, MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)
MP4, MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)
MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)
Supported SD Cards
Micro SD
Max capacity: 64 GB. Class 10 or UHS-1 rating required
Micro SD
Max capacity: 64 GB
Class 10 or UHS-1 rating required
Micro SD
Max capacity: 64 GB
Class 10 or UHS-1 rating required
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