DJI is known for its high quality and reliable drones, action cameras, gimbals, and camera peripherals specifically made for cinematography and filmography purposes. DJI announced its new drone called DJI Spark on 24 May 2017 while the shipment started not until the mid of June.
The DJI spark is one of the most affordable drones that the company is offering, the quality of its videos should not be compared to that of DJI Mavic pro or DJI Phantom because the price bracket is the only attractive factor that distinguishes Spark from DJI’s other high-end drones.
DJI Spark is worth USD $499 and upon the unboxing of this new miraculously small and portable drone, we found out that the drone comes with a battery, a separate remote controller that has to be purchased separately for $149, a charger, some extra propellers, and ample of guide books in different languages. With the propellers, DJI also provides its customers with prop guards to ensure the propellers are safe and break-proof in case of a collision.
The unboxing experience was amazing as the box, to carry the drone and its peripherals, was carefully designed to ensure everything was safe, compactly placed, and easy for the customer to extract.
The novelty factor involved with Spark is its ability to comprehend different hand gestures and then operate as per your commands. A series of options have been installed from taking a selfie to asking the drone to land by making a cross sign, the little drone is fun to use.
To be more specific about the functionalities of Spark, with a full battery, the air time of this drone is approximately 16 mins but the hovering results in the drainage of battery just after 12 minutes. The Spark has a 12-megapixel high-quality camera and shoots stabilized HD videos at 1080p. The little drone has the ability to fly at speeds of up to 31 mph (50 kph) despite having such a light-weight and small body. There is a 2-axis gimbal that aids in taking stable footages.
However, there are limitations to this toy-like drone, firstly the air time is very less, an additional battery to augment flight time would cost up to $49. Secondly, the hand gestures are cool to inculcate in this drone but when it comes to the effectiveness of its sensors to comprehend hand gestures, it gets a bit frustrating as sensors fail to read gestures frequently. Thirdly, the range with which this drone can fly is limited when it comes to operating the drone with a phone, for increasing the range of proximity , we need a dedicated remote controller which can be purchased by paying extra $149.
To conclude one can say that DJI Spark is not a drone designed specifically for professional movie makers or cinematographers, the target audience of this drone are teenagers who are interested in this affordable toy or aspiring movie makers who want to train themselves on a low-end drone first before they proceed towards something more complex and sophisticated like DJI Mavic or Phantom.