DJI today announced the launch of their latest aerial camera system, the DJI Spark. This new drone is DJI’s smallest yet — and their most affordable at only 500 dollars.
 
Aside from its compact size — the drone measures in at about 5.6 by 5.6 by 2.1 inches and weighs just .66 pounds — Spark’s easy, intuitive controls promise to make it a good fit for those looking for a simple way to capture aerial video and photographs.
 
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Spark’s camera is equipped with a 1/2.3-inch sensor and an f/2.6 lens with a 25mm equivalent focal length, allowing users to capture 12-megapixel photographs or video at resolutions up to 1080p. Pano and ShallowFocus modes are also available when shooting stills. The camera is stabilized with a 2-axis mechanical gimbal with UltraSmooth technology.
 
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Designed to get in the air within seconds of powering on, Spark’s QuickLaunch feature uses DJI’s FaceAware technology to trigger lift-off through facial recognition — directly from the palm of your hand. Spark also recognizes a set of gestures, allowing users to frame shots, snap photos or recall the drone using only your hands. Spark can also be operated with either the remote controller or a mobile device. 
 
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QuckShot, TapFly and ActiveTrack promise to make it easy for even novice pilots to get professional-looking shots, while Spark’s FlightAutonomy adds another layer of insurance with obstacle avoidance, a return home feature and an intelligent battery system. After shooting, the DJI Go 4 app provides simple editing tools and templates designed to help users quickly edit and share photos and videos online.
 
Spark can travel at a top speed of around 31 miles per hour with flight times promised at up to 16 minutes. Video can be transmitted across distances of up to just over one mile over Wi-Fi for real-time monitoring in resolutions up to 720p. Or add a pair of DJI Goggles for an immersive first-person view.
 
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The DJI Spark is available for pre-order now in five different colors. It’s expected to start shipping mid-June 2017. The base package includes the aircraft, a battery, a USB charger and three pairs of propellers for 500 dollars, but you can upgrade to the Spark Fly More Combo kit to get an aircraft, two batteries, four pairs of propellers, a remote controller, propeller guards, a charging hub, a shoulder bag and all necessary cables for 700 dollars. To learn more, visit www.dji.com/spark.

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