Not everyone can afford a Phantom series quadcopter from DJI – they are made for professionals. However, until recently, there have been relatively few high-quality drones for a competitive price.
That changed this week, when DJI announced their Spark: a high quality, inexpensive drone for the person who wants to get into quadcopters. Spark is about the size and weight of a full Coke can, an improvement over last year’s Mavic (which I would still consider a professional drone). Spark costs only $500.
While Spark only shoots 1080p video, asking for more in such a reasonably-priced product is a little much. It shoots 12 MP photos, and has a 2-axis stabilizing gimbal. While it is unfortunate to see corners cut in the camera department, it is certainly understandable. The priority when creating an inexpensive, beginner quadcopter should be ease-of-use and quality of the parts required to get the machine in the air, so DJI has absolutely done the right thing here.
Spark flies for a maximum of 16 minutes, which is a little low, but again, it is important to remember that this drone is only $500 and that it should not be compared to solutions that cost almost three times its price. The DJI Spark will fly at 31 MPH maximum, which is very fast, and it includes many “intelligent” modes that help it follow people or take photos with the wave of a hand.
That’s basically all we know right now. Spark will arrive officially in mid-June, with pre-orders available now, so we’ll have to wait until then for more information, but we can certainly expect great build quality and a fun entry-level drone that won’t break in the first hour. Based on DJI’s products in the past, Spark is nothing to overlook.
What do you think about DJI’s new quadcopter? Be sure to let us know down in the comments. We look forward to hearing from you!