DJI bringing the Spark drone to Australia in June for $859

Nick Broughall 30 May 2017 NEWS

DJI Spark drone

The simplest DJI drone to date set to take off next month.

DJI has long established itself as a leader in the burgeoning drone marketplace, from its Phantom 3 Standard to the folding Mavic model. While each model has become increasingly user friendly, the company's latest drone takes the cake for ease of use.

The DJI Spark weighs just 300 grams, and can take off and land easily from the palm of your hand. In a bid to make the new drone accessible to even the most novice of drone enthusiasts, the Spark can follow a series of simple hand gestures in order to take aerial photographs and track the user.

At the Australian launch event at Sydney's Luna Park, DJI confirmed that the Spark drone will be available in Australia from mid-June for $859, in a pack that includes the drone, a battery, a USB charger and three pairs of propellors.

The Spark will also be available in a "Fly More Combo" pack, that includes the drone, two batteries, four pairs of propellors, a remote controller accessory, propellor guards, a charging hub for additional on the go flying time, a shoulder bag and all necessary cables, for an RRP of $1,199.

DJI Spark features and specs

For a drone that fits into the palm of your hand and weighs just 300 grams, DJI has managed to pack the Spark to the brim with high tech gadgetry. The integrated camera features a 1/2.3" CMOS sensor capable of shooting 12-megapixel stills and 1080p videos at 30 frames per second. The 2-axis mechanical gimbal is paired with DJI's software to dramatically reduce motion shake and any rolling shutter effect.

In addition to the main camera, there's a downwards-facing vision system (which is used to detect your palm to land on it), a forward facing 3D sensing system to avoid collisions with trees, boulders or people, dual band GPS and GLONASS for superior location tracking. The drone is powered by 24 computing cores, to allow the drone to hover accurately up to 30 metres away and sense obstacles up to five metres away.

There's also a suite of new Quickshot shooting modes from within the DJI app, which allow you to capture stunning aerial images at the tough of a button. Rocket will send the drone straight up to capture images on the ground; Circle will rotate effortlessly around the camera's subject; Dronie will fly up and away from the subject and Helix spirals away from the controller up into the sky. For each Quickshot recorded, the software automatically creates a 10 second video to share on social media, though you can edit in more depth using the DJI app.

You can also actively track a moving object using DJI's ActiveTrack mode, or send the drone to a location on your device's screen.

For more professional drone flyers, the Spark will offer a remote control accessory, which can be used to activate Sport mode to hit speeds of up to 50kph, and sets the camera to face the front for intense FPV modes using the DJI Goggles accessories. You can also fly the Spark to a distance of up to 2km using the remote control, in comparison to the 100 metres with your smartphone.

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