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Everyone Can Use DJI’s $500 Spark Drone

Spark drone

DJI has a new camera drone called Spark which will surely help those people looking to step up their Instagram game. It’s very small and easy, weighing just 10.6 ounces, almost as heavy as a can of soda. However, Spark is not just a toy. This small drone can fly from the palm of your hand and you can control it using only gestures. In a news release, the company said that everyone can use this little drone, no matter if they tried one before or not. It has no remote and when if flies off your hand it enters Gesture mode. After that, you can control it by simply waving your hands. You can take a selfie, a video, control its movements and many other things. Sure, if someone prefers the classic way, the drone also comes with a remote controller or can be maneuvered through a mobile device.

DJI’s Spark drone

Spark comes with a 12-megapixel camera for photos and can take 1080p videos. Apart from this interesting Gesture mode, the drone also has a QuickShot mode which has four choices. Rocket points the camera down while the drone goes straight up in the air. Dronie makes it fly away from the user, Circle makes it rotate, and Helix makes it fly in spirals while going up. Each choice is able to create a 10-second video while it does the trick. Also, there are two other modes for the camera. Pano will create horizontal and vertical panoramic shots while ShallowFocus will only focus on the subject of the photo while blurring the background.

A LiPo battery powers the Spark drone and it can fly for about 16 minutes. In a statement, Paul Pan, DJI’s Senior Product Manager, said that this hand controlled drone represents a step forward in making aerial technology part of everyday life. It’s like an extension of you and just by making a hand gesture, you can control it the way you like to.

People can preorder it

Those interested in such a device can start placing preorders. DJI will begin shipping it in June, at the price of $499. Apart from the aircraft, for this price you will also get a battery, a USB charger, and three propellers pairs. It will also be available in five different colors.

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