DJI Spark officially launched in PH, price starts at P30,500

Intended for the mass consumer market, the company’s first mini drone lets you capture special moments from air

DJI, the company known for making civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, finally unveiled Spark, its easy-to-use, fun-to-fly mini camera drone.

Spark is a drone that users can control by hand gestures alone. Once turned on, it conveniently takes off from your hand via a quick release and then it hovers you awaiting for commands through hand gesture.

DJI other drone products are priced way too stiff for ordinary users, but the Spark is priced lower. You can have the Spark, which include a battery, and three pairs of propellers for Php 30,500.

Retailing for Php 42,700 is the Spark Fly More Combo, which already includes an aircraft, two batteries, four pairs of propellers, a remote controller, propeller guards, a charging hub, a shoulder bag and all necessary cables.

DJI Spark is available at MSI-ECS and other authorized dealers in the Philippines.

“Controlling a camera drone with hand movements alone is a major step towards making aerial technology an intuitive part of everyone’s daily life, from work and adventure to moments with friends and family,” said Kevin On, DJI’s Director of Communication at the launch event.

“Spark’s revolutionary new interface lets you effortlessly extend your point of view to the air, making it easier than ever to capture and share the world from new perspectives.”

Through DJI Spark, the company wants to encourage more people to enjoy drone technology since the product is priced lower and easy to use.

Though it can be controlled by gestures alone, the Spark has several modes: Gesture Mode is when it’s just hovering upon takeoff from your palm, but from this mode you can also send Spark up and away from you, take a selfie, and call it back with just your hands. Another mode PalmControl lets users control the drone with hand movements.

A drone that is extremely portable, the DJI Spark weighs just 10.6 ounces (300 grams).

It boasts an impressive camera with a 1/2.3” CMOS sensor that can capture photos of up to 12 megapixels and stabilized HD 1080p videos under normal flight mode. Its 2-axis mechanical gimbal and UltraSmooth technology dramatically reduce shake and rolling shutter effect to capture cinematic shots effortlessly.

Spark includes many previous DJI drone shooting modes with two new additions: Pano and ShallowFocus. In Pano Mode, the camera creates horizontal or vertical panoramas by automatically adjusting its gimbal and heading, taking a series of pictures and stitching them together. ShallowFocus allows you to put part of a picture into sharp focus while the rest of the image is softened, creating photographs with a shallow depth of field. An array of filters and automatic editing templates available in the DJI GO 4 app enables creators to quickly edit videos and share them directly to Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms.

Apart from hand gesture, DJI Spark can also be operated by a remote controller and a mobile device.

It comes in five different colors: Alpine White, Sky Blue, Meadow Green, Lava Red, and Sunrise Yellow.