Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Sci-tech | By Doreen King

New DJI Drone Controlled by Hand Gestures

New DJI Drone Controlled by Hand Gestures

Using ActiveTrack, Spark will automatically recognise and track an object you choose, keeping it at the center of the frame for ideal shots of objects in motion. "Small indeed. It comes with a 12 MP camera with a 1/2.3" sensor with 81.9-degree field of view, f/2.6 aperture, and a maximum image size of 3,968×2,976. It can fly through small spaces, like between library bookshelves or around a playground set. Spark is a ideal combination of gesture-based controls and the usual smartphone-based flight experience that will be familiar to previous DJI owners.

The Spark is just 143×143×55 mm in size and weighs just 300g. TapFly's Direction Mode allows the operator to keep the drone flying in the direction tapped on the screen. There's also Helix, which spirals upwards and away from the subject.

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TapFly, ActiveTrack: TapFly lets users fly their Spark drone to a location, which has been picked on the mobile device. It has the ability to automatically recognize and track an object you choose, keeping it at the center of the frame and incorporates a 3D Sensing System that senses obstacles in front of the aircraft. The sport mode enables the camera to fly according to the movement of the user.

While DJI's previous drone, the Mavic Pro, was a more high-end offer for consumers and maybe the professional market, the Spark is a more casual aircraft for the general public looking to get some cool selfies in summer to share them in social media. It shoots 1080p video and 12-megapixel stills, which isn't bad - but it's not close to the 4K video that most fancier drones can shoot. Spark's 2-axis mechanical gimbal and UltraSmooth technology dramatically reduce shake and rolling shutter effect to capture cinematic shots effortlessly.

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When used with the remote controller accessory, which is sold separately, the Spark is able to enter Sport Mode and go for up to 31 miles per hour (50 KPH). New modes include Pano (until now, automatic panorama required third-party software like Litchi) and ShallowFocus. Spark will also be compatible with DJI Goggles for FPV flying. This is made possible because the Spark has most of the flight features of its biggest siblings, including obstacle avoidance, Global Positioning System and Glonass along with visual location finding, and Return To Home (RTH). The company's new motion mechanism called PalmControl allows the user to manoeuvre the Spark or snap a selfie by just using hand signals.

When the Mavic Pro came out in September 2016, it was clear that DJI had turned its attention to recreational drones as the Mavic Pro could be tossed into the air to capture stunts like jumping off the top of a cliff. The basic package costs you $499 which comes with the drone itself, three pairs of propellers, a battery and a USB charger.

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