It’s been a fun ride scouring the internet for leaks and sharing them with you guys, now that the Spark is out it’s up to you to come up with content and show us how you Seize The Moment! Tag your SPARK photos and videos on instagram @Dronefly #dronefly.
-Dronefly Team 5/24/17

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There is a lot of speculation about a Phantom 5 release coming this summer, but new photos have surfaced suggesting otherwise. With the newer versions of the Phantom 4 (Pro and Pro+), DJI has already pushed the boundaries of the Phantom series and crushed any competition for mid-range cinematic drones. The release of a Phantom 5 is unnecessary at this point and honestly would probably upset a fan base that is already dealing with much-upgraded versions of the Phantom 4 series so soon after the original launch.

It looks like instead of a new Phantom (don’t count it out, there’s still holiday season to think about), DJI is looking more towards the mini drones. With the huge success of their foldable compact aircraft Mavic Pro, it only makes sense to push towards the smaller drone market.

The Leaks (3/29/17)


Images: SB-DJI.com

That’s all we have for now as far as pictures go. We would like to state that we cannot verify the authenticity of these images, but when the Phantom 4 photos leaked, they definitely ended up to be authentic.

The Breakdown

Many are expecting this aircraft to be an FPV racer, and that may well be the case still. Signs point to it being closer to the Yuneec Breeze, more of a cross FPV/Selfie drone.

It does not appear that the “Spark” as it’s been called (DJI recently trademarked the term Spark) is utilizing DJI’s Snail Propulsion System, their racing propulsion system.

Nor does it look like they use the Snail propellers either, instead opting for a foldable propeller design more similar to the Mavic Pro.

If it is indeed an FPV Racer, it would be a fairly compact frame coming in between 191mm and 198mm (tough to tell the exact measurements given the angle and resolution of the pictures) compared to the average size of competitive racer size of 250mm.

It appears the Spark has some form of camera stabilization as well, which Racer aircraft usually do not. From the images, it looks as though it is a 2-axis gimbal which could be helpful for racing to cut down some of the downward pitch of the camera during a hard forward pitch.

It also appears to have the now-standard vision positioning system on the bottom of the unit, which would point more towards the selfie style of drone. Stabilizing its position in the air for a photograph would be essential for a selfie drone, and if that is the case it will probably also have the active track and gestures features of the Mavic Pro.

At this time not a whole lot is certain about this particular aircraft, but we will be updating this article as more information becomes available.

UPDATE 4/6/17

More photos (and a short video showing the Spark on and gimbal functioning) have surfaced. If these are a ruse, someone is doing an incredible job. Anyway, here they are.

 

Spark sans battery comes in at an incredibly small 190 grams.

Motor size comparison with Mavic on top and Spark below.

This is the first shot we’ve seen of internal components, which of course are extremely packed in.

It was reported elsewhere that the Spark had an SDXC slot, but after comparison with the slot shown in the image with the microUSB slot in the same picture, it looks like DJI is definitely sticking with their standard microSD format.

The bar above the camera may have some obstacle avoidance sensors, which would be a must for a selfie drone but a bit of a hindrance for an fpv racer.

Here’s a direct size comparison with the Mavic. The spark will be wider than the folded Mavic, but much shorter. We’ll call it even.

As promised, here’s a (very short) video of the Spark powered up!

 UPDATE 4/7/17

Of course, as we get closer to the previously speculated April 15 announcement (originally thought to be Phantom 5) the leaks will come quicker and quicker. Just a day later and there’s already quite a bit more.

Here’s a shot of the gimbal assembly by itself. It appears DJI has gone back to suspension damping with the Spark, and the solid yaw arm confirms the movement in the video as a two axis gimbal.

A screenshot of the app (supposedly from the Spark, I can only read English so I can’t see if there’s any contrary information there) shows the camera options, which go all the way to 4K. This isn’t too much of a surprise considering the 4K ability of the Mavic, but some were speculating that 1080p would be the max for the Spark.

And another size comparison, with what appears to be an iPad Mini on the left and presumably Galaxy S5 on the right.

Also, a video! A big factor in believing this is a legitimate video is the lack of yaw stabilization. Notice it is pretty rough on the turns, which a 3 axis gimbal would smooth out.

UPDATE 4/10/17


UAVExpertNews

DJI has a trend of giving a little away with their announcement graphics. Take this Osmo Mobile graphic for example:

At the time, it wasn’t known what this graphic was supposed to represent, but in hindsight, it looks quite like an Osmo handle with a general outline of a mobile phone floating above it.

Although we’re still thoroughly convinced the Spark will be a selfie drone, the graphic above for their announcement of April 23, 2017, looks an awful lot like a runway or a track on a drone racing circuit. They may announce that they are using the platform as both a selfie drone operated from a mobile device, and a package with a remote controller and DJI Goggles as an FPV racer.

UPDATE 4/24

Alas, the 23rd has come and gone with no mention of the Spark. The NAB 2017 announcement was mostly about the Ronin 2, which is a pretty awesome unit, but not a flight platform. You can check out the Ronin 2 HERE. Keep an eye on our blog where we’ll have more info about the Ronin 2, and keep watching this post which will be updated as soon as there’s more information about the Spark.

UPDATE 4/28

Shortly after NAB 2017 came to a close, DJI announced.. another announcement! No they didn’t announce the Spark, but their new announcement flyer seems like it could definitely be the Spark (FINALLY).

Seize The Moment surely sounds like a pocket-sized selfie drone tagline to us. Hopefully this time DJI isn’t teasing us. Although, again, Seize The Moment seems more like a selfie drone tagline than “Create Your Legacy” (that’s my bad) so this could definitely be it.

Keep your eyes peeled on May 24, 2017. The Sparks may fly (honestly I’m sorry for that pun.)

Update 5/5

The hype keeps growing, and we’re seeing more and more throughout the web that the Spark is the most expected announcement on May 24, less than 20 days away!

It has also been said that the Spark is expected to come sans remote controller. But if you refer back to the screen capture video from Sami Luo above (or here if you don’t like scrolling), you will notice the distinct lack of DJI’s mobile device controls.

 Yeah, those. 

True, they only pop up when you touch the screen to fly. But Sami was flying and doing a screen capture, so it seems unlikely that if there isn’t at least an option for a remote controller that these would be missing.

To add to the expectations that the Spark is on deck, prices for the Breeze have started to drop. Originally $499, the most common price point right now is $449 which is to be expected for a drone that’s been out for a while. But a recent Google search showed a price drop to $321. DJI is expected to blow their competitors out of the water (or sky I guess), so perhaps someone is trying to unload soon-to-be useless merchandise.

Of course, we will be keeping this page up-to-date with any new revelations or insights about the DJI Spark, but make sure to subscribe to our Spark email for info on pre-orders as soon as they’re available!

Update 5/17/17

DJI released a video today about their announcement on the 24th. Check it out here!

And just in case you missed the subtle hint at the upcoming announcement…

Wait! are those… Sparks? 😉

 UPDATE 5/19/17

We’re getting close to announcement time, and after the video above, we feel it’s pretty safe to say we’re going to get the Spark for real this time. But as pretty much anything is getting close to its release date (music and movies are a perfect example) some legit leaks hit the internet. Mostly similar to pirate cam versions of movies: it’s grainy and some dude stands up in front of the camera right during the good part, but at least you get a solid idea of what’s happening. (We do not condone taking or watching pirated movies). 

The Spark is no exception. Some new images surfaced, here you go!

So it looks like there will be an option for a remote controller with the spark, and it looks like it will be a Mavic controller sans LCD screen for telemetry data. Undoubtedly this information will still show via the app, so getting rid of the screen will save cost without actually sacrificing anything. Get ready for Wednesday, folks!

UPDATE: 5/24/16

It’s here! The SPARK has been oficially announced by DJI, and it’s even cooler than we thought.

The size we already knew: it’s small. But the ability for control solely with gesture mode was unexpected. As predicted, though, there will be an option for flight with either a mobile device or a remote controller (sold separately, or in Fly More Combo). It looks like its primary function is as a selfie drone, but they may still announce a “racing” version down the road.

There it is, finally a non-grainy picture of the Spark! We already saw that there would be at least two color options, but DJI went ahead and made 5 color options available! It looks like the color is only on the battery so presumably, you could purchase a different battery color when they’re available and change the color to fit your whim.
NOW FOR THE LONG AWAITED SPECS!
Takeoff Weight 300 g

Dimension 143×143×55 mm
Diagonal Distance (propellers excluded)170 mm

Max Ascent Speed 9.8 ft/s (3 m/s) in Sport Mode without wind

Max Descent Speed 9.8 ft/s (3 m/s) in Auto Landing Mode

Max Speed 31 mph (50 kph) in Sport Mode without wind

Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level 13,123 feet (4,000 m)

Max Flight Time 16 minutes (no wind at a consistent 12.4 mph (20 kph))

Max Hovering Time 15 minutes (no wind)

Operating Temperature Range 32° to 104° F (0° to 40° C)

Satellite Positioning Systems: GPS/GLONASS

Hovering Accuracy Range Vertical:

+/- 0.1 m (when Vision Positioning is active) or +/-0.5 m

Horizontal:

+/- 0.3 m (when Vision Positioning is active) or +/-1.5 m

Transmitter Power (EIRP) 2.4 GHz

FCC: 25 dBm; CE: 18 dBm; SRRC: 18 dBm

5.8 GHz

FCC: 27 dBm; CE: 14 dBm; SRRC: 27 dBm

Operating Frequency 2.400 – 2.483 GHz; 5.725 – 5.825 GHz

GIMBAL

Controllable Range Pitch: -85° to 0°

Stabilization 2-axis mechanical (pitch, roll)

3D SENSING SYSTEM

Obstacle Sensing Range 1-16 ft (0.2 – 5 m)

Operating Environment Surface should be larger than 20×20 cm and enable diffuse reflection, with

reflection rate >20% (eg. wall, tree, people)

VISION POSITIONING SYSTEM

Velocity Range ≤22.4 mph (36 kph) at 6.6 ft (2 m) above ground

Altitude Range 0-26 ft (0 – 8 m)

Operating Range 0-98 ft (0 – 30 m)

Operating Environment Surface with clear patterns, enables diffuse reflection with >20% reflection rate

Adequate lighting (lux>15)

CAMERA

Sensor 1/2.3″ CMOS

Effective pixels: 12 MP

Lens FOV 81.9° 25 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.6

(shooting range: 2 m to ∞)

ISO Range Video: 100-3200

Photo: 100-1600

Electronic Shutter Speed 2-1/8000 s

Image Size 3968×2976

Still Photography Modes Single Shot

Burst Shooting: 3 frames

Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV bias

Interval: 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60 s

Video Resolution FHD: 1920×1080 30p

Max Video Bitrate 24 Mbps

Supported File Systems FAT32 (≤ 32 GB)

Photo Format JPEG

Video Format MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)

Wi-Fi

Operating Frequency 2.4 GHz /5.8 GHz

Max Transmission Distance 100 m(Distance), 50 m(Height) (unobstructed, free of interference)

REMOTE CONTROLLER

Operating Frequency 2.412-2.462 GHz; 5.745-5.825 GHz

Max Transmission Distance 2.412 – 2.462 GHz (unobstructed, free of interference)

FCC: 1.2 mi (2 km); CE: 0.3 mi (500 m); SRRC: 0.3 mi (500 m)

5.745 – 5.825 GHz (unobstructed, free of interference)

FCC: 1.2 mi (2 km); CE: 0.18 mi (300 m); SRRC: 0.7 mi (1.2 km)

Operating Temperature Range 32° to 104° F (0° to 40° C)

Battery 2970 mAh

Transmitter Power (EIRP) 2.4 GHz

FCC: ≤26 dBm; CE: ≤18 dBm; SRCC: ≤18 dBm

5.8 GHz

FCC: ≤28 dBm; CE: ≤14 dBm; SRCC: ≤26 dBm

Operating Current/Voltage 950 mAh @3.7 V

Supported Mobile Device

Size

Thickness range: 6.5-8.5 mm

Max length: 160 mm

CHARGER

Input 100-240 V; 50/60 Hz; 0.5 A

Output 5 V/3 A; 9 V/2 A; 12 V/1.5 A

INTELLIGENT FLIGHT BATTERY

Capacity 1480 mAh

Voltage 11.4 V

Max Charging Voltage 13.05 V

Battery Type LiPo 3S

Energy 16.87 Wh

Net Weight Approx. 0.2 lbs (95 g)

Charging Temperature Range 41° to 104° F (5° to 40° C)

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