July 18, 2018, 11:55 pm
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Top drone Spark now smarter, easier to use

by Desmond Gregory E. Tribdino 

DRONES have matured from being simple aerial toys to hovering machines that work for imaging and information delivery. But drones still play a special role in personal lives, capturing and sharing life’s special moments.

DJI Spark is the default drone camera for this purpose. It is the smallest, and according to the manufacturer, the smartest drone that lets users control it with hand gestures alone. A recent firmware update, delivers the new features and a powerful combination of video and photo improvements to the flying device. These features include a new gesture to start and stop video recording, enhanced QuickShot video features for more cinematic control and a 180-degree photo shooting mode and improved photo image resolution.

“We are excited to make Spark even better with these new features and improvements, many of which are the result of the overwhelmingly positive feedback and requests we received from customers around the world,” Paul Pan, Senior Product Manager at DJI explained. 

Through its innovative 3D Sensing System, Spark’s groundbreaking features like Gesture Mode and PalmControl allow users to control it with hand movements, with commands to follow them like take aerial selfies, send the drone out, and call it to fly back. 

The Record gesture provides the flexibility to start and stop video recording with a simple arm movement, for the freedom and the flexibility to capture beautiful, smooth videos whenever the right moment strikes using Spark’s image stabilized 1080p HD camera. 

 “These updates deliver on our vision to make Spark an easy and fun camera drone that anyone can use, even if you’ve never flown a drone before” Pan adds.

Spark’s QuickShot Intelligent Flight Modes that make creating professional videos fun and easy have also been enhanced. Using QuickShot, Spark automatically flies along a preset flight path while recording a short video and tracking a subject along the way. Users can now control which circular direction the drone flies during Circle and Helix modes to give them more cinematic control when filming. Other QuickShot modes have also been improved.  increasing the height gained during Dronie mode and smoothing out the camera’s pitch in Rocket mode
 Spark also adds new photo shooting features that maximize the camera’s capabilities. In addition to the existing Vertical and Horizontal Pano modes, a new 180 mode stitches 21 individual photos together to capture breathtaking 180-degree panoramic images. The photo resolution when shooting in ActiveTrack and Gesture Modes has also been improved to capture images at 12-megapixel resolution of 3968×2976 pixels.

 The firmware update has also made improvements on the overall performance of Spark including better responsiveness to input from the remote controller, enhanced connectivity between the aircraft and remote controller, as well as flight logging for the Intelligent Battery system.

 To take advantage of these new features, users must download and install the latest firmware on their drone and remote controller, which also updates the firmware on the Intelligent Battery system. Users must also download and use the latest DJI GO 4 mobile app, available for Android and iOS devices.
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