DJI Spark Drone Now Shipping; Company Offers Firmware Upgrade

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DJI says its new Spark mini drone is now arriving in stores and homes around the world.

Introduced last month, Spark is a palm-size drone that shoots 12-megapixel photos and 1080p video. It offers an obstacle sensing system and automated flight modes and can be launched from the user’s palm and be controlled by hand gestures alone.

DJI says new Spark owners should immediately upgrade the firmware in their drones to take advantage of important new features. The new firmware provides more flexibility by recognizing the selfie gesture right after the aircraft is launched from the palm, when most of the pilot’s body appears in the frame. In addition, says DJI, selfies can still be taken from a longer distance after waving and sending Spark away several feet.

Further, the firmware upgrade provides more ways to control Spark’s flight through the DJI GO 4 app on a mobile device. DJI says it has taken into account feedback from early reviewers of the drone and allowed Spark pilots using mobile devices to smoothly adjust the maximum distance the aircraft will fly in some of the QuickShot intelligent flight modes.

The company says new Spark pilots can view a series of video tutorials for the drone. The tutorials can help pilots to learn more about the DJI GO 4 app, the pilot experience with a mobile device, how to use gesture mode, Spark’s QuickShot options for intelligent flight modes, and more.

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