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What Does DJI Spark Tell Us About The Phantom 5 & Mavic 2?




The DJI Spark is the right drone at the right time. Just as the hobby of aerial photography starts to gain traction and the technology to make it easy and accessible comes to the fore, DJI has stepped in to take advantage.

With the Spark, DJI is appealing to a completely new audience: families, absolute beginners, selfie lovers and anyone with a passing interest in consumer technology.

Many of the barriers previously faced by beginners have been swept away. Unlike plenty of more professional-level drones, the DJI Spark is (relatively) affordable, portable, safe, intuitive, customizable (to a degree) and easy to fly. Sure, the image quality doesn’t compare favorably to any of DJI’s other drones. But for a mainstream market that doesn’t matter.

Brilliantly, however, the Spark is still going to appeal to loyal DJI customers as well as being an entry point for new hobbyists. Pilots who own the latest Phantom or the Mavic will be keen to try one out. While complete beginners will be drawn in by the user-friendly nature of this tiny new drone.

What does the DJI Spark tell us about the Mavic 2 and Phantom 5?

The question is, what features from the Spark can we expect to be shared with DJI’s more expensive models in the future? The company often slides it technology from one iteration to the next. So will we see the Spark’s mainstream-friendly features in the next DJI Mavic or the Phantom 5?

Here are a few things that might be transferred up the DJI chain…

The Spark’s 3D Vision Technology

We don’t know a lot about the Spark’s 3D sensor system at the moment. In particular, we don’t know exactly how it differs from the Mavic Pro’s forward and downward-facing vision system.

From looking at DJI’s own specification comparison, it seems as though the 3D Sensing System is being used both to detect obstacles with diffuse reflective surfaces, such as walls, people and trees, and to allow pilots to use the new ShallowFocus mode. It might also be key to the new palm gestures the Spark is able to

It might also be key to the new palm gestures the Spark is able to recognize, as well as its facial recognition capability.

The Spark will automatically avoid obstacles up to 16 ft (5 m) in front of it, but the 3D sensor system also allows you to create photos with a shallow depth of field.

From looking at the image below, it’s easy to see where an upgraded version of that 3D system might fit on the Mavic 2

dji mavic proSPARKHEADSHOT

Failing that, we can definitely expect to see the backward vision sensing found on the Phantom 4 Pro to be included in the new Phantom and the next Mavic.

The Power of the Palm

We use our hands and, in particular, our palms as tools to help us communicate on a daily basis. The DJI Spark’s palm and gesture control looks like it will be here to stay and shouldn’t be too difficult to incorporate onto the Mavic 2 and Phantom 4.

Whether professional pilots will have as much use for them as selfie lovers remain to be seen.

There’s also FaceAware, which allows the Spark to take-off from your hand once your face has been successfully scanned. Although this will be difficult with larger drones like the Phantom 5, it’s not impossible to imagine similar technology being in the Mavic 2.

Want to know more about the DJI Spark? Read our article: 30 Questions about Spark answered – DJI Spark FAQ

A New Range of Instant, One-touch Flight Modes

Where the Spark comes into its own is usability. Although it can be purchased with a separate controller for manual flight, it looks like the majority of users will be fine just using their smartphone.

A series of one-touch flight modes give plenty of versatility and make it easy to create slick shots. These include:

  • Ascend with the camera pointing downward.
  • Dronie: Fly backward and upward, with the camera locked on your subject.
  • Circle around your target.
  • Fly upward, spiraling around your subject.

There’s no reason why all of these new flight options won’t come as standard with the Phantom 5 and Mavic 2.

A Selection of Colors

It’s usually only once a gadget has become popular and mainstream that people start to care about what it looks like.

One nice touch that DJI has offered with the Spark is the option to buy it in a variety of colors. This might not seem like much, but it’s a vital part of making the Spark a family-friendly drone that can be personalized to suit the customer’s preference.

DJI Spark colors

The DJI Spark comes in a range of colors.

We can imagine a similar theme emerging with all DJI drones from now on. Sure, professional users buying top-of-the-range Phantoms or the next Mavic might not care too much about the color of their drone – but it’s a nice option to have!


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