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Indeed, once it's powered-on and it takes off from your palm, it automatically starts watching for instructions.

Either gestures can control this drone or via a smartphone, it could be manipulated from a distance of 109 yards.

Once it's in the air, you can control it just using hand gestures.

The company is also in plans to launch a QuickShot that enables the user to shoot a short duration video of about 1 minute and compress it to 10 seconds for the social media sharing goal. If you have multiple batteries, it takes less time to load using a Charging Hub. Finally in Helix it spirals away from a subject as it flies upward. This makes it easy to share on social media.

Two further modes are borrowed from DJI's grown-up drones.

There's a new option in TapFly called Coordinate which lets you fly the Spark automatically to a location you tap on your phone screen. This mode allows users to send the drone into the air and shoot a video using pre-defined flight paths like circling, following or filming from straight up. And, of course, the Spark will work with DJI Goggles, the $769 first-person view (FPV) headset that the company announced earlier this year.

DJI unveiled its newest drone Spark at Grand Central's Vanderbilt Hall in NY. This technology will allow the Spark to fly accurately and also sense and avoid obstructions from up to 16 feet away.

Other features DJI Spark include the ability to return home automatically, provided the Global Positioning System signal is strong enough. 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. There's a 2-axis mechanical gimbal and DJI's UltraSmooth stabilization technology.

All of Spark's flight modes include full flight autonomy, thanks to a sensor cocktail of GPS/GLONASS, a 3D sensing system and what DJI is marketing as a vision positioning system to stay stable during flight.

For photos there is Pano mode where the Spark stitches together snaps for a wide shot and ShallowFocus for that blurry background effect. The DJI GO 4 app also has various filters and auto-editing templates.

The DJI Spark is available for preorder as of Thursday for $499 and will ship in mid-June.

The US retail price of a DJI Spark, including an aircraft, a battery, a USB charger and three pairs of propellers, is $499 United States dollars. The Spark comes in white, blue, green, red and yellow. Spark appears to be the product meant to lure that buyer, with a device that's more consumer friendly in both price and ease of use. A "Fly More Combo" adds an additional battery, remote control and other accessories, and will retail for $1,199. Unlike the larger Phantom models, which were hefty and awkward to carry, the Mavic could slip into your bag, purse, or even a (large) back pocket.


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