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DJI To Unveil Its Smallest Drone Next Month

By Angelie Jill , Apr 27, 2017 06:08 AM EDT
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DJI is having an event on May 24, The email didn't offer many hints, offering journalists a chance to "seize the moment-join us for a BIG announcement". The Spark, the smallest drone to be revealed on the upcoming occasion is believed to be even smaller than the DJI Mavic Pro which folds down to the size of a water bottle.

The recently leaked images of a new DJI device supposedly called the Spark, popped up on Chinese DJI forums. It appeared to be a drone with the same foldable design of the Mavic Pro, but only smaller. The DJI Spark, according to allegedly leaked images, is about 15cm long. A leaked video of the drone also showed that it can be hand-held and has a vertical tilting camera. There's a lot of rumors floating about whether it's a low-cost "selfie" drone or meant for racing.

The Spark appears to be shipped without a controller and requires users to use a smartphone to control the drones. As such, the range is more likely limited than the company's other drones. Currently, the older Phantom 3 Standard price at $499 is the company's least expensive drone. This drone was released two years ago and though slightly updated, it lacks collision detection and is also bulky. At a price of $999, the DJI Mavic Pro is the company's latest drone and it carries a towering price even though it's one of the most capable drones available.

The Spark will possibly be available around the same price as the $500 Yunecc Breeze, which is similar in size and features of the DJI's upcoming smallest drone, the Spark. It's unclear right now how much would be the price for the Spark. The cheapest drone that it sells right now is the Mavic Pro at $999. DJI's event will be held in New York City on May 24th.

        

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