CIVILIAN drones and aerial imaging technology provider DJI has officially launched in the Philippines its mini drone camera Spark, which can be controlled by the user’s hand gestures.
“Controlling a camera drone with hand movements alone is a major step towards making aerial technology an intuitive part of everyone’s daily life, from work and adventure to moments with friends and family,” Kevin On, DJI’s director of communication, said at the media launch on Thursday.
According to him, Spark takes off from the hand and it automatically enters into Gesture Mode, which allows users to freely control the device with hand movements.
“In Gesture Mode, you can also send Spark up and away from you, take a selfie, and call it back with just your hands,” On said while demonstrating before the media how a Spark can be easily controlled.
Spark weighs a mere 10.6 ounces and is ready to launch within seconds. It can be operated by a remote controller, a mobile device, or hand gestures alone.
The devices houses a camera with a 1/2.3” CMOS sensor that captures photos of up to 12 megapixels and stabilized HD 1080p videos under normal flight mode. Its 2-axis mechanical gimbal and ultrasmooth technology dramatically reduce shake and rolling shutter effect to capture cinematic shots.
The new product also features the company’s previous drone shooting modes with two new additions: Pano Mode and ShallowFocus. The Pano creates horizontal or vertical panoramas by automatically adjusting its gimbal and heading, while in ShallowFocus, it allows you to put part of a picture into sharp focus while the rest of the image is softened, creating photographs with a shallow depth of field.
The device is now available at MSI-ECS and other authorized dealers in the country with a price tag of P30,500 for an aircraft, battery, a USB charger and three pairs of propellers.