Drone pilots have a new, compact camera-drone option, with the DJI Spark promising not only portability but piloting so simple you don’t even need a controller. Smaller than the DJI Mavic, the Spark mini-drone is designed to be controlled by hand gestures. Indeed, once it’s powered-on and it takes off from your palm, it automatically starts watching for instructions.
DJI is calling it Gesture Mode, and it gives control over the basics without needing to stare at your phone or a traditional control pad. You’ll be able to send Spark up and away from you and then summon it back, along with taking photos, all with palm movements.
At the same time, there are still more traditional control options for those wanting to get a little more involved. It’ll support both a dedicated controller, or using a smartphone or tablet. Like DJI’s larger, more