DJI’s New $500 Drone Looks an Awful Lot Like Everybody Else’s Cheap Drone

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In a splashy reveal at Grand Central Station on Wednesday, DJI announced the Spark, a pint-sized camera drone that’s been rumored for weeks. The company says it’s about the size and weight of a soda can. You can also control it with the wave of a hand.

This is an interesting—albeit unoriginal—promise. A new suite of gesture controls that DJI calls PalmControl lets the Spark take off from your hand, take a selfie, and then return to your hand. The Spark also features four Intelligent Flight Modes that are similar to those already available the Mavic Pro and the Phantom 4. In Rocket mode, the drone goes straight up with the camera pointed down. In Dronie mode, the drone flies up and away from you while keeping the subject in frame. Circle mode makes

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