First impressions of the DJI Spark drone: gesture controls in the palm of your hand, but no 4K video

Measuring 143mm ×143mm × 55 mm and weighing 300 grams, DJI’s mini drone Spark is the company’s latest attempt to make the hobby more accessible to the masses. But as with all things small, something’s got to give. We gave the new Spark a quick spin to see if any features have been sacrificed or compromised for the sake of its size. These are our first impressions, partly due to the short loan period of the test unit (a weekend), but mostly because recent bad weather has prevented us from doing a full test.

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Hardware and design

The Spark’s body is lighter than most smartphones today, and apart from its propeller arms protruding from its body, it is not much bigger than

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