DJI Launches Spark, a Palm-Sized Drone for $499 That Can be Controlled With Your iPhone

DJI is one of the more prominent names when it comes to drones, and the company has just unveiled the newest member of the family with the Spark.

The Spark was unveiled in New York City, and it will retail for $499. It’s a palm-sized drone, and it’s focus is on letting owners not only control the flying device with their iPhone, but also with simple gestures. For example, using a quick hand gesture will actually tell the drone to return to its takeoff location, making it quick and easy to get the drone back to where it started when you’re done flying around.

There is an optional remote that Spark owners can pick up, too, which will allow them to control the drone from up to 1.2 miles away. If you prefer to stick with the iPhone control scheme, the Spark can be controlled from up to 100 yards away. The Spark can reach speeds up to 31 MPH, and it will last 16 minutes with the battery fully charged.

Of course, there is a camera on board, which features a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor, which can handle recording video up to 1080p HD and taking 12-megapixel stills. The Spark also features GLONASS connectivity and a forward 3D sensor. GPS is on board as well. The drone can detect obstacles that are up to 16 feet away.

The DJI Spark is available to pre-order beginning today, and it will retail for $499. DJI says that shipments will begin in June, with delivery dates beginning on June 15. It will be available in three colors.

You can check out a couple of videos below, both of which go hands-on with the new DJI Spark. One of them, courtesy of Marques Brownlee, actually compares the Spark against a $3,000 drone, which is certainly worth checking out.

Casey Neistat compares the DJI Spark and DJI Mavic:

Marques Brownlee compares the DJI Spark to the Inspire