If you are a lucky owner of the new DJI Spark Drone, then it's time for some exciting and fun flying times! The newest from the leading drone and quadcopter manufacturer has been designed to be portable, filled with advanced flying features, provides great quality pictures and videos and most importantly, it is aimed towards beginner fliers.
If you’ve just received your Spark, there are a couple of things you should do to ensure a safe and enjoyable flying time. Here’s a checklist of things you can do to prepare the DJI Spark Drone for its first flight.
Unboxing and set up
You of course first need to remove the drone as well as all its accessories from the box. Check that all the parts are there and that they are undamaged in the shipping journey. While it is unlikely, it is always a good idea to check before you start flying.
Ensure to keep the small and necessary parts safely and also keep the instruction manual handy.
To set up, add the propellers, battery, and other necessary accessories to start flying the drone. This shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes. Ensure to charge your drone’s battery completely to enjoy the maximum flight time. To charge, put the battery into the drone and connect the USB. Since it is an intelligent battery it will show you the level of power it has.
To fly the drone you must link it to your smartphone that has the DJI GO 4 app. Start by opening the app and select your product. You will then be asked to scan a QR Barcode that can be found on the underside of the drone. An activation menu will appear on your app, so just follow the instructions and fill in the details to complete the process.
Also, connect the Spark to Wi-Fi by using its Wi-Fi name and password that can be found on its storage box or under the drone’s body.
Familiarize yourself with features for flight and safety
The Spark comes with FaceAware that recognizes your face and then within seconds the drone lifts off from your palm. It also has QuickShot, which lets users take videos with just a tap. Use modes like Rocket, Dronie, Circle, and Helix to get the perfect picture. Other modes such as ActiveTrack and TapFly are also available.
Users can experience a safer flight with the drone with its Flight Autonomy system that consists of the main camera, 24 powerful computing cores, vision positioning system, dual-band GPS, 3D sensing system and high-precision inertial measurement unit. It also comes with Return to Home feature that kicks in when the battery is low, the connection gets lost, or you press the RTH button.
It is important that you watch all the relevant tutorials available online or read from the DJI guidebooks to be able to best use these features. Once you’ve mastered how to fly to a certain extent, starting to use these cool features should be your next step.
Understand how to control the drone
The DJI Spark can be controlled using a smartphone that allows users to perform all functions and access the different mode settings, as well as view what is being recorded. You can do this by downloading the DJI GO 4 app on your phone. You can also separately buy the remote controller for the Spark as well if you wish to.
Another cool way to control the drone is through Gesture control. Gesture Mode lets you conveniently take a selfie by making a particular gesture when the drone is pointing at you. Take a selfie by just raising your arms, waving your hand or making a frame with your fingers.
Depending on your choice of flying, familiarize yourself with the functions and different buttons. Get used to their usage and use the manual to understand each button’s function.
Once everything is charged, upgraded and mounted as per the need, it is finally time to start flying!
This is the right time to also mount any accessories that you may have purchased separately to keep the drone safe. These could be prop guards, safe landing gear and such. Start with flying slow and eventually try the different speed modes and features to become an expert flyer.