May 24, 2017

DJI's latest drone acknowledges many of us are bad pilots

Ina Fried, author of Login

DJI's Spark, announced Wednesday, addresses one of the big challenges with consumer drones: Many of us are just not cut out to be pilots.

The $499 camera drone can be controlled simply by hand gestures and has a bunch of cool preset flight modes, including circling around a subject and taking off like a rocket straight up, all while automatically recording a 10 second video.

For those that do want to, you know, actually fly the Spark, it can fly for up to 16 minutes on a charge, go up to 31 miles per hour using a remote control accessory and is also capable of taking 12-megapixel photos as well as HD video.

What it doesn't address: It's still hard to find places to legally fly drones, especially in cities. Plus, it's still not clear most people can find enough uses to shell out several hundred bucks for a drone, even if they do take a sick selfie.

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