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Ina Fried May 24, 2017
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DJI's latest drone acknowledges many of us are bad pilots

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.