SPARK User Manual V1.0 2017.05
Searching for Keywords Search for keywords such as “battery” and “install” to find a topic. If you are using Adobe Acrobat Reader to read this document, press Ctrl+F on Windows or Command+F on Mac to begin a search. Navigating to a Topic View a complete list of topics in the table of contents. Click on a topic to navigate to that section. Printing this Document This document supports high resolution printing. Using this Manual Legends Warning Important Hints and Tips Reference Read Before the First Flight Read the following documents before using the SPARKTM: 1. Spark in the Box 2. Spark User Manual 3. Spark Quick Start Guide 4. Spark Disclaimer and Safety Guidelines 5. Spark Intelligent Flight Battery Safety Guidelines We recommend that you watch all tutorial videos on the official DJITM website and read the Disclaimer before you fly. Prepare for your first flight by reviewing the Spark Quick Start Guide and refer to the User Manual for more details. Video Tutorials Go to the address below or scan the QR code on the right to watch the Spark tutorial videos, which demonstrate how to use Spark safely: http://www.dji.com/spark/info#video Download the DJI GO 4 App Be sure to use the DJI GOTM 4 app during flight. Scan the QR code on the right to download the latest version. The Android version of the DJI GO 4 is compatible with Android v4.4 or later. The iOS version of the DJI GO 4 is compatible with iOS v9.0 or later. Download DJI Assistant 2 Download DJI Assistant 2 at http://www.dji.com/spark/download 2 © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved.
Contents Using this Manual 2 Legends 2 Read Before the First Flight 2 Video Tutorials 2 Download the DJI GO 4 App 2 Download DJI Assistant 2 2 Product Profile 6 Introduction 6 Features Highlights 6 Aircraft Diagram 7 Activation 7 Aircraft 9 Flight Modes 9 Aircraft Status Indicators 10 3D Sensing and Vision System 11 Return-to-Home (RTH) 13 Intelligent Flight Modes 16 Gesture Mode 23 Flight Recorder 26 Attaching and Detaching the Propellers 26 Intelligent Flight Battery 27 Gimbal and Camera 30 Controlling the Aircraft with a Mobile Device 31 Remote Controller (Optional) 36 Remote Controller Profile 36 Using the Remote Controller 37 Linking the Remote Controller 38 DJI GO 4 App 41 Equipment 41 Editor 44 SkyPixel 44 Me 44 © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved. 3
Flight 46 Flight Environment Requirements 46 Flight Limits and No-Fly Zones 46 Preflight Checklist 47 Auto Takeoff and Auto Landing 48 Starting/Stopping the Motors (When Using Remote Controller) 48 Flight Test 49 Calibrating the Compass 49 Firmware Updates 50 Appendix 53 Specifications 53 After-Sales Information 55 4 © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved.
Product Profile This section introduces the DJI Spark and lists the components of the aircraft and remote controller.
Product Profile Introduction The DJI Spark is DJI's smallest flying camera featuring a stabilized camera, Intelligent Flight Modes, and Obstacle Avoidance inside a light, portable body. Equipped with a Vision System and 3D Sensing System, Spark can film 1080p videos, capture 12-megapixel photos, QuickShot Mode and Gesture Control. With a maximum flight speed* of 31 mph (50 kph), and a maximum flight time of 16 minutes**, Spark is quick and fun, making drone photography exciting and simple. Features Highlights Spark supports mobile device control and gesture control, making flying easier than ever. For users look- ing for more control options, an optional remote controller delivers maximum flight capabilities. Camera and Gimbal: With the Spark, you are able to shoot 1080p video at 30 frames per second and capturing 12 megapixel photos that look crisper and cleaner, all stabilized by the compact onboard gimbal. Flight Controller: The next-generation flight controller has been updated to provide a safer, more reliable flight experience. The aircraft is able to automatically return to its home point when transmission signal is lost or battery level is low. Apart from being able to hover indoors at low altitudes, the aircraft is also able to sense and avoid obstacles on its route, enhancing safety. * Maximum flight speed requires operating Spark with a Spark remote controller. ** Maximum flight time was tested in windless conditions flying at a consistent 12.4 mph (20 kph). This value should be taken for reference only. 6 © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved.
Spark User Manual Aircraft Diagram 1 2 1. Propellers 3 2. Motors 4 5 10 3. Front LEDs 11 4. 3D Sensing System 5. Gimbal and Camera 9 6 7 6. Aircraft Status Indicators 8 7. Intelligent Flight Battery 8. Power Button 9. Battery Level Indicators 13 10. Micro USB Port 12 11. Micro SD Card Slot 12. External Charging Contact 13. Vision System Activation Activation is required before using the Intelligent Flight Battery and aircraft for the first time. Activate the Intelligent Flight Battery All batteries are in Hibernation Mode before shipment to ensure safety. Use the provided USB charger to charge and activate the battery for the first time. It is recommended to fully charge the battery before each flight. Power Outlet USB Charger Micro USB Port 100~240 V Activate the Aircraft Launch DJI GO 4, tap the icon in the upper right corner, scan the QR Code on the storage box or in the battery compartment, and follow the prompt for activation. Use your DJI account to activate the aircraft. Activation requires an internet connection. Internet © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved. 7
Aircraft This section introduces the Flight Controller, 3D Sensing System, Vision System, and the Intelligent Flight Battery. 8 © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved.
Aircraft Spark contains a flight controller, video downlink system, 3D Sensing System, Gimbal and Camera, propulsion system, and an Intelligent Flight Battery. This section introduces the features of the flight controller, video downlink system, and other aircraft components. Flight Modes The following flight modes are available for Spark: P Mode (Positioning): P Mode works best when the GPS signal is strong. The aircraft utilizes the GPS and Vision System to locate itself, automatically stabilize, and navigate between obstacles. Intelligent Flight Modes such as QuickShot, TapFly and ActiveTrack are enabled in this mode. When forward obstacle sensing is enabled and lighting conditions are sufficient, the maximum flight attitude angle is 15° with a maximum flight speed of 6.7 mph (10.8 kph). When forward obstacle sensing is disabled, the maximum flight attitude angle is 15° and the maximum flight speed is 13.4 mph (21.6 kph). The aircraft will automatically switch to ATTI mode when the GPS signal is weak and lighting conditions are too dark for the Vision System, it will not be able to automatically avoid obstacles and only use its barometer for positioning to control altitude. Intelligent Flight Modes are not available in ATTI mode. Note: P Mode requires larger stick movements to achieve high speeds. S Mode (Sport): The aircraft uses GPS for positioning. As forward obstacle sensing is disabled, the aircraft will not be able to sense and avoid obstacles when in Sport Mode. Intelligent Flight Modes, Pano Mode and ShallowFocus are not available in Sport Mode. Note: Aircraft responses are optimized for agility and speed making it more responsive to stick movements. The 3D Sensing System is disabled in S Mode (Sport), which means the aircraft will not be able to automatically avoid obstacles on its route. The aircraft’s maximum speed and braking distance are significantly increased in S Mode (Sport). A minimum braking distance of 30 meters is required in windless conditions. Descending speed is significantly increased in S Mode. The aircraft’s responsiveness is significantly increased in S Mode (Sport), which means small stick movements on the remote controller will translate into a large travel distance of the aircraft. Be vigilant and maintain adequate maneuvering space during flight. S Mode is only available with a Spark remote controller. S Mode is disabled when flying with a mobile device. Use the Flight Mode switch on the remote controller to select aircraft flight modes. © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved. 9
Spark User Manual Aircraft Status Indicators Spark has Front LEDs and Aircraft Status Indicators. The positions of these LEDs are shown in the figure below: Front LEDs Aircraft Status Indicators The Front LEDs show the orientation of the aircraft and the status of some functions (please refer to the Gesture Mode “Feature Descriptions” section for more details). The Front LEDs glow solid red when the aircraft is turned on to indicate the front or nose of the aircraft. The Aircraft Status Indicators communicate the system status of the flight controller. Refer to the table below for more information about the Aircraft Status Indicators. Aircraft Status Indicator Description Normal Alternating red, green and yellow flashes Turning On and Self Diagnostic Testing Alternate yellow and green flashing Warming Up Slow green flashing P Mode with GPS ×2 Two green flashes P Mode with Vision System Slow yellow flashing No GPS and Vision System Fast green flashing Braking Warning Fast yellow flashing Remote Controller Signal Lost Slow red flashing Low Battery Warning Fast red flashing Critical Low Battery Warning Red flashing IMU Error — Solid Red Critical Error Fast alternating red and yellow flashing Compass Calibration Required 10 © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved.
Spark User Manual 3D Sensing and Vision System Spark is equipped with a 3D Sensing System 1, consisting of a 3D infrared module at the front of the air- craft, which scan for obstacles during flight. The main components of the Vision System are located on the underside of the aircraft body. This in- cludes a camera 2 and a 3D infrared module 3. The Vision System uses 3D infrared module and image data to help the aircraft maintain its current position, enabling precision hovering indoors or in environ- ments where GPS signal is not available. The 3D Sensing System constantly scan for obstacles, allowing Spark to avoid obstacles when lighting is sufficient. 2 3 1 Detection Range The detection range of the 3D Sensing System is depicted below. Note that the aircraft cannot sense or avoid obstacles that are not within the detection range. 0.2- 5 m Using the Vision System The Vision System is activated automatically when the aircraft is turned on. No further action is required. The Vision System can be used in indoor environments where GPS is unavailable. Using the Vision System, the aircraft can hover precisely, even without GPS. © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved. 11
Spark User Manual Follow the steps below to use the Vision System: 1. Ensure the aircraft is in P Mode and place the aircraft on a flat surface. Note that the Vision System cannot work properly on surfaces without clear pattern variations. 2. Turn on the aircraft. The aircraft will hover in place after takeoff. The aircraft status indicators will flash green twice, which indicates the Vision System is working. Powered by the 3D Sensing System, the aircraft is able to actively brake when obstacles are detected in front. The 3D Sensing System works best when lighting is adequate and the obstacle is clearly marked or textured. The aircraft must fly at no more than 6.7 mph (10.8 kph) to allow for sufficient braking distance. 3D Sensing and Vision System performance are affected by the type of surface being flown over. The aircraft will switch from P Mode to ATTI Mode automatically if neither GPS or Vision System are available. Please be vigilant when operating Spark in the following situations: Flying at high speeds below 0.5 meters. Flying over monochrome surfaces (e.g., solid black, solid white, solid red, or solid green). Flying over highly reflective surfaces. Flying over water or transparent surfaces. Flying over moving surfaces or objects. Flying in an area where the lighting changes frequently or drastically. Flying over extremely dark (lux < 10) or bright (lux > 100,000) surfaces. Flying over surfaces without clear patterns or texture. Flying over surfaces with identical repeating patterns or textures (e.g., tiling). Flying over small and fine objects (e.g. tree branches and power lines). Flying at speeds of over 6.7 mph (10.8 kph) at 2 meters above the ground. Keep sensors clean at all times. Dirt or other debris may adversely affect their effectiveness. 12 © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved.
Spark User Manual Return-to-Home (RTH) The Return to Home (RTH) function brings the aircraft back to the last recorded Home Point. There are three types of RTH: Smart RTH, Low-Battery RTH, and Failsafe RTH. This following section describes the three RTH scenarios in detail. GPS Description If a strong GPS signal was acquired before takeoff, the Home Point is the location from which the aircraft launched. The GPS signal strength Home Point is indicated by the GPS icon ( ). The aircraft status indicator will blink rapidly when the home point is recorded. Smart RTH Initiate Smart RTH when GPS is available. Tap the RTH button in DJI GO 4 and follow the onscreen instructions. The user can also immediately exit Smart RTH by pressing the Stop icon × in DJI GO 4. Pressing and holding the RTH button on the remote controller can also initiate Smart RTH. Press it again to exit. Low-Battery RTH Low-Battery RTH is triggered when the DJI Intelligent Flight Battery is depleted to a point that may affect the safe return of the aircraft. Users are advised to return home or land the aircraft immediately when prompted. DJI GO 4 will display a notice when a low-battery warning is triggered. If no action is taken after the 10-second warning, the aircraft will automatically return to the Home Point. The user can cancel the RTH procedure by pressing the RTH button or Flight Pause button on the remote controller. The thresholds for these warnings are automatically determined based on the aircraft’s current altitude and distance from the Home Point. Low-Battery RTH will only appear one time during flight. The aircraft will land automatically if the current battery level can only support the aircraft long enough to descend from its current altitude. The Battery Level Indicator is displayed in DJI GO 4, and is described below: Critical Low battery level warning Sufficient battery level (Red) (Green) Low battery level warning (Yellow) Remaining flight time Power required 12:29 to return home Battery Level Indicator © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved. 13
Spark User Manual Battery Level Aircraft Status Remark DJI GO 4 App Flight Instructions Warning Indicator Tap “Go-home” to have the aircraft return to the Home Fly the aircraft point automatically, or back and land “Cancel” to resume normal it as soon as Low battery Battery power Aircraft status flight. If no action is taken, possible, then level warning is low. Land the indicators blink the aircraft will automatically stop the motors aircraft. RED slowly. go home after 10 seconds. and replace the Remote controller will sound battery. an alarm. The DJI GO 4 app display Critical Low The aircraft Aircraft status will flash red and the aircraft Allow the aircraft to battery level must land indicators blink will start to descend. The descend and land warning immediately. RED quickly. remote controller will sound automatically. an alarm. Estimated Estimated remaining flight remaining N/A N/A N/A based on current flight time battery level. When the Critical Low Battery level warning is triggered and the aircraft begins to land automatically, throttle up using the virtual joysticks or control sticks to keep the aircraft at its current altitude. This gives you an opportunity to navigate to a more appropriate landing location. The colored zones and markers on the battery level indicator bar reflect the estimated remaining flight time. They are automatically adjusted according to the aircraft’s current location and status. Failsafe RTH If the Home Point was successfully recorded, GPS signal is strong and the compass is functioning normally, Failsafe RTH will be automatically activated if the wireless signal is lost for a specified amount of time (three seconds when using the remote controller and 20 seconds when using Wi-Fi). The user may cancel Failsafe RTH to regain control when the wireless signal connection is reestablished. RTH Procedure 1. Home Point is recorded automatically. 2. RTH procedure is triggered i.e., Smart RTH, Low-Battery RTH and Failsafe RTH. 3. Home Point is confirmed and the aircraft adjusts its orientation. 4. a. The aircraft will ascend to the pre-set RTH attitude and then fly to the Home Point when the aircraft is further than 20 m from the home point. b. When the aircraft is between 3 m and 20 m from the Home Point, it will return to the Home Point at the current altitude with the RTH at Current Altitude option enabled (the default setting in DJI GO 4) if flying at or above 2.5 m. It will ascend to 2.5 m then return to home if flying lower than 2.5 m. 14 © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved.
Spark User Manual Note: If RTH at Current Altitude is disabled in DJI GO 4, the aircraft will land automatically when the aircraft is between 3 m and 20 m from the Home Point. c. The aircraft will land automatically if RTH is triggered and the aircraft is less than 3 m from the home point. 5. The aircraft will hover 0.3 m above ground and wait for confirmation from the user. The aircraft will land and stop its motors after user confirmation. 1 Record Home Point 2 Remote Control Signal Lost 3 Signal Lost for Extended Time × × 4 RTH (Adjustable Altitude) 5 Landing (After User Confirmation) Height over HP>Failsafe Altitude × Elevate to Failsafe Altitude × Hovering at 0.3 meters above the Home Point Failsafe Altitude Height over HP<=Failsafe Altitude The aircraft cannot return to the Home Point when GPS signal is weak or unavailable. It is important to set a suitable Failsafe altitude before each flight. Launch the DJI GO 4 app, tap “GO FLY” and tap to set the Failsafe Altitude. The aircraft will stop ascending and immediately return to the Home Point if you move the throttle stick in the aircraft reaches 65 feet (20 meters) altitudes or beyond during Failsafe. Obstacle Avoidance during RTH Spark will Return to Home at a flight speed of 10 m/s and cannot avoid obstacles when RTH is triggered and the aircraft is further than 100 m from the home point. Spark can sense and actively attempt to avoid obstacles during RTH, provided that lighting conditions are adequate enough for the 3D Sensing System and RTH is triggered when the aircraft is less than 100 m from the Home Point. Upon detecting an obstacle, the aircraft will act as follows: 1. The aircraft decelerates when an obstacle is sensed at 16 ft (5 m). 2. The aircraft stops and hovers then starts flying backward until the 3D Sensing System cannot sense any obstacles. 3. The aircraft ascends vertically for about five seconds. 4. RTH procedure resumes. The aircraft will continue flying to the Home Point at the current altitude. Ascends for five seconds 5m © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved. 15
Spark User Manual Obstacle sensing will turn off and the aircraft will ascend to the Failsafe altitude automatically and will fly to the Home Point at a flight speed of 10 m/s if the obstacle can still be sensed after the aircraft has flown backward for 10 m. The aircraft will repeat steps 1-3 if the obstacle is sensed again during ascent. The aircraft cannot avoid obstacles above, beside, or behind the aircraft. Precision Landing Spark automatically scans and attempts to match the terrain features underneath it during Return-to- Home. When the current terrain matches Home Point terrain, Spark will begin landing immediately to achieve precision landing. DJI GO 4 will show a terrain feature mismatch prompt if matching fails. Precision Landing performance is subject to the following conditions: a. Home Point is recorded upon take off, and cannot not be refreshed during flight. b. The aircraft must take off vertically. Takeoff altitude must be greater than seven meters. c. Home Point terrain features remain largely unchanged. d. Home Point terrain with no distinctive features will affect performance. e. Lighting conditions cannot be too light or too dark. The following actions are available during landing: a. Throttle down to accelerate landing. b. Moving the control sticks in any other direction will stop Precision Landing. Spark will descend vertically after the control sticks are released. Intelligent Flight Modes Spark supports Intelligent Flight Modes, including QuickShot, ActiveTrack, TapFly, Gesture, and Tripod Mode. Tap in DJI GO 4 or press the Function button on the remote controller to enable an Intelligent Flight Mode. QuickShot QuickShot shooting modes include Rocket, Dronie, Circle, and Helix. Spark will record a video according to the selected shooting mode and then automatically generate a 10-second short video. The video can then be viewed, edited, or shared to social media from the Playback menu. Dronie : Fly backward and upward, with the camera locked on your subject. Circle: Circle around your subject. Helix: Fly upward, spiraling around your subject. Rocket: Ascend with the camera pointing downward. Using QuickShot Ensure that the aircraft is in P Mode and that the Intelligent Flight Battery is charged sufficiently. Follow the steps below to use QuickShot: 16 © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved.
Spark User Manual 1. Take off and ensure the aircraft is flying at least 4.5 ft (1.5 m) above the ground. 1.5 m 2. Launch DJI GO 4, tap , then select QuickShot, and follow the prompts. In-Flight（GPS） 12 QuickShot 2.4G 61% 09:29 1080P/30 H 9.6 D 9.6 S 1.1 3. Select your target subject in the camera view and choose a shooting mode. Tap “GO” to begin recording. The aircraft will fly back to its original position after shooting is finished. In-Flight（GPS） 12 QuickShot 2.4G 61% 09:29 1080P/30 GO 4. View and edit the generated or original video using Playback. QuickShot is only available when GPS signal is strong. Tap in DJI GO 4 to exit QuickShot anytime during shooting. In QuickShot, the aircraft cannot avoid obstacles automatically. Please make sure to only use QuickShot in wide open areas. ActiveTrack ActiveTrack allows you to mark and track a moving object on your mobile device’s screen. No external tracking device is required. Spark can automatically identify and trace bikes and other vehicles, people and animals, and use different tracking strategies for each. © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved. 17
Spark User Manual Using ActiveTrack Ensure the Intelligent Flight Battery is fully charged and the aircraft is in P Mode. Follow the steps below to use ActiveTrack: 1. Take off and hover at least 4.5 ft (1.5 m) above ground. 1.5 m 2. In DJI GO 4, tap to bring up the flight modes and select ActiveTrack. In-Flight（GPS） 12 P-GPS 2.4G 61% 09:29 1080P/30 H 9.6 D 9.6 S 1.1 3. Tap on the subject you want to track then tap to confirm your selection. If the subject is not automatically recognized, drag a box around it. The box will turn green when tracking is in progress. If the box turns red, the object could not be identified and you should try again. In-Flight（GPS） 12 ActiveTrack 2.4G 61% 09:29 1080P/30 GO 4. The aircraft will automatically avoid obstacles in its flight path. If the aircraft loses track of the subject, because it is moving too fast or is obscured, re-select the subject to resume tracking. 18 © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved.
Spark User Manual ActiveTrack includes the following functions: Trace Profile The aircraft tracks the subject at constant angle The aircraft tracks the subject at a constant and distance from the side. Use the roll stick distance. Use the roll stick on the remote on the remote control to circle the subject. The controller or the slider in DJI GO 4 to circle the aircraft will not be able to avoid obstacles while subject. in Profile Mode. Use this mode in open areas. DO NOT select an area with people, animals, small or fine objects (e.g. tree branches and power lines), or transparent objects (e.g. glass or water). Stay clear of obstacles near the flight path, particularly when the aircraft is flying backward. Operate the aircraft manually or tap icon in DJI GO 4 in an emergency. Be extra vigilant when using ActiveTrack in any of the following situations: a) The tracked subject is not moving on a level plane. b) The tracked subject changes shape drastically while moving. c) The tracked subject could be blocked or out of sight for a long time. d) The tracked subject is moving on a snowy surface. e) The tracked subject has a similar color or pattern to its surrounding environment. f) Available light is too low (< 300 lux) or too high (> 10,000 lux). You must follow local privacy laws and regulations when using ActiveTrack. Exiting ActiveTrack Use the following methods to exit ActiveTrack: 1. Press the Flight Pause button on the remote controller. 2. Tap the icon on the screen. OR After exiting ActiveTrack, the aircraft will hover in place, at which point you may choose to fly manually, track another subject, or return to home. TapFly TapFly features two entirely new sub modes, Coordinate Mode and Direction Mode. Coordinate Mode is the default. The aircraft will automatically avoid obstacles it sees or brake and hover in front of them, provided that there is sufficient light between (< 300 lux) and (> 10,000 lux). © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved. 19
Spark User Manual Coordinate Mode Tap a specific location on screen. The aircraft will travel to that point at your current altitude, then hover in place. Using Coordinate Mode Ensure that the Intelligent Flight Battery is fully charged and the aircraft is in P Mode. Follow the steps below to use Coordinate Mode: 1. Take off and ensure the aircraft is hovering at least 3 ft (1 m) above ground. 1m 2. Launch DJI GO 4 and tap . Select TapFly, Coordinate Mode, then follow the prompts. In-Flight（GPS） 12 P-GPS 2.4G 61% 09:29 1080P/30 H 9.6 D 9.6 S 1.1 3. Tap once on the target and wait for the “GO” icon to appear. Tap the “GO” icon to confirm the selection and the aircraft will fly to the target automatically. There will be a prompt if the target cannot be reached. If this is the case, select another target and try again. In-Flight（GPS） 12 TapFly 2.4G 61% 09:29 1080P/30 GO H 9.6 D 9.6 S 1.1 4. A target can be changed mid flight by tapping the screen. 5. Press and hold on the screen for about two seconds until a blue circle appears. Drag the circle up and down to adjust gimbal tilt angle. Ensure the target is on a flat plane when using Coordinate Mode. The aircraft may not accurately reach the target otherwise. 20 © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved.
Spark User Manual Exiting Coordinate Mode Use the following methods to exit Coordinate Mode: 1. Tap the icon on the screen. 2. Pull back the pitch stick on the remote controller for three seconds or more. 3. Press the Flight Pause button on the remote controller. 4. Drag the blue circle left and right. Direction Mode Keep flying in the direction you tap on the screen. Using Direction Mode Ensure the Intelligent Flight Battery is fully charged and the aircraft is in P Mode. Follow the steps below to use Direction Mode: 1. Take off and ensure the aircraft is flying at least 3 ft (1 m) above the ground. 1m 2. Launch DJI GO 4 and tap . Select TapFly, switch to Direction Mode, then follow the prompts. In-Flight（GPS） 12 P-GPS 2.4G 61% 09:29 1080P/30 H 9.6 D 9.6 S 1.1 3. Tap once on the target and wait for the “GO” icon to appear. Tap the “GO” icon to confirm the selection and the aircraft will fly in that direction automatically. In-Flight（GPS） 12 TapFly 2.4G 61% 09:29 1080P/30 © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved. 21
Spark User Manual After confirming the selection, the aircraft will fly in the direction marked by the “GO” icon. The aircraft will automatically adjust its speed when it senses an obstacle out in front or if it is flying too close to the ground. However, this feature should not be relied upon for navigation between obstacles. Failsafe procedures will override all TapFly functions. If GPS signal is weak, the aircraft will exit autonomous flight and return to home. Exiting Direction Mode Use the following methods to exit Direction Mode: 1. Tap the icon on the screen. 2. Pull back the pitch stick on the remote controller for three seconds or more. 3. Press the Flight Pause button on the remote controller. The aircraft will stop and hover after exiting Direction Mode. Tap a new target direction to continue flying or begin manual flight. OR OR Flight Pause button DO NOT fly the aircraft over people, animals, small or fine objects (e.g. tree branches and power lines) or transparent objects (e.g. glass or water). TapFly Mode may not work properly when the aircraft is flying over water or snow covered areas. Watch for obstacles in the flight path and steer clear of them. There may be deviations between expected and actual flight paths selected in TapFly. The selectable range for the target direction is limited. You cannot make a Direction Mode selection close to the upper or lower edge of the screen. Be extra cautious when flying in too dark (< 300 lux) or too bright (>10,000 lux) environments. Tripod Mode Tap the icon in DJI GO 4 to enable Tripod Mode. In Tripod Mode, the maximum flight speed is limited to 2.2 mph (3.6 kph). Responsiveness to stick movements is also reduced for smoother more controlled movements. Only use Tripod Mode when the GPS signal is strong or in light conditions ideal for the Vision System. If GPS signal is lost and the Vision System does not function, it will automatically switch to ATTI mode. In this case, flight speed will increase and the aircraft will not hover in place. Use Tripod Mode carefully. 22 © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved.
Spark User Manual Gesture Mode Deep learning gesture recognition allows you to take selfies with simple hand motions. Spark features brand new gesture controls like PalmLaunch, PalmControl, PalmLand, Beckon, and Selfie. Feature Descriptions Front LEDs Figure PalmLaunch 1. Power on the aircraft while holding it. Wait for the aircraft status indicators to blink green. —— Solid red Make sure your fingers are well below the aircraft arms. 2. Next, tap the Intelligent Flight Battery power button twice. The front LEDs should blink yellow Blinks yellow slowly. 3. FaceAware will start to work automatically. When FaceAware activates successfully, the aircraft beeps twice and the front LEDs become —— Solid green solid green for six seconds. If the front LEDs blink red twice, then FaceAware has failed. Please repeat step 2. 4. The front LEDs will glow solid red after the motors start spinning. Release the aircraft and it —— Solid red will hover in place. Start/Stop PalmControl 1. Stand in front of the aircraft, then raise and extend one of your arms in the direction of the aircraft. Extend your fingers and keep them close together. Position your palm about 0.7 m in front of the aircraft's nose for about two seconds. —— Solid green 2. The front LEDs will glow solid green if the PalmControl activation is successful. Adjust your distance from the aircraft if the front LEDs start to blink yellow fast. This means you are too close or too far away from the aircraft. 3. Dropping your hand quickly will exit PalmControl, and the front LEDs should glow —— Solid red solid red. © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved. 23
Spark User Manual Adjusting Position 1. Move your palm up or down slowly to control the aircraft’s altitude while maintaining a constant distance between your palm and the aircraft. 2. Keep your palm at a constant distance from —— Solid green your body (as shown), then move your arm left or right to control the aircraft’s orientation. 3. Keep your palm at a constant distance from your body, move forward or backward to fly forward or backward. Follow 1. Stand in front of the aircraft then raise one of your arms and quickly wave your hand at the camera. Position your palm about 0.7 m in front of the aircraft's nose for about two seconds. ×2 2. The front LEDs will blink green twice if Blinks green twice the gesture is recognized successfully. The aircraft will ascend and fly backward, then hover in place 3 m from where you’re standing, 2.3 m above ground. 3. The front LEDs will glow solid green and the aircraft will start tracking automatically. —— Solid green 4. If the wave gesture fails, you can activate Follow by raising both arms above your head in a Y shape, then holding for two seconds. Taking Selfies 1. While the aircraft is following you, make a frame with your hands and it will begin taking a selfie. 2. Selfie gesture has been recognized Blinks red slowly successfully if the Front LEDs blink red slowly. Wait for the selfie count down for three seconds. The Front LEDs will blink red quickly, indicating the camera is about to take a selfie. 24 © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved.
Spark User Manual Beckon 1. Raise your arms above your head in a Y shape for two seconds after the aircraft starts tracking. 2. When Beckon is successfully activated, the —— Solid red aircraft will fly toward you and hover in place 1.5 m above ground and 1.2 m away from you. 3. The front LEDs will turn solid red. PalmLand Place your palm approximately 0.5 m underneath the aircraft at a distance of no further than 1.5 m —— Solid red away from you. The aircraft will slowly descend and land on your palm. It is highly recommended to install the Spark Propeller Guards before using Gesture Mode to ensure safety. Gesture Control needs to be enabled in DJI GO 4 by tapping . In PalmLaunch, the Aircraft Status Indicators will blink normally and will not display remote signal loss, even without a mobile device or remote controller connected. Gesture Mode can only be used to take photos. Enabling GPS on your mobile device will allow the aircraft to follow more accurately in Gesture Mode. © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved. 25
Spark User Manual Flight Recorder Flight data is automatically recorded to the internal storage of the aircraft. This includes flight telemetry, aircraft status information, and other parameters. To access this data, connect the aircraft to the PC through the Micro USB port. Attaching and Detaching the Propellers Only use DJI approved propellers with your Spark. White ringed and unmarked propellers indicate where they should be attached and in which direction whey should spin. Propellers White Ring Unmarked Figure Attach On Motors with white marks Motors without white marks Legends Lock : Turn the propellers in the indicated direction to mount and tighten. Attaching the Propellers Attach the propellers with the white rings to the mounting base with white marks. Press each propeller down onto the mounting plate and rotate in the lock direction until it is secured. Attach unmarked propellers to the mounting bases without marks. Unfold all the propeller blades. Marked Unmarked Detaching the Propellers Press the propellers down into the motor mount and rotate them in the unlock direction. Propeller blades are sharp; please handle with care. Only use DJI approved propellers. Do not mix propeller types. Stay clear of spinning motors. Do not touch the propellers when they are spinning. Ensure to check that the propellers and motors are installed firmly and correctly before each flight. Ensure that all propellers are in good condition before each flight. Do not use aged, chipped, or broken propellers. To avoid injury, stand clear of and do not touch propellers or motors when they are spinning. Please use original DJI propellers for a better and safer flight experience. 26 © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved.
Spark User Manual Intelligent Flight Battery Introduction The DJI Intelligent Flight Battery has a capacity of 1480 mAh, a voltage of 11.4 V, and a smart charge/ discharge functionality. It should only be charged using an appropriate DJI approved charger. Intelligent Flight Battery Charger The Intelligent Flight Battery must be fully charged before using it for the first time. DJI Intelligent Flight Battery Functions 1. Battery Level Display: The LED indicators display the current battery level. 2. Auto-Discharging: To prevent swelling, the battery automatically discharges to below 70% of the total power when it is idle for more than 10 days. It takes around two days to discharge the battery to 65%. It is normal to feel moderate heat being emitted from the battery during the discharge process. Discharge thresholds can be set in the DJI GO 4 app. 3. Balanced Charging: Automatically balances the voltage of each battery cell when charging. 4. Overcharge Protection: Charging automatically stops when the battery is fully charged. 5. Temperature Detection: The battery will only charge when the temperature is between 5° C (41° F)and 40° C (104° F). 6. Over Current Protection: The battery stops charging when a high amperage (more than 3 A) is detected. 7. Over Discharge Protection: To prevent over-discharge damage, discharging automatically stops. 8. Short Circuit Protection: Automatically cuts the power supply when a short circuit is detected. 9. Hibernation Mode: The battery will cut off the power supply and switch off after 20 minutes of inactivity to save power. The battery will enter Hibernation Mode after six hours of inactivity when the battery level is less than 10% to prevent over discharging. The battery level indicators will not light up. Charging the battery will wake it from hibernation. 10. Communication: Information pertaining to the battery’s voltage, capacity, current, etc. is transmitted to the aircraft’s main controller. Refer to the Spark Intelligent Flight Battery Safety Guidelines before use. Users take full responsibility for all operations and usage. © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved. 27
Spark User Manual Using the Battery Turning ON/OFF Turning On: Press the Power button once, then press again and hold for two seconds to power on. The remote controller system status screen will display the current battery level. Turning Off: Press the Power button once, then press again and hold for two seconds to power off. Battery Level Indicators LED1 LED2 LED3 LED4 Power Button Low Temperature Notice: 1. Battery capacity is significantly reduced when flying in low temperature (0°C and 5°C) environments. 2. Batteries cannot be used in extremely low temperature (< 0°C) environments. 3. End the flight as soon as the DJI GO 4 app displays the “Low Battery Level Warning” in low temperature environments. 4. To ensure optimal performance of the battery, keep the battery temperature above 20°C. In cold environments, insert the battery into the battery compartment and turn on the aircraft for approximately 1-2 minutes to warm up before taking off. Checking Battery Level The Battery Level Indicators display how much power remains. When the battery is turned off, press the Power button once, the Battery Level Indicators will light up to display the current battery level. See below for details. The Battery Level Indicators will also show the current battery level during charging and discharging. The indicators are defined below. : LED is on. : LED is flashing. : LED is off. LED1 LED2 LED3 LED4 Battery Level 88%~100% 75%~88% 63%~75% 50%~63% 38%~50% 25%~38% 13%~25% 0%~13% 28 © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved.
Spark User Manual Charging the Intelligent Flight Battery 1. Connect the Battery Charger to a power source (100-240 V, 50/60 Hz). 2. Connect the Micro USB port on Spark to the charger to start charging. 3. The Battery Level Indicator will display the current battery level as it is charging. 4. The Intelligent Flight Battery is fully charged when the Battery Level Indicators are all off. It will take approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes to fully charge the battery. Detach the charger when the battery is fully charged. Charger Power Outlet Never insert or remove a battery when it is turned on. Allow battery temperature to drop to room temperature before storing for an extended period. The charger will stop charging the battery if battery cell temperature is not within the operating range (5°C to 40°C). LED1 LED2 LED3 LED4 Battery Level 0%~50% 50%~75% 75%~100% Fully Charged Battery Protection LED Display The table below shows battery protection mechanisms and corresponding LED patterns. LED1 LED2 LED3 LED4 Blinking Pattern Battery Protection Item LED2 blinks twice per second Over current detected LED2 blinks three times per second Short circuit detected LED3 blinks twice per second Over charge detected LED3 blinks three times per second Over-voltage charger detected LED4 blinks twice per second Charging temperature is too low LED4 blinks three times per second Charging temperature is too high © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved. 29
Spark User Manual After these issues are resolved, press the Power button to turn off the Battery Level Indicators. Unplug the Intelligent Flight Battery from the charger and plug it back in to resume charging. You do not need to unplug and plug in the charger in the event of a room temperature error; the charger will resume charging when the temperature is within the allowable range. DJI does not take any responsibility for damage caused by third-party chargers. Discharging Intelligent Flight Batteries before long trips: Fly Spark outdoors until there is less than 30% power left or until the battery no longer turns on. Gimbal and Camera Gimbal Profile Spark’s 2-axis mechanical gimbal provides stabilization for the attached camera, allowing you to capture clear, stable images and video. The gimbal has an 85˚ tilt range. In the camera view, press and hold on the screen until a blue circle appears. Dragging the circle left and right will control the aircraft’s orientation, and dragging the circle up and down will control the camera’s tilt. 0° -85° Gimbal Operation Modes Two gimbal operation modes are available. Switch between the different operations modes on the camera settings page of the DJI GO 4 app. Follow Mode The roll axis will stay level at all times. The gimbal will synchronize with the movement of the aircraft to provide a FPV Mode first-person perspective flying experience. Take off from flat, open ground and protect the gimbal at all times. A gimbal motor error may occur in these situations: (1) The aircraft is placed on uneven ground or the gimbal’s motion is obstructed. (2) The gimbal has been subjected to excessive external force, such as a collision. Flying in heavy fog or clouds may make the gimbal wet, leading to temporary failure. The gimbal will recover full functionality after it dries. The gimbal will enter FPV mode automatically when the aircraft is in Sport Mode. 30 © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved.
Spark User Manual Camera Profile The onboard camera uses its 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor to capture video up to 1080p at 30 fps and 12 megapixel stills. You can record video in either MOV or MP4 formats. Available picture shooting modes include Single Shot, Burst, Interval, Panorama, and ShallowFocus. A live preview of what the camera sees can be monitored on a connected mobile device via the DJI GO 4 app. Camera Micro SD Card Slot To store your photos and videos, insert the Micro SD card into the slot, as shown below, before turning on the aircraft. Spark supports Micro SD cards up to 64 GB. A UHS-1 Micro SD card is recommended due to their fast read and write speeds for high-resolution video recording. Do not remove the Micro SD card from the aircraft when it is powerd on. To ensure the stability of the camera system, single video recordings are capped at 30 minutes. Only Micro SD cards less than or equal to 32 GB can be used on Mac computers due to system limitations. Capture footage can be saved to the mobile device if there is no SD card or SD card storage is full. Note that the resolution of photos is 1024×768 and videos 1280×720. Camera Data Port Turn on Spark and connect a USB cable to the Micro USB Port to download photos and videos to your computer. The aircraft must be turned on before attempting to access files on the Micro SD card. Controlling the Aircraft with a Mobile Device You can connect a mobile device via Wi-Fi to control the aircraft with DJI GO 4. Follow the instructions below to learn how. 1. Power on the aircraft. 2. Turn on your mobile device's Wi-Fi, select Spark’s network, and enter the Wi-Fi password. 3. Launch DJI GO 4. Tap “GO FLY” to enter camera view. 4. Tap the icon to take off automatically. Put both your thumbs on screen and use virtual joysticks to maneuver the aircraft. © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved. 31
Spark User Manual The Wi-Fi frequency of your mobile device can be set to 2.4 GHz (default) or 5.8 GHz. On supported devices, set Wi-Fi to 5.8 GHz for less interference. Press and hold the power button for nine seconds or more until you hear three beeps to reset the Wi-Fi name and password, and reset the Wi-Fi frequency to 2.4 GHz. Or tap “Help” in the DJI GO 4 app, then follow the instructions. Only fly with a Wi-Fi connection in wide open areas with relatively little electromagnetic interference. If your connection is adversely affected by interference, it is recommend to fly with the remote controller instead, or move to an area with less interference. Using Virtual Joysticks Ensure the mobile device has been connected to the aircraft before using the virtual joysticks. The illustrations below are based on Mode 2 (left stick as throttle). In flight (GPS) 12 P-GPS 2.4G 61% 09:29 Virtual Joysticks GUI Move the aircraft upwards, downwards, left, or right by pressing on the left half of the screen. Move the aircraft forwards, backwards, or laterally by pressing on the right half of the screen. Tap on the " " button to enable or disable the virtual joysticks.. The area beyond the white cycles is also responsive to control commands. 32 © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved.
Spark User Manual Controlling the Aircraft This section explains how to control the aircraft. The control stick mode can be set to Mode 1, Mode 2, Mode 3, or a custom mode. Mode 1 Left Stick Forward Right Stick Up Down Backward Left Right Turn Left Turn Right Mode 2 Left Stick Right Stick Forward Up Down Backward Left Right Turn Left Turn Right Mode 3 Left Stick Forward Right Stick Up Down Backward Left Right Turn Left Turn Right The Stick Mode is set to Mode 2 by default. Stick Neutral/Mid-Point: Control sticks are centered. Moving the Control Stick: Control sticks are pushed away from the center. © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved. 33
Spark User Manual Virtual Joysticks / Aircraft Remote Controller Remarks ( Indicates Nose Direction) (Mode 2) Moving the left stick up and down changes the aircraft’s elevation. Push the stick up to ascend and down to Left Stick descend. When both sticks are centered, the Spark will hover in place. The more the stick is pushed away from the center position, the faster the Spark will change elevation. Always push the stick gently to prevent sudden and unexpected elevation changes. Moving the left stick to the left or right controls the rudder and rotation of the aircraft. Left Stick Push the stick left to rotate the aircraft counter- clockwise, push the stick right to rotate the aircraft clockwise. If the stick is centered, the Spark will maintain its current orientation. The more the stick is pushed away from the center position, the faster the Spark will rotate. Moving the right stick up and down changes the Right Stick aircraft’s forward and backward pitch. Push the stick up to fly forward and down to fly backward. Spark will hover in place if the stick is centered. Push the stick further away from the center position for a larger pitch angle (maximum 30˚) and faster flight. Right Stick Moving the right stick control left and right changes the aircraft’s left and right pitch. Push left to fly left and right to fly right. The Spark will hover in place if the stick is centered. 34 © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved.
Remote Controller (Optional) This section describes the features of the remote controller and includes instructions for controlling the aircraft and the camera. © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved. 35
Remote Controller (Optional) Remote Controller Profile Spark’s remote controller features a brand new, amplified Wi-Fi signal transmission system, capable of controlling the aircraft and the gimbal camera at a maximum transmission range of 1.2 mi (2 km)*. The remote controller can connect to a mobile device wirelessly and display a live video feed via the DJI GO 4 app. The folding clamps allow you to secure your mobile device. Maximum remote controller battery life is approximately 2.5 hours*. 1 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 12 13 2 14 15 3 4 1. Return to Home (RTH) Button 8. Battery Level LEDs Press and hold the button to initiate RTH. Press Display the battery level of the remote again to cancel RTH. controller. 2. Flight Pause Button 9. Flight Mode Switch Press once for emergency braking. Switch between P Mode and S Mode. 3. Power Port (Micro USB) 10. Antennas Connect to the charger to charge the remote Relay aircraft control and video signal. controller battery. 11. Status LED 4. Mobile Device Clamps Displays the remote controller's system status. Securely mount your mobile device to the 12. Gimbal Dial remote controller. Controls the camera's tilt. 5. Function Button 13. Customizable Button Bring up the DJI GO 4 Intelligent Flight Modes Performs various functions based on settings menu. in the DJI GO 4 app. 6. Control Sticks 14. Record Button Control the orientation and movement of the Press to start recording video. Press again to aircraft. stop recording. 7. Power Button 15. Shutter Button Press the Power button once to check the Press to take a photo. current battery level. Press once, then again and hold to turn on/off the remote controller. * The remote controller can reach its maximum transmission distance (FCC) in a wide open area with no electro-magnetic interference and at an altitude of about 120 meters. Maximum operation time was tested in windless conditions flying at a constant speed of 12.4 mph (20 kph). This value should be taken for reference only. 36 © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved.
Spark User Manual Compliance Standards: The remote controller is compliant with local compliance and regulations. Stick Mode: Controls can be set to Mode 1, Mode 2, or to a custom mode. Using the Remote Controller The remote controller is powered by a rechargeable battery that has a capacity of 2970 mAh. Turning the Remote Controller On and Off Press the Power button once to check the current battery level. Press once, then again and hold to turn on/off the remote controller. Charging the Battery Connect the power port on the remote controller to the USB charger to charge the battery. It takes approximately two hours to fully charge the remote controller. Controlling the Camera Shoot videos/photos and adjust the camera’s tilt via the Shutter Button, Record Button, and Gimbal Dial on the remote controller. Controlling the Aircraft The Stick Mode will be the same as what is set for virtual joysticks. © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved. 37
Spark User Manual Flight Mode Switch Toggle the switch to select the desired flight mode. Choose between P Mode and S Mode. Position Flight Mode SPORT P Mode SPORT S Mode RTH Button Press and hold the RTH button to start the Return to Home (RTH) procedure. The aircraft will then return to the last recorded Home Point. Press this button again to cancel the RTH procedure and regain control of the aircraft. Optimal Transmission Range The transmission signal between the aircraft and the remote controller is most reliable when the antennas are positioned in relation to the aircraft as depicted below: Optimal Transmission Range strong weak Ensure the aircraft is flying within the optimal transmission zone. To maintain optimal transmission performance, adjust the remote controller and antennas according to the above diagram. Linking the Remote Controller The aircraft and the remote controller are linked before shipment if you purchase the Spark Combo (with the remote controller included). To link a remote controller to Spark, follow the instructions below: 1. Power on the aircraft and the remote controller. Wait until the aircraft status indicators blink yellow. 2. Press and hold the power button of the Intelligent Flight Battery for three second. Release the button after hearing a single beep. The front LEDs will blink red. 3. Press and hold the Flight Pause button, the Function button, and the Customizable button simultaneously. Linking begins when the alarm becomes a quick single beep after an alternating single/double beep. 38 © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved.
Spark User Manual 4. Then the front LEDs turn solid red after blinking green. When the status LED on the remote controller turns solid green, linking is complete. Ensure the remote controller is within 0.66 ft (20 cm) of the aircraft during linking. Disconnect the Remote Controller Apart from using the remote controller, you can control the aircraft using virtual joysticks in DJI GO 4. However, when the remote controller is linked to the aircraft, virtual joystick control is disabled. You need to disconnect the remote controller and aircraft to enable virtual joysticks. 1. Power on the aircraft. 2. Press and hold the power button of the Intelligent Flight Battery for six seconds until hearing a double beep, which will disconnect the remote controller and aircraft. Connect the aircraft’s Wi-Fi network after disconnecting the remote controller to use virtual joysticks. © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved. 39
DJI GO 4 App This section introduces the main functions of the DJI GO 4 app. 40 © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved.
DJI GO 4 App Use this app to control the gimbal, camera, and other aircraft functions. The app features Equipment, Editor, SkyPixel and Me sections, which are used for configuring your aircraft, editing and sharing your photos and videos with others. Equipment Enter Camera View by tapping the “GO FLY” icon on the Equipment page when your mobile device is connected to the aircraft. Camera View 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 22 In flight (GPS) P-GPS 12 2.4G 61% 10 09:29 21 1080P/30 11 12 13 20 14 19 15 18 H 9.6 D 9.6 S 1.1 16 17 1. System Status : This icon indicates aircraft flight status and displays various warning messages. In flight (GPS) 2. Obstacles Detection Status : Red bars are displayed when obstacles are close to the aircraft. Orange bars are displayed when obstacles are in detection range. 3. Battery Level Indicator : The battery level indicator provides a dynamic display of the battery level. The colored zones on the battery level indicator represent the power levels needed to carry out different functions. 4. Flight Mode : The text next to this icon indicates the current flight mode. Tap to configure the MC (Main Controller) Settings. These settings allow you to modify flight limits and set gain values. © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved. 41
Spark User Manual 5. Camera Parameters 1080P/30 Displays camera settings parameters and capacity of the Micro SD card. 6. GPS Signal Strength : Shows the current GPS signal strength. White bars indicate adequate GPS strength. 7. 3D Sensing System Status : Tap this icon to enable or disable features provided by the 3D Sensing System. 8. Wi-Fi Settings 2.4G : Tap to enter the Wi-Fi settings menu. 9. Battery Level 61% : This icon shows the current battery level. Tap to view the battery information menu, set the various battery warning thresholds, and view the battery warning history. 10. General Settings : Tap to enter the general settings menu for setting metrics, enabling live streaming, displaying flight routes and so on. 11. Gimbal Pitch Tracking : Adjust the gimbal’s tilt by rotating your mobile device after tapping this icon. 12. Gimbal Slider : Displays the pitch of the gimbal. 13. Photo/Video Toggle : Tap to switch between photo and video recording modes. 14. Shoot / Record Button / : Tap to start shooting photos or recording video. 15. Camera Settings : Tap to enter the camera settings menu. Tap to set ISO, shutter, and auto exposure values of the camera. Tap to select photo modes. Spark supports Single Shot, Burst Shot, Interval Shot, Pano, and ShallowFocus. Tap to enter the general camera setting menu. 42 © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved.
Spark User Manual When shooting ShallowFocus photos, please note: It is suitable for shooting still scenes. When shooting people, do not move during the process, otherwise it may fail to take a ShallowFocus photo. The aircraft will ascend about 20 cm before shooting. Ensure there is no obstacle above the aircraft. The suitable range of shooting is within 30 m. 16. Playback : Tap to enter the Playback page and preview photos and videos as soon as they are captured. 17. Flight Telemetry H 9.6M: Height from the ground. D 9.6M: Distance between the aircraft and the Home Point. S 1.1M/S : Aircraft speed. 18. Virtual Joystick Switch : Tap to enable/disable virtual joysticks. Put your fingers on the screen to use virtual joysticks to control the aircraft after enabling this switch. You can touch the screen for other operations by disabling this switch. 19. Intelligent Flight Mode : Tap to select Intelligent Flight Modes. 20. Smart RTH : Initiate RTH procedure. Tap to have the aircraft return to the last recorded home point. 21. Auto Takeoff/Landing / : Tap to initiate auto takeoff or landing. 22. Back : Tap this icon to return to the main menu. In the camera view, press and hold on the screen until a blue circle appears. Dragging the circle left and right will control the aircraft’s orientation, and dragging the circle up and down will control the camera’s tilt. © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved. 43
Spark User Manual Editor An intelligent video editor is built into the DJI GO 4 app. After recording several video clips and downloading them to your mobile device, go to Editor on the home screen. You can then select a template and a specified number of clips which are automatically combined to create a short film that can be shared immediately. SkyPixel View and share the photos and videos in the SkyPixel page. Me If you already have a DJI account, you will be able to participate in forum discussions, and share your creations with the community. 44 © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved.
Flight This section describes safe flight practices and flight restrictions. © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved. 45
Flight Once pre-flight preparation is complete, it is recommended that you use the flight simulator in the DJI GO 4 app to hone your flight skills and practice flying safely. Ensure that all flights are carried out in an open area. Flight Environment Requirements 1. Do not use the aircraft in severe weather conditions. These include wind speeds exceeding 10 m/s, snow, rain and fog. 2. Fly in open areas. Tall structures and large metal structures may affect the accuracy of the onboard compass and GPS system. 3. Avoid obstacles, crowds, high voltage power lines, trees, and bodies of water. 4. Minimize interference by avoiding areas with high levels of electromagnetism, including base stations and radio transmission towers. 5. Aircraft and battery performance is subject to environmental factors such as air density and temperature. Be very careful when flying at altitudes of 13123 feet (4000 meters) above sea level, as battery and aircraft performance may be affected. 6. The Spark cannot use P Mode within the polar areas. Flight Limits and No-Fly Zones All unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operators should abide by all regulations set forth by government and regulatory agencies including the ICAO and the FAA. For safety reasons, flights are limited by default, which helps users operate this product safely and legally. Flight limitations include height limits, distance limits, and No-Fly Zones. When operating in P Mode, height limits, distance limits, and No-Fly Zones function concurrently to manage flight safety. Maximum flight altitude and Radius Limits Maximum flight altitude and radius limits may be changed in the DJI GO 4 app. Be aware that the maximum flight altitude cannot exceed 1640 ft (500 m). In accordance with these settings, your Spark will fly in a restricted cylinder, as shown below: Maximum Flight Altitude Max Radius Home Point Height of aircraft when turned on 46 © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved.
Spark User Manual GPS Signal Strong Blinking Green Flight Limits DJI GO 4 App Aircraft Status Indicator Maximum Flight Aircraft's altitude cannot Warning: Height Altitude exceed the specified value. limit reached. None. Flight distance must be within Warning: Distance Max Radius the max radius. limit reached. GPS Signal Weak Blinking Yellow Flight Limits DJI GO 4 App Aircraft Status Indicator Height is restricted to 16 feet (5 meters) when the GPS signal Maximum is weak and Vision System is Warning: Height limit Flight activated. Height is restricted to None. reached. Altitude 98 feet (30 meters) when the GPS signal is weak and Vision System is inactivated. Max Radius No limits If the aircraft flies out of the limit, you can still control the aircraft, but you cannot fly it any farther. For safety reasons, please do not fly close to airports, highways, railway stations, railway lines, city centers, or other sensitive areas. Fly the aircraft only within your line of sight. No Fly Zones All No Fly Zones are listed on the DJI official website at http://www.dji.com/flysafe/no-fly. No-Fly Zones are divided into Airports and Restricted Areas. Airports include major airports and flying fields where manned aircraft operate at low altitudes. Restricted Areas include country borders or locations where flights may cause security concerns. Preflight Checklist 1. Remote controller, Intelligent Flight Battery, and mobile device are fully charged. 2. Propellers are mounted correctly and firmly. 3. Micro SD card has been inserted, if necessary. 4. Gimbal is functioning normally. 5. Motors can start and are functioning normally. 6. The DJI GO 4 app is successfully connected to the aircraft. 7. Ensure that the sensors for the 3D Sensing System and Vision System are clean. © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved. 47
Spark User Manual Auto Takeoff and Auto Landing Auto Takeoff Use auto takeoff only if the Aircraft Status Indicators are blinking green. Follow the steps below to use the auto takeoff feature: 1. Launch the DJI GO 4 app, and tap “GO FLY” to enter camera page. 2. Complete all steps on the pre-flight checklist. 3. Tap “ ”, and confirm that conditions are safe for flight. Slide the icon to confirm and takeoff. 4. Aircraft takes off and hovers at 1.2 meters above ground. Aircraft Status Indicator blinks rapidly when it is using the Vision System for stabilization. The aircraft will automatically hover below 30 meters. It is recommended to wait until there is sufficient GPS before using the Auto Takeoff feature. Auto-Landing Use auto-landing only if the Aircraft Status Indicators are blinking green. Follow the steps below to use the auto-landing feature: 1. Tap on , to ensure the landing condition is ideal. Slide to confirm. 2. Abort landing process immediately by using the button on the screen. 3. Aircraft will land and turn off automatically. Starting/Stopping the Motors (When Using Remote Controller) Starting the Motors The Combination Stick Command (CSC) is used to start the motors. Push both sticks to the bottom inner or outer corners to start the motors. Once the motors have started spinning, release both sticks simultaneously. OR Stopping the Motors There are two methods to stop the motors. Method 1: When the aircraft has landed, push and hold the left stick down. The motors will stop after three seconds. Method 2: When aircraft has landed, push the left stick down, then conduct the same CSC that was used to start the motors, as described above. Motors will stop immediately. Release both sticks once motors stop. OR Method 1 Method 2 48 © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved.
Spark User Manual To perform the CSC midair in case of an emergency, hold for 1.5 seconds to stop the motors mid- flight. Stopping the motors mid-flight will cause the aircraft to crash. Flight Test Takeoff/Landing Procedures 1. Place the aircraft in an open, flat area with the battery level indicators facing towards you. 2. Turn on the Intelligent Flight Battery. 3. Launch the DJI GO 4 app and enter the camera page. 4. Wait until the Aircraft Indicators blink green. This means the Home Point is recorded and it is now safe to fly. Use Auto Takeoff. 5. Use Auto Landing to land the aircraft. 6. Turn off the Intelligent Flight Battery. When the Aircraft Status Indicators blink yellow rapidly during flight, the aircraft has entered Failsafe mode. A low battery level warning is indicated by the Aircraft Status Indicators blinking red slowly or rapidly during flight. Watch our video tutorials for more flight information. Video Suggestions and Tips 1. Go through the full pre-flight checklist before each flight. 2. Select the desired gimbal operation mode in the DJI GO 4 app. 3. Only shoot video when flying in P Mode. 4. Always fly in good weather and avoid flying in rain or heavy wind. 5. Choose the camera settings that suit your needs. Settings include photo format and exposure compensation. 6. Perform flight tests to establish flight routes and preview scenes. 7. Push the control sticks gently to keep the aircraft’s movement smooth and stable. Calibrating the Compass Only calibrate the compass when the DJI GO 4 app or the status indicator prompt you to do so. Observe the following rules when calibrating your compass: DO NOT calibrate your compass where there is a chance of strong magnetic interference, such as near magnetite, parking structures, or steel reinforcements underground. DO NOT carry ferromagnetic materials with you during calibration such as cellular phones. The DJI GO 4 app will notify you if the compass is affected by strong interference after calibration is complete. Follow the prompts to resolve the compass issue. © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved. 49
Spark User Manual Calibration Procedures Choose an open area to carry out the following procedures. 1. Tap the Aircraft Status Bar in the app and select “Calibrate”, then follow the on-screen instructions. 2. Hold the aircraft horizontally and rotate 360 degrees. The Aircraft Status Indicators will go solid green. 3. Hold the aircraft vertically, with the nose pointing downward, and rotate it 360 degrees around the center axis. 4. Re-calibrate the aircraft if the aircraft status indicators blink red. If the Aircraft Status Indicators blink red and yellow after the calibration procedure, move your aircraft to a different location and try again. DO NOT calibrate the compass near metal objects such as a metal bridge, cars, scaffolding. If the aircraft status indicator is blinking red and yellow alternately after placing the aircraft on the ground, the compass has detected magnetic interference. Change your location. Firmware Updates Use DJI GO 4 or DJI Assistant 2 to update aircraft firmware. Only DJI GO 4 can be used to update remote controller firmware. Using the DJI GO 4 App Connect the aircraft and remote controller and the DJI GO 4 app. You will be reminded if a new firmware upgrade is available. To start upgrading, connect your mobile device to the Internet and follow the on-screen instructions. Using DJI Assistant 2 Internet and follow the instructions below to update the firmware through DJI Assistant 2: 50 © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved.
Spark User Manual 1. With the aircraft powered off, connect the aircraft to a computer via the Micro USB port using a Micro USB cable. 2. Power on the aircraft. 3. Launch DJI Assistant 2 and login with your DJI account. 4. Select Spark and click on Firmware Updates on the left panel. 5. Select the firmware version that you wish to update. 6. Wait for the firmware to be downloaded and the firmware update will start automatically. 7. Reboot the aircraft after the firmware update is complete. Ensure the aircraft is connected to your computer before powering on. The firmware update will take around 15 minutes. It is normal that the gimbal goes limp, aircraft status indicators blink abnormally, and the aircraft reboots. Please wait patiently until the update is complete. Ensure the computer has access to the Internet. Ensure the Intelligent Flight Battery has at least 50% power and the remote controller has at least 30% power. Do not disconnect the aircraft from the computer during an update. © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved. 51
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Appendix Specifications Aircraft Weight 300 g Dimensions 143×143×55 mm Diagonal Length (propellers excluded) 170 mm Max Ascent Speed 9.8 ft/s (3 m/s) in Sport Mode Max Descent Speed 9.8 ft/s (3 m/s) when using auto landing Max Speed 31 mph (50 kph) in Sport Mode without wind Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level 13123 feet (4000 m) Max Flight Time 16 minutes (0 wind at a consistent 15.5 mph (25 kph)) Max Hovering Time 15 minutes (0 wind) Operating Temperature 32° to 104° F (0° to 40° C) GNSS GPS/GLONASS Vertical: ±0.1 m (With Vision Positioning); ±0.5 m (With GPS Positioning) GPS Hover Accuracy Range Horizontal: ±0.3 m (With Vision Positioning); ±1.5 m (With GPS Positioning) 2.4G FCC: 25dBm; CE: 18dBm; SRRC: 18dBm Transmitter Power (EIRP) 5.8G FCC: 27dBm; CE: 14dBm; SRRC: 27dBm Operation Frequency 2.400-2.4835GHz; 5.725-5.825GHz Gimbal Controllable Range Pitch: -85°to 0° Stabilization 2-axis (pitch, roll) 3D Sensing System Sensing Range 0.6 - 16 ft (0.2 - 5 m) Surface with diffuse reflection material, size > 20×20 mm and Operating Environment reflectivity > 20% (such as wall, trees, humans, etc.) Vision System Velocity Range ≤ 22.4 mph (36 kph) at 6.6 ft (2 m) above ground Altitude Range 0 - 26 feet (0 - 8 m) Operating Range 0 - 98 feet (0 - 30 m) Surfaces with a clear patterns and diffuse reflection material, Operating Environment reflectivity > 20%, adequate lighting (lux > 15) Camera Sensor 1/2.3” CMOS; Effective pixels:12 Megapixels 81.9° FOV, 25 mm (35 mm format equivalent), f/2.6 Lens Shooting Range: 2 m to ∞ © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved. 53
Spark User Manual ISO Range 100-3200 (video), 100-1600 (photo) Electronic Shutter Speed 2 - 1/8000 s Max Image Size 3968 × 2976 Single shot Burst shooting: 3 frames Still Photography Modes Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3 bracketed frames at 0.7EV Bias Interval (2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60 s) Video Recording Modes FHD: 1920×1080 30p Video Storage Bitrate 24 Mbps Supported File System FAT32 Photo JPEG Video MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) Recommended Model: Sandisk 16/32 GB UHS-1 Micro SDHC Kingston 16/32 GB UHS-1 Micro SDHC Supported SD Cards Samsung 16/32 GB UHS-I Micro SDHC Sandisk 64 GB UHS-1 Micro SDXC Kingston 64 GB UHS-1 Micro SDXC Samsung 64 GB UHS-I Micro SDXC Wi-Fi Operating Frequency 2.4G / 5.8G Max Transmission Distance 100 m (Distance), 50 m (Height) (Unobstructed, free of interference) Remote Controller Operating Frequencies 2.412-2.462 GHz, 5.745-5.825 GHz 2.4 GHz Max Transmission Distance FCC: 1.2 mi (2 km), CE: 0.31 mi (0.5 km), SRRC: 0.31 mi (0.5 km) (Unobstructed, free of interference) 5.8 GHz FCC: 1.2 mi (2 km), CE: 0.19 mi (0.3 km), SRRC: 0.75 mi (1.2 km) Operating Temperature Range 32° - 104° F (0° - 40° C) Built-in Battery 2970 mAh 2.4 GHz FCC: ≤26 dbm, CE: ≤18 dBm, SRRC: ≤18 dBm Transmitter Power (EIRP) 5.8 GHz FCC: ≤28 dbm , CE:≤14 dBm, SRRC: ≤26 dBm Operating Voltage 950 mA @3.7 V Thickness supported: 6.5 mm - 8.5 mm Supported Mobile Device Size Max length: 160 mm Charger Input 100-240V, 50/60Hz, 0.5A Output 5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A 54 © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved.
Spark User Manual Intelligent Flight Battery Capacity 1480 mAh Voltage 11.4V Max Charging Voltage 13.05 V Battery Type LiPo 3S Energy 16.87 Wh Net Weight Approx. 95 g Operating Temperature 41° to 104° F (5° to 40° C) After-Sales Information Visit the following pages to learn more about After-sales policy and warranty information: 1. After-sales Policy: http://www.dji.com/service 2. Refund Policy: http://www.dji.com/service/refund-return 3. Paid Repair Service: http://www.dji.com/service/repair-service 4. Warranty Service: http://www.dji.com/service/warranty-service © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved. 55
DJI Support http://www.dji.com/support This content is subject to change. Download the latest version from http://www.dji.com/spark If you have any questions about this document, please contact DJI by sending a message to [email protected] SPARK is a trademark of DJI. Copyright © 2017 DJI All Rights Reserved.