DJI Spark Gesture Control

In this blog post I want to give you an overview of DJI Spark Gesture Control. How it works, which gestures you have to make and where you have to pay attention. As I wrote in my DJI Spark Review, I more of a camera guy than a drone guy. Which means my priority is to get great footage of my activities rather than flying a drone itself. And DJI Spark Gesture Control is a great and easy to use feature that supports it. (Btw. DJI Spark is the first drone to have this feature).

 

Video Tutorial

 

How to use it

Before you can use Spark gesture control you have to activate it. You can either do it during the initial set up or later on in DJI Go App.

PalmLaunch (take off)

DJI Spark - Gesture Control - Palm Launch

DJI Spark – Gesture Control – Palm Launch

  1. Hold DJI Spark in your hand and power it on. Wait for the LED indicators to blink yellow.
    Watch for your fingers and propellers to avoid serious injuries! When in doubt use the propeller guards when you first try it. (DJI suggest to use them all the time in gesture mode).
  2. Tap the power button twice and the front LEDs should blink yellow slowly.
  3. FaceAware will start automatically and activated successfully, the Spark beeps twice and the front LEDs become solid green. If it blinks red twice, then FaceAware has failed and you have to tap the power button twice again.
  4. The front LEDs will then light up red after the motors start spinning. You can release Spark and it will hover in place.

 

Adjust Position

DJI Spark - Gesture Control - Adjust

DJI Spark – Gesture Control – Adjust

  1. Place your palm in front of DJI Spark’s camera with your fingers held together.
  2. Move your palm left/right or up/down to position Spark.
  3. Always maintain the same distance between your palm to your body and your palm to DJI Spark.
  4. When you move forward/backwards Spark will follow you.

 

Follow

DJI Spark - Gesture Control - Follow

DJI Spark – Gesture Control – Follow

  1. Stand in front of your Spark, place your palm about 0.7m in front of Spark’s camera and wave quickly. (like you would say goodbye).
  2. When Spark recognises your gesture it will blink green twice.
  3. It will now ascend, fly backwards and hover about 3m away, 2m above the ground.
    Do not move until Spark is in position and remember it only has sensors on the front!
  4. The LED is now solid green and you are now tracked.
  5. If Spark loses track of you, you can activate follow by raising both arms above your head in a Y shape. Hold this position for about 2 seconds.

 

Confirm Follow

DJI Spark - Gesture Control - Backon

DJI Spark – Gesture Control – Confirm Follow / Beckon

  1. If Spark looses track of you or if you want to activate follow, hold your hands up in a Y shape for about 2 seconds.
  2. The front LED will turn green as you are tracked by Spark and it will follow you.

 

Beckon

(same gesture as confirm follow)

  1. Raise your arms above your head in a Y shape for two seconds, when tracking is active the front LEDs turn green.
  2. When Beckon is successfully recognised, Spark will fly toward you and hover in place 1.5m above ground and a little over 1m away from you.
  3. The lights will now turn red.

 

Taking Selfies

DJI Spark - Gesture Control - Selfie

DJI Spark – Gesture Control – Selfie

  1. Make a frame with your hands while facing towards the camera. You should be within 7m range of Spark, but you can position it wherever you want.
  2. Selfie gesture is recognized successfully when the Front LEDs flash red slowly. That’s also the timer for your selfie (otherwise you would have a lot of pics doing the frame with your fingers). Countdown is set to 3 seconds. When Front LEDs blink red quickly, the camera is indicating it is about to take a selfie.
  3. Selfies are taken in 3968 × 2976 resolution with the latest update (it was max. 1440×1080 before).

 

Start / Stop Video Recording

DJI Spark start video recording gesture

DJI Spark – Gesture Control – Start/Stop Video Recording

  1. Raise your arm 45°  while spark is within 7m range.
  2. The front LEDs will slowly flash red when the gesture is recognised. Similar to “Selfie” there is a 3 sec. countdown until video recording will start. The LEDs flash red quickly when video recording is about to start and then will go out during video recording.
  3. When you repeat the gesture, you will stop video recording and the front LEDs will turn on again.

 

PalmLand (landing)

  1. Face the camera and place your palm approximately 0.5m underneath your Spark. You shouldn’t be away further than 1.5m.
  2. Spark will slowly descend and land on your palm.
  3. The propellers will stop rotating automatically

 

Price Comparison

DJI Spark

DJI Store: 499 USD// 599 EUR
(worldwide free shipping / tax & customs included°)

TomTop: 487 USD // 438 EUR*
Coupon Code: HTY69DSP
(*Tom Top ships free worldwide / with no additional customs & tax in EU°)

Gearbest: 499 USD // 424 EUR
Coupon Code: not needed
(worldwide free shipping / no taxes with “Germany Express” shipment)

Banggood: 539 USD // 484 EUR

DJI Spark – Fly More Combo

DJI Store: 699 USD // 799 EUR
(worldwide free shipping / tax & customs included°)

TomTop: 695 USD // 597 EUR*
Coupon Code: HTY104DSP
(*Tom Top ships free worldwide / with no additional customs & tax in EU°)

Gearbest: 988 USD // 871 EUR
Coupon Code: GBSpark
(worldwide free shipping)

 

° According to TomTop they “will pay tariffs in advance when ship to these countries : UK, FR, DE, ES, IT, Belgium, Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia,…)” – see product description.
DJI also includes tax & customs; info for businesses: they are not shown on the invoice and can’t be deducted!
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