How to Use the Camera for a DJI Spark Drone

Introduction

Your DJI Spark is ready at an instant to capture the moment.

This guide will take you through the methods of using the camera with gesture controls, the DJI App, and the optional Remote Controller.

DJI Spark.

1 Safety First

As with all Drone flying, please keep the following in mind:

  • Make sure you are properly registered with the Federal Aviation Administration, or qualify to fly without registration.
  • Make sure you have permission to fly from the person or group that owns the land you'll be over.
  • Make sure you are in-touch with the control tower before flying near an airport.
  • Make sure there's no obstructions, such as power lines or trees, above your flight area that could cause problems.
  • Make sure there's no one below your flight area that could be hurt.
  • Make sure you are not near government infrastructure or other sensitive properties.
  • Make sure the weather is safe to fly in.
  • Make sure you keep your drone in your sight at all times, and get help from an observer if necessary.
For more detailed information, please visit:
http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/

2 Insert MicroSD Card

The Camera on your DJI Spark has a very high amount of detail, and does require a MicroSD Card in the drone to capture that full resolution and detail.

Without an SD card, the Spark will capture photos and video from the live-stream going to your mobile device, and store those videos and pictures on your mobile device.

With a MicroSD card inserted into your drone, they will be stored on the drone, at much, much higher detail and resolution.

The MicroSD card slot is under the rubber "SPARK" logo, just above the battery indicator lights at the back.
SD Card Slot Cover.

3 Still, Selfie or Movie Check

Your DJI Spark is able to take great still photos, as well as amazing videos. The process for each is slightly different.

? How do you want to use the camera?

  1. To take photos or selfies
  2. To take movies

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Your DJI Spark is ready at an instant to capture the moment.

This guide will take you through the methods of using the camera with gesture controls, the DJI App, and the optional Remote Controller.

DJI Spark.

As with all Drone flying, please keep the following in mind:

  • Make sure you are properly registered with the Federal Aviation Administration, or qualify to fly without registration.
  • Make sure you have permission to fly from the person or group that owns the land you'll be over.
  • Make sure you are in-touch with the control tower before flying near an airport.
  • Make sure there's no obstructions, such as power lines or trees, above your flight area that could cause problems.
  • Make sure there's no one below your flight area that could be hurt.
  • Make sure you are not near government infrastructure or other sensitive properties.
  • Make sure the weather is safe to fly in.
  • Make sure you keep your drone in your sight at all times, and get help from an observer if necessary.
For more detailed information, please visit:
http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/

The Camera on your DJI Spark has a very high amount of detail, and does require a MicroSD Card in the drone to capture that full resolution and detail.

Without an SD card, the Spark will capture photos and video from the live-stream going to your mobile device, and store those videos and pictures on your mobile device.

With a MicroSD card inserted into your drone, they will be stored on the drone, at much, much higher detail and resolution.

The MicroSD card slot is under the rubber "SPARK" logo, just above the battery indicator lights at the back.
SD Card Slot Cover.

Your DJI Spark is able to take great still photos, as well as amazing videos. The process for each is slightly different.

You can control your DJI Spark using the optional Remote Controller, the DJI GO 4 App, or using hand gestures when facing the drone.

  • Remote Controller
    Remote Controller with Phone in use.
  • The DJI Go 4 App on your mobile device
    DJI Go 4 App in use on phone.
  • Gesture Controls
    Gesture controls for drone.
  1. Aim your drone using the thumb sticks and your smartphone display below as a viewfinder.
  2. Adjust how far up or down the drone's camera is tilted using the Gimbal Dial on the top-left of the controller.
    Top of Remote Controller with Gimbal Dial highlighted.
  3. Push the Shutter Button, the front-shoulder button on the top-right of the controller, to take a picture.
    Top of Remote Controller with Shutter Button highlighted.
  1. Open the DJI Go 4 app on your device.
    DJI Go 4.
  2. Make sure you have camera mode selected.
    DJI Go 4 UI with camera-video switch highlighted.
  3. Line up your shot using the on screen controls.
  4. Press the shutter button to take your photo.
    App main screen with shutter button highlighted.
  1. Point your open, flat palm at the drone.
    Pointing a flat palm toward the drone.
  2. The LEDs on the drone will glow green to let you know it sees your palm, and is in Palm Control mode.
  3. Move your palm up, down, left and right to position your drone.
  4. Drop your arm when the drone is in the proper place.
  5. make a picture frame with your hands.
    Making a picture frame with your hands.
  6. The LEDs will flash red slowly, letting you know the drone will take a photo in 3 seconds.
  7. Just before the photo, the LEDs will flash quick, then your drone will take a photo.

You can control your DJI Spark using the optional Remote Controller, the DJI GO 4 App, or using hand gestures when facing the drone.

  • Remote Controller
    Remote Controller with Phone in use.
  • The DJI Go 4 App on your mobile device
    DJI Go 4 App in use on phone.
  • Gesture Controls
    Gesture controls for drone.
  1. Aim your drone using the thumb sticks and your smartphone display below as a viewfinder.
  2. Adjust how far up or down the drone's camera is tilted using the Gimbal Dial on the top-left of the controller.
    Top of Remote Controller with Gimbal Dial highlighted.
  3. Press the Record Button, the front-shoulder button on the top-left of the controller, to take start recording. Press it again to stop recording.
    Record button.
  1. Open the DJI Go 4 app on your device.
    DJI Go 4.
  2. Make sure you have video mode selected.
    DJI Go 4 UI with camera-video switch highlighted.
  3. Line up your shot using the on screen controls.
  4. Press the record button to capture video. Press it again to stop recording.
    App main screen with shutter button highlighted.
  1. Point your open, flat palm at the drone.
    Pointing a flat palm toward the drone.
  2. The LEDs on the drone will glow green to let you know it sees your palm, and is in Palm Control mode.
  3. Move your palm up, down, left and right to position your drone.
  4. Drop your arm when the drone is in the proper place.
  5. Face the drone, and hold your right arm up at a 45-degree angle.
    Right arm up at 45 degree angle.
  6. The lights on the bottom will pulse red for 3 seconds, then flash red fast, then go out, to indicate it is recording.
  7. Face the drone, and hold your right arm up at a 45-degree angle again to stop recording.
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