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Spark 2 at 249 grams
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Burlingtonfilms
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Hi DJI, could you make the next Spark 249 grams or less?  In Canada any drone under 250 grams are excempt from many of the drone rules.  Let me know your thoughts.
2018-5-22
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JDavidTX
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249 is too close.  Lets ask for 240 and settle on 245! That was there is no question!  LOL
2018-5-22
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Solestacz
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i think existing battery tech would limit a sub-250g machine to very short flight times.
2018-5-22
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DJI Thor
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Thank you for rising the request. I don't know if it is possible but will forward to the engineers to notice.
2018-5-22
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Prairie Chicken
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I'm in Canada, too, but the regulations don't bother me too much. I don't feel comfortable flying too far or high in the city and am quite happy to take an outing in the country to fly.

Having said that, I did a lot of practice flying at a couple of parks in the neighbourhood and just found out that it was illegal, thanks to a local regulation. I'd still be practicing if I didn't fly there.
2018-5-22
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djiuser_BoRGsv4Iv3gD
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Same problem here, there are too many restrictions in Denmark / Europe. We need a drone under 250 grams. I have nothing against fly time to be reduced. Better to change battery often than not fly at all :-(
2018-5-23
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DMX_MT
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I think the easiest way is that Drone Rules start excempting drones under 500grams.

The Spark is less than half a kilo, Weight – 300grams, and very small. I think the Countries have to fix the Rules, DJI did Miracles and the Impossible to come up with such a Small and Light Piece of Technology.

Countries imply these Rules so that they will have the Excuse to collect money from a New Hidden Tax, Issueing Tickets and Penalties, just like Car Parking Tickets .

You Disobey, You Pay, and the Government makes the Day ! ($ $ $ $ $)


2018-5-23
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Meantux
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Solestacz Posted at 2018-5-22 14:58
i think existing battery tech would limit a sub-250g machine to very short flight times.

A short flight time is still infinitly better than no flight time at all... Get it?
2018-5-25
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Meantux
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Prairie Chicken Posted at 2018-5-22 20:28
I'm in Canada, too, but the regulations don't bother me too much. I don't feel comfortable flying too far or high in the city and am quite happy to take an outing in the country to fly.

Having said that, I did a lot of practice flying at a couple of parks in the neighbourhood and just found out that it was illegal, thanks to a local regulation. I'd still be practicing if I didn't fly there.

I think you need to re-read the proposed rules that are coming soon in Canada
https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilav ... -drones-canada.html

As for me I used to do urban aerial photography before the ex-astronaut made his special dronephobic special law... I follow it and now I'm tired of taking aerial pictures of corn fields.

I want a sub-250g drone with a decent camera. I NEED a sub-250g drone with a decent camera.
2018-5-25
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A CW
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That would be a USP for the next gen of the Spark for sure.      
2018-5-25
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miketmtpro
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Just put a higher res camera on the Tello
2018-5-26
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Burlingtonfilms
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miketmtpro Posted at 2018-5-26 00:08
Just put a higher res camera on the Tello

That would work too!
2018-7-2
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A CW
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Buy a Tello   
2018-7-2
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mastix
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I second that. A spark under 250 gr would be great. Here in Spain also impossible to fly in cities if not under this weight. I don'r care if it only flies 8 minutes. Better to fly a few minutes that no fly at all.
2018-7-18
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DMX_MT
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Good Idea. Thanks for Sharing.
2018-7-18
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R503B
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We just need a better battery solution
2018-7-18
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Marty McFlier
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An unregulated Spark can be hacked now: https://forum.dji.com/thread-124730-1-1.html

Many companies will pay a premium for a drone that can autonomously fly way points for 5-10 minutes if it can be operated legally in most countries without pilot certification or registration.  Insurance companies could impose sensible requirements about flight over people and cars with these nano-drones so that many applications could finally be safely accomplished at scale.

Lobby for it: https://www.change.org/p/dji-opt ... get-below-250-grams

2018-7-21
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DMX_MT
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I think the best idea is that Your Country's Drone Rules are Ammended for Drones under 500grams.

What if you need to add extra attachments to the Spark ?
2018-7-21
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Marty McFlier
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The FAA hasn't publicly considered updating Micro UAS (e.g. 500g) regs since April 2016 even though the National Academy of Sciences has recommended they reduce restrictions.  Thousands of people are sustaining serious injuries every year because they still aren't allowed to use a drone on the job.  There are many more illegal operators than legal ones in most countries.  DJI could improve the working conditions for many customers they haven't been able to reach with this small design modification.
2018-7-22
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S-e-ven
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Solestacz Posted at 2018-5-22 14:58
i think existing battery tech would limit a sub-250g machine to very short flight times.

Just if the weight loss is only in battery weight ;-)
2018-7-22
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S-e-ven
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Marty McFlier Posted at 2018-7-21 07:18
An unregulated Spark can be hacked now: https://forum.dji.com/thread-124730-1-1.html

Many companies will pay a premium for a drone that can autonomously fly way points for 5-10 minutes if it can be operated legally in most countries without pilot certification or registration.  Insurance companies could impose sensible requirements about flight over people and cars with these nano-drones so that many applications could finally be safely accomplished at scale.

And 3 month after a drone like that hits the market, the law is down to 150 g. or, like in Thailand already:
"All drones with cameras" need to be registered
2018-7-22
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