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DJI Announces New Firmware Update for the Spark

Yesterday, DJI announced a mandatory firmware update to address battery issues and improve functionality.

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Battery Management Issues, Amongst Other Things Addressed

On Monday, August 21st 2017, DJI announced a firmware update for the pint-sized Spark, a mini drone featuring all of DJI's signature technologies in a very compact flight package. The Spark was reported to suffer from battery issues in flight that could result in a crash situation. The latest firmware update addresses this battery management issue, along with integration of the new DJI Goggles for an immersive experience. Additionally, the firmware targets the PalmLaunch function.

Mandatory Update

DJI is requiring all Sparks to be updated by September 1st, or it will be grounded until the update is completed.

The Full Press Report from DJI

8.21.2017

DJI will be releasing a new firmware update this week to further enhance flight safety and performance of the DJI Spark.

The new firmware update enhances Spark’s battery management system to optimize power supply during flight. In addition, the new firmware has added support to fully integrate Spark with the DJI Goggles, optimized the PalmLaunch function for better stability after takeoff, improved the accuracy of controls under the QuickShot Dronie mode and enhanced the compatibility of the remote controller when syncing up with new firmware updates.

When prompted on the DJI GO 4 App, users with internet connectivity will be able to download the new firmware to update their aircraft’s and battery's firmware. The aircraft and battery firmware updates can also be done via the DJI Assistant 2 desktop software. If the firmware of either the aircraft or the battery is not updated by September 1, Spark will not be able to take off. DJI decided on the option of a mandatory firmware update in order to maximize flight safety and product reliability which we consider as top priorities.

The update comes after DJI released new features for its Spark in early August to deliver a more powerful combination of video and photo improvements including a new gesture to start and stop video recording and enhanced QuickShot video features for more cinematic control.

CLICK HERE to read the official press release from DJI.

Last edited by Matt Gunn; Aug 22, 2017 at 11:57 AM..
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Aug 22, 2017, 02:30 PM
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"DJI is requiring all Sparks to be updated by September 1st, or it will be grounded until the update is completed."

"If the firmware of either the aircraft or the battery is not updated by September 1, Spark will not be able to take off."

Crazy that consumers allow themselves to be treated in this manner. DJI just made a clear statement they retain operational control of a product you thought you bought from them.
Aug 22, 2017, 02:42 PM
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I heard DJI is sending out a free Gopro 5 for the inconvenience , stating this really was Karma lol ;-)
Aug 22, 2017, 08:13 PM
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The problem is that they are not releasing ONLY the fix. They are making it part of a larger update that does who-knows-what. What a non-communist company that is above board would do is offer ONLY the fix update by itself. Fortunately there are people already working on reversing what DJI is trying to do.
Aug 24, 2017, 06:52 AM
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With DJI you have to be one generation or two behind until they work all the bugs out. Otherwise you risk having your drone grounded like in this case. Once they do work the bugs out their products are pretty much the best (source: used to own a P3A)


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