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DJI Tello Review

DJI Tello Review


The age of drones is upon us and as a result, more people around the world have taken up a hobby as drone pilots in order to add new dimensions to their complimenting interests of photography, film or travel. If you’re familiar with the brand DJI, then you’re aware that they are a market leader in easy-to-fly drones and aerial photography systems having released hallmark models such as the Phantom, Mavic and Spark.


Recently, DJI teamed up with Ryze Tech to create a highly capable market entry drone that's price was not an indication of compromise on technology. Being their least expensive and smallest model in their catalogue, the DJI Tello was designed for those of us who are inquisitive about the world of drones and would like the option of purchasing a high-quality child-friendly drone that still scintillates our appetite for all things high-tech.


Design


At first glance, you can’t help but admire at just how friendly the DJI Tello appears. Unlike other models from DJI that have bulkier frames, the Tello’s slim and minimal appeal ultimately make it the ideal drone for indoor and outside use or to manoeuvre around those tight corners. The Tello can literally rest on the palm of your hands as it's dimensions are 98 x 92.5 x 41 mm and it weighs only 80 grams, which is about the equivalent of your daily fruit bowl. The Tello includes 4 rotor arms that extend beyond the hardware frame which act as the Tello's feet as well protecting the underside from any potential damage.

The propellers themselves are made from carbon fiber reinforced composite and have been manufactured to reduce vibration during flight time in order to capture professional quality footage.It's built-in camera camouflages with its overall design giving the impression of an eye rather than a protruding piece of equipment that’s susceptible to harm.Included in the package are 4 propeller guards that when clipped, give this drone a battle ready aesthetic that compliment it's naturally pleasing design.



Features

Being a soccer fan myself, it only makes sense that I draw reference to the beautiful game.So as such, if the DJI Tello had to be a country in the current world cup, it would have to be the two time champions Uruguay. Why? Well because while other large nations such Brazil and Russia represent the Mavic and Phantom, the DJI Tello with a measly population, still punches above its weight.So where do I even start?


With most entry level drones on the market, you can expect to get about 5 to 7 minutes of flight time, but DJI’s Tello on average doubles that around 13 minutes. As stated above, the Tello was designed with an extremely user-friendly interface in order to accommodate beginners and can even be used by children to ensure some family fun flight time.This is evident in features such as fail-safe protection which enable users to land safely even if you lose connection during flight time. Moreover, the drone also includes low level battery protection so you’ll get alerted as to when the battery is low and additionally, boasts pressure sensor altitude hold that calculates and maintains the drones altitude so you can focus on other aspects of your flight time such as footage or simply flying. This particular feature is extremely useful as most beginners forget about altitude and end up crashing their drones.


Throw and Go feature enables you to start flying the drone by placing it in your hand and simply tossing in into the air. It also includes 8D flips which allow the nimble drone to perform stunts and tricks in the air.To make footage capturing more effective, the Tello features EZ shots that make it easier and to capture coordinated short videos with circle,360 and up & away.The drone can also stream to your phone,tablet or VR headset with 5MP camera and 720p video quality.Although the DJI Tello includes a myriad of capabilities, arguably its best feature is

its Scratch programme developed by MIT coders to allow kids and teens to learn basic programming.


Drawbacks


Despite the fact that the Tello offers a wide range of high-tech features, the scale down of size essentially means that the hardware had to be scaled down too.If you’re an experienced drone pilot then you're better off investing in one of our more advanced drones such as the Mavic,Phantom or Spark. Unlike it's closest relative, the DJI Tello only has a 5MP camera with 720p video whereas the DJI Spark has a 12MP camera with 1080p video. Another shortfall is its range transmission that is only up to 100m whereas the Spark is up 2000m.


Conclusion


I’d be lying if I said the Tello doesn’t have the hardest job in the DJI family, being the last born and the smallest,it's got a lot to prove. But taking in all features,capabilities and design into consideration, the Tello is truly a bargain at only R1999.00 for an advanced drone. Even when I was comparing the Tello, it was up against a higher class of drone in the Spark but even that comparison was only drawn as the Tello has no competition in its bracket. This literally means that the Tello is in a class of it's own as it’s too sophisticated for its bracket yet it stands a fighting chance in the more expensive brackets.This drone truly does grasp the concept of edutainment as its provides a cheaper option for any newbie or anyone wanting a smaller and more compact version of the DJI legacy.


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