20 Things You Need To Know About the DJI Tello Drone – Tips and Tricks for Flying

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Summary: while not a professional drone for photography, the DJI / Ryze Tello is a very capable flier for $99 and is a great introduction to drones. Perfect for beginners, kids, and as a gift for photographers. Lots of fun in a compact package!

14 Replies to “20 Things You Need To Know About the DJI Tello Drone – Tips and Tricks for Flying”

  1. Kenan Miller

    So, a lot of your information is incorrect. To start with, the Tello was created through a partnership of DJI, Ryze, and Intel. The motors and main motherboard ARE made by DJI. It uses a 14 core cpu designed by Intel.

    It is a toy grade drone, not a budget drone, there is a difference. The old DJI Spark or the newer Mavic Mini and Mini 2 are budget drones. Once you get into the Mavic Air series and the Mavic Pro series, then you are getting into the professional grade drones.

    For a toy grade drone, it is an excellent camera. For playing with the kids in the back yard or even inspecting rain gutters, the Tello is perfect.

    The reason it doesn't fly very well at night is because of the 3MP sensor that sits between the IR diodes, not because it can't see the IR. It uses that 3MP sensor to SEE the ground and hover in place. All the IR is for is altitude. It is the 3MP sensor that is needed for steady flight. You can test this with electrical tape and a flashlight at night. Tape over the IR diodes, but not the sensor, then shine the flashlight on the ground directly beneath the drone. It will hover just fine.

    Finally, if you are going to review drones in the future, do a bit more research and get a better understanding of what you are talking about.

  2. Lensvana

    What do you guys think of the Tello? Worth it today, or has it been superseded by other budget drones?

    My only wish is that it would have on-board microSD

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