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Tello Quadcopter Drone with HD Camera and VR,Powered by DJI Technology and Intel Processor,Coding Education,DIY Accessories,Throw and Fly (Without Controller)
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|Video Capture Resolution||HD 720p|
|Item Weight||230 Grams|
|Battery Capacity||0.1 Amp Hours|
|Control Type||Remote Control|
|Wireless Communication Technology||Wi-Fi|
|Battery Cell Composition||Lithium Ion|
|Are Batteries Included||No|
|Remote Control Included?||No|
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- Little drone for kids and adults that’s a blast to fly and helps users learn about drones with coding education.
- VR headset compatibility,fly with a breathtaking first-person view.
- Tello has two antennas that make video transmission extra stable and a high-capacity battery that offers impressively long flight times.
- Start flying by simply tossing Tello into the air.Slide on screen to perform 8D flips cool aerial stunts.
- Equipped with a high-quality image processor, Tello shoots incredible photos and videos. Even if you don’t know how to fly, you can record pro-level videos with EZ Shots and share them on social media from your smartphone.
Feel the Fun
We set out to build the most fun drone ever, and we came up with Tello: an impressive little drone for kids and adults that’s a blast to fly and helps users learn about drones with Scratch programming. Get yourself a Tello to find out just how awesome flying can be!
New to Drones? No Problem.
Flying Tello couldn’t be easier! Just pull out your phone to fly anytime or anywhere with intuitive controls.
1.Smartphone VR Headset Compatibility: Fly with a breathtaking first-person view.
2.DJI Flight Tech: Industry-leading components ensure stable flights.
3.Tello App: Getting started is extra easy with the Tello app’s friendly UI.1
4.Controller Compatibility: Precise control for unforgettable experiences.
See the World from the Sky
Whether you’re at a park, in the office, or hanging out at home, you can always take off and experience the world from exciting new perspectives. Tello has two antennas that make video transmission extra stable and a high-capacity battery that offers impressively long flights times.
13-Min Flight Time3
2.100m Flight Distance4
3.720p HD Transmission
4.Smart Switch 2 Antennas
Fantastic Features for Endless Enjoyment
Thanks to all the tech that Tello’s packing, like a flight controller powered by DJI, you can perform awesome and complex tricks and with just a tap on screen.5 Flying has never been so fun and easy!
1.Throw & Go: Start flying by simply tossing Tello into the air.
2.8D Flips: Slide on screen to perform cool aerials stunts.
3.Bounce Mode: Tello flies up and down from your hand automatically.
Capture Great Pictures and Videos
Equipped with a high-quality image processor, Tello shoots incredible photos and videos. Even if you don’t know how to fly, you can record pro-level videos with EZ Shots and share them on social media from your smartphone.
From the manufacturer
Capture Great Pictures and Videos
Equipped with a high-quality image processor, Tello shoots incredible photos and videos. Even if you don’t know how to fly, you can record coordinated short videos with Circle, 360, and Up & Away and share them on social media from your smartphone.
Programming is More Fun than Ever
Now available for Tello is a mobile programming app that supports Scratch. Students can command Tello to perform corresponding movements by dragging coding blocks on their smart mobile device. Students can also develop programming skills by playing games and completing levels. Discover the fun of programming!
Accessories You'll Love
Tello Flight Battery
Tello Quick-Release Propellers
Tello Propeller Guards
The high-quality cells distribute power evenly and recharge rapidly.
Specially made for Tello
Lightweight and durable propellers specially designed for Tello.
Protect the propellers
Protect the propellers and aid in flight safety.
Easy to mount
The battery is also quick to install, connecting simply with the aircraft.
Easy to use
It's easy to mount and detach.
Easy to mount
Small, lightweight, easy to mount and detach.
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The Future of Possible
DJI is the global leader in civilian drones, aerial imaging technology, and creative camera technology. Find out more here in our DJI Brand Store on Amazon. The company is dedicated to making aerial photography and filmmaking equipment and platforms more accessible and easier to use for creators around the world. Its products are used every day by customers in over 100 countries for filmmaking, construction, inspection, emergency response, agriculture, conservation, and beyond.
Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2018
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I'll start by saying I'm not a drone expert; I've been interested in them for awhile but haven't actually owned any until just recently. I have, however, been doing a lot of research in hopes of making well-informed purchasing decisions. Other reviews have praised the Tello's great performance, and my own experience with it has found this to be true. As far as actual flight performance (stability, maneuverability, flight time, etc), I'm pretty confident that this drone is the best in its class, and probably by a fairly wide margin too. Friends of mine that own other similarly-priced toy-class drones have commented on how much more stable the Tello was in flight than their drone, and so on. If I had to guess, DJI's hand in engineering the Tello is probably the main reason that the flight performance is class-leading. I will note that, although it is plenty capable for indoor flying, it isn't meant for anything more than light outdoor flying; it has distance/altitude limits well below that of a "real" drone (max of 100m distance and 10m altitude), and is not recommended to be used in any wind (in my experience it can handle a light breeze at most). However, this is to be expected considering it's a lightweight "toy" drone.
Now, the video/picture quality is better than most all other "toy" drones in this price range, but keep in mind this drone is only $100 to begin with (and already excels in flight performance too), so it's unrealistic to expect it to have video/photo quality good enough for serious use. The video is streaming-quality 720p with EIS; it lacks an SD card slot to save directly from the camera, so what you see in the controller app's live feed is what you get in your video recordings. Pictures are better quality than the video (5MP), but good lighting is necessary if you want them to look decent. Again, this is just a lightweight "toy" drone that costs only $100, so don't have unrealistic expectations and think it can replace a "real" (and much more expensive) drone for cinematography/photography.
As far as the Tello's app/controlls go, I never had any issues when running the Tello's app on a 2017 iPad, and I'd imagine that any comparable Apple device would run it just as well. I had zero real issues controlling my Tello from the app on my iPad, even with multiple other wi-fi routers/APs in the area, and the lag, although present, was reasonably low. Again, as a "toy" drone in this price range, it's unreasonable to expect it to come with high-end radio signaling and/or a hardware controller with a dedicated link that would allow for super low latency control, but I never felt like the app controls had enough lag to really inhibit my control of the drone. However, I must say that, when I first tried it on two of my Android devices (Nexus 9 & Nexus 7), I wasn't even able to get the app to start without crashing. Now with a updated version they have since released, it currently works fine on my Nexus 6, although the video quality and range is a bit less than it is with my iPad. Your experience may vary depending on which Android device you have, and it's possible you could get performance comparable to what I got out of my iPad with another Android device, so I'm not going to say that Android device owners shouldn't try it. However, Apple devices tend to have more consistent hardware and software, and it's also likely that Ryze put more effort in to the iOS version of the app than the Android one, so overall I still recommend using an Apple device if you can... there's a good chance it will work better with one.
Also, there is something else to note about the Android version of the Tello app; namely, I'm concerned by the amount and kinds of permissions that it has... many seem unnecessary and even suspicious for an app that (should) just have the job of being a remote control for a wi-fi drone. (Below the body of my review I have a list of the (IMO) most concerning permissions.) It's unfortunate that it has (or at least tries to get, depending on the version of Android your device has) all these permissions which could allow for collecting metadata, even in the background (when you aren't running the app). And Ryze being a relatively unknown Chinese company makes it all the more concerning. Now, I'm not saying they are definitely collecting metadata (I haven't done any technical analysis of network traffic/data or such to prove/disprove it), and some of these permissions it requests could be used for compatibility with older versions of Android, but it is still rather suspect IMO, and because of it I have refused to install the app on my main smartphone (or any Android device which may contain personal data/accounts). On the flip side, I don't have to worry about this with Apple devices, since iOS doesn't allow apps nearly as many permissions in the first place, and even the ones it does have the app must always ask for permission first. FYI, the only permission it asked for on my iPad was location, and I denied that and the app still worked fine anyway (Tello is not a GPS-capable drone, so other than maybe for geotagging your photos/videos, there isn't any reason it needs to know your location).
All-in-all, if you're looking for a fun but surprisingly capable little "toy" drone to fly indoors (or outside only with little to no wind) and don't want to spend much, I recommend the Ryze Tello. I recommend it even more-so if you have an Apple device to use with it; in fact, the reason I rated it 4 stars instead of 5 was because of my privacy concerns and some issues I had with the Android app (if they remove those permissions and continue to improve the app, I will consider updating my review to 5 stars). On a side-note, if you are looking at getting in to drone piloting on a more serious level, I would not recommend this in place of a "real" drone... it may set new standards for the capabilities of "toy" class drones, but even a very good "toy" class is not enough learn real drone piloting. (For a beginner drone for serious drone piloting, I would highly recommend the DJI Spark instead, as it's (IMO) currently the cheapest drone with serious flight capabilities). In my case, I bought this in addition to the "real" drone I already had, so I could use it for indoor and casual flying (rather than risk my main drone).
List of potentially concerning Android app permissions:
- access precise GPS location - the Tello does not use GPS so no reason knowing my precise location should be needed for flying-purposes... perhaps for geotagging photos/videos maybe, but once the app has this permission there's nothing preventing them from collecting my position data either
- read phone device ID - with this it could read your phone number or IMEI/MEID; older Android apps used to use this to get a unique device ID or check your mobile connection, but newer versions of Android have better/safer ways of doing these, so there's little legitimate reason for them to need this permission now-a-days
- see all running apps - uh, no good reason it needs to know what other apps you are running
- run at startup - why does it need to automatically run in the background when it's just a drone controller app... unless it actually does this so it can gather information constantly in conjunction with the other permissions it has... definitely suspicious.
- modify system settings - it's possible they use this to try to help automatically configure wi-fi/bluetooth/controllers for you but it's still concerning
- android.permission.MANAGE_ACCOUNTS - this is a permission that was used more on older Android versions; it's unclear what exactly this allows the app to do on newer Android versions (it may be harmless), but since this is a newer Android app they shouldn't need this permission anyway...
- read Home settings and shortcuts - why? ...this is random and without a doubt entirely unnecessary
This is the best flying mini-drone I have ever tried. It is very stable and predictable for indoor flying. I even took it out in a light breeze and it had no problem holding position. Flips are rock solid and the drone maintains exact altitude when flipping. Most other drones with flip ability will lose several feet in altitude, making it very risky to do indoors. Hand launch and land work very well. I have flown out several full charges indoors and out and have yet to even smack a wall due to the solid handling. This thing flies like drones costing hundreds more. And the flight time is amazing for something this small - almost equal to the Spark! I didn't do a range check but I did shut down the app to see what would happen. I expected it to land or RTH but it just sat there hovering until I reconnected and told it to land. Not sure I like this feature. I would prefer RTH but at least it didn't take off full throttle toward China like my Holy Stone model did!
As for the camera - The video has obnoxious banding of green and purple. Still photos are decent. The photos are much better than anything else in this price range. Too bad about the video defect. Even if it had good color the video would be essentially useless due to the low bit rate which causes constant stuttering every few seconds. They need to fix this if they are advertising it as video capable, which it is really NOT.
Another major issue is that the connectivity is absolutely NOT as advertised. Most controllers will not work with it (check out the owner forums). I got the advertised GameSir T1 and the drone would not even recognize it much less connect. Now I have a useless controller I am returning.
I also tried flying with the Scratch programming platform. After a long and involved installation procedure (instructions for which are buried on the Ryze website) I managed to get it to takeoff, flip and land but only with individual commands. It simply refuses to perform a whole program for some reason and all other commands are totally ignored. Other users have this same issue so I'm hoping it will be dealt with in a firmware upgrade since this is one of the main advertised features of this drone.
I am returning this drone due to the defective camera. Hopefully the next one will work. After printing the return label I realized it was not prepaid. I emailed DJI about this and they sent a pre-paid Fedex label for return. Quick response!
UPDATE: The video banding issue was caused by my Droid Turbo not handling the video properly. I tried it with an iphone and it worked fine - Except for the stuttering problem which is probably caused by using wifi for both control and recording. Not sure they can fix this with a firmware update. I really wish they had included a memory card slot instead. There is also no easy way to share or move photos and videos that are saved to your phone. You have to hunt for them with a file explorer and manually move them. This is a really dumb oversight and will hopefully be fixed in a future update.
After updating to the latest firmware I again tried Scratch programming and it works great now. Very simple to program moves as long as you insert at least a one second pause between actions. Overall I'm still very impressed with this drone, especially with some of the junk on the market for an equivalent price.
UPDATE 2, Oct 2018): So I've been flying this drone for several months now and still love it for general playing around the house and yard. I've discovered a few more things. The T1D controller will only connect with certain Android phones. I finally bought a cheap no contract phone that actually connects with no problem. It's a Samsung J3 from Wallyworld for $49. I loaded up all my drone apps and it works great EXCEPT for the absolutely useless video feed which has not improved at all. If you have an i-Anything with current ios you should be able to use it and get decent video but only if you keep the bit rate down to about 1 Mbps. But what is the point of having a nice video feed you can't use at full rate? Hello, Ryze??
About the Xiaomi wifi extender - it works great except you can not use it simultaneously with the bluetooth controller or you risk dropping connections. So either pick flying at long range with the extender and phone or short range with the controller. "Long range" is relative with this drone. You can push it two or three times the usual limits but it's still well within sight. For flying higher, try the TALS app. It does one thing - sets your altitude limit anywhere up to 30 meters. I actually had it hover in place like it had a ground lock at full altitude. I didn't think it would hold in a light breeze but it did. Impressive.
Another impressive feature is how tough this drone is. It takes a beating. I've smacked a couple walls and the ceiling and tangled the props in the curtains with no damage. I had to replace a prop but only because it flew off and got lost in the grass. No lasting damage. One time it seemed to "heal itself" somehow after a crash. It flew up and shuddered and twitched a little for a few minutes then just started flying again like nothing happened. No apparent damage so I kept flying.
I recommend the Drone Blocks app for trying out flight programming. It's drag and drop to build your flight routine. Then just click a GO command and the drone does it all with no input from you. Lots of fun and the kids can learn the basics of programming without even realizing it.
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Reviewed in Mexico 🇲🇽 on September 21, 2018
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