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DJI Ryze Tello RC drone review

ByJulio Ventura 2018-02-11 30852

DJI Ryze Tello, one of the most awaited drones in 2018, is the result of a partnership between the renowned drone company DJI and the tech startup Ryze Technology. A combination of powerful features, amazing design, and an incredible price.


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Firstly, let's enjoy a wondrful flight show of DJI Ryze Tello RC drone (the video was shot by DJI official).



Compact design

DJI Ryze Tello RC drone has a beautiful and compact design, resembling another of DJI's products, the famous DJI Spark Mini RC Selfie Drone. Tello can fit the palm of your hand, measuring just 3.86 x 3.64 x 1.61 inches (9.80 x 9.25 x 4.10 cm) and weighing only 80gr (propellers and battery Included).

To enhance even more its lightweight and tiny frame, the DJI Ryze Tello quadcopter doesn't use any landing gear, instead having a longer bottom on its arms. Thus, ensuring the quad's safety when landing while at the same time reducing weight and size.

DJI Ryze Tello design

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Feature-rich drone

One of the great things about DJI Ryze Tello RC drone is the astonishing amount of powerful and useful features it has.

First of all, it's important to highlight the 14-core Intel processor, a professional chip that yields high-quality footage. Secondly, the versatile number of features such as:

 Auto takeoff and landing: the DJI Ryze Tello RC drone can easily take off or land with a single button.

 Vision positioning system: this system can facilitate accurate hovering. 

 Throw & go: just tossing it into the air and it will flight.

 8D flips: easy to perform cool aerial stunts via sliding on the smartphone screen.

DJI Ryze Tello 8D flips

 Bounce mode: you can enjoy the interesting interaction with the flying up and down drone.  

 Low battery protection: it will give you an alert reminder when the battery power is low. 

 Failsafe protection: the drone will land automatically even if it lose connection.

●​ Barometer: the built-in pressure sensor in barometer can measure the altitude of flying.

Thirdly, the DJI Ryze Tello RC drone is an educational aircraft aimed at kids and adults. It can be programmed with Scratch, an MIT-developed block-based coding system ideal for kids and adults. It allows for programable flight patterns, flips and much more. Advanced pilots can also program Tello through more sophisticated SDK software development, as well as creating customized Tello accessories such as DIY air frames.

DJI Ryze Tello programable flight patterns


Despite DJI Ryze Tello's amazingly low-price tag, its manufacturers still managed to incorporate a high-quality image processor and awesome camera features.

The built-in camera has 5 megapixels (2592x1936) and a Field of View of 82.6º. It captures HD 720p video at 30 frames per second and it features Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) which minimizes blurring and compensates image when filming or photographing under a slight turbulence.

To help you get the perfect shot, Tello's 5MP camera features EZ Shots that include Circle, 360 and Up & Away camera modes. On top of all this, the quadcopter can also transmit Live Video via WiFi directly to the user's smartphone screen and is compatible with VR headsets.

DJI Ryze Tello camera

Control range and flight time

DJI Ryze Tello RC drone presents some astonishing specifications. Powered by a 3.8V 1100mAh battery, this quad has a maximum flight time of 13 minutes. Its maximum control range is also impressive, it can fly as far as 100 meters at a max speed of 8m/s. These are above average specifications when comparing to the same-price drones.

DJI Ryze Tello control range and flight time

Bottom line

DJI Ryze Tello RC drone is a game changer. It is bound to be the number one quadcopter under $100 and take the drone market by storm. It represents a great improvement in the toy drone industry and will surely mark the step for the future RC aircraft development. Keep in mind Tello is mainly an indoor flyer, only fly it outside if there isn't much wind. Due to the small size and light weight of the quad, the Tello will be harder to control under the high wind.  

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