RYZE Tello – DJI’s smallest (and cheapest) drone so far for under $99

The Tello was developed by RYZE Tech, but in cooperation with DJI, and is also listed in the shop of the Chinese manufacturer. From the outside, it resembles the Spark and Mavic Air, but with around 100 euros it is significantly cheaper. Here you will learn what you get for this “economy price”.

DJI Tello quadcopter in front of two children

Model DJI Tello
Dimensions 92.5 x 98 x 41 mm
Weight 96g
Battery 3.8 V 1100mAh LiPo
<13 minutes flighttime
Camera Photo resolution: 5MP
Video resolution: HD (1280 x 720p) @30fps
Features 360 ° flips, Altitude Hold, EIS

Also, Ryze Tech is a Chinese company based in Shenzhen, and has developed the drone in collaboration with the industry leader DJI. Their experiences have obviously made good use, because in the Tello are some features that you would not necessarily expect in this price range. Incidentally, Intel was involved in the development and provides the built-in drone processor.

DJI Tello drone starting from a girl's palm
Starting the quadcopter is supposed to be that easy

There is an automatic start and landing function; you should even be able to start the drone from the outstretched hand. Overall, the fun of flying and the ease of use should be clearly in the foreground here. It specifically addresses beginners and children. So the RYZE Tello also dominates rollovers/360° flips (Spark and Mavic Air are not) and is also programmable as a special feature with Scratch or Tello SDK.

DJI Tello Quadcopter Details

At just 10 cm in length, it is the smallest drone ever from DJI, even the Spark is big against it. That’s why the rest of the equipment is not comparable. There is a 720p camera that transmits images directly to a smartphone with installed app. The range of the transmission should be 100 m, exactly as far as the drone should be able to fly with the (optional) remote control.

Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) is intended to guarantee smooth video recordings.

DJI Tello quadcopter programming
Children should learn the basics of programming here in a simple and easy way.

With 99 dollar, the price of the RYZE Tello is comparatively affordable, but first, it has to show how convincing the functions are. If the camera convinces and it can really be easily operated by newcomers, DJI could land another bestseller here.

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