DJI Ryze Tello – The best cheap camera drones

The fruit of the collaboration between DJI and Intel, the Ryze Tello was specifically designed for beginners.

This is noticeable on two levels: on the one hand, it is very compact (17.7 x 17.7 x 4 cm, for only 80 g), but also, above all, it is supplied for purchase with eight propellers and four propeller guards.

Although its finishes are impeccable, beware: it is plastic, which can be problematic in the event of a collision (even if this plastic is rather robust).

Its 5 MP sensor allows HD recording at 30 IPS rather convincing for a device at this price (even if the result is quickly pixelated if the drone picks up speed). It is also equipped with digital stabilization, effective indoors but less outdoors, where it will often not be able to fight against the movements imprinted by the wind.

It is necessary to download the dedicated application to make it work (attention besides: the drone itself does not have internal memory and the videos are recorded on your smartphone). It nevertheless has the merit of offering a clear and intuitive interface (so, just slide your finger to take off the drone, and two virtual joysticks help you steer it). It is however possible to combine it with a GameSir controller , for more ease.

Whatever the control mode chosen, the range is limited to around twenty meters, cuts even sometimes sometimes occurring at around ten meters. It’s a bit short, but it’s still perfect for a beginner.

With this application, you can configure several automated flight modes, to make certain shots easier for you, but the absence of any 3D recognition somewhat reduces its reliability in this area.

On the other hand, note that the most keen in programming can have fun creating some simple automated commands, which extends the “lifespan” of the drone to the fun level.

Finally, its autonomy of 10 minutes is quite satisfactory for a mini-drone, but since the recharge time is quite long (1:30), it is better to equip yourself with additional batteries.

In the end, here is a small drone offered at a very affordable price that stands out from the immediate competition by its material quality and the visual quality offered, surprising on a mini drone, but whose reduced range and lack of features can quickly limit the ‘use.

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