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Ryze Tello Drone Full Review | Setup and Test Flight

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At CES 2018 the Tello drone was unveiled and there was a lot of confusion at first as it was believed to be a new DJI Drone called the DJI Tello. However, it was soon cleared up that it was, in fact, a new drone that features some DJI technology as well as Intel technology inside but was the creation of a company called Ryze. For the most part, DJI will be the company looking after sales of this mini-drone, even when purchased from Amazon the Tello is shipped out by DJI.

Unlike many other toy grade drones at the $100 price point, the Tello features sensors on the bottom to help hold its altitude and position when in flight. This makes for a better more stable flight experience whether flying indoors or outdoors. Due to its small size and only weighing 80 grams flying outdoors should only be attempted on days without any significant wind. The Ryze Tello is controlled by your smartphone via its own dedicated app, however, there is support for some 3rd party Bluetooth game controllers.

The DJI/Ryze Tello ships with one battery that is rated for 13 minutes of flight time. Keep in mind those numbers don’t usually pan out in real-world flying conditions and you are more likely to experience 9 to 10 minutes of flight time. 10 minutes of flight time is really not bad for a drone of this size. You can purchase spare batteries however at the time of publishing this article they were still listed as unavailable. The batteries are charged via the aircraft with a micro USB cable which oddly enough is not included. I guess they figure most people had several lying around. There will be a charging hub for sale down the road that can charge several batteries independently from the aircraft which will come in handy especially if you have several batteries to charge.

Ryze Tello (DJI Store) https://goo.gl/Nquebe
Ryze Tello (Amazon) http://amzn.to/2FqSHPH

Tello Bluetooth Controller: https://goo.gl/i67YWk
Tello Case: http://amzn.to/2G9bMml

 

The dedicated app for the Ryze Tello is well designed and intuitive. The layout is well-organized and the learning curve is quite low. Even a consumer brand new to drones will be up and flying quickly. The app offers many smart modes including, throw and go, 360 spin, circle, up and away and bounce. The Tello drone is capable of doing many different styles of flips and I really like how Ryze has implemented them. It’s as simple as going into the “flips” flight mode and swiping on the screen the direction you want to flip. Ryze offers two ways to land the Tello aircraft, one is an automatic landing and the other is palm landing. When you select palm landing you have 5 seconds to place your hand under the aircraft. Once the sensors recognize your hand the Tello will gently descend until it has landed, the engines will then turn off.

Who is this drone gear towards? Well, that answer is subjective. If you’re looking for a good aerial video/ photo platform than this is not the drone for you. It is capable of 5 MP photos and 720 HD video, however, the results are mediocre at best. There is no gimbal, however, the video is stabilized by software. I would say this is an excellent drone for those who are looking to learn to fly and don’t what to shell out $1000 for a higher end drone, it’s a nice little drone to learn on. Also, it is a really nice drone for kids, you don’t have to worry about them crashing your expensive drone if they want to fly.

All in all a great little drone for its price category, its stable in the air and fun to fly even if used just indoors for those times you just can’t fly outside due to weather or season.

 

The Ryze Tello drone is quite small and only weighs 80 grams.

 

Ryze Tello Drone with the propeller guards removed.

 

A size comparison of the Ryze Tello drone and the DJI Spark.

 

All the contents inside the Ryze Tello drone box.

 

Here is the packaging for the Ryze Tello Drone.


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What’s In My Drone & Camera Backpack in 2019 | What Gear Do I Carry

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Every year I make a video like this, basically detailing what gear I pack in my drone/camera backpack. Things change from year to year as new cameras, drones and accessories are released. This is my 2019 edition of my “What’s in My Camera Backpack”. Now, for the most part, I consider this my everyday pack, this is the gear I bring along with me when going out to fly my drone, hiking or just adventuring.  I also have a minimalist kit that I use when traveling and I need to pack light. keep an eye out for it I will be uploading it to my YouTube Channel next.

Watch and see what gear I will be packing in my backpack in 2019.

If you looking for links for the products that I pack, they are all listed in the description of my YouTube Video.


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DJI Smart Remote Overview And Thoughts

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Around the time last summer when the Dji Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic Zoom were released, there were leaked photos floating around showing a remote that had a built-in screen and was reported to be a new integrated remote for the Mavic 2 series. Fast forward to January 2019, DJI official launched this new Smart Remote at CES. It was listed on their website as out of stock for a while and first became available for purchase in European countries, then in Canada and a few days later in the U.S. However it was sold out in a few days and at the time of writing this article it has been listed as out of stock again.

The DJI Smart Controller is an all in one unit with a build in 5.5-inch screen. It runs on a modified version of Android and has all the apps needed to fly youR Mavic 2 built-in to the unit. The screen is similar to the existing Crystal Sky monitors and has a super bright 1000 nit screen, this makes for easier viewing on bright days. The DJI Smart controller has many useful built-in tools and features such as an HDMI out port allowing you to connect the remote to an external monitor. It has a Micro SD card slot allowing you to transfer and view your drone videos and photos. There is a new feature called GoShare and is a way to connect and transfer your drone media to your smartphone or tablet.

One of the biggest complaints of DJI’s new Smart Controller is the price, it comes in at $649 U.S which does sting the wallet quite a bit. There is now an option when purchasing a brand new Mavic 2 drone that allows you to bundle in the Smart Remote instead of the stock remote, this does save a little money. However, it is a bit of a slap in the face for those who purchased the Mavic 2 early on as no discounts are offered.

Price aside, I am really enjoying this remote, the new DJI Smart Controller makes setting up and deploying your drone so much faster with less hassle. You don’t have to worry about making sure your phone is charged or putting it into airplane mode so you don’t get distracting calls and messages. It feels comfortable to hold and just performs like a premium device. You can install 3rd party apps as well if you so choose. All in all, it is well worth the money for me, of course, I wish it was cheaper and feel a price tag of $500 would have been better suited.

One drawback to using this remote is getting updates later than iOS or Android phones. This has been a common problem even when using the Crystal Sky. Compatibility and feature updates seem to always trickle in sometimes months down the road. This is true for DJI’s latest Go4 App update that included a new intelligent flight mode “Waypoints 2.0”. Unfortunately, it is not yet available on the new DJI Smart Controller or Crystal Sky and may not be for some time which is very unfortunate. This is very backward in my opinion, customers who have paid for premium devices should not be punished by lack of updates or features. Premium devices if anything should have updates made to them first. I think this would be a good selling point for DJI if they offered the first crack at new features and updates to those who have purchased premium devices.

Watch our unboxing and review video below.

DJI Smart Controller: http://bit.ly/2FViHlU
DJI Mavic 2: http://bit.ly/2PVuaDU

 

 


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