DJI have just announced the latest in their line of quadcopters/drones, the DJI Tello.
The Tello has a number of exciting features and it looks like a fantastic choice for anyone new to drones or wanting to learn more about them.
DJI Tello features and specifications
The DJI Tello has a number of exciting features such as:
- STEM coding – learn the basics of programming, or just fly
- Flying stunts
- 720P camera
- Electronic image stabilisation with an Intel processor, for clear, high-quality footage
- 5MP photos
- 13 minutes flight time
- Compatible with VR headset for first person view (FPV)
- 100m image transmission distance
- Throw and go – start flying by throwing Tello!
- Flight modes for professional looking shots: circle, 360 and up & away
- Low battery and failsafe protection, along with a vision positioning system and propeller guards make Tello super safe
- Visual programming, software development and DIY accessories are all possible with Tello, great for kids, whatever their size!
All in an tiny form factor and at a weight of just 80g!
DJI Tello release date
The DJI Tello is expected to ship at the end of January 2018, but you can check here. Make sure you check back for an update once we have more details.
We expect the Tello to be released shortly, but will update this page with more information as it is available.
DJI Tello FAQ
From the DJI website:
How do I control Tello?
You can control Tello directly via Tello app or with a supported Bluetooth remote controller connected to the Tello app.
What kind of interesting things can Tello do during flight?
Tello can perform eight different flips, fly up and down from your hand in Bounce mode, or automatically record short videos with EZ Shots.
Can Tello fly indoors?
Yes, Tello is safe to fly indoors. Tello can also fly outdoors, but it is only recommended to do so in windless conditions.
Is Tello waterproof?
What does Tello’s camera feature?
Tello’s camera is capable of capturing photos and recording videos. With EZ Shots, users can fly in three specific patterns while recording short videos.
Where are my captured photos and video saved? How can I export them?
Photos and video will save to your smartphone. You can export files from your smartphone as needed.
Do I need to insert an SD card to store photos and video?
What is Tello’s video transmission range?
Maximum video transmission range is approximately 100m, but that range may vary according to your environment.
How do I charge Tello’s battery?
You can either charge one battery via the USB port on the aircraft or charge three batteries simultaneously using the battery charging hub.
Does Tello support battery hot-swapping?
No. If you do so, you may lose the photos or video taken during your last flight.
How do I replace propellers?
You can replace propellers by manually by detaching the old ones and mounting new ones.
How can I differentiate clockwise (CW) and counterclockwise (CCW) propellers? Do I have to mount different propellers in specific places?
Tello’s propellers and motor casings are marked for differentiation. CW and CCW propellers must only be attached to CW and CCW motors, respectively. CW propellers have notches near where they attach to the motors, and CW motor casings are also marked with notches. CCW propellers and motors both do not have notches.
How can I update my Tello’s firmware?
You can update Tello’s firmware via the Tello app.
What should I do the update is interrupted or fails?
If the update fails, reconnect your Tello to the Tello app and try again.
Can I update my Tello on a computer?
Not at this time.
Which Bluetooth controllers are compatible with Tello?
Tello is currently compatible with the Gamesir remote controller or Apple MFi – Certified Bluetooth remote controllers.
Which programming platforms can I use to program Tello?
Tello currently supports Scratch programming. More programming platforms will be available in future.
Full DJI Tello specifications: