I needed a drone in my life

I really, really wanted a drone.   I have no idea why.

That's not true...  I think drones are cool.  as a kid i always wanted a remote control helicopter.  Now, i have something much better.  up and running as soon as it was charged, required no training or prior experience to get it off the ground and it has a video camera.  

The 'good' drones seem to have  a price point of £1000.  For that, you get a gimbal that helps to stabilise the 4K video, lots of cool features like 'follow me' and collision avoidance.  But really, i want to play with one first before shelling out a grand.

Then i discovered the DJI/RyZE Tello.  Recently released, shoots video and still images and it's £99.   That's 90% cheaper.  It's cheaper then hiring a Mavic for the day.  SOLD...

Now ok, it has a short flight time, only has a 5MP camera, shoots video at 720p, limited range and no internal storage.  I'm OK with all that.  i get to see if i will actually use the thing before upgrading to a 'better' model and i'm much less scared to let the kids use it for that price.

First charge took around 90 minutes,  we're off...

power it on,

connect to the tello-xxxx wifi network on my iphone,

press the takeoff button and swipe when it tells you to, up it goes...

*** take off video ***

 The screen tells you lots of info about what's going on

The screen tells you lots of info about what's going on

 The controls are easy enough to operate(the kids will be miles better at it than me due to their Minecraft expertise)  and it's fun.   There are little tutorial features for beginners visually showing you what the drone will do when you press what button.                             

The controls are easy enough to operate(the kids will be miles better at it than me due to their Minecraft expertise)  and it's fun.   There are little tutorial features for beginners visually showing you what the drone will do when you press what button.                             

Flight Modes video to follow.

Throw and go

Up And away

Flips

Bounce(if you think of a use for this, please let me know)

Circle

360

Slow Fly by

Fast Flyby

In Summary, it's great fun, an excellent starter drone and with the ability to program it using the same programming language your kids are learning at school(scratch), its educational too.  

 Screenshot from DroneBlocks(available on the app store)

Screenshot from DroneBlocks(available on the app store)

 

The biggest problem with the thing is that being of the photographic persuasion i now want one of the bigger/drones more than ever to take advantage of the increased range and better cameras.

Best get saving...