Tello Iron Man Test: The Special Edition in Review
The Tello Iron Man Edition is a new edition of the enormously successful Ryze/DJI Tello drone. In this test report I take a close look at the Tello Iron Man and show which wood the Quadrocopter is made of. In addition to the flight characteristics and the image quality, I will also be discussing the new app and special features in the test.
My review of the Ryze/ DJI Tello Iron Man
About the Tello Iron Man Edition
Type: Mini drone, drone with camera
Suitable for: Children, beginners, hobby
Manufacturer: DJI, Ryze
Weight: 87 gram
badge required: no
Camera: 5 MP
Price range: up to 100 Euro
Scope of supply: This is in the package of the Tello Iron Man Edition
Tello Iron Man Edtion Drone
Tello battery, LiPo battery, 1100mAh
4 Spare propellers
USB charging cable
Like the standard version, the Tello Iron Man comes out of the box as RTF (Ready To Fly). That means: Before you take off, you only have to install the app and insert the battery.
Everything you need for flying is included. The Tello Iron Man is controlled by the smartphone app “Tello Hero”, which of course also works on the tablet. A remote control is not included in the basic package, but can be purchased separately or in a bundle.
Stylish design and high-quality workmanship
Tello Iron Man Test: Look & Feel of the Drone
Striking and colourfully designed: Not only something for Marvel friends
Tello Iron Man Edition: Experiences with the Copter
Tony Stark Industries: Flying with the new Tello Missions
While the normal DJI Tello drone is kept simple and noble in white and black, the Iron Man Edition has got a completely new look: Red and black applications suggest a protective armor taken from the action hero Iron Man from the Marvel series. Additional elements and extensions were not added, apart from the design Ryze/ DJI Tello and Iron Man Edition are identical.
But the new look is aggressive, cool, wild and screams for action. Love it!
The camera of the Ryze/ DJI Tello Iron Man Edition
DJI Tello Iron Man Edtion: The camera under test
Rigid 5 megapixel camera: top in comparison!
As with the standard version, the front of the Tello Iron Man features a high-performance camera. This camera is not attached to a gimbal, so it looks rigidly forward and is exposed to tilted positions and vibrations without protection. But this is normal for cheap mini drones up to 100 Euro.
The camera has a resolution of:
1080x720p with 30 fps with video
2592x1936p (5 Megapixel) for single photos
Compared to the competition of Syma, UDI R/C, Ironpeas or Holy Stone the best value is!
In addition, the video recordings are electronically stabilized to filter out coarse shakers.
The photo and video files are not stored on an SD card, but via the app on the smartphone and can be downloaded from the corresponding folder.
Before the test flight: Make final preparations
Before I take the Tello Iron Man drone into the rough world for testing, I recharge the battery and install the app on the smartphone. For the Tello Iron Man you need a separate app (“Tello Hero”), which is available for iOS and Android. Important: The “old” Tello App of the normal version doesn’t work!
The new app is the difference to the normal Tello besides the optical reworking. The program takes the pilot into the world of Iron Man and Tony Stark. In this world, guided by Friday, you can play through (training) missions and connect the Marvel world on the smartphone display with flying in real life. In addition, you can combine the Tello Iron Man Edition with the Tello EDU App or the Swift Playgrounds App to teach the drone specially programmed maneuvers and stunts.
Range: 100 meters
Flight duration: 10-13 minutes
Autonomous flight modes: Yes
Video: 1280p x 720p (HD) at 30 fps
Photos: 5 Megapixel
Flight test #1 of the Ryze/ DJI Tello Iron Man Edition
Since I ordered the Gamesir T1d remote control for this test, I bind it to the smartphone via Bluetooth. Unfortunately this doesn’t always work.
Gamesir T1d Bluetooth connection not possible
Gamesir T1d remote control does not appear in Bluetooth menu.
Often the app does not recognize the Gamesir T1d. Sometime it worked then, I will write a small How-To contribution to it, as soon as I recognized a pattern 😉
It’s an automatic start to the air. All you have to do is press the start button on the display, slide a slider to the right and the Tello takes off. After two seconds the Quadrocopter floats on the spot and waits for new commands.
Like the normal version, the Iron Man Edition flies very precisely and stable. Both via smartphone and via Gamesir T1d remote control this is really a pleasure and unrivalled in comparison to other mini drones.
After I’ve grooved in a bit and turned a few laps over meadows and trees, a low battery level is displayed. In contrast to other inexpensive beginner drones, this doesn’t only happen via battery warning (beep tone) but also in the HUD of the app. There you can see the energy state of the battery on the right side of the live image and always see how much flying time is left.
Performance and flight characteristics of the Tello Iron Man
Up to 70 meters distance and 30-40 meters height no problem at all!
App to control the drone and FPV
FPV image, charge status, clear menu: The HUD of the Tello Hero App
The HUD at a glance
Left in HUD: Flight altitude
Right in HUD: Charging status
Top left: Smartshots & Dronies, Gallery, Menu, Connections (WIFI, Bluetooth)
Central Top: Takeoff & Landing by Swipe
Top right: Video/photo switchover, shutter release button
After about 10 minutes I land the Copter safely again and dare to take a chance on the many features of the Tello drone.
Flight Test #2: Intelligent Modes, EZ-Shots and a Question of Meaning
Ryze/ DJI Tello Ironman Edition in review
Since I have not only the Gamesir T1d remote control, but also a 3 battery charging station set for the Tello Iron Man, I do not have to go to the charging home for the further flights. Just insert a fresh rechargeable battery and go on!
In the second flight of my test the intelligent flight modes are on the agenda, 8 of which are available in the app.
First I save myself the “annoying” starting from the ground and activate “Throw and Go” via app. I throw the drone into the air, the copter catches itself and floats on the spot. I particularly like this, because the grass of the meadow is now quite high and I would otherwise have had to look for a free, flat surface.
After that I do a few somersaults by app, wonder again about the bounce mode (if you think this makes sense, you are welcome to send me an e-mail) and have 3 EZ shots done. I think I like the 360° turn the best. As with the standard Tello drone, it works great and is worth all the credit for a toy drone!
After 11:30 minutes I land the Tello Iron Man.
Flight Test #3: Range and beautiful Selfies
Tello Range: maximum distance in test
The maximum distance of the Tello drone in the test: 70 meters still go!
In the third flight I want to answer a question that came up in the test of the standard version: What is the range of the Ryze Tello? According to the manufacturer, 100 meters. But in the first Tello test I barely managed more than 30 meters, from this distance on I received repeated warnings about the WIFI range.
That’s what I want to know this time and I’m going to exhaust everything:
Pixelated FPV live image: 35 meters (paced)
Warning weak WIFI signal: 40 meters
No control over Ryze/ DJI Tello Ironman drone: 65-70 meters
So it’s all half wild! The Quadrocopter does not reach the 100 meters, but the above distances are no reason to complain. Because of the size of the copter you don’t fly huge distances anyway and for the moderate price the performance is very good.
Also the photos and Selfies can be seen
Tello drone under test: Action Shot
Unwanted Action Shot: The author in a near miss…
Tello Drone Selfie: The dronies of the Tello Iron Man Edition are that good
Compared to other drones under 100€ the Tello creates by far the best pictures!
Mini drone Tello: Test pattern in backlighting
But the camera doesn’t like backlighting. But that is moaning on a high level…
Conclusion & Rating of the Ryze/ DJI Tello Iron Man Edition
All in all, I really liked the new version of the Tello drone. Sure, I already knew the flight platform from my first Tello test, but especially the cool look and the playful app have put another one on it.
Whether this justifies the extra price (130€ compared to 100€) has to be determined by each individual. Especially fans of the Marvel world in general and Ironman in particular will find something for themselves here. For everyone else, the normal Tello drone could offer a better price-performance ratio.