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DJI Tello vs Spark: find out which portable drone is right for you

DJI Tello vs Spark: find out which portable drone is right for you

By  Sigismondo Eisenhower 2019-07-15 3908 0

DJI Tello and Spark are two portable drones on sale. Tello is the new brand's which has arrived in the price of R$ 599. Although also focused on portability, Spark has gesture controls and can meet the needs of more demanding users. Are you in doubt about which drone to buy? Next, discover the differences and similarities between the two DJI models.


Design - Tello for beginner, Spark for professional

DJI Spark and Tello focus on sacrificial portability of larger batteries, more powerful cameras and other features common to the most professional and expensive drones on the market. But still, the Tello is the smallest and lightest between the two models. Measuring 9.8 x 9.2 x 4.1cm and with only 80 grams, the DJI drone resembled a toy during the announcement.


On the other side, the also tiny Spark has larger dimensions. The drone covers an area of 14 x 5 cm and weighs 300 grams - well more than double that of Tello.


One detail related to the design and that can be decisive is in the focus of each of the models. Tello is DJI's input drone and is aimed at beginners, or those who don't need professional quality when shooting and making videos. Because of this, the manufacturer claims that the Tello has sturdy construction and will be more friendly to accidents of those who are still in the process of learning how to control the drone.

Spark, on the other hand, has a more professional footprint, seen as an accessory or secondary drone for those who already have more expensive equipment.

Camera - Spark wins in 1200 px

Tello has a lower-capacity camera. From 5 megapixels resolution, it is capable of recording videos in HD resolution.


In terms of technical specifications, the difference is great in favor of Spark. In this device, the camera has more resolution - with 12 megapixels - and allows full HD video recording. In addition, Spark makes it possible to use filters and advanced imaging features, such as HDR, as well as pre-defined time-lapse functions.


It is worth remembering that neither of the two drones has the ability to record photos in RAW, or DNG formats.

Control - Spark can be controlled with gestures, Tello can't

DJI Tello 

Spark can be controlled by gestures through official control or via the DJI app, which is available for Android or iPhone (iOS). In the methods of gestures and through the cell phone, the user can use maneuvers pre-defined by the manufacturer to perform typical activities, ranging from zooms

Tello, on the other hand, eliminates the possibility of gesture control. Simpler and cheaper, the input drone can be piloted with remote control - sold separately - and by mobile phone.

Flight - Tello has 8 modes, Spark has automatic flight function

DJI Tello 

Both DJI drones feature image stabilization technology for their output. Similar to the feature available on mobile phones, the feature prevents too shaky videos and contributes to higher quality photos. Both also offer safety features such as low battery detection and safe landing in case of signal loss. Tello also has flight stabilisation systems - ideal for beginners.

Spark also has features to make controller life easier. The drone has, for example, obstacle detection system - which is absent in Tello. This safeguard comes into play to prevent collisions during the flight.

In DJI Spark, there are also automatic flight functions - the predefined maneuvers we mentioned earlier. There's the panoramic flight feature, ShallowFocus, where the edges of the image are blurred, indoor flight mode, and FaceAware, which allows Spark to take off from the user's hand from facial recognition.

Tello has eight pre-defined stunt modes and the user can perform the maneuvers with simple gestures on the mobile screen. In addition, the novice is more friendly with inventors and curious people: through the Scratch tool, it is possible to create new types of maneuvers and save them in the drone's memory.

Flight performance - Spark faster than Tello

  DJI Tello

Spark can fly for 16 minutes, has an operating ceiling at 4 km altitude in relation to sea level and can fly at up to 50 km/h.

Tello flies slower and can reach 28.8 km/h. There is no information on the operating ceiling of the equipment. The range is also shorter, reaching only 13 minutes with a full charge.

DJI Tello vs. DJI Spark


DJI Tello

DJI Spark


From $ 147.39

From $ 623.92


13 minutes

16 minutes

Area of reach

100 meters

30 meters


28.8 km/h

50 km/h

Maximum altitude


4 km

Flight features

stabilization, preset maneuvers, customizable maneuvers, low battery detection, safe landing

stabilization, preset maneuvers, customizable maneuvers, low battery detection, safe landing


HD (1280 x 720 pixels)

Ful HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)


5 megapixels

12 megapixels

Card entry




85 gramas

300 gramas



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