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Five reasons why you need a drone in your life

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It used to be that if you were in the park and looking for some fun, you’d literally go fly a kite. Boring, pedestrian and there was a high chance that the damn thing would turn on you and descend with the rage of an untethered children’s toy run amok. These days, we’ve got much better toys to take outside.

Possibly the best of the best, are drones. Why be content with just flying a drone, when you can use it for so much more? If you were ever looking to get started with the best hobby around, then now is a great time to get your feet wet with the DJI Ryze Tello Drone. Nedbank will be offering the device at a cheap as chips price later this week, and it’s bound to be a far more satisfying use of your payday cheque than sorting out your bills.


Here are five reasons why you should consider grabbing the DJI Tello Drone.

It’s cheap to get started


You don’t need to break the bank on buying a drone, although finding that middle ground between quality and affordability can be tricky. At its base retail price, the DJI Tello will set you back just over R2000, but Nedbank will be offering the awesome device at a substantially lower price: R1028. Plus they’re chucking in a battery and charging hub in for you as well. For a device that packs in a decent flying time, size and camera, that’s an absolute steal and way better than anything else on the market at a comparable price currently. Heck, I’ll take ten!

It’s compact and cute


Able to literally fit in the palm of your hand, don’t let the small stature of the DJI Tello fool you. Beneath its small surface there lies the heart of a bigger drone, built with the expertise of DJI’s industry benchmarking skills. Also, it’s totally adorable. I mean, just look at that little fella. So cute. While you can fly it outside, it’s also recommended that you use it inside rather.

Which is just perfect, as now I can finally deliver staff notes to the gang without having to ever actually talk to them. Bonus.

Plenty of grunt under the hood


What does your money get you when it comes to hardware? Solid flight stabilisation technology, a camera that packs in a 5MP sensor which can record 720p videos and a flying time of around 13 minutes. Not too shabby, and a nice halfway point between form and function for the diminutive drone. It’s going to be really useful when I use it to film my movies indoors that require overhead action shots.

You don’t need a remote control to fly it


A bulky plastic box with a huge antenna that can be used for fencing? This ain’t the 1990s pal. The DJI Tello can instead be hooked up to your smartphone when you feel like taking it for a spin, with a native app that not only makes controlling it a doddle but also gives you a point-of-view perspective that puts you firmly in the pilot’s seat.

If you’d prefer to use some magic instead, you can also use gesture controls to steer the drone, and even program it to follow basic commands with some nifty home software. If you want to use a controller for more precision, that option is available, but so is a far more awesome alternative: Virtual Reality. Toggle the POV mode on, slap some VR to your face and be prepared for a flight lesson that you’ll never forget!

It’s can perform some sick tricks


You won’t ever see drone enthusiasts using their more expensive pieces of kit to fly with reckless abandon. That’s a problem that the DJI Tello doesn’t have, as this device can be programmed to perform tricks that wouldn’t look out of place in a circus tent. Sick flips and quick dodges result in some fun aerobatics from the DJI Trello, with further options available to really take advantage of its air superiority and camera, such as 360-degree video pans.

Which is pretty neat!


The DJI Ryze Tello will be up for sale from 12pm today on Nedbank’s Unlocked.me hub of bargain shopping. Better be quick though, as chances are pretty high that this sought-after item will sell out very very quickly.

Last Updated: July 27, 2018


  1. But is its targetting system advanced enough to take out terrorists? Can it be deployed as a defence shield? Can it make you a sandwich? Can it connect to the internet and pirate TV shows? Can it find and assassinate Rincey in France? Gah! Five reasons not to own this drone!!


  2. Social Justice Jim Bot v 1.5

    July 27, 2018 at 12:52

    But is its targetting system advanced enough to take out terrorists? Can it be deployed as a defence shield? Can it make you a sandwich? Can it connect to the internet and pirate TV shows? Can it find and assassinate Rincey in France? Gah! Five reasons not to own this drone!!


  3. Original Heretic

    July 27, 2018 at 11:34

    Seems like a common error these days.
    Just because you want something really really badly, that doesn’t mean you need it.


    • Geoffrey Tim

      July 27, 2018 at 11:51

      No, you need it.


      • miaau

        July 27, 2018 at 11:53

        I have a small drone, no camera, just to stuff around with and I can say its AWESOME

        Need is good, in this one case.

        But I also think old Herectic there is getting a bit philosophical like


      • Original Heretic

        July 27, 2018 at 11:54

        You’ve totally convinced me. You’re right, I’ll die if I don’t have one.


        • miaau

          July 27, 2018 at 11:58

          Wow. Honestly, I did not think you can be swayed so quickly.

          Although his argument had everything, passion, belief, confidence and, above all, shortness and to the pointed-ness.

          Yes, we do seem to through the word need around a lot in our society.

          I can tell you this, about the drone, if you can afford one easily, buy one. But buying a drone MEANS the following.

          You must be prepared, financially, to lose the thing on FIRST flight.
          Lots can go wrong, fatally. Of course, the chance is TINY, but still.


          • Geoffrey Tim

            July 27, 2018 at 12:02

            This is mostly meant for inside flying, but has a camera – and weird sensors. it’s a fun little thing.

          • miaau

            July 27, 2018 at 12:05

            Mine is for inside too AND has blad protectors and stuff. The kids love it and if it accidently hits one of my art works, well, the blade protects top it from tearing the canvas.

            I has some art, in theory valuable (nothing more than R100 000) (in practise, worthless, cause you cannot just sell a painting for the assessed worth), and getting an inside flying drone, to play with the kids and stuff, the blade protector, both to protect the blades from damaging themselves and my art was an important consideration

          • miaau

            July 27, 2018 at 12:09

            BUT, when I have money again (still owed boatloads, business stuffies), I want to buy a drone, forget the exact name, but is about R4k, import from Wish is on option as well. Same drone at toy shop in mall was R20k.

            That is an outside drone. it is quiet, pretty much as quiet as a drone can be, has a great camera and I want to use when we go to game farm (in laws best friends). They have one for checking out some areas and it is AWESOME to use. And like I say, it is surprisingly quiet, enough height and the animals do not even look up AND the camera has zoom and so forth. Looks great

    • miaau

      July 27, 2018 at 11:51

      FOMO. Like my take on the piracy debate

      Also, this article is clearly native advertising. And I do not care.

      It was fun to read, so…. I care not


  4. Admiral Chief

    July 27, 2018 at 11:56

    Wat kos hierdie outjie? Ek voel ek het dit nodig!


    • Dresden

      July 27, 2018 at 11:58

      R1028. Bulluke prysie as jy my vra.


      • miaau

        July 27, 2018 at 12:00

        inderdaad, net so.

        Dit is a lekker speelding, en die prys is baie goed.

        Ons moet ook dink aan….spares. these things will and do crash.


      • Admiral Chief

        July 27, 2018 at 12:00


        Janee, ek stem, ek benodig bietjie hommeltuig-aksie in my lewe


        • Kromas

          July 27, 2018 at 12:54

          Ek will een he maar ek het ongelukkig al my geld spandeer op Fallout 76.


  5. miaau

    July 27, 2018 at 12:24

    Oh, also, great tip.

    Buy a 2nd battery. Charge one. use one, sort of.


  6. Francois Knoetze

    July 31, 2018 at 09:20

    Bought a DJI Spark a few months ago for R3500 (BARGAIN). Love it to no end and use it quite a bit for good photography shot and creating a video about my business. It is not a MUST for everybody but it is a great tool for advertising etc


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