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DJI Spark vs DJI Tello



Although the DJI Tello and DJI Spark may appear similar on the outside, these two mini drones are very different overall. The Tello serves as a perfect beginner drone, perfect for kids, novice pilots, and drone lovers of any age. Its flight time, intelligence, and camera quality are head and shoulders above all other quadcopters under $99. Meanwhile, the Spark is a more advanced drone that boasts advanced features, fun camera modes, and GPS sensors for better overall safety and security. Lagging behind both of these drone is the Parrot Mambo, which takes feeble 0.9 MP photos, 720p video, and flies for just 10 minutes. The Mambo may cost the same as the Tello, but its subpar camera, short battery life, and lack of image stabilization make it a clearly inferior aircraft. 

Size and Weight

DJI Tello

The DJI Spark is larger, but not by much, measuring 2.1 x 5.6 x 5.6 inches and 0.66 pounds while the DJI Tello is 1.6 x 3.8 x 3.6 and 0.17 pounds. Also of note here is that the Spark comes in Green, White, Blue, Red, and Yellow, while the Tello is available in just Yellow, White, and Blue. Both drones are very small, which results in easier transport and more room for other useful accessories. 

DJI Spark

Speed and Performance

The DJI Tello is outstripped by the DJI Spark when it comes to speed, although the overall performance of both aircraft is comparable. The DJI Spark can fly up to 16 minutes on a single charge thanks to a 1480 mAh battery, while the Tello reaches 13 minutes on an 1100 mAh battery. The brushless motors of the Spark propel it to a higher top speed of 31 mph compared to the Tello's 17.8 mph top speed. Learn more about the facts and figures of these two comparable drones by checking out their respective specs pages: Tello SpecsSpark Specs


Flight Modes

This is certainly one area in which these two drones differ, in particular because the Spark has a large number of flight modes to choose from, and the DJI Tello flight modes are limited. Tello does boast Auto Takeoff, Auto Landing, and Low Battery protection features, as well as autonomous EZ flight modes like Circle, 360, and Up & Away. Also built-in is the ability to perform 8D flips and engage in bounce mode (wherein the drone flies up and down from your hand automatically). 

DJI Tello

Ultimately, however, the flight modes of the Spark are superior, with the most significant difference being the Hand Gesture Controls. Flying with gesture control allows pilots to take to the skies without a dedicated remote controller or mobile device. Gesture to the Spark to fly left, right, up, down, and even back and forth!

DJI Spark Gestures

Flying with the hand gestures is incredibly easy, and a lot of fun. It provides pilots with a Jedi-like control over the aircraft, which is the first drone of its kind with that capability. The PalmControl gestures were first introduced in the DJI Spark, giving pilots control with their hands after first being identified through facial recognition.

This technology is incredible to watch, and illustrates how DJI innovation continues to be a high priority. Upon confirmation through the facial recognition, the Spark can be controlled by moving your palm up, down, left, right, backwards, and forwards. A camera motion with your hands engages the camera, taking a picture of you and your surroundings. Wave one hand to active ActiveTrack, which means the Spark will track you as you move around. Wave two hands and the Spark will come back to you and identify your palm before landing precisely on it.

Learn more about the exciting QuickShot modes available on the Spark below:  

DJI Spark QuickShot Rocket
  • Rocket- Ascend with the camera pointing downward to reveal a unique bird's eye view.
DJI Spark QuickShot Dronie
  • Dronie- Fly backward and upward with the camera locked on your subject, creating an epic shot that captures the expansive perspective of the world around the subject.
DJI Spark QuickShot Circle
  • Circle- Keeps the subject locked in the center of the frame, as the Spark automatically flies a circle around it.
DJI SPark QuickShot Helix
  • Helix- Begins close to the subject before flying up, away, and around in larger and larger circles.


The Spark truly shines in the camera comparsion, capable of 12 MP photos and 1080p. DJI has pulled out all the stops with this one, offering panoramic pictures, fun camera modes, and hand gesture controls. A 2-axis gimbal onboard the Spark ensures better image stabilization. Spark pilots can take photos by making a photo gesture with their hands, which means the ultimate selfie is easier than ever!

Spark Tello
Sensor Size 1/2.3" 1/3.2"
Film Rate 12 MP and FHD 1920x1080 5 MP and HD720 Video at 30fps
Shutter Type Electronic Electronic
Shutter Speed 2-1/8000s (Unknown)
Aperture F/2.6 (Unknown)
Max Video Bitrate 24 mbps (Unknown)
Camera Image DJI Spark camera DJI Tello Camera Lens


Learn more about the DJI Tello in this video:



Transmission Distance

Another area in which these two drones differ is their respective transmission distances. The Spark can fly considerably farther than the Tello, reaching 1.2 miles in distance. The Tello manages 100 yards of flight, which is understandable given that the Tello is built to be flown with a smartphone. When flown with a smartphone, the Spark barely eclipses its Ryze Tello counterpart, flying up to 109 yards away. 


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