Xiaomi MITU vs DJI Tello – Which is the better drone? Ultimate Comparison

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In this article I’m going to help you decide between buying either the Xiaomi MITU drone or the Ryze TELLO. Just watch me do it!

Why would I trust this article, you ask?

Well, I have quite an experience with drones ranging in price from $10 to $1500 and I have tested a shit ton of under $100 drones, the category where these two fit.

You are a smart person!

You chose two of the BEST cheap “selfie” quad-copters, and that’s because of the awesome technology they embed. 

Now let’s see what the differences are. And don’t forget to read till the end because that’s where I reach my conclusion (you don’t have to agree with it).

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Advantages and disadvantages

Btw, if you’re concerned with the range, just know that you can extend it to almost double by using the Xiaomi Wifi Range extender (for any wifi drone).

As you can see in the tables bellow, each drone has slight advantages and disadvantages on paper and it would make it pretty difficult to choose just by seeing the specs.

That’s why we need to dig deeper and see how they actually perform

Xiaomi Mitu

Average Score 8
Durability
8.5
Flight experience
9
Battery life
5
PROS:
  • good photo quality
  • very stable flight (indoors and outdoors)
  • cheap batteries
CONS:
  • can't be flown very well in wind

DJI Tello

Average Score 9
Video Quality
9
Flight stability
8.5
Photo Quality
9.5
PROS:
  • very good battery life
  • flight modes
  • stabilized video
  • very good photos
  • can use a separate controller
CONS:
  • video can be glitchy
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Xiaomi Mitu drone vs Tello - my youtube review

Watch the video if you want to see how both the drones record, fly and so on. But I’d recommend first to check the rest of the article and read the details of my comparison.

Only then, get back to this youtube review and check how they compare in tests.

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Unboxing and accessories

Xiaomi Mitu

  • Drone
  • Manual
  • 2 spare props
  • micro USB charger
  • 920 mAh battery

Ryze Tello

  • Drone
  • Manual
  • 4 spare props
  • prop removal key
  • 1100 mAh battery
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What accessories should you buy?

There’s no better way to improve a drone fiability than get some spare batteries, but that’s not all the accessories I would recommend.

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Camera comparison

This is probably the biggest and most important distinction when it comes to drones in general, and this case is not excluded.

The difference between the two can be pretty clear sometimes and not so obvious in different conditions. But I have decided for a winner after seeing enough footage for both.

Which one do you think it is?

Download the original footage and photos

If you want to compare the footage yourself on your computer, then here I put to download the original files I got directly from the drones themselves.

The files are pretty small.

Here’s a comparison between two print screens of the videos from the tello and xiaomi mitu.

You can obviously notice that there’s more detail in the shadows for the tello and more sharpness overall. Not to mention the original video is more stable.

The tello video seems to be a little less saturated and with less contrast, but the clarity is better and there’s also less noise in my oppinion.

How about photos?

Xiaomi MITU photos have half the resolution of the TELLO when it comes to photos. 

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Stability and Flight

Both have very good sensors for keeping them fixed on the spot. They’re pretty incredible for the price… haven’t really flown such stable indoor drones at such a low price before.

Both have the optical flow camera underneath that continually takes pictures of the ground and keeps them in the same spot. It will have difficulties in darker situations though.

The tello has 2 additional infrared sensors and the MITU has a sonar sensor like the Mavic.

Overall, the infrared sensor seems to be the better technology, as i feel it’s a little bit more stable than the sonar, in this case.

Because the photos are better, the video is more stable and higher quality, I’ll choose Tello as my main selfie/cheap camera quadcopter. But if you only have $80 to spend, the XIaomi MITU is definitely the best choice you can make!

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Other drones in the same price range

Bellow you can check my top  drones in the same price category.

Please use the “Add to compare” button and then press on the icon on the right to compare them.

Product
MJX Bugs 3 review – Best Cheap Brushless GoPro Drone( In-Depth review)
MJX Bugs 3 review – Best Cheap Brushless GoPro Drone( In-Depth review)
300
15
1080p
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2 Ryze DJI Tello Review
Ryze DJI Tello Review
100
12
720p
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3 ThiEye Dr.X Review
ThiEye Dr.X Review
50
7
1080p
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4 Bugs 3 Mini – Cheap and fast brushless drone
Bugs 3 Mini – Cheap and fast brushless drone
300
12
1080p
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I’d say in 90% of the cases you have to choose Tello. The results are pretty clear, it’s a little bit better in every way. 

However, if you have a really tight budget, the MITU is totally the way to go. They’re both great camera drones and I could not recommend them enough.

 

Average Score 8
Durability
8.5
Flight experience
9
Battery life
5
PROS:
  • good photo quality
  • very stable flight (indoors and outdoors)
  • cheap batteries
CONS:
  • can't be flown very well in wind
Average Score 9
Video Quality
9
Flight stability
8.5
Photo Quality
9.5
PROS:
  • very good battery life
  • flight modes
  • stabilized video
  • very good photos
  • can use a separate controller
CONS:
  • video can be glitchy

I'm a big drone enthusiast, the owner of DronesGator.com and I also make weekly videos on my drone YouTube channel.

5 Comments
  1. Hello man, can you help me?

    I’ll buy a “video camera drone” until US$130. My options for while is Tello or MiTu, but I’m inclined to Tello for the better video and stabilization.
    Have you any other suggestion for me? I accept drones wich I can put a camera on it like a GoPro/SJ4000.

    Thanks.

  2. In your chart you say both have image stabilization,
    in your pros & cons you say Mitu does not.
    What’s the right info?

  3. I cannot find a date for this review.
    As far as I can see from other reviews, the MITU has 4GB built-in, and its video is better than the Tello’s.
    Maybe there is a newer version of the MITU than the one you have?

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