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

Xiaomi MITU VS DJI Tello ( ultimate comparison)

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.

ProductRangeBatteryCamera
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 m
15 min
1080p
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2 JJRC H78G/KK10S drone review – Long flight time GPS under $100
JJRC H78G/KK10S drone review – Long flight time GPS under $100
300 m
15 min
1080p
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3 Ryze DJI Tello Review
Ryze DJI Tello Review
100 m
12 min
720p
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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

How do you make money with your drone, though?

Okay, so you got your new and fancy drone, but how do you stand out from any dad out there who has the same drone and watched some tutorials online?

I did exactly that and barely had any success. 

But now I’m charging 5x as much as before and even have to refuse clients from time to time.

I even bought about 7 online courses… and I didn’t make much progress.

So how did I finally make it to this level?

If you want the short answer, I learned everything from this guy Alex, who’s making $200 per hour with his drone. And he’s even teaching exactly how to do that.

This is pretty much what you need to know:

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1. Make sure you have a proper drone.

If you have any of the latest DJI Drones, like the Mavic Air 2, for example, you’re ready to start making money.

No need to overthink this, but if it’s any help, check this comparison of the best camera drones compared in 2020.

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2.Learn how to create the best content to stand out

You won’t stand out from the next dad who bought a DJI drone for Cristmass in the eyes of your clients if you don’t do this.

It’s WAY more important to know what you’re doing than the gear you have.

You’ll need to learn and master the following:

  1.  
  • Flying your drone(to stand out from people with basic drone shots)
  • Preparing for the flight and weather in advance
  • Learn the best drone settings (you need a proper setup template)
  • Create the Video Script (it's way easier if you know what to shoot)
  • Have a set of great cinematic shots you know how to do
  • Know how to edit the video so it stands out
  • Learn how to color grade

This is why you HAVE to invest in a proper way to learn things (instead of watching tutorials here and there).

3.Find clients that pay 5x more than regular

But not so fast.

You won’t make a penny if you don’t know how to find your clients.

I have struggled finding clients even when my videos were getting pretty good.

Until I learned a few tricks and how to find and approach them so they won’t be able to say no.

And what’s best, I learned how to get the price I asked for.

How can you do the same?

I have tested quite a few courses online and watched tons of videos on youtube, but frankly, I have learned more from one single course than from everything else… and all that in like a weekend.

Made back the money from this investment in myself in a single week and then much more.

 

How do I learn all of this? From youtube?

You could simply go online and learn everything in terms of video from youtube, forums, facebook groups etc.

However, let me tell you, it’s the worst way to learn all of this(and the slowest).

You won’t have a Complete Step By step guide on how to do everything.

I found myself frustrated, even after I learned how to do most of the video stuff that I still lacked some knowledge and I didn’t know why my shots weren’t standing out.

I got some general promotion ideas from some articles online, but again… I didn’t have much success and was charging too little for my time.

This is exactly where I learned how to make $200 per hour with my drone (From A to Z)

This course is hold by Alex Harris, who’s an international video creator, director, and drone operator with tons of experience.

And I had a great time stealing his know-how(and greatly profited from it, lol).

I recommend you watch his video presentation bellow and check out the course sales page. It’s quite cheap, considering you’re getting 320+ minutes of everything you need to know, step by step and 80+ minutes on how to actually find the ideal clients for you.

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

6 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?

    • Hey, Thanks a lot for the heads-up! I have changed the chart just now. The Mitu does not have image stabilization.

      • Hello! Thanks for the review. Really looking for a drone for training before buying FIMI X8 SE 2020 (already ordered). It is unfortunate that trello has such motors. They will not last long, and changing them is almost more expensive than buying a new drone. If you can help with the choice based on the conditions below – I will be very grateful. 1. Adequate video. 2. Autonomy for at least 10 minutes. 3. Lightness (up to 249 grams). 4. The ability to connect or the presence of a remote control (joystick). 5. Price up to 150 dollars (+/-).

  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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