Xiaomi Mi Drone Review -The Best Drone Camera?

Xiaomi Mi Drone

 Xiaomi Mi Drone is the cheapest drone on the market shooting 4K video? Let’s discover that together!

  In fact Xiaomi -- best known for its phones -- is getting into the drone business is a bit of an eyebrow raiser. Today, the company revealed the Mi Drone, a 4K camera-wielding quadcopter that looks more than a little like DJI's Phantom series

 The two Chinese firms are now technically rivals, of course, as more and more companies decide they want a slice of the (apparently booming) quadcopter business. No one was expecting Xiaomi to reinvent the wheel, but there was a good chance it'd be competitive on price: 2,999 yuan (about $460), which is considerably cheaper than even DJI's $799 Phantom 3 4K.

 The Mi Drone carries a ball-shaped 4K camera beneath it, that quadcopter-buffs might think looks similar to the built-in shooters found on Yuneec's Typhoon series. To be specific, the camera uses a Sony 12.4-megapixel sensor that can capture video at up to 3,840 x 2,160 at 30 fps; and as you'd expect, it can take RAW photos.

 Its detachable gimbal does 3-axis stabilization which corrects itself 2,000 times per second, and this is assisted by an optical flow sensor positioned between the camera and the battery bay on the back. Indeed, the sample clip we saw during the livestream looked satisfactory (at one point, Lei said well over 2 million viewers tuned in), so hopefully it's just as good once the drone lands in consumers' homes.

Xiaomi Mi Drone Unboxing

 Xiaomi Mi Drone

 So what we have in Xiaomi Mi Drone 4K Box ? First thing you should know is the drone is dissembled. So you have to install everything yourself. Inside the Box we have:

  • 1 x Mi Drone 4K
  • 1 x 5100mAh battery
  • 1 x Transmitter
  • 1 x 4K camera
  • 4 x propellers
  • 4 x protection ring
  • 2 x landing legs
  • 1 x cable
  • 1 x USB charging cable
  • 1 x Screwdriver
  • 1 x Instruction manua

 The Xiaomi Mi drone includes GPS, GLONASS, a 27 minute flight time, and the standard package of autonomous flights modes: takeoff, landing, return to home, waypoint navigation, and orbit. The only stand out feature that the drone seems to offer is a very strong battery life compared to many offerings in that price range.

 The camera also has the ability to stream to a mobile device mounted above the controller. It is unknown at the moment if it will be able to stream to any device such as Android and ios or will only be compatible with Xiaomi smartphones.

Xiaomi Mi Drone Camera Review

The Xiaomi Mi drone has two variants, the 4k and the 1080p variant.

  • 4k: 12.4 megapixel Sony sensor, with an Ambarella image processor and can shoot 4k (3,840×2,160-pixel resolution) at 30fps.
  • 1080p: 16.4 megapixel Sony sensor and an Ambarella image processor and can shoot 1080p video at 60 fps.

Xiaomi Mi Drone Camera

 The Xiaomi Mi Drone 4K comes with a 12MP Sony back-illuminated sensor, which is capable of recording videos at 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution. Moreover, it saves the files in RAW format.

 This product is based on new TDMA technology, which means it provides an anti-jamming performance significantly stronger than the traditional Wi-Fi scheme. Moreover, the Xiaomi Mi Drone 4K now supports transmission distance from the original 1km to 4km.

Xiaomi Mi Drone Camera

This camera is packed with a 3-axis brushless self-stabilizing pan, built-in 3-axis gyroscope, 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis brushless motor driver. So it is capable of providing up to 2000 times better data acquisition and operation compensation.

Xiaomi Mi Drone Remote Controller 

 Every time we talk about this drone we mention there have been made more than 400 software improvements. But this statement doesn’t mean anything to a novice. In other words, Xiaomi has developed a special app allowing to control the Mi Drone UAV easily.

Xiaomi Mi Drone Remote Controller Review

 You can generate routes, set up automatic takeoffs and landings as well as a destination, flying around a given point and automatic return. As mentioned earlier, the quadcopter connects to a 2.4GHz transmitter. Per usual, it’s complemented with a built-in phone clamp and there is a left handed throttle feature. All you have to do is reconfigure your settings to Mode 2. The Mi can reach heights of 800m and can fly about 3000m from the pilot.

Xiaomi Mi Drone Battery and Flight Time 

 Xiaomi is claiming that the Mi Drone 4K has a flight time of 27 minutes on a 5100mAh5S LiHV battery. However, you can deplete battery life at a much faster rate when using features such as automatic departure and return.

Xiaomi mi Drone

 It comes with a 17.4V 5199 mAh rechargeable battery that takes about three and a half hours to charge. Just like most other quads, we recommend buying a backup or two. Driving to the perfect spot may take some time and it would be a pain to go back and forth charging one battery.

Xiaomi Mi Drone Specs

 Xiaomi drone 4K Specs

  • Flight time: 27min
  • Height limit: 120m
  • Diagonal axis distance: 434mm
  • Control distance: 2000m
  • Output: 16 V- - - 2.9 A
  • Input: 100-240V ~ 50 / 60Hz 1.5A
  • Output power: 46.4 W
  • Charging voltage limit: 17.4V
  • Voltage: 15.2V
  • Capacity: 5100 mAh / 77.52 Wh
  • Weight: Approximately 450 g

Xiaomi mi Drone Some Tips 

  •   You need to fly it in an open area and with a good gps signal.

  •   When you start flying your drone, make sure that the back of your drone is face to you, not the forward. In this way, you are easy to figure out the direction of it.

  •  When the drone is too far away or in a place that lost connection with your remote, the drone may switch to self control mode, which is very dangerous as it may drift everywhere till crashed. Therefore huge empty space is always recommended for your drone flying.

  •  When you at a zone with less GPS signals, you need to let antenna of remote control to face the drone.

  •   In case of emergency, press power and take off key at the same time, the drone will stop immediately and fall down in crashed.

Xiaomi Mi Drone Price

 The official price for Xiaomi mi drone 4K is 600.00$ in Amazon but you can have your Mi Drone from TomTop for just 450.00$ (Only 200 drone is available)

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