The Xiaomi FIMI is an intriguing drone with GPS and an HD camera on a gimbal. Like the DJI Spark and the Parrot Anafi, the FIMI gimbal is stabilized in two directions mechanically, while yaw is handled electronically. With a sub-$300 price tag could the FIMI be a Spark killer? With other new competition, like the Zino, DJI will have to respond soon or they might lose a big part of the consumer market.
The Xiaomi FIMI A3
The Xiaomi FIMI sounds like a steal at $279. There aren’t any drones that have near the capabilities of the FIMI for under $300, and only two drones under $400 that can match its specs. The FIMI looks like it is primed to take a big bite out of the sales of the DJI Spark and will compete with the Hubsan Zino to do so. It, however, has the advantage of costing about $100 less than both of those drones.
The Xiaomi FIMI Camera
The camera sports an 8 MP senor it it is capable of shooting 1080p video at 30 fps. It sits on a mechanical two-axis gimbal but is also stabilized in three-axes electronically. It has a 1/3.2″ sensor and an aperture of f/2.0 The field of view is 80-degrees and has a max bitrate of 60Mbps. While these may not be Hollywood-quality specs, it is head and shoulders better than anything in this price range.
Xiaomi FIMI Flight Modes
The FIMI also has a handful of interesting flight modes. It is equipped with a return-to-home, follow-me, orbit, fixed-wing, and dronie flight modes. It also has a DIY port, so the user can customize the drone with lights or servos. They recommend parachutes and fireworks, but you can seemingly program it to do endless things.
Xiaomi FIMI Remote Control
One thing that sets this drone apart is the built-in screen in the remote control. You do not have to connect to WiFi or set up any additional app. This will allow you to get the drone up in the air even faster. It claims to be a 5.8G signal, but it is unclear if that is 5.8G WiFi or a 5.8 GHz digital signal. The remote claims to have a DVR function, but that seems to be limited to 720p. We recommend saving on board the drone whenever possible.
Xiaomi FIMI Specs
The Xiaomi FIMI has a range of up to 1000 meters. This falls short of the DJI Spark. It does, however, have a flight time of 25 minutes! That is 9 minutes better than the Spark and 5 minutes better than the Mavic Air. It also sports a top speed of 40 miles per hour.
Dimensions : 285*229*69mm
Diagonal Size: 323mm
Hover Accuracy: Vertical: ± 0.5 m & Horizontal: ± 1.5 m
Max ascending speed: 6 m/s
Max descending speed: 5 m/s
Max cruising speed: 18 m/s
Max R/C distance: about 1km
Flight time: 25mins
Satellite positioning systems: GPS+GLONASS
Operating frequency: 2.4-2.483GHz; 5.725-5.850 GHz (40CH)
Battery: 11.1V 2000 mAh 3S Lipo Battery
Screen resolution: 480*272
Screen size: 4.3inch
Lens: FOV 80°
Focal Distance: 3.54 mm
Equivalent Focal Distance: 27mm
Sensor: 1/3.2″ CMOS
ISO Range: 100 – 3200 for video; 100 – 1600 for picture
Shutter Speed: 4 ~ 1/8000 s
Max Bitrate: 60Mbps
Max Photo Resolution: 8M 3264*2448
Video Resolution: 1920×1080 30 fps / 1920×1080 25 fps
File System: FAT32 / exFAT
Image Format: JPG
Video Format: MP4
DVR: 1920×1080 30 fps / 1920×1080 25 fps
Should you order the Xiaomi FIMI? It certainly stacks up on paper to the Hubsan Zino and DJI Spark, but costs about $100 less. Stay tuned for more information.
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