Xiaomi is keen on expanding its product lines and officially entered the drone market last year. So far, there are two versions of Xiaomi Mi Drone—1080P version (released in May 2016) and 4K version (released in March 2017). Compared to drones of other big brands (e.g. DJI Phantom 3) in the market that are with the same specs, Xiaomi Mi Drones have significant benefit at prices. If you are new to drone field, Xiaomi Mi Drones may be a good choice for you.

Appearance

White plastic body with a very common four axis aircraft, Xiaomi Mi Drones’ appearance is not particularly like other brands. Many people even feel that the appearance of Mi Drone looks ugly. But if you saw the real stuff, you will agree that it is really a good job, especially at such cheap prices. No matter the 1080P version or 4K version, there is a striking “MI” logo on the drone body. But one difference between the 4K version and the 1080P version is the color of logo and cooling holes. They are decorated in gold on 4K version while red on 1080P version. There is another difference in the propeller between 1080P version and 4K version. Mi Drone 1080P version is designed with self-tightening propeller, and Mi Drone 4K version comes with ARA-D quick release propeller which is more safe and stable in fight. And the foldable design allows you to pack the drone into laptop backpack, and carry it around easily. In addition, the remote control looks like game handle, mobile phone stents used the capacitor design, making its appearance more concise.

Hardware

In performance, Xiaomi Mi Drones are not inferior to the low-end in the DJI parameters drones, while the price is only about 2/3. The following shows the hardware details of Xiaomi Mi Drone 1080P version and 4K version which helps better understand the features.

Aircrafy
Specs MI Drone 1080p MI Drone 4K
Weight (Battery & Propellers Included) 1376 g 1443 g
Diagonal Size (Propellers Excluded) 434 mm 434 mm
Max Ascent Speed 6 m/s 6 m/s
Max Descent Speed 1.5 m/s 1.5 m/s
Max Speed 18 m/s 16 m/s
Max Service Ceiling Above takeoff point 120 m 120 m
Max Flight Time 27 minutes 27 minutes
Operating Temperature Range 0° to 40°C 0° to 40°C
Satellite Positioning Systems GPS/GLONASS GPS/GLONASS
Hover Accuracy Range Vertical: Vertical:
±0.1 m (when Ultrasonic working range) ±0.1 m (when Ultrasonic working range)
±0.5 m ±0.5 m
Horizontal: Horizontal:
±1.5 m ±1.5 m
Camara
Specs MI Drone 1080p MI Drone 4K
Sensor 1/2.3” CMOS Sony EXMOR R 1/2.3” CMOS
Effective pixels:16 M Effective pixels:12 M
Lens FOV 104° 23 mm f/2.6 FOV 94° 20 mm f/2.8
ISO Range 100-3200 (video) 100-3200 (video)
100-1600 (photo) 100-1600 (photo)
Electronic Shutter Speed 1/6 – 1/8000 s 8 – 1/8000 s
Max Image Size 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Still Photography Modes
Video Recording Modes 1920 x 1080p 60fps 3840 x 2160p 30fps
1920 x 1080p 30fps 2560 x 1440p 60fps
1280 x 720p 120fps 1920 x 1080p 100/60/30fps
Max Video Bitrate 20 Mbps 65 Mbps
Supported File Systems FAT32/exFAT FAT32/exFAT
Photo JPEG JPEG
Video MP4 MP4
Supported SD Cards Micro SD Card 8-64 GB Micro SD Card 8-64 GB
Gimbal
Specs MI Drone 1080p MI Drone 4K
Controllable Range Pitch -90° to 0° Pitch -90° to 0°
Stabilization 3-axis 3-axis
pitch:-120° to 35° pitch:-120° to 35°
roll:-35° to 35° roll:-35° to 35°
yaw:-65° to 65° yaw:-65° to 65°
Remote Controller
Specs MI Drone 1080p MI Drone 4K
Operating Frequency 2.4 – 2.483 GHz 5.725 – 5.850 GHz
Max Transmission Distance FCC: 1000 m FCC: 4000 m
Battery 5000 mAh LiPo18650 5000 mAh LiPo18650
Transmitter Power (EIRP) 20 dBm 33 dBm
Operating Current/Voltage
Charger
Specs MI Drone 1080p MI Drone 4K
Voltage 17.4 V 17.4 V
Rated Power 46.4 W 46.4 W
Intelligent Flight Battery
Specs MI Drone 1080p MI Drone 4K
Capacity 5100 mAh 5100 mAh
Voltage 15.2 V 15.2 V
Battery Type
Energy 77.52 Wh 77.52 Wh
Net Weight 450 g 450 g
Operating Temperature Range 0° to 40°C 0° to 40°C
Max Charging Power

Software

Xiaomi Drones’ controls are so simple that it is easy for beginners to pick up in a snap. With just one button on Mi Drone remote control or app, send the drone to flight, land, return, or even follow a desired route. You can even use the app to set it circling around an object.

software

Security

In terms of security, Xiaomi Mi Drones offer a Multi-Layered Security Model. With both GPS and GLONASS to attain accurate positions. Even in the case of a satellite unavailability, the Mi Drones can switch to vision positioning and will continue to hover at low altitudes ranging below 2.5 Meters. Additionally, the Mi Drone is very intelligence. It can automatically return to base when commanded or when the battery drains out, or when it goes out of range. Xiaomi Mi Drones also offer an extra PCB antenna array to enhance range. Moreover, users can define a virtual fence beyond which the drone cannot fly or track location in an event of a crash.

Summary

Xiaomi Mi Drone is pretty affordable for what it does. Compared to DJI, it’s still a far weaker, but it’s undoubtedly a good choice, especially for entry-level users.

Pros

  • High cost effective

  • Portable design, easy to carry

  • Excellent endurance

Cons

  • Poor flying quality

  • Poor system stability

  • Massive flight restrictions

Where to buy?

You can order the ready-stock Xiaomi Mi Drone WIFI FPV quadcopter of 1080P version or 4K version (29% OFF on Flash sale till June 19), as well as the accessories like Propeller, Barry, Protection Rings, etc. on GearBest.com. Paypal is recommended for security payment. Items will be shipped within a week by a wide selection of safety shipping methods.

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