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
SpecsMI Drone 1080pMI Drone 4K
Weight (Battery & Propellers Included)1376 g1443 g
Diagonal Size (Propellers Excluded)434 mm434 mm
Max Ascent Speed6 m/s6 m/s
Max Descent Speed1.5 m/s1.5 m/s
Max Speed18 m/s16 m/s
Max Service Ceiling Above takeoff point120 m120 m
Max Flight Time27 minutes27 minutes
Operating Temperature Range0° to 40°C0° to 40°C
Satellite Positioning SystemsGPS/GLONASSGPS/GLONASS
Hover Accuracy RangeVertical: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
SpecsMI Drone 1080pMI Drone 4K
Sensor1/2.3” CMOSSony EXMOR R 1/2.3” CMOS
Effective pixels:16 MEffective pixels:12 M
LensFOV 104° 23 mm f/2.6FOV 94° 20 mm f/2.8
ISO Range100-3200 (video)100-3200 (video)
100-1600 (photo)100-1600 (photo)
Electronic Shutter Speed1/6 – 1/8000 s8 – 1/8000 s
Max Image Size4608 x 34564000 x 3000
Still Photography Modes
Video Recording Modes1920 x 1080p 60fps3840 x 2160p 30fps
1920 x 1080p 30fps2560 x 1440p 60fps
1280 x 720p 120fps1920 x 1080p 100/60/30fps
Max Video Bitrate20 Mbps65 Mbps
Supported File SystemsFAT32/exFATFAT32/exFAT
PhotoJPEGJPEG
VideoMP4MP4
Supported SD CardsMicro SD Card 8-64 GBMicro SD Card 8-64 GB
Gimbal
SpecsMI Drone 1080pMI Drone 4K
Controllable RangePitch -90° to 0°Pitch -90° to 0°
Stabilization3-axis3-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
SpecsMI Drone 1080pMI Drone 4K
Operating Frequency2.4 – 2.483 GHz5.725 – 5.850 GHz
Max Transmission DistanceFCC: 1000 mFCC: 4000 m
Battery5000 mAh LiPo186505000 mAh LiPo18650
Transmitter Power (EIRP)20 dBm33 dBm
Operating Current/Voltage
Charger
SpecsMI Drone 1080pMI Drone 4K
Voltage17.4 V17.4 V
Rated Power46.4 W46.4 W
Intelligent Flight Battery
SpecsMI Drone 1080pMI Drone 4K
Capacity5100 mAh5100 mAh
Voltage15.2 V15.2 V
Battery Type
Energy77.52 Wh77.52 Wh
Net Weight450 g450 g
Operating Temperature Range0° to 40°C0° 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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