Xiaomi Mi Drone Review

Xiaomi Mi Drone Review

Xiaomi’s remarkably cheap Mi Drone takes off in July

The Chinese electronics brand has made good on its plans to launch an affordable quadcopter that will start at about $380 in China.

With the Xiaomi Mi Drone, the Chinese company keeps doing what it does best: promising tech with high-end specs and performance at incredibly competitive prices.

Outside of China the company is best known for its smartphones, but it has been building a lineup of related devices such as the Yi action cam and the Mi Box, an Android TV-powered set-top box.

Now there’s a quadcopter. Xiaomi says the Mi Drone will come in two versions, one with a 4K-resolution camera and another with a 1080p camera. The former will be available in late July for 2,999 yuan (approximately $455, AU$635 or £310) as part of an open beta program. The latter is priced at 2,499 yuan (around $380, AU$530 or £260) and will be crowdfunded through the company’s Mi Home app, starting on May 26.

While there’s definitely been a drop in consumer drone prices, a sub-$500 price for a quad with a 4K-resolution camera is remarkable. Category leader DJI’s least-expensive quad with a 4K camera comes in at $799. Though you probably won’t get as polished a product as the DJI, Xiaomi is promising a compelling package.

The 1080p camera features a 16-megapixel Sony sensor while the 4K version uses a 12-megapixel sensor to record at 3,840×2,160-pixel resolution and supports photo capture in raw format. Both are mounted on motorized three-axis gimbals for image stabilization. To make traveling easier, the cameras are removable and the landing gear folds up.

GPS and Glonass support for accurate positioning outdoors

Visual positioning system for stability when flying indoors or without GPS (below 2.5 meters/8 feet)

Up to 27 minutes of flight time from a 5,100 mAh removable battery

Automatic take-off, landing and return modes

Flight path planning and point-of-interest orbiting modes



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