Xiaomi, known for selling cheap phones having many characteristics of high-end smartphones, entered the consumer drone market earlier this year. The company unveiled its first drone-Xiaomi Mi Drone, at a live streaming event on May 25. Mi launched two variants of the drone, one housing 4k camera and the other with 1080p, the former is priced at approx. $460 and the latter is priced at $380.
Here’s what you need to know about the Mi Drone:
The modular design of this drone lets users detach certain parts of it. The camera module can be removed and the landing gear can be folded. This makes it easy to put it in a normal backpack when you’re travelling. Weighing only 670gms without the battery, makes it light weight.
The 17.4V, 5100 mAh battery is powerful enough to give it a flight time of approximately 27 mins. The drone is intelligent enough to detect low battery and return to its home location automatically.
The camera is attached to the 3-axis gimbal that can stabilize itself up to 2000 vibrations per second. There are two options for the camera, a full HD camera or a 4K ultra HD camera. Both are equipped with 104 degrees wide-angle lens.
The 4k camera uses a 12-megapixel Sony Image Sensor to record at 3840 x 2160 pixels and capture RAW format images. It is also capable of transmitting 720p live video with no latency from up to 2 km of distance.
The 1080p camera features a 16-megapixel Sony image sensor to record full HD video at 60 fps.
The transmitter looks much similar to that of the other drones out there. It has a couple of buttons in the front. One to power the drone and the other to turn on the auto take off or auto landing mode. The orange toggle switch can be used to bring the drone back to its initial position automatically. The top of the controller has an expandable mobile phone holder.
The bottom of the remote has a micro USB port to charge the built-in battery of the controller. And also a USB out which is used to tether the images/video to your mobile, either Android or iOS.
The two buttons marked as ‘A’ and ‘B’ at the back of the remote takes photo and record video respectively.
- Automatic Take-off/Landing
- Waypoint flight path planning
- Tap to fly on map
- Circle an object on the ground
- GPS + GLONASS support for maximum precision.
- 2 vision based sensors for indoor positioning(below 2.5 meters/8 feet)
- Real-time location tracking for easy retrieval even post crash.