Xiaomi Drone, Overview Features and Specifications

Its Evident! The famous phone making Company Xiaomi announced its space in the emerging drone market with the launch of its first ever Drone today (called Xiaomi Mi Drone). Until its officially revealed today, i was surprised how a gadget maker announce a Drone with no prior experience and compete with the professionals like Yuneec and DJI -who are already pioneers in the drone world- leading the market.

Seems Xiaomi wanted/having there presence every where, right from $2 LED light to today's drone technology. I had to admit the fact that, masses who cannot  afford a GoPro, still had their GoPro with its launch of $63 Yi Sports Action Camera and the recent now with the 4K Action Camera 2

Xiaomi Mi Drone
Real Picture of Xiaomi Mi Drone

Xiaomi Mi Drone, Featuring 4K Camera

Xiaomi Mi Drone can be classified as a semi-professional aerial drone with the features almost similar to DJI Phantom 3 and Yuneec Typoon 500 4K. Mi Drone will be available in two variants, one with 4K Camera which can record video at 30 FPS and other variant featuring  HD 1080 P camera. CEO Lei Jun also confirmed that the drone with 4K camera will be priced at 2999 yuan ($450 approximately) and the standard variant will be available at 2,499 yuan ($380 approximately) in the retail market, in the month of July.

Xiaomi Drone's 4K Camera (looks almost similar to the Yuneec Typhoo 4K Camera) is featuring 12MP Sony's sensor and Ambarella image processor and  has the ability to record 4k videos at 3840 x 2160 resolution. Its obvious from the pictures that the detachable camera can be equipped to the 3-axis Gimbal (CGO3?) for the smooth aerial video

5100 mAh Smart Battery and Transmitter

With the high efficient 5100 mah lithium polymer battery, Xiaomi claims that the drone has a flight time of around 27 minutes which seems to be 2 minutes longer when compared to Phantom 3 and  Yuneec Q500.  

The remote controller looks almost similar to DJI and has the option recharge with the USB. Mi Drone uses PCB antenna on the transmitter to enhance the  control distance upto 3 Kilometers  and has a option to stream the 720p live footage of the camera to the smart gadget via app (SmartPhone/Tablet).

Flight Features

The flight features include, Auto take off -landing , GPS position hold and altitude hold , orbit flying and waypoint navigation. Obstacle avoidance is something a greedy feature to expect  the follow-me feature should be obvious for the price tag of below $500

Pictures of Xiaomi Mi Drone

Xiaomi Mi Drone 4K CameraXiaomi Mi Drone Gimbal and CameraXiaomi Mi Drone Close-UpXiaomi Mi Drone Showing in the Press CEOXiaomi Mi Drone in-flightXiaomi Mi Drone FlyingXiaomi Mi Drone PropellerXiaomi Mi Drone TransmitterXiaomi Mi Drone Front View

Xiaomi Mi Drone Flying Videos 

Xiaomi Mi Drone, Waypoint Flying, Return to Home and Auto Take-off Landing demonstration

As initially said, the 4K variant is expected to be available at $450 and the 1080 variant will be priced at $380 and note this is the price tag that will be initially applicable to be sold in China. Prices may vary once the drone is released globally. when it comes to availability, as the press conference today by Xiaomi, the 1080p Mi Drone variant will be crowdfunded on the Mi Home app in June 2016 while the 4K version “will be available for testing via an open beta program, end of July.

Xiaomi Mi Drone MIUAV
Specifications & Features
Product Name Xiaomi Mi Drone UAV
Variants Xiaomi mi Drone UAV 1080p Edition Model: MJSZFXQ01FM + YTXJ01FM
Xiaomi Mi Drone UAV 4K Version Model: MJSZFXQ02FM + YTXJ02FM
Flight CharacteristicsHovering Accuracy:Vertical: +/- 0.1m (working in the ultrasonic range), + / - 0.5m

level: +/- 1.5mm
Lifting speed:rising speed: 6m / s (the current restrictions within 4 meters)

lowering speed: 1.5m / s
Flight speed:18m / S (the current restrictions within 6 meters)
Flight height:120 meters (domestic, limit)
Flight time:27 minutes
Wind Level:4
Camera Pixels: 16 MP for 1080P and 12 MP for 4K Version
ISO Range: 100-3200 (video)100-1600 (Photos)
Lens 1080: FOV 104 [deg.] F. / NO: F2.6 camera focal length: 4.2mm - 1080P Version
Lens 4K: FOV 94 ° F / NO: F2.8 camera focal length: 3.7mm (equivalent to 20mm) - 4K Version
Sensor: 1 / 2.3-inch Exmor R & lt 16.35M the Sensor
File format: JPG, MP4
Video Resolution 1080 Version 1920x1080p 60fps

1920x1080p 30fps

1280x720p 120fps
Video Resolution 4K Version 3840x2160p 30fps

2560x1440p 30fps

1920x1080p 100/60/30fps
Storage TF Card (Support Class10 / U1 above) 8 ~ 64GB
Charger Charger:17.5V
Rated output:16V-2.9A
Rated Input:100-240V ~ 50 / 60Hz 1.5A Max
Rated power:Charger Power Rating: 46.4 W
Weight 1376 Grams
Remote Control Transmitter Operating Frequency : 2426.5MHz ~ 2461MHz
Control Distance : 1000 m for 1080P Version 2000 m for 4k Version
Propeller Self Tightening
Length:10 inches
Pitch:4.6 inches
 Battery Charging voltage limit:17.4 V
Rated voltage:15.2 V
Rated capacity:5100 mAh / 77.52 Wh
Weight:450 G

As i Draft this article, banggood, the Chines RC e-commerce giant already listed the mi drone for $499, checkout here

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