The importance of drone in our world today cannot be overemphasized. Drone serve several purposes in various works of life. Today we will be looking at the Xiaomi Mi drone and what it offers.
The Mi Drone carries a ball-shaped 4K camera beneath it, that quadcopter-buffs might think looks similar to the built-in shooters found on Yuneec’s Typhoon series. To be specific, the camera uses a Sony 12.4-megapixel sensor that can capture video at up to 3,840 x 2,160 at 30 fps; and as you’d expect, it can take RAW photos.
Xiaomi Mi has impressive aesthetics and most of its features are comparable to DJI Phantom 4 Drone. The best part is that this drone unit is designed with light weight structure so you can easily carry it to your tour. Even, the propeller guards as well as the gimbal unit are detachable so that you can put this drone easily inside your backpack. The overall weight of Xiaomi Mi is only 149 grams due to carbon fiber and polycarbonate material.
The camera also has the ability to stream to a mobile device mounted above the controller. It is unknown at the moment if it will be able to stream to any device such as Android and ios or will only be compatible with Xiaomi smartphones.
The Xiaomi Mi Drone 4K comes with a 12MP Sony back-illuminated sensor, which is capable of recording videos at 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution. Moreover, it saves the files in RAW format.
This product is based on new TDMA technology, which means it provides an anti-jamming performance significantly stronger than the traditional Wi-Fi scheme. Moreover, the Xiaomi Mi Drone 4K now supports transmission distance from the original 1km to 4km.
This camera is packed with a 3-axis brushless self-stabilizing pan, built-in 3-axis gyroscope, 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis brushless motor driver. So it is capable of providing up to 2000 times better data acquisition and operation compensation.
The Remote Control
An important part of the whole experience is the drone’s Remote Controller, or simply RC. It is a quite big and heavy contraption, but there are a few strategically placed rubber strips to help with the grip.
The two main levers are big, offer perfect grip and reveal that they are a very precise mechanism. If you perhaps don’t like the levers you can change them since they are simply screwed onto the RC commands.
The left lever is to control the elevation of the drone (up/down) and the angle (turn about itself left/right).
The right lever function is to move the drone (forward/backward and slide left/right).
The two big buttons are the Power Button and the Automatic landing/take off command.
In the middle there is the battery status indicators of the RC and a ring to support the unit via a neck strap.
Above that there is the Return To Home (RTH) button, its function is self-explanatory: bring the drone back from wherever it is.
As we have discussed earlier that Xiaomi Mi is designed to work on 2.4GHz transmitter frequency range. It has left hand throttle ability along with the handy built in type phone clamp. In order to operate this drone from remote distance you simply need to configure its flight settings to Mode 2. Note that MI is able to fly at maximum height of 800m and it can go as far as up to 3000 meters from operator.
As already discussed, Xiaomi MI can spend 27 minutes in air with one time full charging. But battery time can be depleted faster if you prefer to use auto return to home and auto departure feature. The 17.4 Volt battery unit with 5199mAh capacity takes 3 ½ hours to full charge but if you want to extend battery life then prefer to carry a backup with you.
Low price range
Xiaomi MI is designed with detachable camera module and rotors.
It can provide impressive results for 4K recording.
Can track the fixed zone for flights and when flies out then it automatically limit movements.
Outstanding visual positioning system.
Its aesthetics are not much appealing.
All the advanced features of this gps drone unit make it suitable for professional users. It can beat several high end competitors with its all new specifications. The good part of it all is that it is very affordable and readily available on online stores.