The rumors have been around for awhile since few days ago. Eventually, Xiaomi has released the Mi Drone 4K, a consumer grade drone designed as a ready-to-fly UAV. Xiaomi’s VP, Hugo Bara, leaked the availability of the drone via a tweet. Moreover, the teaser picture has also been around in MIUI forum. Eventually, the most anticipated drone has now been released. I believe previously many of Mi Fans had been wondering of these questions :
How does Mi Drone look like? How cool is it?
What video resolution is Mi Drone capable of recording? Does it supports 4K recording?
How much is the price of Mi Drone?
Announced by Lei Jun himself, the budget-friendly drone comes with following key features / specs :
4 ARA-D propellers air foil with detachable shield. This can deliver efficient aerodynamic performance.
1.2mm ultra-thin and lightweight body. The structure is rock solid.
5100mAh 17.4V smart battery.
Approximately 27 minutes non-stop flying time.
104 degree wide-angle lens powered with 12.4MP Sony back-illuminated image sensor.
Ambarella image processor.
6-piece multi-coated lens with higher light transmission.
2 aspherical glass lens with blue glass filter lens.
Ability to record full 1080p HD or 4K Ultra HD aerial videos.
4K recording at 3840×2160 pixels.
720p live video low latency streaming from up to 2km distance.
Ultra-light 3-axis gimbal stabilization system consists of 3 brushless motors, 14 circuit boards, 149g carbon fiber, and polycarbonate structure. The gymbal unit is capable to stabilize up to 2000 vibrations per second at 0.02 accuracy.
Bird’s eye view feature from up to 2km away.
GPS and GLONASS combined with vision-based positioning mechanism can ensure maximum precision.
Autopilot features including automatic take-off, automatic landing, waypoint flight, path planning, tap to fly on map, and also the popular circle an object on the ground.
Low battery detection system. The drone will automatically return to home when battery becomes low.
Real-time location tracking for easy retrieval even after crashing.
Ability to automatically hover at the edge of no-fly zones.
Built-in PCB antenna array in remote control for maximum reach.
Modular and modern design resembles – and inspired by – dragonflies.
Mi Drone Pictures
How cools is Mi Drone? These teaser pics may answer your question
All images above are official teaser pics of Xiaomi. All credits belong to Xiaomi.
Mi Drone Introductory Video
How much is Mi Drone priced?
Mi Drone is available in two variants: the 1080p at ￥ 2499 (~ $380) and the 4K at ￥ 2999 (~ $456). Wow! That’s even way much cheaper than DJI Phantom 3 4K, DJI Phantom 4 4K, and Yuneec 4K. The price is dramatically lower than any other competitors so it is sure that Xiaomi will challenge existing drone industries – like what they did in smartphone industries and they succeed.
It is really a perfect drone for beginner because it is easy-to-use, ready to fly (RTF), having many advanced features, and it is cheaper on its class. The vice president, Hugo Barra, pointed that drones are typically a “toy” for rich people. Hence, with this Xiaomi’s new product, people can expect an affordable alternative. It is cheap but not it possess many advanced features that previously only expensive drones have them.
As what announced, this sophisticated-but-affordable drone will enter crownfunding platform at Mi Home and the product will enter open beta at the end of July. There is no certain information regarding its general availability. Let’s just hope for it to be available worldwide.