Xiaomi FIMI X8 SE Review – A Good Alternative To The DJI Mavic

Xiaomi FIMI X8 SE Review

Flight Time
Camera
Control Range
Performance
Features

Summary

The Xiaomi FIMI X8 SE is a fantastic camera drone that will allow you to take awesome videos and images with its 4K camera. It’s a good alternative to its more expensive rivals and you get pretty much the same features. With its advanced flight technology and easy to use controller and app, the drone is suitable for both beginners and experienced pilots.

4.8

Xiamoi Fimi X8 SE Camera

Without doubt, the main feature of this drone is the awesome 4K camera, its an amazing piece of equipment that will allow you to view the world from above in pure HD.

This is why I personally love drones, you get to explore the world in a way that you would never have been able to before and with the FIMI X8 SE you get to see it in crystal clear HD.

The 4K camera is stabilised by a 3 axis mechanical gimbal which will eliminate any kind of distortion giving you ultra-smooth images and videos even in windy conditions. With the 4K camera, you can record in 30FPS and live stream video straight to your smartphone where you will be able to edit and Share your videos on social media.

The camera comes with a Sony ½.3 inch sensor which comes with HDR that will capture greater image details and give you better colour performance. The camera is capable of taking stunning aerial images in 12MP, the camera specs alone are worth the price of the drone.

The mechanical gimbal can also be turned 90° giving you a more range to capture images from different angles.

This is one of the best cheap 4K camera drone on the market, if you want a drone that can take professional level video and images but do not want to pay over a grand for the likes of a DJI drone, then the Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE is definitely worth considering.

Remote Controller

I have to say the remote controller is one of the best I have ever seen, it’s nicely designed and feels comfortable in your hands.

All the controls are easy to reach, and it has a huge transmission range of around 5km, this is a greater range than both the Mavic Pro and the Parrot Anafi.

There are controls for take-off, landing, taking videos and pictures and a dial that will let you control the mechanical gimbal.

The controller comes with a cool smartphone attachment, it stretches out from either end and you can fit your smartphone or a small tablet in between. You don’t need a smartphone to control the drone but would be missing out on the main features of the drone such as FPV and intelligent flight modes.

It comes with the advanced video transmission technology that reduces latency and is able to stream live video feed in HD straight to your smartphone.

Intelligent Flight Modes

Like all high-end drones, the Xiaomi FIMI X8 SE comes with several flight modes that will make it even easier to fly this drone. These flying modes are great for beginners as they require little effort to control the drone, they also provide a fantastic way to take videos and images.

Cine Shot – Take amazing cinematic shots at the click of a button, in this flight mode you can take pictures 4 different ways, they are;

Dronie – The drone method of taking selfies, the drone will lock onto its target and fly up and back and automatically take a selfie.

Circle – The drone will orbit the target.

Spiral – Same as above but will manoeuvre in a spiral pattern around the target.

Rocket – In this mode, the drone will fly with its camera pointing down and take pictures of its subject matter.

Smart Tracking Mode – Powered by AI technology, the drone can track your movements in three different ways. This is a great flight mode for outdoor activities as you will be able to record yourself from the air totally handsfree. The drone can track you from behind, track you from a parallel perspective and track your movements from different angles.

Flight Planning – In this intelligent flight mode, you will be able to draw a flight path on the drone app and the drone will automatically fly along that path and return home. This is the type of technology that will be powering drone delivery services very soon.

Other Features

The drone comes with an intelligent lipo battery that gives the drone a flight time of around 30 minutes. This is the same as the DJI Mavic and Air and is on the longer end of drone flight times, still, its best to purchase some extra batteries as 30 minutes will not be enough to enjoy flying this drone.

The FIMI Navi app is compatible with both Android and iOS devices, its got an easy to use intuitive interface and it is the app that gives you access to most of the awesome features that drones come with.

The one major feature that the Xiaomi X8 SE does not have is an obstacle avoidance system, this won’t be an issue if you don’t intend to fly the drone to far away but if you decide to test the drones transmission range you will have to be extra careful of the drones surrounding.

Final Thoughts

The Xiaomi FIMI X8 SE is a fantastic camera drone that will allow you to take awesome videos and images with its 4K camera. It’s a good alternative to its more expensive rivals and you get pretty much the same features. With its advanced flight technology and easy to use controller and app, the drone is suitable for both beginners and experienced pilots.