As Xiaomi continues to expand its portfolio of connected devices, we get to see products we would never have thought the Chinese company would come out with. The latest surprise is the Xiaomi Mi Drone, a 4K-capable drone that’s just 2,999 yuan, or about Php21.4k after straight conversion.
The Mi Drone is a little less pricey compared to DJI’s Phantom 3 4K, which sells for $799 (about Php37.3k). Of course, being Xiaomi, there aren’t a lot of compromises. The single best reason to get the Mi Drone is its ball-shaped camera with a 12.4mp sensor by Sony. It’s capable of taking RAW photos, as well as capture 3,840 x 2,160 video at 30fps. The gimbal is detachable and is capable of correcting itself 2,000 per second thanks to its 3-axis stabilization.
The controller is a bit cute, resembling the company’s bunny mascot, and comes with a built in clamp that’s big enough to accommodate the 6.44 inch Mi Max. The Mi Drone automates a number of maneuvers, such as a dedicated button for take off and landing, automatically returning home if it loses communication with the controller, following a planned route, and circling a point of interest while filming.
If you find the 4K version of the Mi Drone a little too expensive for you, there’s another more affordable Full HD model capable of recording at 60fps. Aside from the lower recording resolution, its operating range is also limited to just 1km versus the 4K model that can operate at up to 2km in range. The tradeoff should be acceptable for most, especially since it will only be priced at 2,499 yuan (about Php17.8k).
It’s going to be a while until we see the Xiaomi Mi Drone locally though, if at all. It’s scheduled to exit beta by July, but there’s no news of availability outside of China yet.