Xiaomi launches its first Drone yesterday. The Mi Drone has two variants – a 4K version (RMB 2,999) and a 1080P version (RMB 2,499). Even though the price is fixed, you may not be able to get a hand on it. It will first be launched in China. The 4K version will be opened to Beta testers in July 2016 and the 1080P version will be crowdfunded on the Mi Home app starting 26th May 2016.
Here is some specifications of the Mi Drone
- 4-propeller system with detachable shields
- 17.4V battery 5100mAh, 27 minutes non-stop flying
- 1080p or 4K UHD camera, with 104° wide-angle lens
- 4K camera at 3840 x 2160 pixels; supports recording of stills in RAW format
- 720p live video with low latency from up to 2km distance
- Camera attached to a 3-axis gimbal, stabilizes up to 2000 vibrations per second
- GPS + GLONASS + vision-based positioning for max precision
- Autopilot options: automatic take-off + landing, waypoint flight path planning, tap to fly on map, circle an object on the ground
- Intelligently detects low battery and returns home automatically
- Real-time location tracking for easy retrieval even post crash
- Hovers automatically at the edge of no-fly zones
- Built-in PCB antenna array in remote control for maximum reach
- Modular design and foldable landing gear
- RMB 2499 for 1080p, RMB 2999 for 4K UHD version
And here is the official video.
Official Mi Drone Video
And if you want, you can watch Hugo Barra doing the unboxing the Mi Drone in a live event yesterday.
Pictures and Other resources
Some more pictures of the Mi Drone
This Gimbal looks really nice.
If you watch the unboxing video, you will know that there is a button where you can press to land the Mi Drone automatically.
Love the fact that the Mi Drone is built on modular system. Just need to replace the part when it is damaged. Here is a picture of the Mi Drone propeller.
I sourced around and I think that the below link will be able to answer most of the Mi Drone questions. Go check it out.
Although it was mentioned (in the Press Release) that the Mi Drone is for the high end consumer market, I think that at RMB 2,999 (less than S$628), it is still affordable based on its specs. Read the Press Release for more information. Not sure if they will sell it outside the country but with qoo10 and other websites, I am sure it will reach Singapore soon.
Xiaomi launches Mi Drone, with 4K version priced at RMB 2999
BEIJING, 25 May 2016 — During a live stream event today broadcast over 20 live streaming platforms in China, Xiaomi CEO and founder Lei Jun launched Mi Drone, the company’s very first drone that is targeted at the high-end consumer market.
Mi Drone is easy to operate, has a long battery life, shoots extremely clear images and videos, is convenient to carry around, and is very safe. Mi Drone comes in two variants — the 4K version retails at RMB 2999, while the 1080P one is priced at RMB 2499. Mi Drone (1080P) will be crowdfunded on the Mi Home app starting 26 May 2016, and Mi Drone (4K) will be available for testing via an open beta programme in late July.
Smart flight controls, autopilot options
Drones have typically been targeted at a small group of enthusiasts, because they are generally difficult to operate. To appeal to a wider group of consumers, Mi Drone has a number of smart flight controls and autopilot options that make it extremely easy to operate. It has included automatic take-off, landing and return modes, as well as functions for flight path planning and circling around an object, which can also be easily accessed through the buttons on the remote control.
GPS and vision positioning
For safer and more stable flights, Mi Drone uses both GPS and GLONASS for accurate positioning. In the absence of satellite signals, Mi Drone uses vision positioning and can continue hovering even at low altitudes (below 2.5 metres).
Mi Drone also has four layers of built-in security — real-time location tracking to allow users to retrieve the drone easily even if it has crashed, real-time computing power to enable it to return on low battery levels, automatic hovering at the edge of no-fly zones, and the use of a remote control with a PCB antenna array to avoid losing contact with the drone.
Long flight time of up to 27 minutes
Flight time is a big challenge for drones in the market today, and to improve this, Xiaomi has made optimisations in three areas — chassis weight, propeller efficiency and battery capacity.
Mi Drone uses a 1.2mm thin body design, and after over 100 tests on structural integrity and strength, its weight has been reduced by as much as 16%. The four propellers feature an aerodynamic design for optimal efficiency.
At the same time, Mi Drone has a 15.2V battery with a capacity of 5100mAh. These factors — lightweight design, propeller efficiency and high-capacity intelligent battery — allows Mi Drone to achieve a long flight time of up to 27 minutes.
4K or 1080P ultra-HD camera, three-axis gimbal for better stability
Aerial photography is one of the most important features of any drone, and the quality of images determines a good flying experience. Mi Drone comes with either a 1080P or 4K camera. The 1080P camera sports a 16-megapixel Sony backside illuminated CMOS sensor and has a 104- degree wide angle lens. The 12-megapixel 4K camera shoots video at a maximum resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and supports recording still images in RAW format.
For stable footage, the camera on Mi Drone is attached to a highly sensitive three-axis gimbal that stabilises up to 2000 vibrations per second.
Portable, modular design
A major pain point of high-end drones is that they are bulky and extremely inconvenient to transport. Mi Drone has a modular design and foldable landing gear, enabling users to easily carry it around in a backpack.
Xiaomi was founded in 2010 by serial entrepreneur Lei Jun, who believes that high-quality technology doesn’t need to cost a fortune. We create remarkable hardware, software, and Internet services for and with the help of our Mi fans. We incorporate their feedback into our product range, which currently includes the Mi Note Pro, Mi Note, Mi 5, Redmi Note 3, Mi TV, Mi Band and other accessories. With more than 70 million handsets sold in 2015, and products launched in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, India, Indonesia and Brazil, Xiaomi is expanding its footprint across the world to become a global brand.