Xiaomi launched its maiden venture in the fast emerging drone market last year in May. Xiaomi drone 4K and a second variant with a 1080p.
However, ever since, there has been no substantial update on the status of the 4K variant of the UAV. But then, the company crushed all those rumors by listing the Xiaomi Drone 4K on March 3 this year. After more than 400 software optimization and 5 hardware upgrade.What are the big upgrades?
The Xiaomi Mi Drone comes in two boxes actually. There is the main large box containing the drone and accessories, and a smaller box which houses the camera.
One difference between the 4K version and the 1080P version is the color. As you can see the logo and cooling holes are decorated in gold.
The color is the only way to separate them. Xiaomi drone 4K also used folding design, it can be put down when using it. When taking it, we can keep the parallel between stents and its body. Xiaomi drone 4K design is very compact and its camera can be removable in view of convenience.We can put the drone and its accessories in the computer bag when we go out. So we don’t have to take the other bag to pack the Xiaomi Mi drone.
Compared with Mi Drone 1080P version’s self-tightening propeller, Mi Drone 4K version comes with ARA-D quick release propeller which is more safe and stable in fight.
Both version use GPS+ GLONASS (US GPS and Russian GLONASS satellite positioning), dual satellite positioning and optical flow auxiliary localization system.While the Mi drone 4K is also equipped vision positioning system.
The biggest difference between them is the camera. Xiaomi drone 4k adopts 12MP Sony sensor, up to 3840 * 2160 pixel video resolution and it can support RAW format photographing. Compared with Xiaomi MI Drone 1080p screen, Xiaomi Drone 4K uses TDMA technology image transferring plan, which can not own stronger anti-jamming performance than traditional Wifi solution, and it can improve the transmission distance from 1km to 4km, making players own wider viewing angle.
There’s no big difference between the controllers except for the color. The remote control looks like game handle, mobile phone stents used the capacitor design, making its appearance more concise.
Both versions use 15.2 V / 5100 mah, 77.52 Wh in total. It is using a 4.35V lithium battery, whose capacity has improved 8% around than the common 4.2V in theory. The company claimed the Xiaomi drone 4K can support 26 minutes flying time for it’s lighter.
Compared with Xiaomi MI Drone 1080p, Xiaomi Drone 4K uses two separate IMU and compass sensor, which is rare used in UAV. The flight remote control monitors the mixed data of two roads sensor in the real time and then compare, keeping flying data accurate.
Xiaomi MI Drone 4K is equipped with 3 axis stable gimbal, built in 3 axis accelerometer and 3 axis gyroscope, 3 axis brushless motor drive, bringing as much as 2000 times per second of data collection and operation compensation, which can make camera pixel level more stable and accurate and finally finish taking videos without shaking.
Below are some photos shot by Xiaomi drone 4K.
DJI has just released a somewhat brand new drone called the Phantom 3 SE priced at $430,which is a good alternative to Xiaomi Drone 4K. So will you go with the DJI Phantom 3 SE or the old version Mi drone 1080P?