The FIMI A3 offers similar features on paper as the DJI Spark, but at a price of less than € 300. Reason enough to have a look at the drone.
In addition to cameras and gimbals, the company FIMI mainly sells drones. On its own homepage presents itself as a subsidiary Xiaomis and lists as milestones of the company, among other things, the development of Mi Drone and the Mijia Actioncam on. It is understood as an absolute part of the Xiaomi ecosystem, which is why we speak here exceptionally, despite a different name from a Xiaomi product.
At first glance, the drone makes the price especially interesting. A camera with Full HD @ 30 fps is spark level, as is the 2-axis gimbal. FIMI speaks of a “mixed 3-axis gimbal“; a combination of the mechanical 2-axis gimbal and a 3-axis electronic gimbal. In addition, a strong battery that will bring the drone despite the higher weight of over 500 g on a flight time of up to 25 minutes. The drone uses GPS and the Russian counterpart GLONASS to determine its position.
Outwardly, the drone reminds only minimally of the unofficial predecessor, the Xiaomi Mi Drone . Unlike Spark and Mavic Pro , however, the arms can not be folded in here, which makes the drone a little less suitable for transport in a bag or backpack.
Another difference to the DJI models (and also the Mi Drone) is the remote control, which has a built-in display. Unlike DJI so it does not need a smartphone with installed app. The range should be 1000 m; Since you can no longer recognize the drone from a distance of 300-500 meters, this is more than sufficient.
The Xiaomi FIMI A3 is best seen as an alternative to the Spark. Opposite it offers the better price and above all a much higher flight time. However, initial experience reports must first show how well the FIMI is doing in practice; After all, DJI has a head start of over a year here.
A drone, often mentioned together with the FIMI A3, is the Hubsan H117S Zino, whose price goes in the direction of $400, but has a 4K camera and advanced features. This is more like the Mavic Air. With both drones, two promising alternatives will be released by the end of the year.
HD 1080P Camera
The HD 1080P camera is powered by Ambarella ISP processor and Sony CMOS sensor, providing perfect HD pictures and videos.
5.8G Real-time Transmission
It is equipped with 1km 5.8G real time transmission system.
The 2-aixs mechanical and 3-aixs electronical gimbal provides stable and smooth footage in any situation, helping capturing high-quality videos and photos.
With the headless mode, there is no need to adjust the position of aircraft before flying.
One Key to Return
One key to return function makes it easily to find the way home.
With DIY port, you can explore your way to play with the drone, like driving a servo, lighting a led or fireoworks.
Diagonal Size: 323mm
Hover Accuracy: when GPS Positioning is active, Vertical: ± 0.5 m & Horizontal: ± 1.5m
Max ascending speed: 6 m/s
Max descending speed: 5 m/s
Max cruising speed: 18 m/s
Max R/C distance: about 1km
Flying Limited Altitude: 500 m
Flight time: 25mins
Wind resistance: ≤ 4
Satellite positioning systems: GPS+GLONASS
Operating frequency: 2.4-2.483GHz; 40CH
Built-in Battery: 11.1V 2000 mAh 3S Lipo Battery
Sceen resolution: 480*272
Screen size: 4.3inch
Frequency: 2.4-2.483GHz; 40CH
Max R/C distance: About 1000m
Built-in Battery: 2950 mAh lipo battery
Charge port type: Micro USB
DVR: 720*480 video resolution
Controlled Rotation Scope: 0° ~ -90° Pitch angle
Stabilizaton: 2-aixs mechanical and 3-aixs electronical gimbal
Lens: FOV 80°
Focal Distance: 3.54 mm
Equivalent Focal Distance: 27mm
Sensor: 1/3.2" CMOS
ISO Range: 100 - 3200 for video; 100 - 1600 for picture
Shutter Speed: 4 ~ 1/8000 s
Max Photo Resolution: 8M 3264*2448
Video Resolution: 1920x1080 30 fps / 1920x1080 25 fps
File System: FAT32 / exFAT
Image Format: JPG
Video Format: MP4
DVR: 1920x1080 30 fps / 1920x1080 25 fps
Rated Output: 14V 0.8A
Rated Input: 100-240V ~ 50/60Hz 0.3A
Rated Output Power :11.2W
Rated Output: 11.1V 0.8A
Rated Input:14V 0.8A
Applicable Battery: 3S
Charging Limit Voltage: 12.75 V
Rated Voltage: 11.1 V
Rated Capacity: 2000 mAh / 22.2 Wh
Weight: About 162g
Item Name: Quick-release propeller
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