The manufacturer of consumer electronics Xiaomi has finally presented its drone. Its characteristics and its price have not been a surprise because the rumors had advanced the line. But the truth is that the company is called to turn around the market for drones that are halfway between the professional and consumer spheres.
My Drone has outstanding recording capabilities. Its 12.0MP camera can shoot in 4K resolution (3840 × 2160) at a speed of 30 frames per second, while if the capture of images occurs at 1080p the frequency can be increased up to 60 fps.
Among the features that are extracted from the official presentation (in Chinese) is the 5,100 mAh capacity battery, which allows a flight time of 27 minutes, in line with the best-known DJI drones, as the Phantom 4 counts with an autonomy of 28 minutes .
The price is the most important distinguishing mark of the Xiaomi Mi Drone. The company plans to market its product for 2,999 yuan, equivalent to 410 dollars, the version with 4K camera, and 2,499 yuan (340 dollars) a version with a 1080p camera. In China, the 1080p version of the device is already on sale and the other one is expected to arrive in July.
From Xiaomi’s device, which had already been baptized prematurely as Mi Drone, not many details are known. First it was thought that it would be more affordable than the rest of the offer of drones in the market, with a price that would be around 100 euros. If so, the Chinese brand would have opened the door of the mass public to the drones. It is speculated that Xiaomi would have allied with another company, which would be responsible for the manufacturing process, while Xiaomi would do it marketing and its sale.
The CEO of Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Xiaomi, Lei Jun, has already confirmed that the company will present a drone at the end of May. Previously it had been speculated that the presentation of the device could take place at the last Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February, at its launch event of its smartphone Mi5. Finally it was not like that, but now it seems that it is his moment.
China is a whimsical market, but the middle class still pays for its expenses. DJI is a manufacturer of this country but its devices cost expensive. Hence, despite its success in the market has not reached that massive point. An IDC study estimated that camera drones will reach three million units by 2019 in China . They are respectable figures, but far from what could be considered massive in a country with more than 1.300 million inhabitants.
Xiaomi’s drone would play in another league: the low cost. Its predictable low price would have put it in the eye of many consumers who do not consider buying drones that cost several hundred or around 1,000 dollars. And China has enough volume to move production that has repercussions in other markets.
With this launching, a gap could be opened for a manufacturer with the ability to claim in the market to launch an economic drone and be able to attract the public. And although this is a difficult (and expensive) war to wage, it seems that Xiaomi finally dares to take the step.
4K UHD Camera
Equipped with 4K UHD camera supports max to 3840 x 2160P 30fps video recording.
The built-in phone holder of the transmitter facilitates WiFi FPV function. Also the max to 3km superior long control distance ensures the good performance.
Pointing Flight / Tap to Fly
Order your quadcopter to where you point to on the map.
Pick what you want to record or capture in 3D and let your Mi Drone surround it.
Plan and set the flight path and get yourself a more smooth / high-quality work of art.
3 Axis Gimbal
Stable and accurate photography / recording is guaranteed.
One key automatic taking off / return / landing, real-time battery level monitoring and low-voltage return warning.
High anti-interference performance and powerful signal.
Model: Mi Drone 4K
Features: Brushless Version,Radio Control,WiFi APP Control,WiFi FPV
Motor Type: Brushless Motor
Functions: Camera,Fail-safe,Forward/backward,FPV,Hover,Low-voltage Protection,One Key Automatic Return,One Key Landing,One Key Taking Off,Tap to Fly,Turn left/right,Up/down,Waypoints
Satellite System: GLONASS,GPS
Sensor: Optical Flow,Sonar
Built-in Gyro: 6 Axis Gyro
Material: Carbon Fiber,Electronic Components,PC
Kit Types: RTF
Level: Advanced Level
Remote Control: WiFi Remote Control
Mode: Mode 2 (Left Hand Throttle)
Radio Mode: Mode 2 (Left-hand Throttle),WiFi APP
Control Distance: Above 800m
Detailed Control Distance: About 3000m
Compatible with Additional Gimbal: Yes
FPV Distance: 4km
Model Power: Built-in rechargeable battery
Battery: 15.2V 5100mAh LiPo
Flying Time: About 27mins
Charging Time.: About 3.5
Video Resolution: 4K UHD
Package weight: 4.5800 kg
Product size (L x W x H): 38.00 x 45.50 x 17.00 cm / 14.96 x 17.91 x 6.69 inches
Package size (L x W x H): 39.00 x 46.00 x 18.00 cm / 15.35 x 18.11 x 7.09 inches
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