Xiaomi FIMI A3 5.8G FPV test: range, flight time and camera test

Entertainment factor
Flight behavior
Material quality
Recording quality
Price quality
Overall rating 4.5 / 5

Xiaomi FIMI A3 5.8G was released in 2016. There is now an improved version with a 4K camera, the Fimi X8 SE (click!), As the first quadcopters of this type were only available with a 1080P camera.

Not only is it cheap, but it has a lot of cool features that don’t always fall into this price range. Compared to other models, it not only significantly outperforms its class in terms of price / performance ratio, but also features extremely high workmanship, reliability and elegant design.

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The following two videos show all the advantages and disadvantages of the drone:

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Specifications

Drone with lights

Of course, the model has sophisticated satellite positioning systems. GPS and GLONASS are included. Both complement each other perfectly to keep the drone in place.

Integrated mechanical 2-axis and electronic 3-axis stabilization systems, which provide wobble-free and especially soft tape recording.

Similar to DJI drones, the Xiaomi Fimi A3 5.8G drone has propellers with quick-release couplings, which means they can be changed quickly, easily and conveniently.

Size, design and weight

It is rather mediocre in size, but compact. Its dimensions are 285 mm x 229 mm x 69 mm with a diagonal of 323 mm. It also weighs just 560g, and its lightweight design ensures an especially fast yet stable flight.

Appearance and design have their own character. The camera has a cylindrical shape that is longitudinally attached to an axis, which in turn is attached to the drone, so that it can be moved vertically, so the mechanical 2-axis gimbal can work perfectly.

The Xiaomi Fimi A3 5.8G drone is usually available in white.

Camera, memory and FPV live image transmission

The drone is available in 1080p, which is HD.

camera

Field of View – FOV (Field Of View) 80 degrees. Here, images are captured with a 1 / 3.2-inch CMOS sensor and then saved.

As usual, JPG is used for photos and MP4 for videos.

For photos, a maximum of 8 megapixels are available with a 3264 x 2448 pixel distribution. You can record videos at 30 frames per second at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

For data transmission, a wireless remote control with a frequency of 2.4 GHz and 4 channels is used. The remote control has 2 different modes: one for left-handers and one for right-handers.

Remote control with screen

Thanks to the FPV data transmission, especially intense flights can be obtained. Images are transmitted in real time and displayed in real time on the LCD screen built into the remote control.

The remote control has an AV output, so you can connect a monitor and display live images over a large area. Alternatively, there is also the option to connect FPV goggles for an even more first-person flying experience.

Battery, range, flight time and legal

The maximum possible flight time is about 25 minutes, thanks to the 2000mAh battery. That’s pretty good for such a low price, and is approaching the flight time of DJI models.

With a range of about 1000 meters, while in the USA you have to make sure that certain laws are in force in the USA, so you have to fly drones in this country always within sight. It is also important that you have a drone license plate, which you absolutely need to be eligible to fly a quadcopter legally. We also recommend taking out civil liability insurance for drones, which is usually pretty cheap.

Flight stabilization

Even with strong gusts of wind, GPS positioning is quite accurate and is only + – 0.5 meters vertically and + – 1.5 meters horizontally.

The maximum climb speed is 6 meters per second, the maximum sink rate is 5 m / s, the maximum cruising speed is 18 meters per second, and the maximum flight altitude is about 500 meters (note the viewing range and applicable laws, do not fly above 100 m in the USA).

Pros and cons

Below, we re-list the most important positive and negative facts to facilitate your purchasing decision.

Privileges:

  • Camera with EIS image stabilization for incredibly clear photos
  • Stable FPV data transfer
  • Built-in LCD to display FPV images
  • High quality ISP processor and Sony CMOS sensor
  • Reliable 2-axis gimbal (mechanical) + electronic 3-axis gimbal
  • Extensive features such as Follow Me, Orbit, Headless and Return To Home mode
  • Fast and ready to go
  • Very good value for money
  • Reliable flight stabilization via GPS and GLONASS
  • Up to 25 minutes of flight

Disadvantage:

  • Unable to connect to smartphone or tablet via Wi-Fi

Conclusion

In terms of quality, at first glance, you might think that the Xiaomi FIMI A3 5.8G drone comes close to DJI models. This happens in many areas, but there is still a difference in flight behavior. While this is very small, it is noticeable to the experienced drone pilot.

However, the price / performance ratio is incredibly good and the Xiaomi FIMI A3 5.8G drone is ideal for beginners as it can be safe, stable and reliable to fly.

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