Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2021 review: comparison, camera, range

In this review, we present the 2021 version of the FIMI X8 SE. The new 4K drone is an improved version of the already well-known FIMI X8 SE drone. The new version has a larger FOV (field of view) and is slightly lighter than the old X8 SE.

In addition, the 2021 version can fly two minutes longer and has a flight range three kilometers longer.

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Specifications and innovations

Specifications for the Xiaomi FIMI X8 SE 2021 version:

  • 204 x 106 x 72.6 mm
  • Diagonal 372 mm (with rotors)
  • Folding design
  • 4KUHD / 30fps, 12MP
  • Video bit rate 100 Mbps
  • JPEG / RAW-DNG, MP4 file format
  • Maximum 256GB internal storage
  • 65 km / h maximum speed

Here are the most important changes:

Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2018Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2021
Maximum flight time 33 minutes 35 minutes
Range Maximum range 5000 meters Maximum range 8000 meters
camera 4K resolution 30fps
1 / 2.3-type CMOS sensor
4K 30fps
1 / 2.6 ” CMOS sensor
price 460,-€ 420,-€

The dimensions remain the same, but the maximum speed of the drone has not changed and is about 65 km / h or 18 meters per second. However, it is still one of the fastest models on the market.

Handling, agility as well as speed ensure that even experienced pilots will pay off.

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Besides the GPS and GLONASS positioning system, the X8 SE 2021 can also work with the Chinese BEIDOU positioning system. This can be very helpful when you travel a lot. GPS or GLONASS reception is not sufficient for perfect positioning everywhere.

Plus, the drone, of course, remains foldable. Like DJI models, the drone can be easily and conveniently transported in a large pocket or simply put in a backpack.

Foldable drone design

However, something has already happened to the camera. As such, the 2021 version is now equipped with a 1 / 2.6-inch CMOS sensor and therefore will produce sharper images in low light conditions. Of course, the triaxial stabilizer remains on board too.

Drone delivery scope

Like the previous version of the FIMI X8 SE, the 2021 version will also ship as “RTF”, meaning Ready to Fly. Xiaomi ships the drone in a typical white box. The package includes a 4500 mAh battery along with the X8 SE drone and remote controller.

Scope of delivery X8SE2020

In addition, all necessary adapters and a charging cable are included. USB to USB-C, USB to Micro-USB, and USB to Apple Lightning. This means that all common smartphone models can be connected to the remote control.

The only drawback is that the remote is charged via USB Type-C. Of course, you can also charge the remote using the supplied USB to USB-C cable, but this cable is for the connection between the smartphone and the remote and is therefore rather short.

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The drone’s remote feels good and is basically the same as the Fimi X8 Se.

X8SE 2021 Remote Control

Fimi X8 SE 2021 Technologies

The 4K camera creates a maximum of 30 images per second. Photos are still captured at 12 megapixels and can be saved in JPEG as well as RAW-DNG. Videos are saved in the classic way as MP4 files.

As mentioned, the lens is a 1 / 2.6-inch CMOS sensor that provides better image quality, especially in low light conditions. The ISO range did not change, as did the shutter speed from 8 ~ 1 / 8000S.

Gimbal X8 SE 2021

The menu also has the option to decrease the resolution. Thus, you can optionally shoot video in the following settings.

  • 3840 x 2160/30, 25, 24fps
  • 2.7K (2560 x 1440) / 60, 50, 30, 25, or 24 fps
  • 1920 x 1080/100, 60, 50, 30, 25, 24fps
  • 1280 x 720 / 120fps

The maximum transfer rate is 100 Mbps. The camera is in many ways similar to the model, but with a larger CMOS sensor. Xiaomi has improved the camera and responded to customer criticism. We really like it.

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Flight stabilization and drone sensors

Xiaomi has further improved the already high flight stability of the Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE.Even small bugs in software that could lead to dangerous situations have been fixed. Overall, the drone flies very well.

Takeoff and landing are also clean and safe with good GPS reception.

However, inexperienced pilots should not go too far and ideally let off some steam in the field on a calm day or somewhere unobstructed. Especially for beginners, it can be very difficult to deal with the increased speed.

Flight modes

There are also Orbit, Course Lock, Follow-Me and Spiral flight modes.

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Beginners can easily get used to flying the drone in headless mode. Headless Mode ensures that the drone will move regardless of the orientation of the head. If you move the right stick forward, the aircraft will move forward. It doesn’t matter if the drone’s head is to the side or diagonally away from you.

In this video, we present the flight modes of the Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE. This is the 2018 version, but (unfortunately) nothing has changed here.

Battery, flight time and range of the Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2021

The drone’s greatest strength is still its long flight duration. With more energy efficient technology and lighter weight, the flight time has even increased from 33 to 35 minutes. In practical tests, we were even 35 minutes 40 seconds before we actually had to land.

It should be noted that flight times are indicative for average to good conditions. With strong winds or constantly high speeds, this can be over in 20-25 minutes.

Xiaomi has increased the transmission power and thus increased the range from 5,000 to 8,000 meters. However, since we are obliged to comply with the regulations for the use of drones in the USA, this is of no interest to drone pilots who plan to fly in the USA.

This model also requires a badge and liability insurance due to its 765 grams weight.

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If you are looking for a drone without any liability or insurance, we highly recommend the DJI Mavic Mini. This drone weighs only 249 grams and is not subject to sticker and liability insurance requirements.

Conclusion on the X8 SE 2021

The Fimi X8 SE is and will remain an all-rounder. The drone is suitable for a wide variety of requirements and applications. However, it cannot be compared to the Mavic 2 Pro or other top end models.

However, in the sub-1000 Euro price segment, it fits well and represents a good alternative to established models. The drone is ideal for vacations thanks to the large number of positioning systems (GPS, GLONASS, BEIDOU). However, it is also suitable for home garden photography:

Recording with Fimi X8 SE 2021

And also from the nearest point of view:

Recording with Fimi X8 SE 2021

At $ 400, the price / performance ratio is excellent.

Xiaomi has definitely earned its place alongside DJI, Hubsan or Parrot and convinces with high-quality technology in the drone sector.

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The X8 SE’s strongest points are its long-lasting battery and a good camera. There is no need to talk about the shortcomings in this price category. Because, of course, you can’t expect 4K at 60FPS for 400, -.

The only thing that worried us was exposure to the wind. The drone is very stable in the air even in the wind. But this comes at the expense of battery life. Therefore, in windy weather, the drone is not in the air for half an hour, but only twenty or 25 minutes, depending on the flight style.

Otherwise, you get extremely good performance at a reasonable price. Definitely worth a look!

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