Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE drone test: range, flight time, photo, video

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Flight behavior
Material quality
Recording quality
Price quality
Overall rating 4.7 / 5

Fimi X8 SE is a cool drone with built-in FPV live image. It has a 3-axis gimbal, 4K camera and GPS.

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The quadcopter comes in RTF format, that is, Ready To Fly, has mediocre dimensions, rises to an altitude of about 500 meters and is reliably controlled.

Thus, the model is ideal for beginners, but experienced users will also appreciate its high maneuverability and speed.

Below we present the drone and some flight modes in more detail:

Further down the report, you will find two more test videos, have fun 🙂

Specifications

The Fimi X8 SE drone has a top speed of about 65 kilometers per hour. This makes it one of the fastest flying models we’ve ever reviewed.

The handling, agility and speed ensure that even the most experienced pilots will have a lot of fun with the Fimi X8 SE.

In theory, technical data speaks for the model. Among other things, reliable satellite positioning systems such as GPS and GLONASS are installed.

photographed from below

This ensures that the drone will hover safely and stably as soon as the pilot releases all control sticks.

Design and appearance

The Fimi X8 SE is somewhat reminiscent of the DJI Mavic design. Both the camera, the gimbal design, and the body have some similarities.

The drone weighs 790 grams and has a diagonal of 372 millimeters.

The drone is usually available in a white shop. Plus, it folds easily, just like the DJI Mavic models. So it fits easily and comfortably into any backpack and even large trouser pockets.

The design of the remote control also gives the impression that the manufacturer has a bit of a DJI orientation. There are short antennas on the right and left.

Remote control

However, the big difference from DJI is that the smartphone is inserted into the remote in the middle, not below.

The remote control is also quite simple: the left stick rotates the aircraft on its own axis and allows it to climb and descend. Right stick the quadcopter can be controlled in all directions on the level.

The propellers are ergonomically shaped and easy to install. If you want to fold the quadcopter, you can also fold the propellers accordingly.

Above, there are several status LEDs and a button to turn the Fimi X8 SE drone on or off.

Image sensor, resolution and memory

Here’s a 4K camera with a 1 / 2.3-inch CMOS sensor, including a gimbal that works through a 3-axis stabilizer.

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A total of 12 megapixels are available as maximum effective pixels. Thus, the maximum photo resolution is 4000 x 3000 pixels. You can record videos in 4K quality i.e. 3840 x 2160 pixels. You can set different frame rates for this resolution. Among other things, 30, 25 and 24 frames per second.

There is also an option to reduce pixel density in the menu:

  • 2560 x 1440 at 60, 50, 30, 25, or 24 fps
  • 1080P at 100, 60, 50, 30, 25, or 24fps
  • 720P @ 200fps

The maximum transfer rate is 100 Mbps.

Images are saved in JPG and DNG formats. The video format is MP4 as usual. As a type of memory card, you can use Micro SD with a memory capacity of 8 to 64 GB. The manufacturer recommends Kingston U3 and Sandisk.

The 4K camera lens has a 78.8-degree field of view and a 473mm focal length. The shutter speed is 8 ~ 1 / 8000s, and the possible ISO range for video is 100 – 3200, and for photos it is 100 – 1600.

All in all, a great camera was installed here!

Flight stabilization

The precise visual positioning system, which also ensures high flight stability, is also ingenious. Usually we are only used to such systems from drones DJI, the market leader in quadcopters. Usually these models cost 4 digits, but here you get a visual positioning system for a lot less.

As mentioned, GPS and GLONASS are also integrated. These are 2 additional positioning systems that work via 2 satellites and keep the model in the air even more accurately.

Overall, the Fimi X8 SE is ideal for beginners. However, very inexperienced pilots should gradually get used to outdoor performance as the drone can reach very high speeds and is quite maneuverable.

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Flight modes

There are many flight modes. Among other things, a visual tracking system with which the pilot can accurately lock and track an object.

There is also the usual Follow Me mode, in which the drone follows the pilot.

Beginners can easily get used to flying without a head. This feature ensures that the aircraft moves regardless of the orientation of the head. For example, if you move the right stick forward, the drone will fly away from you, regardless of whether it is flying to the side or in front of you.

In this video, we introduce the Orbit, Heading Lock and Spiral flight modes in more detail:

Battery, flight time and range

The real plus is the incredibly long flight times. The Fimi X8 SE quadcopter owes this to its 4500mAh lipo battery. With 11.4 V, this provides enough power to power 4 actuators and the model’s sensor system. At the same time, the carrying capacity is so great that you can be in the air with the drone for up to 33 minutes at a time! This is cool, even most DJI models can’t do it.

However, the drone can only fly for more than half an hour when there is no wind and you are not constantly supplying 100% gas.

The transmitter has a range of up to 5 kilometers. However, the United States has certain laws and you must follow them. We recommend flying within sight and at an altitude of 100 meters, otherwise you may get into trouble. You will also need a drone license plate with a name and address. We also recommend taking out liability insurance for quadrocopter models.

What applications is the Fimi X8 SE drone suitable for?

propeller

In our opinion, the Fimi X8 SE is a station wagon. It is suitable for many purposes. Advanced and novice alike will have fun, and the camera recording quality is pretty good.

For example, it is perfect for relaxing, hiking in the mountains, or simply for photographing and filming your property from a bird’s eye view.

scope of delivery

This drone is delivered completely in RTF format, that is, it is ready to fly. This means that you only need to charge the battery and you can fly right away.

The kit includes the following parts:

  • 1x RC quadcopter (with camera and 3-axis gimbal)
  • 1x transmitter
  • 1x 11.4V 4500mAh Lipo battery
  • 3x USB cables
  • 6x propellers
  • 1x cable
  • 1x charger
  • Manual

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Pros and cons

Obviously, making a purchase decision is not easy. However, we can recommend the Fimi X8 SE to everyone. The price / performance ratio is excellent. To make it easier for you to decide, we have once again listed the positive and negative properties of the drone.

Privileges:

  • Easy folding system
  • 3-axis harness (mechanical)
  • Very good value for money
  • Transmission range of up to 5 km, which has been improved with improved interference rejection and adaptive streaming technology
  • Lots of cool flight and safety features like Follow Me mode, Headless and Smart Tracking.
  • Extremely long flight time of up to 30 minutes thanks to the powerful 4500mAh battery
  • Incredible 4K video quality at 30 fps
  • Precise vision system with GPS and GLONASS

Disadvantage:

  • No “brand model”

Conclusion

You can say what you want, this drone is just great, even if the manufacturer is not as famous as DJI, Hubsan or Parrot, they brought to the market a drone that is really durable, has many features and is also very inexpensive.

The price / performance ratio is incredibly good, so the drone is well suited for beginners because the budget is small and the safety standards are particula
rly high.

We were very surprised by the long flight time. The Fimi X8 SE actually manages to stay in the air for about 32 minutes. With very strong gusts of wind, the copter does not fly so long, but on average it takes about half an hour to fly. And that’s a huge achievement at the price.

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