Update there is now a $70 coupon off now GBFIMIX8SE this lowers the price to $429 limited to only 200 units. Glad I waited to order it. It’s not shipping until February so it’s a long wait, look for my review sometime in mid to late Feb 2019!
It’s been a while since I reviewed the Xiaomi Mi Drone 4k and for well over 15 months we had not seen any new 4k drones from them. That has changed with the launch of the FIMI X8 SE, this is a Mavic Pro clone you could say with a 3 axis gimbal, 4k 100Mbps footage capture and a foldable design like the DJI Mavic series.
This new drone is under the FIMI brand but is part of the Xiaomi ecosystem and it has a very decent 33 minutes of flight time, a max range of 5kms with your typical GPS positioning with auto-hover using the onboard cameras. It even has auto hover without GPS just using both the cameras. So this will work indoors where you can’t get a stable GPS lock. Like the Mavic series you have tracking modes, but there isn’t any collision avoidance, not even in the front which looks like it might house front facing cameras and sensors like the Mavic Pro.
Like all Xiaomi products, it’s about its low price point and the quality yet get for that price, if it’s anything like the Mi Drone the build will be great. The FIMI X8 SE will be priced at around $499 USD from retailers like Gearbest which is half what you’ll pay for the Mavic Pro 2. Shipping will begin mid-January. There is also a much cheaper 1080p DJI Mavic Air style drone from FIMI called the A3 that is also coming in January, that once costs about $275.
Official FIMI X8 SE Press images and info: