Chinese electronics company Xiaomi, which is a firm that is more known in creating smartphones, has just recently launched their first quadcopter called the Xiaomi Mi 4 Drone. In some aspects, it shares some similarities with the companies handsets. The company worked with Flymi, which is a China-based firm, with regards to the development of the drone.
The Xiaomi Mi 4 Drone Offers 4K Video Capturing on a Budget
The new Xiaomi Mi 4 Drone comes with a camera right off the bat and will be available for purchase with two models: one can shoot 1080p and the other can shoot 4K. While the latter offering is pricier than the former, the price gap between the two is not that far apart. Therefore, people who have the extra cash to spend may want to think about getting the 1080p model and instead go for the 4K.
Aside from the launching of the Mi 4 Drone (the 1080p model), the company will also crowdfund the Mi Home app very soon, while this particular quadcopter with the 4K camera will be available for testing through an open beta program beginning late July of this year. With regards to its price point, this drone is actually a lot cheaper than some of its rivals within this sector, especially when you compare it to higher-end offerings coming from manufacturers such as DJI, which is one of the most popular quadcopter makers in the industry.
The drone has a 4-propeller system with detachable shields. Furthermore, it is backed by a 5,100mAh battery at 174-volts which is claimed that it can deliver 27-minutes of flight on a full charge. The 1080p camera model, as well as the 4K one, is able to offer up to 104-degrees with regards to its field-of-view through its lens. The 4K camera is able to capture clips at 3,840 x 2,160 pixels and it will support recording still images in RAW format.
The company explains that the Xiaomi Mi 4 Drone has a camera that is attached to a 3-axis gimbal which is able stabilize up to 2,000 vibrations-per-second. It also includes Glonass and GPS. The unit also comes with an Autopilot functionality which will allow it to take-off and land automatically, create a waypoint with its flight path, a tap to fly feature on a map, or even circle an object on the ground. Also, this drone will return automatically to its starting point when it detects when it is already low on battery.