As promised, Xiaomi has launched its first UAV, called as Mi Drone in China, yesterday. The Mi Drone has been made by Mi Ecosystem’s company Flymi, a China-based company.
The Mi Drone features a 4-propeller system with detachable shields and is backed by a 5100mAh battery at 17.4V which is claimed to offer 27 minutes of non-stop flying. The high-end version has a 12-megapixel Sony Exmor R BSI sensor, f/2.8 aperture, 6P lenses, 94-degree field of view, three-axis image stabilization and 4K video recording at 30 fps and RAW image capture and has transmission distance of up to 2 kilometers. The other version has a 16.35 megapixel CMOS sensor with f /2.6 aperture, 104-degree field of view, up to 1080p video recording at 60fps and has transmission distance of up to 1 kilometer.
The Mi Drone comes with the remote control so that you can take photos and videos easily and the device also includes GPS and GLONASS. Xiaomi says that the Mi Drone also comes with Autopilot option that allows it for automatic take-off and landing, waypoint flight path planning, tap to fly on the map, circle an object on the ground. You can trace the drone via GPS and once the Mi Drone flies out of the connected range, it will automatically come back to the original position from where it took off.
The Mi Drone that can shoot 1080p video is priced at CNY 2,499 (approx. Rs. 26,000), and another variant that can shoot video in 4K is priced at CNY 2,999 (approx. Rs. 31,000). However, it is still unclear whether this device will be available outside China market or not.