Today as expected, Xiaomi unveiled its first drone – a quadcopter called the Xiaomi Mi Drone. Xiaomi has worked in partnership with Flymi, a China-based company, on the development of the drone.
The new Xiaomi Mi Drone – equipped with a camera – will be available in two variants, an affordable variant that can shoot 1080p video priced at N45000(roughly Rs. 26,000), and one that can shoot video in 4K that has been priced slightly higher at N50000 (roughly Rs. 31,000).
The Xiaomi Mi Drone is loaded with 4-propeller system and detachable shields, which is backed by a 5100mAh battery at 17.4V which offers 27 minutes of non-stop flying. The xiaomi 4K and the 1080p drone versions also provides 104 degree wide-angle lens. Also the 4K drone camera records at 3840×2160 pixels and supports recording of stills in RAW format.
The company says that the drone has camera attached to a 3-axis gimbal which stabilises up to 2,000 vibrations per second. This drone features Glonass, GPS technology, and an Autopilot option that allows the Mi Drone for automatic take-off and landing. Also equipped with the drone,a tap to fly on map feature, waypoint flight path planning, real-time location tracking for retrieval of the device even post-crash scenario and circle an object on the ground.
The smart device intelligently detects low battery or if disconnected from the remote automatically returns back to the user. PCB antenna amplifies the signal of the Drone as it can be controlled up to 2 kilometres away.
An interesting feature of Mi Drone, is the ability to operate at the edge of no-fly zones and sports modular design with a foldable landing gear.