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Xiaomi FIMI A3 RC drone review: the best drone to get you started in aerial photography

Xiaomi FIMI A3 RC drone review: the best drone to get you started in aerial photography

By  GB Blog Official 2018-11-24 6558 1

The Xiaomi FIMI A3 is one of the latest quadcopters from Xiaomi, a company best known for its budget smartphones. However, the company has long expanded into other areas including aerial photography. The FIMI A3 is a budget photo quadcopter with a full HD camera onboard. How does it compare to the competition and does it offer the same value for money as the company's smartphones? Let's find out.

Xiaomi FIMI A3 quadcopter flying mode 

 

FIMI A3 5.8G 1KM FPV with 2-axis Gimbal RC Drone from Xiaomi Youpin - WHITE

FIMI A3 5.8G 1KM FPV with 2-axis Gimbal RC Drone from Xiaomi Youpin - WHITE
$401 $268.99    

 

Xiaomi FIMI A3 quadcopter: key features

There are several main features that make the FIMI A3 a popular option for beginner flyers.


Full HD aerial photography

The Xiaomi FIMI A3 RC drone comes equipped with a 1080P camera. The cam is powered by Ambarella ISP processor and features a high quality CMOS sensor and is capable of transmitting quality imagery and footage.


True, the drone does not come with a 4K camera like some of the latest quadcopters, but 1080P is a really good offer for the price and a nice spot to get started with aerial photography.


Stable footage

The quality of the videos you will take using a drone will, to a large extent, depends on the gadget's ability to keep the camera stable as it records the footage. Thus, camera stabilization the quadcopter comes with is just as important as the quality of the camera itself.


The FIMI A3 comes with a 2-axis mechanical gimbal and a 3-axis electronic gimbal. This results in smooth noise-free footage, quite impressive for a small sized drone like the A3.


Stable footage 


25 minutes flight time 

The FIMI A3 is a small drone that is also quite lightweight — just about 560 grams. This, naturally, helps with battery life: the miniature drone can stay in the sky for an impressive 25 minutes with its 3-cell 2000mAh battery. This is on par with some of the best quadcopters out there like the DJI Phantom 3.


1km remote control with FPV

While most drones of this size come with a mobile app control, the FIMI A3 is sole together with the dedicated full-sized controller. This is a better option if you are a new pilot and want to master the basics of aerial control - plus, the controller features a 4.3 inch display that will let the user see what the drone “is seeing “.


FPV system 


Smart flight modes

To make piloting the drone even easier, the FIMI A3 comes with several smart flight modes. Namely, there is Follow Me, Orbit, Fixed-wing, Dronie, Headless and One Key Return modes.


Smart flight modes 


Security

Oriented at first time pilots, the quadcopter is well prepared for force majeure thanks to several safety features: low battery protection, automatic return and automatic hover when approaching the no-fly zone.


DIY port

Though built for safety, the Xiaomi FIMI A3 does come with some creativity built in as well. The DIY port at the bottom of the quadcopter is all yours to experiment with: attach an LED strip, a servo, fireworks lighter, etc.


Modest price tag

The FIMI A3 is priced at $268.99. This is quite low compared to similar quadcopters on the market - for instance, the aforementioned DJI Phantom 3 starts at $499.99.


Summing things up, the FIMI A3 is marketed primarily as a great entry level camera drone for those who are just starting out in aerial photography. It does manage to pack in quite a few intelligent features into its small frame as well.


Speaking of the small frame.


Xiaomi FIMI A3 RC drone: design

Xiaomi is no amateur when it comes to adopting popular designs. The FIMI A3, for its part, is quite similar to the DJI Spark - it is rectangular in shape, with four propellers and a cam at the front. At the bottom, there is the power on/off button, battery and the above mentioned DIY port. The quad measures xQ11.22 x 9.02 x 2.72 inches.


the design of Xiaomi FIMI A3 RC drone 


Xiaomi FIMI A3 RC drone: specs

Now, let's review the main specs of the Xiaomi FIMI A3 RC drone.

 


Product name
Xiaomi FIMI A3 RC Drone
Drone
Product size(L x W x H)
28.50 x 22.90 x 6.90 cm / 11.22 x 9.02 x 2.72 inches
Diagonal size
323mm
Weight
560g
Hover accuracy
When GPS Positioning is active:
± 0.5m vertical,± 1.5m horizontal
Max ascending speed
6m/s
Max descending speed
5m/s
Max cruising speed
18m/s
Flying limit altitude
500m
Flight time
about 25mins
Wind resistance
≤ 4
Satellite positioning systems
GPS + GLONASS
Remote controller
Screen resolution
480 x 272
Screen size
4.3 inch
Operating frequency
2.4 - 2.483GHz; 5.725 - 5.850GHz
Max controllable distance
about 1000m
Battery
2950mAh lithium battery
Nominal voltage
3.7V
Charge port type
Micro USB
Gimbal
Controlled rotation scope
0°- -90° pitch angle
Stablization
Mixed 3-axis gimbals
Camera
Lens
FOV 80°
Aperture
f2.0
Focal distance
3.54mm
Equivalent focal distance
27mm
Sensor
1/3.2-inch CMOS
ISO range
100 - 3200 for video
100 - 1600 for still
Shutter speed
4 - 1/8000s
Max bitrate
60Mbps
Max photo resolution
3264 x 2448
Video resolution
1920 x 1080 30fps
1920 x 1080 25fps
File system
FAT32 / exFAT
Image format
JPG
Video format
MP4
Battery
Charging limit voltage
12.75V
Voltage
11.1V
Capacity
2000mAh / 22.2Wh
Package contents
Package contents
1 x RC Quadcopter ( Battery Included ), 1 x Transmitter ( Battery Included ), 1 x Gimbal, 1 x USB Cable, 6 x Propeller, 1 x Charging Cable, 1 x Balance Charger, 1 x English Manual

The verdict

As is the case with most Xiaomi products, the FIMI A3 RC drone offers quite a lot for the price. It's a compact drone with easy controls and basic smart features to help first time pilots. It's not an advances quad, but we would definitely recommend it as a quality entry gadget into the world of aerial photography. A full sized remote control is especially useful in the learning process and the price is much friendlier for the pocket than that of most learner's drones out there.

 

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