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Xiaomi FIMI X8 SE RC drone review: a folding 4K video feature-rich drone with a low price

Xiaomi FIMI X8 SE RC drone review: a folding 4K video feature-rich drone with a low price

By  Henry Wang 2019-01-15 10483 0

A few days ago, Xiaomi released a new RC drone - Xiaomi FIMI X8 SE RC drone, which has many similarities with the DJI Mavic Air, such as foldable design, excellent aerial photographs, 3-axis mechanical gimbal, etc. However, the FIMI X8 SE is much cheaper than the DJI Mavic Air. So is the FIMI X8 SE really worth buying? Let’s find out.

Xiaomi FIMI X8 SE RC drone: specs

Now, let's review the main specs of the Xiaomi FIMI X8 SE RC drone:​


Product name
FIMI X8 SE 5KM FPV 3-axis Gimbal 4K GPS RC Drone
Diagonal size
Item weight
Hover accuracy
± 0.1m (within the ultrasonic detecting range)
± 0.5m (when GPS positioning is active)
Horizontal: ±1.5m
Max ascending speed
Max descending speed
Max cruising speed
Flying limit altitude
Max flight time(no wind)
about 33mins
Wind resistance
Satellite positioning systems
Remote controller
Operating frequency
5.725 - 5.850GHz
Max controllable distance
about 5000m
3900mAh lithium battery
Nominal voltage
Charge port type
Micro USB
Controlled rotation scope
0°- -90° pitch angle
3-axis gimbal
Angle control accuracy
FOV 78.8°
Focal distance
Equivalent focal distance
1/2.3-inch CMOS
ISO range
100 - 3200 for video
100 - 1600 for still
Shutter speed
8 - 1/8000s
Max bitrate
Max photo resolution
4000 x 3000
Video resolution
3840 x 2160 30/25/24fps
2560 x 1440 60/50/30/25/24fps
1080P 100/60/50/30/25/24fps
720P 200fps
File system
FAT32 / exFAT
Image format
Video format
Charging limit voltage
4500mAh / 51.3Wh
Package contents
Package contents
1 x RC Quadcopter ( with Camera ), 1 x Transmitter ( Battery Included ), 1 x Battery, 3 x USB Cable, 6 x Propeller, 1 x AC Cable, 1 x Charger, 2 x English Manual


FIMI X8 SE 5KM FPV 3-axis Gimbal 4K GPS RC Drone ( Xiaomi Ecosysterm Product ) - WHITE

FIMI X8 SE 5KM FPV 3-axis Gimbal 4K GPS RC Drone ( Xiaomi Ecosysterm Product ) - WHITE
$546.67 $499.00    


Tiny design and lightweight

The Xiaomi FIMI X8 SE RC drone boasts a size of only 73 x 106 x 204mm (folded size), and its total weight is reduced by 42.8% than the Xiaomi Mi drone 4K. So the FIMI X8 SE comes with a very compact size and portable design, you can easily carry it anywhere.  

Xiaomi FIMI X8 SE RC drone portable  design 

Suitable for any conditions

The Xiaomi FIMI X8 SE RC drone combined the 3-axis mechanical framework and the latest professional control algorithm, which will bring you high quality image shooting and smooth video transmission even if it is flying in strong windy conditions.

the 3-axis mechanical framework 

Sony IMX 378 sensor

What are the advantages of FIMI X8 SE over Mi drone 4K cameras? It has a 1/2.3 inch 12 MP IMX378 sensor (it is the best 1/2.3 inch sensor) and an f/12.2 inch aperture lens. Surprisingly, it has lower power consumption, higher dynamic range and better color performance. I'm sure you will fall in love with it immediately once you try it.

Sony IMX 378 sensor 

Better image processor

With the Ambaralla professional image processor, FIMI X8 SE can shoot amazing 4K/30fps video with a recording speed of 100 Mbps and a shutter speed up to 1/8000 second. In addition, in order to retain more post-processing details, it adopts a new F-LOG mode and DNG raw image.

the Ambaralla professional image processor 

Real-time video transmission function

FIMI X8 SE adopts the second generation of high definition digital video transmission system of TDMA. With the latest encoder and decoder, its video quality can be shot better and the delay lower. Strong anti-jamming performance and adaptive stream bit rate technology increase the image transmission distance to 5 km.

the digital video transmission system of TDMA 

Longer flying time

In order to make it stay in the air longer, it adopts the aerodynamic design, efficient engine, propeller, and high-density smart lithium batteries. In addition, compared with the Mi drone 4K, its noise has been reduced by 7dBm.

the aerodynamic design 

Powerful flight planning shooting functions

It has powerful flight planning shooting functions such as task settings, flight settings, Map settings, and so on. You can easily set these flight plannings via the dedicated APP on your smartphone. All of these features will offer you customized and fun flying experience.

flight planning shooting functions 

Various remote controllers

It can be compatible with all types of mobile phones. Even the iPad Mini can control it. So you don't need to buy an extra remote controller.

remote controllers 

Visual tracking system

Because of the powerful artificial intelligence technology of the visual tracking system, it can always accurately locate the target.

Visual tracking system 

GPS + GLONASS dual-star positioning system

The GPS+GLONASS dual-star positioning system is adopted to make hover more accurate and positioning faster. With a front main camera and a bottom camera, the FIMI X8 SE drone can still hover steadily even if it flies in the GPS-denied environment.

GPS + GLONASS dual-star positioning system 

Many protection functions for safer flight

FIMI X8 SE has many protections for a safer flight, including the Return to Home, Dual IMU Systems, GPS Real-time, Automatically Hover When Approaching No-fly Zone, Low-battery Reminding for Return, Wind Warming, Excessive Power Warning, and so on. I have tried all of them, and I feel that they are really useful.

Many protection functions 

SAR (Search And Rescue ) mode

FIMI X8 SE features a SAR mode for rescue. It has a portable and light design, a remote video system and a flight time as high as 33 minutes, which are very helpful for the rescue missions.

SAR (Search And Rescue ) mode 

Bottom line

Coming with rich features and excellent performance, the Xiaomi FIMI X8 SE RC drone is just priced at $499 on GearBest, which really offers good value for money. Therefore, if you are a drone enthusiast and don't have enough budget, this FIMI X8 SE RC drone is a good choice for you.      


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