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Xiaomi FIMI X8 SE vs DJI Mavic Air:what are the difference?

Xiaomi FIMI X8 SE vs DJI Mavic Air:what are the difference?

By  Adan Flannigan 2019-07-23 13138 0

Xiaomi launched Xiaomi FIMI X8 in the beginning of 2019, which equipped with the same functions as the DJI Mavic Air. Pocket-sized, advanced features and superior video quality. In the fight between Xiaomi FIMI X8 SE and DJI Mavic Air, we will evaluate all the salient features of each drone and compare them.

Xiaomi FIMI X8 SE vs DJI Mavic Air 

Design : Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE is bigger than DJI Mavic Air

Xiaomi FIMI X8 SE vs DJI Mavic Air 

Xiaomi FIMI X8 SE has a portable and compact design. It is made of metal alloy that provides drone strength and impact resistance. It also features quiet propellers that reduce noise, and powerful enough LED lights that make it easy to detect the direction it is pointing in.

DJI Mavic Air is different from the Xiaomi FIMI X8 SE drone. More attractive and small, it is super compact both when closed and when open.

Clearly, DJI has been very committed to stylistic research to create a unique drone that improves the untreated aesthetics of Mavic Pro.

Memory: Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE external storage is half than DJI Mavic Air

Both DJI drones Mavic Air and Xiaomi FIMI X8 SE have built-in microSD card slots. However, the difference between these two drones is that the DJI Mavic Air has an internal memory of 8 GB and can support a 128 GB micro SD card. This means that there is plenty of room to store photos and videos at maximum resolution.

The Xiaomi X8 SE has no internal memory capacity. However, it can support micro SD cards up to 64 GB which is basically is half of what DJI Mavic Air supports.

Propellers: DJI Mavic Air can't fold

 Xiaomi FIMI X8 SE vs DJI Mavic Air

Another big difference between Mavic Air and FIMI X8 SE are the propellers. In fact, the Mavic Air drone is equipped with 133m nonfolding propellers, thin and a bit noisy, while those of the FIMI X8 SE are 200mm (95mm when closed) folding and thicker.

Both propellers were designed aerodynamically but those of the FIMI X8 SE are much less noisy than the Mavic Air, in fact the noise produced by the latter is audible even while flying far enough from you, it looks like a swarm of angry bees because of the smaller size of the propeller.

Cooling system

Both the new FIMI X8 SE and Mavic Air are equipped with very efficient fan cooling systems and are able to dissipate all the heat produced during the flight. The heat that is generated comes out through the air vents at the back of these drones. It goes through the drone and the heat sink that does a great job. Flying in winter the heat produced may be irrelevant but if you use the drone in hot situations such as summer under the scorching sun you will realize how lucky you are to own a drone with an efficient temperature control system.

Speed: DJI Mavic Air is faster than Xiaomi FiMi X8 SE

When the obstacle avoidance function is active, the Mavic Air can go up to 32 km/h. However, since the FIMI X8 SE drone does not have this function, it has a maximum speed of 64km/h. When the obstacle avoidance function is deactivated, the DJI Mavic Air has a top speed of 68 km/h per hour which is only 4 km/h faster than the FIMI X8 SE drone.

Flight time: Xiaomi FiMi X8 SE is longer

Perhaps you will be surprised by the difference between the Mavic Air and the FIMI X8 SE drone is their flight time. The Mavic Air drone has a declared flight time of 21 minutes, but realistically, you will be able to fly for about 18 minutes with a return home and other safe flight measures.

The Xiaomi FIMI Xiaomi drone has 33 minutes flight time. Realistically, you will probably be able to drive the FIMI X8 SE drone for up to 29-30 minutes most of the time. This can be proven beneficial to aerial photographers who need a lot of time to do their projects without having to recharge their batteries frequently.

Zoom in: Xiaomi FiMi X8 SE can zoom in 3x

The Mavic Air has no zoom function. So, you're practically stuck with the wide angle. It's perfectly good for making landscape videos. If you want to separate the subject from the background, zooming is a good choice. In fact, the brand new FIMI X8 SE drone has the ability to zoom in without losing image quality up to 3x.

Collision Sensors: DJI Mavic Air is more safety

This is the most important part when it comes to comparing FIMI X8 SE vs Mavic Air.

Mavic Air is equipped with dual front sensors that are used to avoid forward obstacles. In addition, it has integrated rear obstacle sensors that provide protection while driving the drone backwards. It also has sensors on the bottom which was a huge improvement over the old Mavic Pro.

All these sensors send the data to the processor which then builds a 3D map within its environment. It is maintained during the flight operation and allows the drone to avoid obstacles. Sensors can detect any object including small tree branches. In total, it has seven built-in sensors that give you peace of mind.

The FIMI X8 SE drone does not have integrated obstacle avoidance sensors and this disappoints a bit but justifies the much lower price compared to the mavic Air. However, it is equipped with visual positioning systems that help safe landing and integrated GPS/GLONASS for intelligent functions.

Intelligent flight modes

When intelligent drones were introduced with GPS/GLONASS positioning systems, they were equipped with smart flight modes that make aerial shooting easy. It's no surprise that both FIMI X8 SE and Mavic Air include a wide range of intelligent flight modes.


Some of you might wonder what the hell Cineshot is all about. Basically, it is an intelligent flight mode that allows drones pilots to take advanced aerial shots that are otherwise very difficult to take manually. On Mavic Air, there are at least six different types to choose from.

On the FIMI X8 SE drone, there are four options to choose from: Rocket, Dronie, Circle and Spiral. What are two less options than what Mavic Air has: Boomerang and Asteroid.

It is important to remember, however, that usually it is the novice pilots who use the Cineshots, the more experienced and enamelled ones do not make much use of them also because in the long run they become boring and repetitive. For new drones users, these intelligent flight modes are incredibly useful to have.

A really useful function is active track, which is used to set the objective on a person or an object and follow its movements automatically. Both drones are capable of doing so even if the mavic Air is advantaged by having the anti collision sensors, in fact if pursuing the subject should run into an obstacle would try to act while the Fimi X8 If it can not do so.

Remote controls

Xiaomi FIMI X8 SE vs DJI Mavic Air 

Both drones are supplied with remote control without screen, you need to use your smartphone or tablet to take advantage of the full potential of the 2 quads. Both Mavic Air and Fimi X8 SE use an advanced Wi-Fi connection type that allows you to receive good video feedback even over long distances.

Xiaomi FIMI X8 SE vs DJI Mavic Air 

Both remote controls are suitable for almost all types of smartphones or tablets, but the solution found by FIMI, in our opinion, is much more comfortable.

Remote control distance

The difference between Mavic Air and FIMI X8 SE is there. For Mavic Air, it is unlikely to reach the maximum remote control distance as its flight autonomy is limited. Realistically, it is likely that you can fly up to 1.5km away and make a few shots of a few minutes and then return to base because of the low battery.

With the FIMI X8 SE drone, it is very easy to reach maximum distance thanks to its longer flight time.


If you have a limited budget, the FIMI X8 SE drone is the best option . It is cheaper and has the same stabilized camera as the Mavic Air.

FIMI X8 SE drone is a better choice for beginners and also for professional pilots who have experience and need more flight autonomy. It is equipped with many intelligent flight functions and is very reliable.

But some drone users put flight safety as their top priority, so it would be reasonable to aim for Mavic Air.

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