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Xiaomi MI drone, good bad or ugly
« on: September 04, 2017, 19:45:38 »
So in the quest for a replacement for DJI i stumble across the MI 4k gimbal drone, at first glance it looks to be a viable replacement for my P3s, but is it good, is it bad or just plain ugly, can any one give there thoughts on this


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Re: Xiaomi MI drone, good bad or ugly
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2017, 15:24:19 »
I think i can answer my question myself......ugly, looking on youtube it seems to have a design fault allowing the battery to work its way out in flight, rules this one out
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Re: Xiaomi MI drone, good bad or ugly
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2017, 17:47:31 »
You never heard of duct tape??? :laugh:
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Re: Xiaomi MI drone, good bad or ugly
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2017, 18:25:12 »
You never heard of duct tape??? :laugh:

I might be wrong, but do i detect a tiny bit of cynicism  ::)
I dont want to buy a drone to then have to duck tape the lipo in, as you can tell this is the quest to try to break free from DJI, but i keep coming back to thinking the new P3 SE will be perfect......other than stress cracks and dodgy firmware  ;)
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Re: Xiaomi MI drone, good bad or ugly
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2017, 23:29:32 »
I might be wrong, but do i detect a tiny bit of cynicism  ::)
I dont want to buy a drone to then have to duck tape the lipo in, as you can tell this is the quest to try to break free from DJI, but i keep coming back to thinking the new P3 SE will be perfect......other than stress cracks and dodgy firmware  ;)
Why would you buy a drone when you can build your own?
Exactly to your specification and will do exactly what you want it to do...
the tech is out there do with it what you want..   ::)
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Re: Xiaomi MI drone, good bad or ugly
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2017, 05:23:39 »
Why would you buy a drone when you can build your own?
Exactly to your specification and will do exactly what you want it to do...
the tech is out there do with it what you want..   ::)
I have looked into another self build, but the cost of a camera and gimbal that can match even the P3s just takes the job over budget
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Re: Xiaomi MI drone, good bad or ugly
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2017, 10:32:54 »
Hi Apollo7,

First post here...

I actually signed up to this forum after buying my Xiaomi 4k drone a couple of weeks ago. I've had a few other smaller, toy type drones but wanted to get a decent camera type. I've got a friend with a DJI3 and have flow his a bunch of times and was really impressed with pretty much everything about it.

When I decided to buy my own, but didn't want to spend at least £1000 on a DJI4, I found the Xiaomi 4k for £330.

This drone is not as refined as the DJI but I'd say it's probably 85% as good in every way...at about 1/3 or better the price.
I've now flown it a dozen times in good and not so good weather and have absolutely no complaints...yet. The quality of the 4k video is excellent and it couldn't be easier to control. The battery does not come loose. That appears to be something that has happened to a very small number of people. (way more people post problems rather than successes) It's available regularly for around £300 which means you could literally destroy it 3 times before you've gotten into the DJI4 costs.

It's not a DJI but it's not bad either.

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Re: Xiaomi MI drone, good bad or ugly
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2017, 16:44:35 »
good to hear from a happy customer, on paper it looks good, have you had any issue`s with the App, and what sort of range are you getting
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Re: Xiaomi MI drone, good bad or ugly
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2017, 10:05:55 »
I'm new to having what could be considered a decent drone so I'm taking it slowly. It's mainly because I don't want to go crazy with it and find it does have some kind of issue. With this in mind I've only run it out to around 400 meters so far. Some of this is to do with the weather recently but mainly because I'm a bit nervous about letting it get too far away. I've seen numerous videos where the range is good out to well over a kilometre. I don't see any reason to doubt that at this point.

The app is working as shown on all the videos I've watched. The drone no longer comes with the "Beginner Mode" locked on either. This means you have access to all the features immediately. I have read just in the last couple of days that there is an update that may cause an issue with the way the 4k is recorded. I don't know for sure if it's a problem as I haven't had that update yet.  The good news is that the updates don't seem to be mandatory and I may hold off on it until I hear other reports.

For me, the cost/feature ratio was just too good to ignore. Will it be too good to be true? Time will tell, but so far so good.