The Fimi X8 Mini is an entry-level quadcopter that packs a big punch in features and performance. The camera enables 4K footage, and the battery supports 30 minutes of flying time — no less across an 8km range. It’s inexpensive, attractive, and lightweight enough to be classified as a toy quadcopter.
Fimi has built an excellent all-around solution with a simple but efficient companion app and a well-designed remote controller. With its foldable shape, you can put it in your backpack or purse every time you walk out for the day – just in case you come across something that needs to be shot or filmed from above. The battery’s USB Type-C connection allows it to be charged from any USB port as well.
The Fimi X8 Mini’s general design, which includes four folding rotor arms, a replaceable battery in the rear, and a camera positioned on a gimbal below the nose, is eerily similar to that of the DJI Mavic Mini and DJI Mini 2, two popular sub-250g drones. Folded down, the X8 Mini is just as portable as the DJI Mini 2, even though it’s noticeably flimsier and less expensive than the DJI’s sturdier construction.
Using a USB Type-C cable, you can charge the battery without removing it from the drone. This is a lovely touch. The battery can also be charged using a USB Type-C cable. A microSD card slot and a micro USB connector are included on the drone to store data and transmit photographs and movies directly to a computer.
When battery life is running low, the app will send you a notification, and you may use the return-to-home button to expedite the recovery process.
Takingoff and Landing Procedures:
Fimi X8 claims a possible transmission range of 8 kilometers for the X8 Mini. That’s a touch less than the DJI Mini 2’s 10km range. Still, the difference is somewhat moot since rules in many countries stipulate that a drone must be visible to the operator at all times while it is in flight, so anything beyond a few hundred meters is illegal.
During our testing, the controller, our iPhone, and the Fimi X8 Mini remained connected 99 percent of the time, except for a few meters distant when the drone lost communication (suggesting this drop had nothing to do with range). For safety, the app employs geofencing with no-fly zones around airports and other restricted places. It also features real-time GPS tracking to ensure the drone can go back home if the signal goes out.
Even though DJI’s domineering Fly app is much superior in terms of features, the Fimi Navi Mini software performs what it has to do in a neat and orderly method even though it’s less polished. Clean and uncluttered, with no unnecessary settings or menus to get in the way of using the app, and it never crashed on us throughout a flight.
With the app, you can set a tracking point around an on-screen item (like yourself) and have the drone fly an automated path while maintaining that thing in the center of its frame. The software also features a few more automatic flying modes.
The quality of the video and images:
The first few clips in our sample were taken in the regular color profile, while the final few were filmed JPEG or DNG raw formats may be used to capture images with a resolution of 12MP or 8MP. A lack of dynamic range “punch” is present in these videos, although it may be remedied in post-production if necessary. While the results aren’t as striking as the DJI Mini 2, they’re still decent for a bit of camera on a tiny drone.