DJI Mavic Mini vs Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 Camera Drone Comparison

DJI Mavic Mini vs Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 Camera Drone Comparison

In this article we compare the specs and features of the DJI Mavic Mini and the Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 camera drones.

You can compare these two drones in more depth at our one of a kind drone comparisons tool, filter film making drones to narrow down features you want in an aerial photography drone and much more.

Specs Comparison of the DJI Mavic Mini and Xioami Fimi X8 SE 2020 Drones

Two very competitive looking drones on the face of it, both coming in between $400 and $500 brand new depending on where you buy them, if there is a sale or not.

Other than price and where they are made, these two drones are very different.

Both relatively new film making drones at just over 6 months since it's release for the DJI Mavic Mini and the Xiaomi X8 SE 2020 currently being released as pre-orders are sent out around the world.

As you would guess, when folded up, the diagonal size of the Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 is slightly bigger. It's dimensions are much bigger in general, being higher and wider than the Mavic Mini and thus, making the volume of the X8 SE 2020 well over twice the size.

This is respected in weight as well, with the Fimi X8 SE 2020 being almost exactly three times the weight at 765 grams, compared the the well known 249 grams of the Mini.

You get a slightly wider field of view on the DJI Mavic Mini by 3 degrees, compared to the 80 of the Fimi.

If you're after a faster film making drone, the Fimi X8 SE 2020 is almost 20kmh faster, which is rapid in comparison to the Mavic Mini.

This is also represented in the ascent and descent speeds, each being 1kmh faster.

Because of this, they can handle different wind speeds, but this is also because of their size too and the Fimi X8 SE 2020 can handle wind speeds of almost double that of the Mavic Mini.

This comparison seems to be working in halves and doubles, this time with the transmission victory going to the X8 SE 2020 camera drone at a max transmission of 8km.

This is handy as you may be further away with the drone when filming and you can get an extra 5 minutes out of it compared to the DJI Mavic Mini.

Charge time

This is a common size in action cameras, drones and cameras on smart phones. This does not mean it's better though, image sensor size has positives and negatives depending on what you want to do with the camera and the tech that is partnered with it.

For instance, you might get better low light with a larger sensor on a camera drone, but with a slightly smaller sensor you might get a better stabilization as the image can be cropped and electronic image stabilization can create an even smooth look on top of the 3 axis gimbal that both camera drones have.

Noise level of the Mavic Mini is 74 decibels at head height when taking off, but the Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 has a noise level of 68 decibels when taking off, which is considerably quieter than the Mavic Mini and many other film making drones.

They are both 3-axis camera drones and both amazing cameras from what we have seen and tried so far and the last comparison is that of sensors.

The Mavic Mini comes with GPS but you get optical flow, GPS, GLONASS and BEIDU with the X8 SE 2020 which means better satellite positioning and this should affect other features like tracking (which you get with the Fimi and not with the Mavic Mini) and return to home, etc.

When comparing the size of the two drones with their controllers as well, what is surprising is that the Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 is only twice the size of the Mavic Mini in total volume. This is taking in to account both drones arms folded in and their controller sat next to them.

The Mavic Mini has a total volume of 1176cm³ and a combined weight of just under 500 grams.

The Xioami Fimi X8 SE 2020 has a total volume of 2405cm³ which is a smidge over twice the volume and 1135grams combined weight of drone and controller.

This may seem large, but comparing that to most other camera drones on the market, this is a fantastic size and makes the Fimi X8 SE 2020 a fantastic offer in terms of portability yet still having a solid flying platform in higher winds.

Photo and Video Spec Comparison of the DJI Mavic Mini and the Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020

They both take 12mp photos and each have a host of photo modes to take advantage of.

If slow motion footage is your thing, then the Fimi X8 SE 2020 wins this round as it is capable of 90/100fps at launch in 1080p whilst the mini is only capable of 60fps. You may see this improve to 120fps for the X8 SE 2020 with firmware upgrades as well.

Continuing on with the photography features, you get full RAW photography modes and DNG photos out of the camera drone which means that you'll get bigger image files and more options for editing and saving over exposed or under exposed photographs.

Same with the video footage, you have the options of H.265 and F-Log with the X8 SE 2020 which means this drone is definitely more capable as a film making drone compared to the Mavic Mini which has MP4 video files and no cinelike, d-log or raw video formats being saved.

If video quality, or at least size of video files are important to you, the bitrate is more than double on the Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 at 100Mbps, similar to a lot of other 4k capable camera drones.

We are unaware of what each image sensor is in each aerial photography drone, but the image sensor size is slightly bigger, by about 0.5mm in diagonal length of that of the DJI Mavic Mini, which has a 1/2.3" image sensor size.

Summary

If you want a pocket sized camera drone for film making, the Mavic Mini is a solid choice, but watch out for high winds and obstacles.

The Fimi X8 SE 2020 is still very new and we're still learning about it, but it looks like a fantastic budget option for budding new film makers who want to give drone photography, aerial photography and film making with a drone a go.

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Title DJI Mavic Mini Drone Specs Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 Drone Specs
Buy
Price $499 $449
Video reviews
Release Date 6 months 4 weeks ago 4 days 15 hours hence
Manufacturer DJI Xiaomi Fimi
Diagonal Distance 213mm 229mm
Dimensions (smallest) 140 × 82 × 57 mm 204 × 106 × 72 mm
Volume Size 654cm³ 1556cm³
Weight 249grams 765grams
Size small medium
Field of View 83° 80°
Focal Length 24mm 26mm
Max Speed 46kmh 65kmh
Max Ascent Speed 4m/s 5m/s
Max Descent Speed 3m/s 4m/s
Max Wind Speed 28kmh 50kmh
Max Flight Altitude 3000m 500m
Transmission Distance 4 km 8 km
Flight Time 30 minutes 35 minutes
Charge Time 90 minutes 210 minutes
Uptime Score (Charge Time / Battery Life) 25/100 14/100
Flight Distance (Speed X Flight Time) 23.00km 37.91km
Max Bitrate 40 Mbps 100 Mbps
Image Sensor
Image Sensor Size 1/2.3" 1/2.6"
Image Sensor Size Diagonal 7.66mm 7.04mm
Noise Level 74 decibels 68 decibels
Photo Resolution 12mp 12mp
Slow mo (1080p) 2x 3x
Slowest FPS (1080p) 60fps 100fps
Best Video Resolution 2.7k 4k
Flight Modes cinematic mode, normal mode, position mode, sport mode cinematic mode, normal mode, search and rescue
Image Format JPEG DNG, JPEG, raw
Image Processor Hisilicon 3559 v200
Obstacle Avoidance none none
Photo Modes auto, interval, manual ISO, manual shutter speed, manual white balance, single shot HDR, interval, manual ISO, manual shutter speed, night shot, panorama, single shot
Physical Features folding arms folding arms
Resolution and FPS Pairings 1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 2.7k 30fps 1080p 100fps, 1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 2.7k 30fps, 2.7k 60fps, 4k 30fps
Auto Shot Modes circle, dronie, helix, rocket circle, dronie, fixed wing, helix, rocket, waypoint
Tracking Modes none active track, active track parallel, point of interest
Video Format H.264, MP4 F-log, MP4
Zoom none digital
Video Modes manual ISO, manual shutter speed, manual white balance, video HDR, video
Image Stabilization 3 axis gimbal 3 axis gimbal
Positioning Sensor GPS optical flow, GPS, GLONASS, BEIDUO
Controller Volume Size 522cm³ 849cm³
Controller Dimensions 145 × 80 × 45 mm 203 × 91 × 46 mm
Controller Weight 244 grams 370 grams
Drone & Controller Combined Volume 1176cm³ 2405cm³
Drone & Controller Combined Weight 493 grams 1135 grams
Controller Type remote controller and smart phone remote controller and smart phone
Pros
  • One of the smallest camera drones on the market
  • Under 250 grams 
  • Has manual ISO, manual shutter speed and white balance settings for recording videos
  • One of the cheapest camera drones you can buy with 4K video
  • Has raw photography features and can save photos as DNG
  • Is very stable in high winds
  • Compacts in to a nice rectangular shape
  • Over 30 minute flight time
Cons
  • No RAW image support for photos
  • Unstable in medium to strong winds
  • For DJI drones and their flying apps, you need specific phones on Android or iPhone 7 or later. We have tried multiple 64bit Android phones on Android 9 and still been unable to use their flying apps, so please check before purchasing.
  • The sensor size has dropped in size from 1/2.3" to 1/2.6" from the X8 SE 2018 version drone
User Guide DJI Mavic Mini User Guide Manual and PDF Download Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 Drone User Guide Manual PDF Download

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