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.
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.
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|
|Release Date||1 year 1 month ago||5 months 4 weeks ago|
|Dimensions (smallest)||140 × 82 × 57 mm||204 × 106 × 72 mm|
|Controller Type||remote controller and smart phone||remote controller and smart phone|
|Controller Dimensions||145 × 80 × 45 mm||203 × 91 × 46 mm|
|Controller Volume Size||522cm³||849cm³|
|Controller Weight||244 grams||370 grams|
|Drone & Controller Combined Volume||1176cm³||2405cm³|
|Drone & Controller Combined Weight||493 grams||1135 grams|
|Physical Features||folding arms||folding arms|
|Max Ascent Speed||4m/s||8m/s|
|Max Descent Speed||3m/s||4m/s|
|Max Wind Speed||28kmh||50kmh|
|Wind Resistance||level 4||level 6|
|Max Flight Altitude||3000m||500m|
|Transmission Distance||4 km||8 km|
|Flight Time||30 minutes||35 minutes|
|Noise Level||74 decibels||68 decibels|
|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|
|Positioning Sensor||GPS||optical flow, GPS, GLONASS, BEIDUO|
Photo and Video Specs
Photo and Video Specs
|Field of View||83°||80°|
|Max Bitrate||40 Mbps||100 Mbps|
|Image Sensor Size||1/2.3" Inch||1/2.6" Inch|
|Image Sensor Size Diagonal||7.66mm||7.04mm|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Video Modes||manual ISO, manual shutter speed, manual white balance, video||HDR, video|
|Image Stabilization||3 axis gimbal||3 axis gimbal|
|User Guide||DJI Mavic Mini User Guide Manual and PDF Download||Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 Drone User Guide Manual PDF Download|