Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 vs JJRC X12 Aurora Camera Drone Comparison

Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 vs JJRC X12 Aurora Camera Drone Comparison

In this article we compare the specs and features of the Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 and the JJRC X12 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.

If you want to see a side by side comparison table of the two camera drones, head to the bottom of this review.

Spec Comparison of the Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 and the JJRC X12 Aurora

In this comparison we compare the brand new for 2020, the Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 and the 2019 release, JJRC X12 Aurora, which is also known as the Eachine EX4 camera drone.

There is a price difference of about $150 between the two camera drones, with the JJRC X12 costing $250 depending on where you look and the Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 costs $449 at the time of release

Physical Comparison

They are both folding drones, with the Fimi being slightly larger when folded up by 1cm.

All other dimensions are much bigger on the Fimi too, meaning that the volume of the two camera drones is quite different with the Fimi X8 SE 2020 taking up 1.5L and the JJRC X12 is less than 1L, at 924cm cubed.

The weight difference is quite large, with the Fimi X8 SE 2020 weighing in at 765 grams compared to the lighter JJRC X12 which is 437 grams ready to fly.

Performance Comparison

There is a large difference in flight speed between the two camera drones. 

The Fimi X8 SE 2020 is capable of speeds up to 65kmh and the JJRC X12 is only capable of 21kmh, that means the Fimi is three times faster in the air, which is better suited to following subjects on the ground.

This continues on with the ascent and descent speeds, with the Fimi capable of 5m/s ascent speed and 4m/s descent speed. The JJRC is only capable of 2m/s ascent and 1m/s descent speed, which is much slower.

You do get a slightly larger transmission distance of 9km for the JJRC X12 Aurora of 9km. The Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 is capable of 8km transmission distance.

For their flight times you get an incredible 35 minutes for the Fimi and 25 minutes for the JJRC X12 Aurora. That is a 10 minute improvement over the smaller camera drone which is similar to the Eachine EX4.

Photo and Video Comparison

The two camera drones both share the same field of view, of 80 degrees, this means the will both see the same image and area from the same location in the sky.

The bitrate on the Fimi X8 SE 2020 is much higher at 100 mbps compared to that of 60 mbps for the JJRC. This does not mean better quality but an indicator of how big the files will be when you record video.

The image sensor sizes are also much different, with the Fimi using a 1/2.6" sized image sensor compared to the 1/3.2" of the JJRC which is much smaller.

In fact, it is 1.08mm smaller diagonally, which isn't that much when the image sensors are around 6-7mm in size.

They both take 12 mp photos but the Fimi is capable of RAW photography and saves DNG file as well as JPG photos.

They are also both 4K video cameras and record at 30 fps in that resolution.

If you require slow motion footage, the Fimi is capable of 100fps at 1080p which means better slowmo video compared to the 60fps of the JJRC X12.

You also get HDR video and F-Log flat profile with the Fimi X8 SE 2020, and just regular video recording with the JJRC X12/Eachine EX4.

Both camera drones use a 3-axis gimbal to stabilize their footage so you will get smooth video throughout their flights.

Summary

If you are looking for a budget camera drone, either of these options are great to start off with.

The Fimi X8 SE 2020 is packed with more features, is quicker and flies for longer.

But the JJRC X12 and Eachine EX4 is smaller and capable of recording decent footage for a beginner aerial photographer and drone film maker.

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Image xioami fimi x8 se 2020 camera drone jjrc x12 aurora camera drone
Title Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 Drone Specs JJRC X12 Aurora Drone Specs
Price $449 $250
Video reviews
Release Date 4 months 3 weeks ago 1 year 4 months ago
Manufacturer Xiaomi Fimi JJRC

Physical Specs

Physical Specs

Diagonal Distance 210mm 200mm
Dimensions (smallest) 204 × 106 × 72 mm 177 × 95 × 55 mm
Volume Size 1556cm³ 924cm³
Controller Type remote controller and smart phone remote controller and smart phone
Controller Dimensions 203 × 91 × 46 mm
Controller Volume Size 849cm³
Weight 765grams 437grams
Controller Weight 370 grams
Drone & Controller Combined Volume 2405cm³
Drone & Controller Combined Weight 1135 grams
Size medium small
Physical Features folding arms folding arms

Performance Specs

Performance Specs

Max Speed 65kmh 21kmh
Max Ascent Speed 8m/s 2m/s
Max Descent Speed 4m/s 1m/s
Max Wind Speed 50kmh
Max Flight Altitude 500m 1500m
Transmission Distance 8 km 9 km
Flight Time 35 minutes 25 minutes
Noise Level 68 decibels
Charge Time 210 minutes 180 minutes
Uptime Score (Charge Time / Battery Life) 14/100 12/100
Flight Distance (Speed X Flight Time) 37.91km 8.75km
Positioning Sensor optical flow, GPS, GLONASS, BEIDUO GPS, GLONASS

Photo and Video Specs

Photo and Video Specs

Focal Length 26mm
Field of View 80° 80°
Max Bitrate 100 Mbps 60 Mbps
Image Sensor
Image Sensor Size 1/2.6" Inch 1/3.2" Inch
Image Sensor Size Diagonal 7.04mm 5.94mm
Photo Resolution 12mp 12mp
Slow mo (1080p) 3x 2x
Slowest FPS (1080p) 100fps 60fps
Best Video Resolution 4k 4k
Flight Modes cinematic mode, normal mode, search and rescue normal mode
Image Format DNG, JPEG, raw JPEG
Image Processor Hisilicon 3559 v200
Obstacle Avoidance none downward
Photo Modes HDR, interval, manual ISO, manual shutter speed, night shot, panorama, single shot single shot
Resolution and FPS Pairings 1080p 100fps, 1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 2.7k 30fps, 2.7k 60fps, 4k 30fps 1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps
Auto Shot Modes circle, dronie, fixed wing, helix, rocket, waypoint active track, orbit, return to home, waypoint
Tracking Modes active track, active track parallel, point of interest active track
Video Format F-log, MP4 MP4
Zoom digital digital
Video Modes HDR, video video
Image Stabilization 3 axis gimbal 3 axis gimbal
Pros
  • 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
  • The sensor size has dropped in size from 1/2.3" to 1/2.6" from the X8 SE 2018 version drone
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