Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 vs Skydio 2 Camera Drone Comparison

Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 vs Skydio 2 Camera Drone Comparison

In this article we compare the specs and features of the Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 and the Skydio 2 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 Skydio 2

This is a comparison between the Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 which costs around $449 brand new and the Skydio 2 which retails at just over double that at $999.

They are both brand new for 2020 camera drones with them being released this summer.

They are also both very different types of camera drone, the Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 is a full manual camera drone for aerial photography and film making.

Whilst the Skydio 2 is set up more as an active tracking personal camera drone for your own adventures.

Physical Comparison

The Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 is a folding arm camera drone, whilst the Skydio 2 has fixed arms which means their physical volume is much different in their smallest forms.

The Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 can be folded to 21cm in length and 10cm wide and have a total volume of just 1.5L.

The Skydio 2, because of it's fixed arms has a dimension of 22 by 27cm when looked at from below or above and this gives it a much larger volume of 4.5L. This is still possible to put in a backpack though because you can use your own smart phone to control the drone which saves a tonne of space when you figure this in.

The two drones are actually identical in their weight and both come in between 765 and 775 grams, just 10 grams between the two, ready to fly.

Performance Comparison

Here we look at the performance comparisons of the two camera drones.

The first is the max speed, which is slightly different between the two, but both are relatively fast aerial photography drones.

The Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 just edges it with a top speed of 65kmh in sport mode.

The Skydio 2 is capable of speeds of up to 58kmh, which means it is only 7 kmh slower at the top end.

In high winds, they should both be ok, with the Xiaomi Fimi being capable of tolerating max winds and gusts of 50kmh and the Skydio 2 just 10kmh lower at winds of 40kmh.

In terms of transmission distance, the Fimi does far better than the Skydio 2. It is capable of up to 8km transmission in perfect conditions and no signal issues.

The Skydio 2 is claimed to have a 3km transmission distance.

It also has a much shorter flight time, of 23 minutes. This makes it one of the lowest in terms of flight time of camera drones released in the last 2 years.

The Fimi X8 SE 2020 has a magnificent flight time of 35 minutes.

They are near identical in terms of noise level, being 68 and 70 decibels, so virtually nothing in it when they are both taking off at head height.

You get an amazing number of obstacle avoidance features with the Skydio 2 that you just don't get with the Fimi. It is touted as one of the worlds best camera drones for obstacle avoidance and that is its main feature set so that users can use it to film themselves.

The Fimi X8 SE 2020 does have active tracking though, along with other smart shooting modes.

Photo and Video Comparison

From the off, both camera drones record video at a bitrate of 100 mbps, which means high bitrate video files and larger sizes.

The Skydio uses a larger and more commonly used image sensor size of 1/2.3", in the Sony IMX577, compared to the image sensor size of 1/2.6" used by the Fimi.

Both camera drones take 12MP photos and can save in both JPEG and RAW DNG files. If you are looking to get in to aerial photography, these are both solid options for sky photography.

For videography you get 1080p with slow motion frame rates and 4K video. The Skydio 2 is capable of 4K at 60fps whilst the Fimi can only do 30fps at this resolution.

You get H.264 and H.265 with both cameras and can record HDR video with the Fimi but not the Skydio 2.

Both camera drones use a 3-axis camera gimbal to smooth out their footage too.

Summary

If you're looking for a personal, vlogging or outdoor camera drone to follow you, you have to choose the Skydio 2, it is the best on the market for obstacle avoidance.

It is let down by it's size and lack of folding arms, but makes up for it with your phone being the controller.

If you don't need obstacle avoidance and one of the best tracking camera drones on the market, you can save over $500 and get yourself a feature packed camera gimbal still, which has a 35 minute flight time and some of the best high wind speed tolerances of any film making drone.

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Title Skydio 2 Drone Specs Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 Drone Specs
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Price $999 $449
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Release Date 3 months 2 weeks ago 3 months 2 weeks ago
Manufacturer Xiaomi Fimi

Physical Specs

Physical Specs

Diagonal Distance 352mm 210mm
Dimensions (smallest) 223 × 273 × 74 mm 204 × 106 × 72 mm
Volume Size 4505cm³ 1556cm³
Controller Type remote controller and smart phone, remote controller only, smart phone only remote controller and smart phone
Controller Dimensions 203 × 91 × 46 mm
Controller Volume Size 849cm³
Weight 775grams 765grams
Controller Weight 370 grams
Drone & Controller Combined Volume 2405cm³
Drone & Controller Combined Weight 1135 grams
Size medium medium
Physical Features folding arms

Performance Specs

Performance Specs

Max Speed 58kmh 65kmh
Max Ascent Speed 8m/s
Max Descent Speed 4m/s
Max Wind Speed 40kmh 50kmh
Max Flight Altitude 500m
Transmission Distance 3 km 8 km
Flight Time 23 minutes 35 minutes
Noise Level 70 decibels 68 decibels
Charge Time 60 minutes 210 minutes
Uptime Score (Charge Time / Battery Life) 28/100 14/100
Flight Distance (Speed X Flight Time) 22.20km 37.91km
Positioning Sensor optical flow, GPS, GLONASS, BEIDUO

Photo and Video Specs

Photo and Video Specs

Focal Length 20mm 26mm
Field of View 80°
Max Bitrate 100 Mbps 100 Mbps
Image Sensor sony imx577
Image Sensor Size 1/2.3" Inch 1/2.6" Inch
Image Sensor Size Diagonal 7.04mm
Photo Resolution 12mp 12mp
Slow mo (1080p) 4x 3x
Slowest FPS (1080p) 120fps 100fps
Best Video Resolution 4k 4k
Flight Modes cinematic mode, normal mode, search and rescue
Image Format DNG, JPEG, raw DNG, JPEG, raw
Image Processor qualcomm QCS605 Hisilicon 3559 v200
Obstacle Avoidance backward, downward, forward, forward camera, omnidirectional none
Photo Modes interval, manual ISO, manual shutter speed, single shot HDR, interval, manual ISO, manual shutter speed, night shot, panorama, single shot
Resolution and FPS Pairings 1080p 120fps, 1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 4k 30fps, 4k 60fps 1080p 100fps, 1080p 30fps, 1080p 60fps, 2.7k 30fps, 2.7k 60fps, 4k 30fps
Auto Shot Modes boomerang, cable cam, dronie, rocket circle, dronie, fixed wing, helix, rocket, waypoint
Tracking Modes active track, point of interest active track, active track parallel, point of interest
Video Format H.264, H.265, MPEG-4 F-log, MP4
Zoom none digital
Video Modes video HDR, 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
User Guide Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 Drone User Guide Manual PDF Download

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