Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 vs UpAir 2 Ultrasonic 3D Camera Drone Comparison

Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 vs UpAir 2 Ultrasonic 3D Camera Drone Comparison

In this article we compare the specs and features of the Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 and the UpAir 2 Ultrasonic 3D 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 UpAir 2 Ultrasonic 3D

This is a comparison of two very different camera drones, the Fimi X8 SE 2020 is a folding arm camera drone for aerial photography and film making.

The UpAir 2 Ultrasonic 3D is a fixed wing quadcopter which resembles the style of a DJI Phantom.

The Fimi was released in the last few weeks with the UpAir being released early in 2019, so just over a year old.

The price is very similar between the two camera drones, between $399 and $499 depending on where you look online.

Physical Comparison

The physical dimensions of these two camera drones are very different. Because of the folding arms on the Fimi, it means it can be folded way to a size of 21cm in diagonal length and 10cm wide, when looking from above. It is only 7cm in height when all folded up too.

The UpAir 2 is much larger, because it doesn't fold away, it is 43cm by 36cm when looking at from above and 25cm tall.

This makes the volume of the UpAir 2 Ultrasonic 3D nearly 4L in size, compared to the 1.5L of the Fimi X8 SE 2020.

There is also a considerable difference in weight too, with the UpAir 2 weighing nearly double that of the Fimi X8 SE 2020.

The Fimi X8 SE 2020 weighs 765 grams ready to fly and the UpAir 2 weighs 1350 grams.

Performance Comparison

These two drones have great performance features and to start off both have decent max top speeds.

The Fimi is capable of speeds up to 65kmh, whilst the UpAir 2 is slightly slower but also capable of decent top speeds of 50kmh.

Ascent and descent speeds a little better on the Fimi, with a 5m/s ascent speed and a 4m/s descent speed.

The UpAir 2 falls short a little here and is slightly slower, with a 4m/s ascent and a 2m/s descent speed.

The transmission distance is not as good as the Fimi either, UpAir 2 is capable of 2km transmission distance.

The Fimi has one of the best transmission distances on the market, capable of up to 8km.

Same with the flight time, Fimi are pushing this features capabilities with a 35 minute flight time. Compared to 24 minutes for the UpAir 2 Ultrasonic 3D.

Photo and Video Comparison

We don't have all the details on the UpAir 2 and missing the sensor model information for the Fimi.

The UpAir 2 actually has a larger image sensor, infact it uses multiple sensors to create the 3D photos and video and uses two 1/2.3" sized image sensors in its camera.

These are slightly larger than the Fimi which uses a 1/2.6" sized image sensor.

Both take 12MP photos and are 4K video ready camera drones.

At 1080p the Fimi can record frame rates of up to 100 fps and the UpAir 2 is only capable of 60fps, which means if slow motion footage is required you are better off with the Fimi X8 SE 2020.

The UpAir 2 Ultrasonic 3D does have 2 camera sensors though which means that 3D footage can be recorded if that is required and one of the only camera drones on the market that we know about with this feature.

The Fimi can also take DNG and RAW photos, whilst the UpAir 2 is limited to JPEG photography.

You also get HDR and f-log flat profile video recording with the Fimi, and neither of these with the UpAir 2.

Both use a 3-axis gimbal to smooth their cameras footage and recording in the air.

Summary

You have two very solid options here in terms of photo and video features, both offering completely different things.

If you want portability, the Fimi X8 SE 2020 is the drone for you, it has 1080p with slow motion and 4K video recording.

The UpAir 2 Ultrasonic 3D can take 3D photos and videos which is a unique feature not found anywhere else on any camera drone we are aware of.

It is bulkier and slighty more expensive but not by much.

Image xioami fimi x8 se 2020 camera drone upair 2 ultrasonic 3d camera drone
Title Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 Drone Specs Upair 2 Ultrasonic 4K and 3D Drone Specs
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Price $449 $499
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Release Date 3 months 2 weeks ago 1 year 7 months ago
Manufacturer Xiaomi Fimi UPair

Physical Specs

Physical Specs

Diagonal Distance 210mm 355mm
Dimensions (smallest) 204 × 106 × 72 mm 435 × 360 × 253 mm
Volume Size 1556cm³ 39619cm³
Controller Type remote controller and smart phone remote controller and smart phone
Controller Dimensions 203 × 91 × 46 mm
Controller Volume Size 849cm³
Weight 765grams 1350grams
Controller Weight 370 grams
Drone & Controller Combined Volume 2405cm³
Drone & Controller Combined Weight 1135 grams
Size medium large
Physical Features folding arms

Performance Specs

Performance Specs

Max Speed 65kmh 50kmh
Max Ascent Speed 8m/s 4m/s
Max Descent Speed 4m/s 2m/s
Max Wind Speed 50kmh
Max Flight Altitude 500m 1500m
Transmission Distance 8 km 2 km
Flight Time 35 minutes 24 minutes
Noise Level 68 decibels
Charge Time 210 minutes
Uptime Score (Charge Time / Battery Life) 14/100
Flight Distance (Speed X Flight Time) 37.91km 20.00km
Positioning Sensor optical flow, GPS, GLONASS, BEIDUO

Photo and Video Specs

Photo and Video Specs

Focal Length 26mm 26mm
Field of View 80°
Max Bitrate 100 Mbps
Image Sensor
Image Sensor Size 1/2.6" Inch 1/2.3" Inch
Image Sensor Size Diagonal 7.04mm 7.66mm
Photo Resolution 12mp 12mp
Slow mo (1080p) 3x 2x
Slowest FPS (1080p) 100fps 60fps
Best Video Resolution 4k
Flight Modes cinematic mode, normal mode, search and rescue ATTI mode, 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 4k 30fps
Auto Shot Modes circle, dronie, fixed wing, helix, rocket, waypoint active track, return to home
Tracking Modes active track, active track parallel, point of interest active track
Video Format F-log, 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
User Guide Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE 2020 Drone User Guide Manual PDF Download

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