Compactness — this is the quality that a modern selfie drone should have in the first place. Zero UAV went further and offered their own view of how they see the drone, the purpose of which is photo and video shooting in selfie format. This drone closely intertwines compactness, style, simplicity and incomparable shooting quality in the UAV niche. Without exaggeration, one of the best selfie drones is the XIRO Xplorer Mini.
- Positioning: GPS/GLONASS + ultrasonic and optical sensors
- Folding design
- brushless motors
- 13MP FHD camera
- 3‑axis electronic image stabilization
- Low battery protection
- Signal loss protection
- Intelligent Flight Modes
- RTH mode
- Max. flight time 15 min
- Max. flight range 100 m
The manufacturer offers two kit options. Since they do not have an official name, we will call them both a small set and a large set. In a large set, one more battery and the so-called “Travel Case” or travel case will be added, made in two colors — light gray and dark gray.
The small kit will include:
- Drone XIRO Xplorer Mini
- Smart Battery 3S 11.4V 1650mAh 18.81Wh LiPo
- 4 × rotors
- 4 × rotor protection
- Power supply 220V for memory
- USB cable
- Instructions and illustrations for the first start
Ultrasonic sensor + photosensor
Auto take off / auto landing function:
Intelligent flight modes:
Video recording modes:
Maximum photo resolution:
smart 3S 11.4V 1650mAh 18.81Wh LiPo
Return home function:
Low battery/Loss of connection
Max flight time
Max. flight altitude:
Range of flight:
Max. takeoff speed:
Max. sink rate:
Max. horizontal flight speed:
About the product
The workmanship of the Xplorer Mini is top notch. The construction of the drone is solid, there is no hint of squeaky plastic and it seems that it takes a lot of effort to break its integrity. The folding mechanism of the beams, without any backlash, is tight and in the flight position is fixed with a characteristic click.
Next, it is worth noting the design, here the developer tried. Special attention is paid to the panel covering the battery of the drone. The yellow multi-structured pattern noticeably distinguishes the quad from a number of any other UAVs. Moreover, if you get bored with the color of the panel, the manufacturer will offer you other options for personalizing the drone to choose from, which is good news.
The design of the XIRO Xplorer Mini became the best, for which it received an authoritative design award — the Red Dot Design Award 2016. Awarded by the European Design Institute in Essen (Germany).
The Xplorer Mini quadcopter is equipped with Zero UAV brushless motors. The developer does not specify information about performance. Nevertheless, the potential of the power plant is quite enough to complete the tasks.
The Xplorer Mini has a 13MP fisheye camera with a 190° field of view. The video quality is in line with the 1920 × 1080p specification at 30 fps and will satisfy any selfie. I would like to immediately note the high-quality work of electronic image stabilization (EIS), if the quad freezes, then sometimes it seems that the picture just froze. In flight, there is no hint of vibration and jelly, the quality of stabilization can be compared with the Parrot Bebop 2. The camera can shoot photographic material at a maximum resolution of 4208 × 3120.
The Xplorer Mini comes with a 1650mAh intelligent 3‑cell Lithium Polymer battery. I would like to immediately attribute the presence of an indication of the current battery charge to the pluses. We were also pleased with the flight time, according to the manufacturer’s specification, it is 15 minutes. In practice, the time spent in flight did not decrease much and averaged about 13 minutes, which is commendable for a selfie drone.
Thanks to the feedback between the controller and the battery, the pilot does not have to worry about the battery charge at all. Electronics will warn him in advance of a discharged battery. But, if this warning is ignored for some reason, the drone will automatically switch to the return home mode and return to the take-off place on its own.
Complete with XIRO Xplorer Mini you will not find classical equipment, its role will be played by a smartphone / tablet running on IOS or Android. After installing the Xiro Xplorer app, the pilot will need to pair the drone with the device, which takes only a few minutes and the quad is ready to go. In such a tandem, the drone confidently moves away to a distance of up to 100 meters, which is an indicative distance for a drone selfie.
The flight controller is based on the Qualcomm APC2878 processor. The live image from the camera will be displayed in 720p resolution.
Intelligent Flight Modes
The pilot has 2 modes of autonomous flight at his disposal:
- follow me – the drone classically follows the smartphone.
- follow snap — the drone follows the object that was pointed to it.
In the XIRO Xplorer Mini test, it showed itself exclusively on the positive side. Due to dual positioning, the drone has outstanding accuracy and stability even in noticeable wind.
Management is intuitive. It reacts calmly and accurately to movement with virtual sticks. Three control options are available: Safe control mode (similar to button control) / Free control mode (similar to classic stick control) / Motion control modes (smartphone tilt control).
He worked without remarks in the intelligent modes “Follow me” and “Follow snap”. In “Follow me” mode, the “Self-Circling” function is available. By activating this function, the drone will dutifully fly around the paired mobile device, no remarks were found in the work.
I liked the IOS mode or simply the modified “Headless” mode. When it is activated, the green LEDs begin to blink with a more frequent amplitude. I liked the “Save mode/Fast mode” drone activity modes. They are radically different from each other and will be very useful for different levels of pilots.
Reliably performs auto return with subsequent landing when the battery level is low, as well as when the signal is lost. Carries out landing with amazing accuracy and without remarks. In the flight time declared by the manufacturer (15 minutes), the Xplorer Mini practically met, it was 13 minutes, which is very good.
As for the quality of shooting, we can say the following: excellent work of electronic stabilization, no vibration and jelly. Video quality corresponds to the declared 1080p. The quality of the photographic material will satisfy any selfie.
If during the flight an incoming call is received on the smartphone, the user will be able to answer it without any fear that something will happen to the drone, the quad will simply freeze waiting for commands.
The XIRO Xplorer Mini selfie drone is sold both through official network resources and developer stores, and through Internet trading platforms at a price of 100$—135$.
Xiro Mini from $100
- GPS/GLONASS positioning + ultrasonic and optical sensors
- stackable beams
- brushless motors
- 13MP FHD camera
- EIS work
- Intelligent Flight Modes
- Flight time
- Social media support
- Doesn’t shoot in 4K
- No analog control equipment (even with optional accessories)
One of the best selfie drones right now. In the test, it showed the exact correspondence of the parameters declared in the manufacturer’s specification. Stylish, compact, easy to use, one of the best selfie drone cameras available with exponential image stabilization, ready to fly out of the box. If you are looking for a selfie drone, then this model is worth paying attention to. Age limit 14+.
Photo of XIRO Xplorer Mini selfie drone.
Video with selfie drone XIRO Xplorer Mini.