FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.

FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased Potential. Extended Capabilities.

FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.
FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.

FIMI, thanks to which such suc­cess­ful UAV mod­els as FIMI A3 and FIMI X8 SE were born, launched a mod­i­fied ver­sion of the top drone — X8 SE 2020. Improve­ments affect­ed only the hard­ware part, there are not many of them, but they are all key, which allowed devel­op­ers to sig­nif­i­cant­ly improve the over­all poten­tial of the drone.

FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.

Improvements

List of improve­ments of the X8 SE 2020 ver­sion. The rest of the char­ac­ter­is­tics remain unchanged.

  • Reduced drone weight from 790 grams to 765 grams
  • Increased max­i­mum flight time from 33 min­utes to 35 min­utes
  • Expand­ed satel­lite posi­tion­ing by adding the Chi­nese Bei­dou sys­tem
  • A cam­era has been added to the com­plex of sen­sors of the drone posi­tion­ing sys­tem; increased oper­at­ing range of sen­sors up to 30 meters; improved posi­tion­ing accu­ra­cy with­out GPS.
  • Increased max. dis­tance FPV removal from 5 km to 8 km
  • Cam­era: Instead of a 1/2.3‑inch CMOS sen­sor built on Ambarel­la ISP, a 1/2.6‑inch sen­sor works in tan­dem with the top Hisil­i­con ISP chipset
  • Reduced focal length from 4.73mm to 3.54mm
  • Video shoot­ing: res­o­lu­tion changed in 2.7K mode; was: 2560 × 1440P, became: 2716 × 1524P; reduced frame rate in 720P mode: it was 200 fps, it became: 120/100 fps; reduced max. frame rate in 1080P mode: was 100 fps, now: 90 fps
  • Added HDR mode for pho­tos and videos
  • Added night mode “Night Shot” for shoot­ing in low light con­di­tions
  • Added H.265 codec
  • Fimi Navi mobile app 2020
  • For users of the 2020 ver­sion, the extend­ed Fimi Pre­mi­um Care war­ran­ty is avail­able, which allows, in case of loss of the drone as a result of a crash that made it impos­si­ble to con­tin­ue using the copter (no more than 2 times a year), you can get a new copy for $40. The cost of the extend­ed war­ran­ty is $15.

FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.

Peculiarities

All key fea­tures with improve­ments:

  • Weight 765 gr
  • Portable and fold­able design
  • Posi­tion­ing GPS + GLONASS + Bei­dou + visu­al posi­tion­ing sys­tem con­sist­ing of a low­er cam­era, opti­cal and ultra­son­ic sen­sors
  • 2 × EMU mod­ules
  • Brush­less pow­er plant
  • Quick release fold­ing rotors
  • Noise 7dBm
  • 12MP 4K cam­era built on a 1/2.6‑inch CMOS sen­sor, work­ing in tan­dem with a top-end Hisil­i­con ISP chipset
  • Pix­el size 1.55 µm
  • 3x dig­i­tal zoom
  • Image sta­bi­liza­tion: 3‑axis mechan­i­cal gim­bal
  • F‑Log and DNG RAW modes
  • Max. bitrate 100 Mbps
  • HDR mode for photo/video
  • Night shot mode
  • H.264/H.265 video com­pres­sion for­mat
  • Video stream­ing through the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion TDMA HD dig­i­tal sys­tem at a fre­quen­cy of 5.8 GHz
  • 720p video qual­i­ty
  • Max. removal dis­tance 8 km
  • Max. flight alti­tude 500 m (elec­tron­i­cal­ly lim­it­ed)
  • Max. flight speed 65 km/h
  • Max. flight time 35 min
  • Slid­ing design of con­trol equip­ment with remov­able sticks, allow­ing instal­la­tion from a smart­phone to a tablet the size of an iPad mini
  • 4 × pre-pro­grammed Cine shots
  • 3 × Intel­li­gent Object Track­ing Modes
  • Way­point flight mode with task sched­ul­ing
  • 3 × panora­ma shot options
  • 3 × Motion-lapse options that do not require post-pro­cess­ing
  • SAR mode
  • Con­trol of “No-Fly” zones
  • Fimi Navi mobile app 2020
  • Fimi Pre­mi­um Care Extend­ed War­ran­ty

The devel­op­er clar­i­fies that those cus­tomers who have already ordered the old ver­sion of the drone have pri­or­i­ty to receive the new ver­sion of the drone, and that they will be con­tact­ed by the sup­port ser­vice to dis­cuss the rel­e­vance and terms of the replace­ment.

Equipment

The updat­ed ver­sion is avail­able in two trim lev­els:

  1. Ver­sion X8 SE 2020
  2. X8 SE 2020 Ver­sion + Fimi Pre­mi­um Care Extend­ed War­ran­ty

FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.

Specification

Drone

Brand:

Xiao­mi FIMI

Model:

X8 SE 2020

Color:

White

Dimensions in flight condition:

20.4×10.6×7.26cm

Diagonal size:

372mm

The weight:

765gr

Max. takeoff speed:

18 km/h

Max. sink rate:

14 km/h

Max. horizontal flight speed:

64.8 km/h

Max. flight altitude:

500m

Max. ceiling above sea level:

8000m

Max. flight time:

35 min (with­out wind at a sta­ble speed of 28 km/h)

Wind resistance:

≤ 14 m/s

Satellite positioning:

GPS+GLONASS+Beidou

Touch positioning:

low­er cham­ber + opti­cal and ultra­son­ic sen­sors

Working range of sensors:

up to 30 m

Position holding accuracy:

Vertically:

± 0.1m (sup­port­ed by ultra­son­ic sen­sor)
± 0.5m (when satel­lite posi­tion­ing is active)

Horizontally:

± 1.5m

Food:

3S 11.4V 4500mAh 51.3Wh

Operating frequency range:

5.725 — 5.850GHz

Working temperature range:

0 — 40°С

FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.

Control equipment

Dimensions:

20.38×9.1×4.66cm

The weight:

370gr

Operating frequency range:

5.725 — 5.850GHz

Max. FPV Removal Distance:

8 kilo­me­ters

Food:

3.7V 3900mAh Li-ion

Charging port:

Micro USB

FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.

suspension

Controlled swivel range:

0° to ‑90°

Stabilization:

3‑axis mechan­i­cal

Angle Control Accuracy:

± 0.005°

FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.

Camera

Matrix:

1/2.6″ CMOS Sony IMX378

Chipset:

Hisil­i­con ISP (lat­est gen­er­a­tion)

Lens:

FOV 80°

Zoom:

3 × dig­i­tal

Diaphragm:

f2.0

Focal length:

3.54mm

Equivalent focal length:

26mm

Eff. pixels:

12 mil­lion

ISO range:

video:

100 — 3200

a photo:

100 — 1600

Shutter speed:

8 — 1/8000s

Max. bitrate:

100Mbps

Photo resolution:

12MP 4000×3000

Video resolution:

4K:

3840 × 2160 @ 24/25/30 fps

2K:

2716 × 1524 @ 24/25/30/50/60 fps

FHD:

1920×1080@24/25/30/50/60/90 fps

HD:

1280 × 720 at 100/120 fps

Video Compression Format:

H.264/H.265

File system:

FAT32/exFAT

Photo Format:

JPG; JPG+DNG

Video Format:

MP4

Memory card:

Micro SD (U3 or high­er) with a capac­i­ty of 8 — 64GB (rec­om­mend­ed San­disk, Kingston U3)

Charger

Rated output power:

13.05V 3A

rotors

Removal mechanism:

quick release

Length:

8.5 inch­es (21.59cm)

Mobile app

APP:

Fimi Navi 2020

Supported operating systems:

iOS/Android

Appearance

FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.

FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.

FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.

FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.

FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.

Camera and gimbal

On board the X8 SE 2020 is a mod­i­fied 12MP 4K cam­era built on a 1/2.6‑inch Sony IMX378 CMOS sen­sor (Pix­el size = 1.55μm) with f/2.0 aper­ture and dri­ven by the top-end Hisil­i­con ISP chipset. Installed in a 3‑axis mechan­i­cal gim­bal with an angu­lar con­trol accu­ra­cy of ± 0.005°. Pro­vides sta­bi­lized video record­ing at max­i­mum res­o­lu­tion: 3840 × 2160 at 24/25/30 fps. Record­ing at 100Mbps. Max. pho­to res­o­lu­tion: 4000 × 3000. The footage is stored on a pre-installed microSD card with a max­i­mum capac­i­ty of 64GB.

FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.

The devel­op­er has added the abil­i­ty to high­ly effi­cient­ly encode H.265 video to pre­serve qual­i­ty and detail while tak­ing up 40% less stor­age space than H.264/AVC video.

HDR mode

The mod­i­fied mod­el received sup­port for pho­to / video shoot­ing in HDR mode. Your footage will now look amaz­ing, retain­ing the orig­i­nal details, high­lights, and col­or tones of the select­ed scene or sub­ject.

FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.

Range of flight

The sen­si­tiv­i­ty of the sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion TDMA HD dig­i­tal sys­tem has been increased by 5dB, which has increased the FPV flight range from 5km to 8km.

FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.

Ultra portable design

FIMI X8 SE 2020 inher­its a light and com­pact body with the abil­i­ty to fold from its pre­de­ces­sor. The dimen­sions of the X8 when fold­ed are 73×106×204mm, mak­ing it easy to car­ry in a small back­pack.

FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.

Control equipment

The portable remote con­trol has also not under­gone any changes. Its orig­i­nal and ergonom­ic design pro­vides the most con­ve­nient and com­fort­able grip, and remov­able sticks make the con­trol equip­ment as com­pact and portable as pos­si­ble. The remote is still com­pat­i­ble with all smart­phones and tablets such as the iPad Mini.

FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.

FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.

Flight duration

The drone’s effi­cient aero­dy­nam­ic design, lighter body, high-effi­cien­cy motors and pro­pellers, com­bined with an intel­li­gent high-per­for­mance LiPo bat­tery, result­ed in a longer flight time of 35 min­utes.

FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.

smart modes

The auto­mat­ic flight and shoot­ing modes have remained unchanged for the X8 2020 ver­sion. The user has 5 dif­fer­ent modes for dif­fer­ent pur­pos­es, allow­ing you to eas­i­ly receive cin­e­mat­ic con­tent from the air.

FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.

Cine Shot

The mode offers the user 4 options for per­form­ing auto­mat­ic aer­i­al pho­tog­ra­phy with a cin­e­mat­ic com­po­si­tion in one tap:

  1. Rocket

    – the drone flies ver­ti­cal­ly upwards and shoots under itself.

  2. Dronie

    — the drone takes off from the bot­tom up at an angle, focus­ing on the sub­ject for shoot­ing.

  3. Circle

    – the drone per­forms a cir­cu­lar flight around the object for shoot­ing.

  4. Spiral

    – the drone per­forms a cir­cu­lar flight around a giv­en object for shoot­ing, mov­ing away along a spi­ral tra­jec­to­ry.

Follow modes

The user has 3 options for track­ing an object for shoot­ing:

FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.

  1. Trace

    – tracks an object from dif­fer­ent angles

  2. lock

    – tracks an object from a giv­en angle

  3. Profile

    — fol­lows an object par­al­lel to its move­ment

Waypoint flight

The “Flight plan­ning shoot­ing” mode with the abil­i­ty to plan tasks allows the user to plan not only the flight, but also set points of inter­est (POI) on which the drone’s cam­era will focus when per­form­ing auto­mat­ic flight.

FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.

panoramic shooting

There are 3 options for panora­ma shoot­ing in auto­mat­ic mode:

FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.

  1. Pano-180°
  2. Pano Hor­i­zon­tal
  3. Pano ver­ti­cal

Time Lapse

FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.

The mode allows you to real­ize pro­fes­sion­al time-lapse shoot­ing in one tap with­out the need for post-pro­cess­ing. Three ver­sions are avail­able:

night shot

The redesigned X8SE 2020 drone is equipped with a Hisil­i­con chipset and pow­er­ful AI algo­rithm to pro­vide the best noise reduc­tion, pre­serv­ing vivid details in every shot. Now you can take your drone with you to cap­ture the beau­ty of the night.

FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.

SAR mode

SAR (Search and Res­cue) — Pro­vides access to 3x dig­i­tal zoom and real-time GPS posi­tion of the air­craft’s cur­rent posi­tion. Cou­pled with an increased flight dura­tion of up to 35 min­utes and an increased flight range of up to 8 kilo­me­ters, the use of a drone in search and res­cue activ­i­ties has become even more rel­e­vant.

FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.

APP

The new, more intu­itive inter­face of the FIMI NAVI 2020 appli­ca­tion allows you to eas­i­ly con­nect the remote con­trol to any mobile device with OTG sup­port, no com­pli­cat­ed set­tings. You can even share live footage with your friends via social plat­forms.

FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.

Precise positioning system

GPS and GLONASS satel­lite posi­tion­ing sys­tems pro­vide the drone with pre­cise hov­er­ing and fast posi­tion­ing. Now the sen­sor posi­tion­ing sys­tem has a cam­era in its arse­nal, and the oper­at­ing range of the sen­sors has been extend­ed to 30 meters to ensure that the drone hov­er is impres­sive­ly sta­ble even with­out a GPS sig­nal.

FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.

Price

The Fimi X8 SE 2020 quad­copter is avail­able for pur­chase on var­i­ous Inter­net mar­ket­places. The devel­op­er set the fol­low­ing prices for the mod­i­fied mod­el:

FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.

  1. Ver­sion X8 SE 2020 — $ 419
  2. X8 SE 2020 Ver­sion + Fimi Pre­mi­um Care Extend­ed War­ran­ty — $439 (tem­porar­i­ly not avail­able)

Conclusion

FIMI X8 SE 2020 $419

FIMI X8 SE 2020: Increased potential.  Extended capabilities.

Func­tion­al­i­ty

10/10

Flight time

10/10

flight qual­i­ties

9/10

com­pact­ness

6/10

Equip­ment

10/10

Reli­a­bil­i­ty

10/10

Price qual­i­ty

10/10

pros

  • Exe­cu­tion qual­i­ty
  • Portable (fold­ing arms and props)/Props with quick release mech­a­nism
  • Pow­er­ful, qui­et pow­er plant
  • Con­trol­la­bil­i­ty and posi­tion­ing accu­ra­cy
  • Improved cam­era qual­i­ty / Added HDR mode for pho­to / video; Added night mode
  • Added H.265 codec
  • Auto flight and shoot­ing modes
  • FPV flight up to 8 km
  • Slid­ing remote design with remov­able sticks (for smartphone/tablet)
  • Price

Minuses

  • Does­n’t fly around obsta­cles
  • No 4K at 60 fps
  • Bulky remote

With the advent of the lat­est firmware ver­sions, the mod­i­fied mod­el received the sta­tus of a work­able prod­uct that meets all the char­ac­ter­is­tics stat­ed in the spec­i­fi­ca­tion. It would also not be super­flu­ous to note the qual­i­ty of feed­back after the pur­chase, where not a sin­gle client is left with­out the atten­tion of the devel­op­er, which pos­i­tive­ly char­ac­ter­izes the com­pa­ny. The mod­el ful­ly jus­ti­fies the mon­ey spent and can be rec­om­mend­ed to all hob­by­ists who, for var­i­ous rea­sons, do not con­sid­er buy­ing full-size drones from the price cat­e­go­ry above $400, but at the same time want to get a decent long-term solu­tion for high-qual­i­ty pho­to and video shoot­ing from the air, capa­ble of con­fi­dent­ly mov­ing away to a dis­tance of up to 8 kilo­me­ters. Age lim­it 16+.

Video

Flight range test at 0% bat­tery charge.

Flight test.

Unbox­ing, com­par­i­son, set­up and upgrade.

Com­par­a­tive review of FIMI X8 SE vs FIMI X8 2020.

Fimi X8 SE 2020 drone review.

Fimi X8 SE 2020. First flight.

The shoot­ing qual­i­ty of the Fimi X8 SE 2020.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCTG_l1iEFU

Shoot­ing qual­i­ty com­par­i­son Fimi X8 SE 2020 vs DJI Phan­tom 3 SE.

The shoot­ing qual­i­ty of the Fimi X8 SE 2020.

Fimi X8 SE 2020 review + drone com­par­i­son with DJI Mav­ic Mini and Mav­ic Air 2.

A detailed review of the FIMI X8 2020 drone.

Com­par­a­tive review of the qual­i­ty of shoot­ing FIMI X8 SE vs FIMI X8 2020.

First test flight of the Fimi X8 SE 2020.

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