Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Xiaomi Mi Drone goes official

Xiaomi today launched its Mi Drone in China. Xiaomi's drones is capable of taking 4K videos and support optical flow positioning technology

Mi Drone carries a ball-shaped 4K camera beneath it, that quadcopter-buffs might think looks similar to the built-in shooters found on Yuneec's Typhoon series. To be specific, the camera uses a Sony 12.4-megapixel sensor that can capture video at up to 3,840 x 2,160 at 30 fps; and as you'd expect, it can take RAW photos. Its detachable gimbal does 3-axis stabilization which corrects itself 2,000 times per second, and this is assisted by an optical flow sensor positioned between the camera and the battery bay on the back. Indeed, the sample clip we saw during the livestream looked satisfactory (at one point, Lei said well over 2 million viewers tuned in), so hopefully it's just as good once the drone lands in consumers' homes.

 You can ask it to automatically fly to a destination on the map, plan the route to capture videos along the route or set a center point, radius and height to capture video by circling the point. It automatically stops when it is about to enter restricted area.

Mi Drone can be controlled through remotIt does look like ordinary Mi Bluetooth controller but it's not. Taking photos, videos, auto take off and auto landing are controlled via this controller.Mi Drone has a large 5100 mAh battery and it can fly continuously up to 27 minutes

Xiaomi Mi Drone is priced at 2499 Yuan (US$ 380 / Rs. 25,640 approx.) for the 1080p model, which will be available for order through crowdfunding from May 26th. The 4K model is priced at 2999 Yuan (US$ 457 / Rs. 30,770 approx.)  and will be available through crowdfunding by the end of July.

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