The Xiaomi FIMI A3 is one of the latest quadcopters from Xiaomi, a company best known for its budget smartphones. However, the company has long expanded into other areas including aerial photography. The FIMI A3 is a budget photo quadcopter with a full HD camera onboard. How does it compare to the competition and does it offer the same value for money as the company’s smartphones? Let’s find out.
Xiaomi FIMI A3 quadcopter: key features
There are several main features that make the FIMI A3 a popular option for beginner flyers.
Full HD aerial photography
The Xiaomi FIMI A3 RC drone comes equipped with a 1080P camera. The cam is powered by Ambarella ISP processor and features a high quality CMOS sensor and is capable of transmitting quality imagery and footage.
True, the drone does not come with a 4K camera like some of the latest quadcopters, but 1080P is a really good offer for the price and a nice spot to get started with aerial photography.
The quality of the videos you will take using a drone will, to a large extent, depends on the gadget’s ability to keep the camera stable as it records the footage. Thus, camera stabilization the quadcopter comes with is just as important as the quality of the camera itself.
The FIMI A3 comes with a 2-axis mechanical gimbal and a 3-axis electronic gimbal. This results in smooth noise-free footage, quite impressive for a small sized drone like the A3.
25 minutes flight time
The FIMI A3 is a small drone that is also quite lightweight — just about 560 grams. This, naturally, helps with battery life: the miniature drone can stay in the sky for an impressive 25 minutes with its 3-cell 2000mAh battery. This is on par with some of the best quadcopters out there like the DJI Phantom 3.
1km remote control with FPV
While most drones of this size come with a mobile app control, the FIMI A3 is sole together with the dedicated full-sized controller. This is a better option if you are a new pilot and want to master the basics of aerial control – plus, the controller features a 4.3 inch display that will let the user see what the drone “is seeing “.
Smart flight modes
To make piloting the drone even easier, the FIMI A3 comes with several smart flight modes. Namely, there is Follow Me, Orbit, Fixed-wing, Dronie, Headless and One Key Return modes.
Oriented at first time pilots, the quadcopter is well prepared for force majeure thanks to several safety features: low battery protection, automatic return and automatic hover when approaching the no-fly zone.
Though built for safety, the Xiaomi FIMI A3 does come with some creativity built in as well. The DIY port at the bottom of the quadcopter is all yours to experiment with: attach an LED strip, a servo, fireworks lighter, etc.
Modest price tag
The FIMI A3 is priced at $268.99 on “Gearbest”. This is quite low compared to similar quadcopters on the market – for instance, the aforementioned DJI Phantom 3 starts at $499.99.
Summing things up, the FIMI A3 is marketed primarily as a great entry level camera drone for those who are just starting out in aerial photography. It does manage to pack in quite a few intelligent features into its small frame as well.
Speaking of the small frame.
Xiaomi FIMI A3 RC drone: design
Xiaomi is no amateur when it comes to adopting popular designs. The FIMI A3, for its part, is quite similar to the DJI Spark – it is rectangular in shape, with four propellers and a cam at the front. At the bottom, there is the power on/off button, battery and the above mentioned DIY port. The quad measures xQ11.22 x 9.02 x 2.72 inches.
Xiaomi FIMI A3 RC drone: specs
Now, let’s review the main specs of the Xiaomi FIMI A3 RC drone. shall we?
|Product name||Xiaomi FIMI A3 RC Drone|
|Product size(L x W x H)||28.50 x 22.90 x 6.90 cm / 11.22 x 9.02 x 2.72 inches|
When GPS Positioning is
± 0.5m vertical,± 1.5m horizontal
|Max ascending speed||6m/s|
|Max descending speed||5m/s|
|Max cruising speed||18m/s|
|Flying limit altitude||500m|
|Flight time||about 25mins|
|Wind resistance||≤ 4|
|Satellite positioning systems||GPS + GLONASS|
|Screen resolution||480 x 272|
|Screen size||4.3 inch|
|Operating frequency||2.4 – 2.483GHz; 5.725 – 5.850GHz|
|Max controllable distance||about 1000m|
|Battery||2950mAh lithium battery|
|Charge port type||Micro USB|
|Controlled rotation scope||0°- -90° pitch angle|
|Stablization||Mixed 3-axis gimbals|
|Equivalent focal distance||27mm|
100 – 3200 for video|
100 – 1600 for still
|Shutter speed||4 – 1/8000s|
|Max photo resolution||3264 x 2448|
1920 x 1080 30fps|
1920 x 1080 25fps
|File system||FAT32 / exFAT|
|Charging limit voltage||12.75V|
|Capacity||2000mAh / 22.2Wh|
|Package contents||1 x RC Quadcopter ( Battery Included ), 1 x Transmitter ( Battery Included ), 1 x Gimbal, 1 x USB Cable, 6 x Propeller, 1 x Charging Cable, 1 x Balance Charger, 1 x English Manual|