Mavic Air 2 vs FiMI X8 2020: Which is the best budget 4K drone?

Mavic Air 2 vs FiMI X8 2020

Both, Mavic Air 2 and FiMI X8 SE 2020 are relatively new drones, revealed this year. Featuring compact size with foldable arms, they are travel-friendly flying cameras. While the Air 2 weights 570 grams, the X8 SE 2020 765 grams. Xiaomi’s drone is not just 200 grams heavier, but it’s also a bit larger compared to its DJI contender.

In the last few weeks, I had the luck to play a lot with these two drones. My recently published in-depth Mavic Air 2 review includes battery life and flight ranges tests. I concluded that DJI’s official specs are close to its real-world performance. In terms of no-fly zones (geofence), the FIMI X8SE 2020 was less restrictive compared to the Air 2. I was able to take-off and fly in zones where I couldn’t even arm the Mavic’s motors.

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While both, features an active tracking system, only the Mavic Air 2 has an advanced 3 direction (front, rear, and bottom) collision avoidance system which allows it to track you even in the forest.

Mavic Air 2 vs FiMI X8 SE 2020: In-depth comparison guide

In the table below, I compared the most important specs of both 4K drones. I highlighted with red were the Mavic Air 2 shines and with green were the FiMI X8 2020 excels.

  DJI Mavic Air 2 Xiaomi FIMI X8  SE 2020
Size Folded: 180 × 97 × 74 mm
Unfolded: 183 × 253 × 77 mm
Folded: 204 x 106 x 73 mm
Unfolded: 287 x 247 x 96 mm
Weight 570 grams 765 grams
Camera 4K@60fps or 1080p@240fps 4K@30fps or 1080p@90fps
Image size 1/2″ CMOS 1/2.26″ CMOS
Max bit rate 120Mbps 100Mbps
Photo mode 12MP and 48 MP 12 MP
8K Hyperlapse Yes No
Gimbal 3-axis 3-axis
FPV 1080P 720P/1080P
Internal storage Yes, 8GB NO
Range 10 km (FCC) or 6 km (CE) 8Km
Lights Motor + Belly Motor
Intelligent flight modes Dronie, Rocket, Circle, Helix, Boomerang, and Asteroid POI flight, Orbit and Drone
Active tracking Yes Yes
Obstacle avoidance Yes (3 direction) No
Geofence Yes No
Max flight speed 19 m/s (S Mode)
12 m/s (N Mode)
5 m/s (T Mode)
18 m/s
Wind resistance  ≤37.8 kph ≤50 kph
Remote controller Standard, NO Screen Standard, NO Screen
Battery 3s/3500 mAh 3s/4500 mAh
Flight time 34 minutes 35 minutes
FAA registration Yes Yes
Regular price $799 Order from DJI $459 Buy from BG

Camera

The Mavic Air 2 features a powerful camera, capable of capturing great aerial footage. It can shoot 4K videos at 60 fps and to take 12 or 48-megapixel stills with a 1/2″ CMOS image sensor. In slow-motion mode can capture full HD (1920 x 1080) videos with 240 fps. Furthermore, it is capable to capture cool 8K Hyperlapse videos. Compared to these, the FIMI X8 SE 2020 has only a mediocre camera, with 4K@30fps video and 12mp photo resolutions.

In my opinion, Mavic Air 2’s camera is powerful enough to appeal to both hobbyist and semi-professional users alike. For even better results, you can find a wide range of compatible optical filters (UV, ND, and CPL).

Air 2’s QuickShot modes allow you to create easily super cool aerial footage. I liked most the ‘Asteroid’ mode, also know as TinyPlanet. Epic 360-degree panoramas have never been easier to do.

Flight range

Personally, I tested only Mavic Air 2’s range. With the CE version, I got a stable signal from 5300 meters, so the advertised 6KM can be achieved for sure. In the US, FCC version can fly even further, DJI says that 10KM is the limit in an open field with low RF noise. On YouTube, I saw lots of FIMI X8 SE 2020 range tests, where it was able to fly far as 8500 meters from its pilot.

Bottom line

To finish off this comparison, it seems the Mavic Air 2 won this battle. It’s superior over the FIMI X8 2020 in most aspects.

If you are marketing for a flagship-like drone with 34 minutes of flying time, 10 km (6.2 miles) range, 4K@60fps camera, and collision avoidance system, the Air 2 is the best in its price tag ($799).

On the other hand, in case you are on a tight budget, the Xiaomi X8 SE 2020 has probably the best battery life and wind resistance that you can get under $400.

Finally, if you are already a Mavic Air player and want to upgrade your old drone, the Air 2 would be a great choice. It has a lot of things you’d expect: extended flight time, longer control range better camera, upgraded obstacle avoidance, and quieter operation.

14 COMMENTS

  1. Two years ago, I purchased a FIMI X8SE. I had about 15 flights in this time. None of them was really successful (connection lost, horizon problems, gimbal errors, battery drain in 15 minutes top). At least no crashes due to hardware failure… I have ended up exactly a year after purchase with no connection between aircraft and transmitter. Very bad experience with this drone. No manufacturer support to solve my issue… Finally, I sold it for parts and got a Mavic Air 2 instead, now I understand how stupid I was when chose Xiaomi Fimi over DJI.

  2. I gave away my FIMI X8 to my dad so we can fly together. I have to admit that the AIR2 is superior but still like the X8. For its price, you still can’t find a better drone.

  3. How many YouTube reviews did you watch before pulling the trigger?… because I’m at 50 or so, and I’m no closer! …. Mavic Air 2 or Fimi X8 SE 2020 damn hard decision to make

  4. Maybe I will choose fimi X8 se 2020

    If you are looking to get into drones but don’t want to waste your money on limited cheap “toys”, then look no further. This is an excellent starter drone with features that far surpass others in similar price ranges. It was easy to learn and tons of fun.

  5. Does this even count as a review? You read the spec-sheet at us and compared some numbers, but did you actually try both drones?
    What a waste of time.

    • Yes, it is a side by side spec comparison of these two drones and Yes, I played with both drones!
      What you expected to say that the FIMI X8 is better than the Air 2? Or the FIMI X8SE is a garbage?
      IMHO both drones are good for their prices.

  6. For beginner and flexibility, I’d go with the X8 2020.

    1. No DJI account registration required !
    2. No geo-fencing. Can go up to 500m altitude where DJI can’t even launch in places.
    3. DJI Fly app requires newer 64-bit enabled OS phones. Fimi Navi 2020 supports wider android device range.
    4. X8 is 45%++ cheaper but still has 4K camera and tracking functions.
    5. Less to lose after crashing, can almost buy two X8s for one MA2

    Support Fimi and hopefully get DJI to churn out cheaper and better drones.

    YMMV.

    • 1 and 2: are safety measurements
      3: I think it is normal to work with the latest phones
      4: you have perfectly right
      5: why you should crash it?? the Mavic Air 2 is a very stable drone with obstacle avoidance system

      DJI makes better and better drone, not cheaper and cheaper ones. they are the best in innovations!

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