Mavic Mini vs FiMI X8 SE: Which is the Best option under 500?

DJI Mavic Mini vs Xiaomi Fimi X8 SE

Xiaomi’s plans with the Fimi X8SE was to offer an affordable option for DJI’s Mavic series. Although it has less versatile features than DJI – its contender, the FIMI X8 SE shortly becomes one of the best camera drones under $500. The response from the king of drones came after one year through the super compact Mavic Mini.

In the DJI Mavic Mini vs FIMI X8 SE, I will go through all the important aspects of each drone. At the end of the article you will have all of your questions answered, at least I hope so. Anyway, the final decision is only yours!

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If you are moving from the Phantom series to a foldable Mavic, you will be impressed how much space you can save in your backpack. The Mini goes even further, it fits into your pocket if you want. By comparison, the Mavic Mini measures 140 × 82 × 57 mm and the FiMI X8SE a bit more 204 x 106 x 73 mm when they are folded. The huge difference comes when you put them on a scale. While the X8SE weights 790 grams, the tiny MM 249 grams – which is just one gram bellow FAA’s actual registration requirements. Furthermore, DJI has an even lighter version of the Mavic Mini intended for the Japanese market which weights only 199g.

Mavic Mini vs Fimi X8SE: In-Depth Comparison Guide

In the table bellow I will try to compare the most important specs of both foldable drones. I highlighted with red were the Mavic Mini excels and with green were the FiMI X8 shines.

  DJI Mavic Mini Xiaomi FIMI X8 SE
Size Folded: 140 × 82 × 57 mm
Unfolded: 160 × 202 × 55 mm
Folded: 204 x 106 x 73 mm
Unfolded: 287 x 247 x 96 mm
Weight 249 grams 790 grams
Camera 2.7K (2720×1530@30fps) 4K (3840×2160@30fps)
Max bit rate 40Mbps 100Mbps
Gimbal 3-axis 3-axis
FPV 720p 720P/1080P
Range 2Km for EC and 4Km for FCC 5Km
Lights 1 – on tail 4 – one under each motor
Intelligent flight modes Dronie, Rocket, Circle and Helix Smart Tracking Mode
Obstacle avoidance No No
Geo fence Yes No
Max flight speed 13 m/s 18 m/s
Wind resistance  ≤28.8 kph ≤50 kph
Remote controller Standard, NO Screen Standard, NO Screen
Battery 2s/2400 mAh 3s/4500 mAh
Flight time 30 minutes 33 minutes
Regular price $399 order from DJI $499 order from BG

Camera

Let’s talk a bit about the camera rig of each quadcopter. While, booth drones feature 3-axis gimbals and 1/2.3″ CMOS image sensor with 12M effective pixels, the FiMi has 4K video recording and the Mavic Mini only 2.7K. Real-time image transmission is made via remote’s down-link. In both cases you need to connect your mobile device (phone or table) to the transmitter using a USB/Lightning cable.

Battery life

While the FIMI X8 is powered by a high power LIPO pack (3s/4500mAh), the Mavic Mini by a small 2s/2400mAh battery. Despite the fact that there is more that twice capacity difference, the MM manages to stay in the air almost same as the X8SE. The raw manufacturer specs says that the MINI has 30 minutes flight time and its rival 33 minutes.

Due to the smaller capacity battery, the Japanese version of the MiniMavic has about 18-19 minutes airborne time (in optimal wind conditions).

Mavic Mini vs Fimi X8SE side by side view

Bottom line

I hope I succeeded to give you a bit of an overview what’s similar between Mavic MINI and FIMI X8SE and what’s different. Unfortunately, I had the chance to fly the FIMI X8 for only few hours, while I keep the Mavic Mini with me every day since I received it. I’m even thinking to sell my old heavy Phantom.

To be honest, during my Mavic Mini review I found few limitations of this drone: if there is strong wind, you should keep it safe in your backpack and that it doesn’t has the range of its bigger brother.

Speaking of price, there is not much difference between these two drones. Actually, the Fly more Combo pack (3 batteries, 2-way charger and case) of MM costs same as its opponent. Time to time the FIMI X8SE is on sale and you can grab one for only $400 if you’re lucky.

3 COMMENTS

  1. You should make clear, that with FIMI you can fly everywhere you want and the DJI only where it is legally permitted. Also, while X8SE requires FAA registration, Mavic Mini not.

  2. I placed my order for the Fimi after comparing the specs of the 2 and reviews, though have been mostly leaning towards the X8 for months since it came out. To me, the camera, stability, range, and functions are the selling points. I want portable, but not a tiny lightweight drone. I can see where having both of these would be great….FIMI X8 for more serious flying and shooting, Mavic Mini for ultra-portability.

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