Price update: Xiaomi FIMI A3 FPV drone with 1080p camera for $267.69

The FIMI A3 offers a similar setup on paper as the DJI Spark, but at a price of less than $300. Reason enough to have a look at the drone.

Xiaomi FIMI A3 drone

Model FIMI A3
Dimensions 285 x 229 x 69 mm
Weight 560 g (with battery)
Battery 2000 mAh LiPo

<25 minutes flight time

Camera Resolution: 8 MP
Video resolution: FullHD (1920 x 1080p) @30fps

In addition to cameras and gimbals, FIMI mainly sells drones. On their own homepage they present themselves as subsidiary Xiaomis and list the development of Mi Drone and Mijia Actioncam as milestones of the company. The company sees itself as an absolute part of the Xiaomi ecosystem, which is why we speak of a Xiaomi product here despite the fact that the name is different.

Details of the FIMI A3

At first glance, the price makes the drone particularly interesting. A camera with Full HD @ 30 fps is Spark level, as is the 2-axis gimbal. FIMI speaks of a “mixed 3-axis gimbal“; a combination of a mechanical 2-axis gimbal and an electronic 3-axis gimbal. In addition, there is a powerful rechargeable battery, which is supposed to bring the drone to a flight time of up to 25 minutes in spite of the higher weight of over 500 g. The gimbal’s design is based on the same design as the drone’s predecessor. The drone uses GPS and its Russian counterpart GLONASS to determine its position.

Xiaomi FIMI A3 drone FPV glasses
The A3 also supports FPV glasses.

On the outside, the drone is only slightly reminiscent of its unofficial predecessor, the Xiaomi Mi Drone. Unlike the Spark and Mavic Pro, however, the arms cannot be folded, making the drone less suitable for carrying in a bag or rucksack.

Xiaomi FIMI A3 Drone Camera Details
The camera details on the manufacturer’s website.

Another difference to the DJI models (and also the Mi Drone) is the remote control, which has a built-in display. Unlike DJI, you don’t need a smartphone with an app installed. The range should be 1000 m; since the drone can no longer be seen from a distance of 300-500 meters, this is more than sufficient.

Xiaomi FIMI A3 drone remote control

Evaluation

The FIMI A3 is most likely to be seen as an alternative to the Spark. On the other hand it offers a better price and above all a much longer flight time. But first reports have to show how well the FIMI performs in practice; DJI has a lead of more than one year.

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After joining the team in late 2015 I quickly fell in love with aerial photography. Today I review most of our drones. I'm also interested in gaming related gadgets.

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Comments (3)

  • Profile picture from valkyrie
    03.10.19 um 05:48

    valkyrie

    I'm confused, the Fimi X3 has been out for a long time. Has something changed with it?

    • Profile picture from Maike
      04.10.19 um 13:16

      Maike CG team

      @valkyrie it was actually just a price update, but we forgot to tag the article accordingly. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  • Profile picture from David Pedigo
    15.10.19 um 04:17

    David Pedigo

    Does it have obstacle avoidance ? Or steady Hoover? Follow me? One button take off and landing? Return home? Waypoint?

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