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Why DJI Phantom 3 SE Is More Worth Buying Than Xiaomi Mi Drone 4K, Look Here

China drone manufacturer DJI Innovations released their latest products, DJI Phantom 3SE, and has started pre-sale, at the same time Xiaomi Mi Drone 4K also began to sell. Originally wanted to buy a mi drone 4k, but now it seems Phantom 3SE more worth buying, then let's compare these two concerns entry-level 4K aerial photography drone -- DJI Phantom 3SE & Xiaomi Mi Drone 4K.

Drone Look

Phantom 3SE continued the Phantom 3 series of classic designs, Mi Drone 4K except for some details, only little difference with the 1080P version, the most significant change is the addition of gold decoration. 
Mi Drone 4K upgrade to the quick disassembly propeller, and it uses a folding landing gear design, put in the bag is not difficult, but unfortunately there is no professional photography bag. Phantom 3SE shape is through a number of generations of product practice, a word - stable. DJI launched a professional camera bag and many accessories, but unfortunately can not be loaded into the bag.

4K Image Quality & 3-Axis Gimbal 

Aerial photography already become the most important selling point of consumer level unmanned aerial vehicle in this market, these two UAVs are equipped with 4K camera, aperture F2.8, FOV 94 °, support 4K video and 12mp static photo shoot, which is already a very good consumer UAV configuration. And according to the user's feedback, DJI several drones of the quality difference is not much, Phantom 3SE is able to make a blockbuster. 

These two quadcopters are using 3-axis mechanic anti-shake gimbal, more stable than electronic anti-shake, but how the final stabilization effect have to be measured. Before 1080P version of the Mi Drone picture distortion is very serious, don't know if the 4K version solved this problem.

4KM Image Transmission

What is the limit of WiFi image transmission? Phantom 3SE and Mi drone 4K have reached 4 km (FCC standard), but Mi Drone is 5G band, anti-interference even better. But Xiaomi's official website even marked limit distance 500m, limit the height of 120m ...... Don't understand their brain loops.

The maximum flying height of Phantom 3SE is 500m, maximum flight altitude is 6000m, plus 4000m image transmission distance ... It's cool right? Take it to climb the mountain, can fly very far. Hope Xiaomi in the future can unlock such a small flight range.

Flight Time 25min VS 26min

Phantom 3SE official life time of 25 minutes, Xiaomi Drone 4K reached 26 minutes, in the consumer level unmanned aerial vehicle are in the medium / upper grades. Real life time results to be measured, a little curious.

But don't forget Xiaomi's "novice mode", the first 300 minutes to force the lock in the novice mode, even if a battery can really fly 26 minutes, then have to fly 12 batteries to unlock ... ... really troublesome. This is also one of the few points that xiaomi drone has been criticized by the user, do not know xiaomi this time if give experienced players an opportunity to skip novice mode. 

Dual IMU & Compass

Last year Mi Drone 1080P shipments, not long after it was exposed to problem of crash, to a certain extent reducing the user's desire to buy it. On the one hand is the flight control of the anti-jamming and robustness is not good enough, on the other hand is the lack of power of the aircraft. So last year Xiaomi announced that 1080P users to provide "free maintenance" (the replacement of more powerful motor), in fact, is a disguised recall. 

This time, the Mi Drone 4K used a more advanced dual IMU and compass, theoretically can enhance the safety of the aircraft, The Phantom 3SE continues the Phantom 3 series of consistent flight control and sensors, and stability is obvious to all. Want a violent contrast review? 

Phantom 3SE and Mi Drone 4K are using visual positioning technology (monocular), Phantom 3SE can be in the absence of GPS indoor to rely on the visual to keep hover; but Mi Drone 4K fewer than 14 GPS satellites are unable to take off ...... Have no idea this time Xiaomi if open the function of indoor take-off; and rely on look-down, whether it can be a stable hover.

After-Sales Service

I think novice flying drone the most terrible thing is, have not learned how to fly it, but the drone crashed. Last year xiaomi forum was occupied by various post-sale issues of xiaomi drone, Xiaomi may not even think of the after-sale problem so tricky. 

So phantom 3SE DJI Care renewal plan is still a little practical, especially if you are a novice, if it crashed then pay some money will be able to change a new one, that is, spend some money to buy a "regret medicine". Maybe it's cost-effective for novice. 

Today is the new Mi Drone 4K first day for sale, it can be said at this critical moment to release Phantom 3SE, obviously it is aimed at Mi Drone 4K. Both from the price to function almost exactly the same, one is the "old brand" DJI, one is the new member of drone market Xiaomi, their targets also are entry-level unmanned aerial vehicles market. This time xiaomi really ready for it?

Last year xiaomi mi drone's live conference was impressive, cause it crashed in live broadcast, however, 1080P version has been delayed until the 11.11 to sell, originally promised in July to open beta version of 4K has been delayed until now, why? The reason I think xiaomi engineers should have been bug fixes, and DJI has released Mavic, Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2 in an orderly manner ... 

In the high-end drone products, Xiaomi is clearly not yet enough R & D strength, so mi drone 4K version of the positioning is ultra-high cost-effective of entry products. But drone is a very dangerous product, not because it is the entry of products to reduce its safety or stability.

Another key issue that users concerned: accessories, DJI Drone's accesories you can get from many channels like aliexpress, amazon and online shipping store like Geekbyuing, you do not have to worry about buying accessories. But xiaomi mi drone is just the opposite, gimbal, battery etc accessories can not find where to buy, neither in the omnipotent Taobao. 

In summary, DJI Phantom 3 SE Is More Worth Buying Than Xiaomi Mi Drone 4K, at least for now, this is no doubt, welcome your opinions and comments.  


  1. Adding images is a great idea. Love to read more from you about phantom drone.

  2. I purchased a phantom 3SE a few days ago. I flew in a couple of times including a couple of range test. The maximum range I could get was less than a kilometer 800 m. I return it immediately and upgraded to the phantom pro. You get what you pay for


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