Xiaomi’s New FIMI X8 SE Foldable Drone

Xiaomi FIMI X8 SE Drone

Photo: FIMI Store

The FIMI X8 SE is a new drone from Xiaomi that makes up a part of the FIMI line of drones.

High quality video capabilities and imaging systems set the X8 SE apart, especially at a price of $499. This is an excellent new drone on the market and could compete directly with brands like DJI and Parrot.

  • The FIMI X8 SE starts at $499, but is currently priced at $399 in the official FIMI Store during the ‘Big Sale’ through January 15, 2019

  • Features 4K 100Mbps Video, 33 minutes of flight time, and a precise vision positioning system

  • Uses a Sony IMX378 Sensor and captures F-log and DNG RAW

xiaomi x8 se drone

Photo: FIMI Store

FIMI X8 SE Features

A 3-axis mechanical gimbal for smooth videos, 5 kilometers range, and 33 minutes of flight time to name a few. The FIMI X8 SE offers a lot for a drone priced below $500.

Xiaomi’s latest drone also features a Sony IMX378 sensor with a f/2.2 aperture lens. The high quality sensor and lens lead to much better color performance as compared to the ‘mi’ drone’s from FIMI.

sony camera sensor for xiaomi drone

Photo: FIMI Store

Foldable, Portable Design

An ergonomic design for travelers. Fits easily in a backpack or bag, and folds away nicely for storage.

foldable fimi x8 se drone

Photo: FIMI Store

Remote Controller

Re-designed for portability, but still compatible with all sizes of mobile phones, and even tablets like the iPad Mini. The remote controller can help for capturing more complex shots. The FIMI X8 SE features various shooting modes, tracking modes, and cinematic flying patterns for users.

  • Cine Shot

  • Smart Tracking Modes

  • Flight Planing Shooting

  • Panoramas

  • Hyperlapse

fimi x8 se remote controller

Photo: FIMI Store

smart shot xiaomi fimi x8 se

Photo: FIMI Store

FIMI X8 SE smart tracking modes

Photo: FIMI Store

Pricing and Availability

UPDATED 12/12/2018 at 11:35 AM: FIMI X8 SE showing as ‘OUT OF STOCK’ on FIMI Store

The FIMI X8 SE is available through the official FIMI store for a sale price of $399 now through January 15, 2019. The price will increase to $499 after the sale period.

It isn’t clear if the drone will be available on other marketplaces at this time. The FIMI Store also does not make it clear where exactly this drone is available for sale. Users of Chinese website Zhihu suspect this drone is only available for overseas markets and is not available in China itself, but that is not confirmed by Xiaomi at this time.

SEE ALSO – DJI Introduces Mavic 2 Series Drones

14 Replies to “Xiaomi’s New FIMI X8 SE Foldable Drone”

  1. Alexandre Silva says:

    It’s not available any more at the FIMI site. Unfortunately!

    1. Mike says:

      Thanks for the heads up Alexandre, just updated the article. I wonder what happened!

    2. Cian Guevarra says:

      Why? I am planning to order this item by January.

      1. Mike says:

        I’m sorry, we’re not sure. You can contact the FIMI store here, they may be able to help: https://store.fimi.com/contact/

  2. Renaldo says:

    I have an order for the A3 and I’m thinking to cancel it…..this new model looks damn nice :)
    Here https://www.firstquadcopter.com/news/fimi-x8-se-4k-drone/ it says that adopts some “TDMA HD” FPV. Do you know the range and resolution of this technology?


  3. Amelia Smith says:

    When can I purchase at 399.00 site says out stock…thanks J. C

    1. Mike says:

      We’re in contact with FIMI right now to learn more about what happened. We’ll update the post as soon as we get a response!

  4. Shak says:

    Any updates from FIMI regarding stock?

  5. rhys says:

    update on stock?

    1. Mike says:

      Sorry Rhys, still have not heard anything about when the orders will open up again for the FIMI X8 SE drone.

  6. Michael Goldenberg says:

    Anyone have experience with, or know the quality of Xiaomi customer care? DJI has a great team and customer care program, eg the Care program, here in the U.S. Curious with Xiamomi, are you on your own if/when a problem arises?

  7. Mark Donaldson says:

    This has been very frustrating. You stated you were running a promotional until mid January, but during ghe entire promotional period yiu were out of wtock on the Fimi X8 SE at $399. That doesnt seem fair to the consumer. Now that the promotion period is over, suddenly at the higher price point, there seems to be stock. I wanted to get this drne to compete it against my friends Mavic Pro because frm what Ive seen , it seems very competitve quality wise, but I wanted ut at the special price. Will anything be dine to offer buyers a chance at this drone at the original discounted price, or are we just out of luck?

  8. siow says:

    every 1just put the fingers Cross. what tis model like 5 star rated drone.. but need to pre-order. how soon can arrive? I doubt the $399….just figure… hope they promote longer

  9. Jason says:

    As a certified pilot and having owned and used a number of drones from DJI and Parrot, I found this possessed many of the similar traits. There’s a large number of intelligent flights modes for any user from beginner to advanced and each are simple to setup. The folding design also makes this perfect for travel or just throwing in a back when you’re heading somewhere.

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