EXO Mini Pro | The new Mini drone on the block
This is a sub 250 gram drone from xo. This is the xo mini pro or the blackhawk, 2 mini im, not exactly sure what theyre calling this thing. But you know what it is: its the hubsan xeno mini pro thats right. This is pretty much the exact same thing. It looks a little bit different. I think theyve updated the firmware. It does fly a little bit better uh but yeah. This thing is made by hubsan, so the question about this guy is: is this sub 250 gram drone worth your money? Stay tuned were gon na talk about it, Music? All right so lets talk about what we have here. It is a mini drone, meaning its less than 250 grams. Now that is actually a big deal in the united states. If your drone is less than 250 grams, you do not have to register it unless youre using it professionally. So if youre doing that, you got to register it doesnt matter what it weighs, but there are real advantages to owning drones that weigh less than 250 grams. So what makes this guy special? Well right off the bat you can see. These are real obstacle: avoidance sensors in the front, weve got them in the back and weve got some sensors on the bottom as well, so uh obstacle avoidance on a mini drone, the first one we saw to do that was the hubsan xeno mini pro. It was a little bit glitchy, definitely a little bit better here.
Other things youre going to want to know about this. Drone weve got a one over 1.3 inch sensor that is bigger than the dji mini 2 sensor, so it should do better in lower light situations. Its not a full real three axis gimbal, so that is really nice. It has a large uh, aperture, f, 1.85 thats awesome, so were gon na get lots of light in there as well um. Now it does shoot 48 megapixel stills. I believe thats through quad bear technology basically means its splitting the pixels into four so 12 times. Four is 48. thats kind of how that works. Itll shoot 4k at 30 frames a second and, if youre looking to do some slow mo, you want to shoot 60 frames a second. You can do that in up to 2.7 k. You can set the bit rate on this somewhere anywhere between 100 and 200 megabits per second thats, pretty awesome. So if you need lots of data, uh bump that thing up to 200 youre gon na get larger file sizes, but if thats, what youre? Looking for thats what you want to do now. This has a 10 000 meter range thats over 5.2 miles and a flight time of up to 40 minutes now. Are you really gon na get 40 minutes of flight time? No, but you can get over 30, which is pretty darn, impressive, okay, so lets take a look at some pictures and videos coming out of this drone.
All right so were gon na start with some videos coming out of the xo mini here. All of the video here is shot at 4k 30 frames, a second and its all using the standard uh stock settings right. I didnt change anything, although you can, you can see im going to do a little bit of in and out of the light. So you can kind of see how the camera performs um, but this this is a nice camera and the drone itself does a nice job of stabilizing that camera with the three axis gimbal uh. Some of these shots here are actually under pretty windy conditions, and this little guy holds its own, so you can kind of make your own judgments im not going to tell you what to think about this camera. But again this is pretty much standard stock stuff. At 4k 30 frames, a second Music, so were going to move on to the picture section and again you can control a handful of different things. Uh. One of the things i want to look at was hdr 48 megapixel and standard photos and how those things kind of compared to each other. So thats were going to take a look at here, so this photo here. This was a standard photo right. I didnt do anything uh now i turned on the hdr, so were looking at the hdr photo and then this is the 48 megapixel photo. You can see.
The aspect ratio is different. Its 8 000 by 4 000. now were zooming in four times standard photo uh were going to zoom in four times here. This is the hdr photo and now were gon na zoom in four times on the 48 megapixel. I dont know that it really adds a whole lot. Youd expect more detail. I think this drone does have a lot of really nice automated flight modes. We have the hyperlapse, we have waypoint modes, you can set an orbit either. You know on the remote controller or you can you know kind of, create a point and then fly radius and then have it fly. There are a couple different following modes which well take a look at and then create a video which has a handful of different, quick shots that well take a look at here. All right so tap on upper left hand, corner select, create a video, and then you have options, fly disguise, which is a rocket 360 shooting comet dronian, auto drifting im gon na do a little droning here, so you can see what that looks like um, its a Fun little one all right, so you kind of position the drone where you want it, you select the subject. Uh you decide how far its going to go and then you just kind of tap that box and it creates a pretty neat and dynamic shot. Um. You know and itll go as far as you told it to go uh you can record it whatever resolution you decided to record in and then when its done, itll just kind of return to where you started so fun little feature.
Definitely something youre going to want to check out here on this drone. All right, so lets give that follow me mode, a chance to shine and uh here were doing an active track, follow in parallel, so its kind of following me out on the side. Now you can see that i have obstacle: avoidance turned off thats that second little red circle there with the line through it. I highly recommend you turn obstacle avoidance on anytime youre, doing one of these automated flight modes, especially something like an active track. You can see there are some trees in the area. As it comes close. I think i realized oh shoot. I probably should have turned that off, so i do uh, but then youll notice. It lost me its going to lose you if you go behind any sort of object and its not going to to pick you up again so thats when you do. The other follow me that button on the left, thats a gps, follow you kind of set some parameters and then its basically going to follow uh the gps signal coming from the remote and thats actually really nice, because you can walk behind trees and its going to Follow you, then you can kind of move the drone into position where you need it, so that it will basically keep the subject in the middle of the frame right. It wont do that automatically. You have to do a little bit more more work with one of these.
You can see you cant even see me through these trees, but it is following me im not flying that drone here, im going to put obstacle avoidance to the test. Now i have it set to bypass you can set it to bypass or to break bypass, will have a go around objects and thats. What its doing here, im actually stirring it at the trees. You can hear it beeping and see kind of the visual representation on the screen and its doing a nice job of avoiding these obstacles. Now it will give you a warning and tell you that you need to calibrate it and thats kind of a process. I did not go through that calibration process, but if youre not having good results, i recommend you do that right. It does a nice job of seeing these trees, but you cannot rely on obstacle avoidance or youll crash your drone all right. So would i recommend this drone to buy that depends. I do think at 650 dollars its a little bit pricey that slots it somewhere between the dji mini 2 and the mini 3. Now it is definitely not as nice as the mini three now on paper, theyre, pretty darn close and on paper, its better than the mini 2, but i do really like the mini 2. I think its just a really well refined drone. I dont think this one is quite as refined, for example, little things that are just kind of goofy ive got this uh strange plastic guard here to protect the sensors, and i have to take it off for it to be under 250 grams.
I dont know i dont quite understand why its like that, i feel like just just a little bit of oversight. Maybe there, but you know just little things. This is a good drone. It really is, and i think that in the future, this exo hubsan partnership is going to be really good for consumers, like you and me its great for us to have options like exo or autel or skydio, and not just have to rely on dji products. They are on that exempt list from the government. So who knows what that means in the future, but um yeah exo is doing a nice job and partnering with hubsan, i think, is a good move for them. Hubsan is providing all the engineering theyre doing all the work and theyre building these drones and exodrones is doing all the quality, control and customer support. That is a good thing because hubsan, you know ive owned a ton of hubs and drones and the hardware is usually pretty good, its the software, the glitches and the quality control that just wasnt the best. So it is nice that exodrones, an american based company, is taking that over for hubsan thats good news for drones like this and the blackhawk 2 pro that i reviewed as well. That is their flagship drone. These are both really nice drones and really good options to have for consumers. Like you and me anyway, you decide. Is this the drone for you now? I do have some other videos on the hubs and xenomini.
If you want to check those out in particular, i take a look at the walk through the app walkthrough and the flight time test. That stuff is gon na be pretty comparable. Here, though uh the uh firmware here is is newer, its updated its more to date. All of my hubs, you know mini videos – are when that drone was released, and i do think that its been uh improved in the meantime. Leave me a comment down below. What do you think is the best drone under 250 grams for the money right, not just throwing all the money out there, but what is it bang for your buck? Is it. This is the mini ses, the mini threes, the mini 2, who knows is one of the all tell drones. Is it perhaps the bugs 19 eis hey check them out? Let me know anyway hope this was helpful.