FIMI Mini Drone | Issues Out of the Box | First Flight & Setup
So you can go ahead and skip around if you wish. So the fiemi x8 mini is a direct competitor of the dji mini 1 and mini 2., and as far as some of the specs, the femi x8 mini, has a 12 megapixel camera capable of shooting 4k at 30 frames per. Second, it has a maximum bit rate of 100 megabits per second, with a one over 2.6 inch cmos sensor. It has a maximum flight time of 31 minutes and it weighs 258 grams with the standard battery and around 245 grams with the pro battery, and when it comes to photos you can shoot in jpeg and raw format. All right so let’s go ahead and launch all right, so we’re good to go with gps. We have 17 satellites i’m going to hit in here and check my safety measures here max speed i’m going to take that all the way up to the max and my flight distance i’m going to leave it. Let’S put it at the max. My flight height is at 3, 93 i’m, just going to increase that just in case my return to home height i’m going to reduce that down to maybe 200 feet, and i believe everything else is okay, i’m going to activate the precise landing and then everything else Is okay all right, so i’m gon na go into my camera settings make sure everything else is good. There, i’m gon na go with high quality uh video size, 43 uh 4k 30.
we’re going to be recording this in 4k 30. white balance i’m. Just going to put it to sunny, leave it at sunny and color i’m going to do the general color profile, and i believe i have the put the grid lines on and i think that’s about it check my battery and i’m down to 94 and i think That’S it other than that i’m just going to use the takeoff button to take off test that out Music. I guess we slide this over here and there you go all right now. It goes up pretty high and it’s still going. Look like it’s still going it’s up there, pretty high, so i’m gon na bring it down and bring it over Music it’s a little breezy here today and um it’s uh blowing around just a little bit, but is let me see yeah it’s not really holding steady Too well in the wind, but it is a little breezy and i’ll put the conditions on the screen here in a second all right, so i’m gon na y’all around got got ta. This thing is drifting like crazy. It doesn’t do too well in the wind. For now, all right so i’m, just going to take it around a little bit start off, slow and i’ll probably go into the shade, because i can’t see my screen and we’re going to test this horizon out. It doesn’t look too straight right now, we’re going to take a look at this horizon we’re going to bring up.
We are at 90, sorry we’re at 150 feet and off the bat it doesn’t look like it’s straight so i’m, going to yard around real quickly, see if it’ll straighten up a little bit and it’s a lot of latency. In this thing, man it’s uh the signal it seems a little laggy and i’m actually uh yawning and it’s like a half. A second delay seems like yeah, so uh, sorry for that y’all, but um it duh it yeah. The horizon looks a little off to me, but i mean you tell me: i have the grid lines up and oh yeah it’s off it’s way off. You can see it there, so um i’m going to take this out a little bit. Take it around and even on this screen i can see. I know it’s been a problem with the um there’s been a problem with the vignetting on the sides, and i can see it clearly on this screen here. It just looks like the center of the screen is: is bright enough now, i’m, going to probably i have to change around my settings to slow down this yaw but i’m not going to do it just yet and uh. Maybe i also need to change the sensitivity. Maybe i don’t know but it’s a lot of laggy lagging going on in this um. Even with the transmission signal, the image signal i mean so far: it flies okay and i’m, taking it around i’ll, bring it up a little higher.
This is my first flight. I did uh my calibrations. I even did a gimbal calibration i’m, probably going to go home and do another one and see uh what’s going on and hopefully that will correct it. Maybe i need to go a little deeper and do something else i’m, not sure, but this image here um i mean this is – i am looking at it through the uh fpv and just realized that i didn’t press the record button. So here we go i’m going to press the record button, and now you guys probably probably can see what i’m talking about as far as the image quality i apologize for that, like i said this is my first flight and i should be used to this already, But uh, you know we make mistakes so there you go i’m recording in 4k, 30 frames per second. This is what you get with the phoenix 8 mini and you can see the vignetting i’m not going to go over here. Their school is in session so i’m, going to bring it back over here and i’m going to definitely have to reduce these uh yaw rates, yaw speed. So i have this full throttle of full forward and we’re going uh. 26. 20. You know around 26 miles per hour, which is decent. The fpv is definitely choppy and it is kind of dark. My ev is at zero. Now i know on the femi x8, all you need to do is tap the screen, so i guess you got to go somewhere else and um adjust the the ev i’ll dig more into that for the next flight.
Now all the smart functions and everything we will test that out as well in another video um, but uh all the smart functions and everything uh are not important to me. They may be important to other people, the tracking and all that other stuff they’re not too important to me we’re, going to bring this down low and see how low i can get on the ground. Bring it right in front of me here see so i can see it yeah definitely going to have to change these rates and speeds here with the uh, the yaw and everything but i’m not going to take the time to do it. Right now and uh it’s saying that i am uh less than a foot off the ground, which is not well actually maybe two three feet off the ground. Now it’s catching up and that’s about accurate, so see. If i can bring it even lower, see how low i can go and that’s one thing. I forgot to test and it’s pushing it back up so uh. It seemed like the sensors are working, and i will bring it over here towards the camera to see if it’s, actually working let’s bring it back here towards the camera. Put it in front of the camera Music, all right should be able to see it. There so i’ll put my hand underneath and see if it’ll move, okay, it is moving. So the sensors are working it’s, not as snappy as the uh dji mini flight around just a little bit more and then um.
I think that’s about it and at the end of this video you can go ahead and check out the uh, the unboxing and the walkthrough of the app. I do a setup as well so um, just in case you don’t know how to if you’re new to these uh these drones and you don’t know how to set it up. You got that there take it up. So what i’m gon na do just a speed test across the across the field? Real quick! You already saw it in normal mode, we’re, going up to uh 26 miles per hour i’m going to switch it over to sports mode change. This around switch it over to sports mode and uh, be mindful this. It is a little windy out here, so it may not be that accurate nope. I don’t want to do that. Cancel that and we’re going to go to sport mode click that on and we’re going to push full stick forward full stick forward. You guys watch the speed and you saw the gimbal dip right there and also look for vibrations. Look for you know: gimbal twitches as i’m flying forward and i’m getting up to 25 miles per hour. I must be going against the wind because it’s not changing at all all right. So what we’re going to do is turn around and go back the opposite direction, and you see the gimbal kind of twitch in there i’m not noticing any vibrations, though uh as i’m, going like constant vibration.
But then again i it’s hard to see on the screen. As well, the image is not that clear on the screen. It’S, like it kind of looks like mush a little bit so uh just make sure i’m in sports mode, because that was kind of it’s kind of slow, so i’m going to go full stick forward again. Pull stick forward i’m at 30, so it’s going to actually return a home soon now up to 40 miles per hour, 41. 41.5. I think i got up to at one point all right, so that’s sports mode. So what i’m gon na do is go back to normal mode, and it just gave me the warning if i can get this thing out of here, just gave me the warning so i’m going to do a return home and now it’s returning climbing up to 200 Feet and then making his way back at 26 percent and i started out with 94 battery and i did not time it that’s my mistake. So he’s heading back and we’re, going to uh see what it does all right, it’s coming down now i’m going to bring the gimbal down and we’re going to see how close it gets to the landing pad. Now i have a camera, another camera in my hand and uh. Hopefully it gets close to the pad and it looks like it’s. Moving around a little bit looks like it’s picking up the pad, and i think it did so here we go and here’s the pad and it’s just lingering there for a little bit and let’s see here, Music, huh whoa and it landed right on the peg anyway.
Uh nice job, alright guys so that’s. My first flight uh make sure you stay tuned for the unboxing and the walkthrough if you wish, but as far as the first flight i’m a little bit disappointed. Now the crooked horizon uh has been an issue with femi, since the um since i’ve had a fema. The femi x8sc uh that’s been an issue as well uh, but a lot of this stuff can be fixed with a firmware update. Now we are in the early stages right now. This is like i mentioned uh, maybe a beta unit anyway, so i’m pretty sure there will be firmware updates out there in the future. That may or may not improve these issues. However, i will be flying it more and testing out the intelligent features and also, if there’s, any updates firmware updates. I will update you guys on it and also test it out. This did land on top of the peg of the landing pad and it did survive. The propellers aren’t damaged or nicked so i’m glad about that because they only gave us two sets of extra props, so maybe, with the props being a little flimsy, helped a little bit as far as the construction of the drone. It is a little. The plastic is not as doesn’t look as durable or it doesn’t feel as durable as something like the uh mini two. So with that said, stick around for the unboxing and the setup, all right, so here’s, a quick unboxing of the femi x8 mini standard version, which weighs 258 grams.
As you can see on the box, it comes with a 4k hd camera three axis gimbal 31 minute flight time, eight kilometer transmission range and a level five wind resistance rating. So this is a very small box. So inside the box you’ll see your femi x8 mini, which is similar in size to the dji mavic mini and dji mini 2. When you dig further inside you get your quick start guide and your safety guide, then, underneath that you have your remote, which looks similar to the femi x8 se remote and is expandable, you also get three data cables for your apple and android phones. You get a usb to usbc charger cable. You also get two extra sets of props with screws and a screwdriver, and on the inside of the lid you’ll find a qr code which you can scan with your phone to download the fimi mini app all right. So your femi mini opens up just like any normal drone just fold out the legs take off the gimbal cover before you power on and also remember. There is a plastic film over the lens. You want to go ahead and take that off and on the bottom, you’ll see the two timer flight sensors with a obstacle flow sensor, and then here is your power button and back here is your battery. You just press this tab right here and pull, and here you’ll, find your sd card slot and also you’ll find a switch to switch it from radio to wi fi.
The battery is a two cell lithium ion battery and to charge it all you have to do. Is plug in the usb c cable right here in the back and then plug it into the outlet all right so for the remote you’ll find your sticks underneath here, just peel them out and screw them in every heavy antennas, just flip them up here you have Your record button for video and your shutter button for taking pictures and right here is your gimbal scroll wheel right here. You have your power button. You press it once to see your power level, you press press and hold to turn it on press press and hold to turn it off, and also here you have your return to home button and that’s pretty much it for the remote, and here is the femi Mini in comparison to the dji mini 2., all right so we’re going to do a quick setup just so you can see how it is to set it up when you have a full charge on your battery, go ahead and power it on and make sure you Take off the gimbal cover before you do so you don’t want to burn out the motors in the gimbal, so press press and hold the power button here and then you’ll hear a tone. Then you can go ahead and power on your remote press press and hold again you’re here tone there. Then you can go ahead and hook up your cable, your data, cable, whatever device you have uh the you have three cables there that you can choose from.
I have an android, so i have the usbc, the usbc data cable and you want to plug in the right in right angle into the device, then put your device in the remote. Then, at the point you can go ahead and plug it into your remote and it should boot up the femi navi app or the mini app automatically enter in your device. And when you first get into the interface you’ll, see a pre flight checklist. And this is where you can just you know, adjust your return home height. You fail safe. You can either hover land or return a home. You can see your battery aircraft, i mean your aircraft battery level. Here then also you’ll see your sd card information there as well. Then, if you need to go further into the menu, you can press these three dots here and it’ll bring you to your main menu and we’ll go over this in a second starting on the left. Here top left, you have your uh your altitude and then you have your horizontal distance and then next to that the hs and the vs, which stands for horizontal speed and vertical speed. Then you have your satellite information. It’Ll give you the number of satellites you have and right next to that, you have your fpv transmission signal. And next to that you have your your remote signal and then you have your battery information there and it gives you the voltage and also the percentage and then uh one more thing i wanted to cover when you tap on either one of these icons it’ll bring Up the menu, if you tap on the fpv icon, it’ll, bring up the photo photo menu or the camera menu, and if you tap on the remote icon, it’ll bring up the remote menu and the same for the battery.
You tap on the battery it’ll, go directly to the battery information now to the right of all that the far far right corner you’ll see a little sprocket here. You tap on that and it brings up the full menu starting with the aircraft information and go. If you go through here, real quick, uh you’ll, you can adjust your flight speed, your flight distance uh. You can limit your height, you can adjust your return to home height here as well. You can toggle between beginner mode and regular. You know normal mode, uh, sports mode, precise landing aircraft indicator i’m, not sure what that is. If i toggle that on and off i have to go through here and see what that is, it also gives you the amount of magnetic interference that you’re um around you. Can do your compass calibration here and i advise doing a complex calibration um when you first, when you do your first flight, even though, even if it doesn’t ask you to do one uh, you can adjust your fail safes here too, adjust your home point. You’Re gon na update your dynamic home point with smart track. You can activate that as well. You can also enable backwards flying during smart track. I would do that as well. Then you can adjust your expo and gain and i really don’t mess with those moving on to the camera menu. You can adjust your parameters either put in manual or or auto, adjust your photo size, your your ratio, i’ll leave it there.
Your photo format. This takes jpeg as well as raw raw photos. You can adjust your white balance, color metering mode and also put grid lines on i like to use a grid line so i’m going to actually put those on and then also you have your sd card and you can format it here as well. Then you have your rc calibration and you can adjust between. You can change your joystick mode mode. One two three mode, two is most common um. If you are, you know mo one or more three user, then uh you know have at it. Then you have your gimbal uh, your camera or a gimbal menu. Here you can calibrate your gimbal. I suggest doing that as well. Before you go out and then you can adjust your gimbal pitch speed i’m pretty much going to just leave it right there for now, and then you have your advanced settings in here: i’m, not going to mess with that gimbal gain or anything like that. You have your battery information here. There’S a two cell battery, i believe, is 24 milliamp, 7.2 volt battery, and then you can switch your low battery warning. If you want the lowest you can go is at 30 percent and then you have your return on home battery. Only enough when returning home, you can toggle these things on and off and then down here with these three dots here you have more choices. You can toggle off that initial check that come pops up when you first get into the app you can toggle that on and off, if you want i’ll, just leave that on because that’s very helpful you can access your flight records.
You can also change your your units. I have it set to imperial. You have your maps, you can check for firmware updates and, as you can see, i have several updates. I need to do so. I will do it once i’m done with this i’m, not going to go through all the updates uh. You know in real time. However, if you need to update everything you just press that update button on the bottom, then you have your maintenance mode i’m, not going to mess with that. You also can actu access your flight logs in here and do a drone calibration here as well. I guess and then one good thing you have a live feature you can broadcast live through here. You just set up your account through youtube and i’m, not sure if you can go anywhere else yeah, you probably can do it for facebook as well. You just hit that custom button and put in your link there now going down on the right hand, side you have a toggle button here to switch between your photos and video, then below that you have your shutter button, of course, and right below that. If you hit that camcorder icon there, you can access the menu for to switch between your video modes and photo modes. Also, you can access your intelligent flight modes. There too. Now with the intelligent flight modes, you have options of tap to fly. Waypoints smart track orbit spiral.
You have cinematic mode, tripod mode course: lock fixed wing and sar search and rescue i’ve had the femi x8 se and they work pretty well on that so we’ll test this out and see if these work well on the mini, then right below that that icon, Music Tap that this is where you access your your photos and videos on your sd card or the camera down on the bottom right. You have your ev value and next to that you have your gimbal pitch angle, so right now, it’s at zero degrees, and if i move the gimbal wheel, you’ll see a change now. The far left corner you’ll see your compass and if you tap on that, you can change it to the map. If you tap on the tap on the map, you can enlarge it like that, and then you have your uh, your heading, your compass. There, then, you can change the layering from map hybrid or satellite view in this icon. Here you tap that it’ll switch between the location of the drone in your home point or where the remote is, and this here you can update your home point from here as well. Then also you can access your intelligent modes down here. In the right hand, corner tap that you can access your intelligent flight modes there as well now to get back into the app interface or the fpv view just tap on the the map and then to get back to the compass.
You tap on the right hand, corner or upper right corner of the map to get back to your compass and then right here on the left hand, side of the screen. You have your take off and return the home button right now: i’m, not in the air. So i don’t have it up in the air right now, it’s, showing only for takeoff. It only gives you that option and i’m pretty sure once it’s up in the air it’ll change and give you an option for return home and we’ll test all this in the field, so that’s it for the unboxing and setup. I hope you enjoyed my initial video featuring the femi x8 mini and there will be more videos to come. We will be getting more into the video quality of it and comparing it to a couple other drones as well, and then also we will go over the smart functions, the intelligent functions and you know just making sure they work as well. So i hope you enjoyed this video if you did, if you found it useful uh, please share it and also give it a thumbs up and also, if you uh, like this type of content – and you want to see more videos on the femi x8 mini uh.