Anybody who watched the uh grown nation show yesterday saw that we did a live unboxing of this guy on the drone nation show but uh anyway, i’m gon na take it out today, i’ve got it all charged up and i did uh the firmware updates or excuse Me not firmware updates. I couldn’t find any firmware updates. I will post my firmware uh package on the screen right now, Allora, if there’s newer firmware than that uh, i i couldn’t it didn’t show up it. Didn’T auto update, i should say so in any case that’s. What we’re going to fly with today, but i also did the calibration – did the gimbal calibration and did the controller calibration. I also did a compass calibration here at home, but uh we’ll also do that out in the field. So yeah let’s let’s take this guy out and fly it today, Sono, going to take it out to the as promised i’m going to take it out to the snake river canyon. I do want to point out that it seems to be a pretty robust little drone. You know it feels uh very similar to the uh dji mini 2 as far as build quality right and, Naturalmente,, weight it’s going to be very similar. This is a little bit heavier because it’s just got the uh. The lithium ion uh it’s got the uh lithium ion battery, which i believe is a 2400 or maybe it’s a 2200 milliamp ora.
We’Ll read that off the specs here in a second uh, but i just wanted to thought i’d show it to you that’s. What the inside of the drone looks like and you can see the sd card slot. Uh it’s also got a micro usb slot there and i’m, not sure what that is for perhaps manual firmware updates. I don’t know the manual that they give you with. The drone is really just a quick start guide and i looked online to see if there was a more comprehensive manual and and there isn’t so uh we’re, just going to kind of stumble through this i’ve looked over the app it looks pretty straightforward if you’ve used Any of the femi apps before it’ll look very familiar to you. ok, let’s take off the gimbal cover and take a look at that camera. Real, quick uh. You know it’s about what you’d expect a 3 asse. Gimbal looks good, looks reasonable again. Anybody that’s familiar with femi rc’s on the x8sc you’ll, be familiar with the way this guy works, so it just simply stretches out to attach your mobile device in the middle. I really like that design and all the guts are in this side of the controller and, come potete vedere, as you pull it out, even the the antenna stay on that side, so it does come with. I’Ve got the lightning cable attached to it, and that is the charge point right there usb c charge port.
It does come up with uh usbc to usbc, as well as micro, usb, depending on the mobile device that you have so uh yeah. I mean it just feels good it’s, pretty basic uh. You know you got record, take a picture. You got the uh, the gimbal wheel right here and then on the other side. Fondamentalmente, all you have is return to home and a power button, so it’s pretty pretty sparse controls as far as buttons. On the controller, Tuttavia, you know everything else is going to be controlled through the app. So let me take a second and uh and we’ll talk about the the specs for the drone. Here i wrote them down here or excuse me. I printed them off here, so i’d have them for you and we’ll. Just talk about that. You know the major uh uh specs here so uh with the standard battery it’s gon na be 258 grammi. So that is a good point as shipped. This is not an under 250 grammo. Drone so would not meet some of the specifications that you need in the uk and in canada, ecc, and even here in the us, you will have to put your sticker on this drone. Onestamente, i don’t see that as a big deal for us in the u.s as a part, 107 pilot i’ve got to put my sticker on there anyway, if i’m going to publish anything with it, and so i really it’s the only difference between the us between under 250 and over is whether you put a sticker on it or not, it’s a five dollar sticker folks.
I don’t see that as that big of a deal so, but i do understand how important it is in in europe and in the uk and in canada, and perhaps some other countries that i’m not aware of too of their regulations uh but yeah they’re saying with The uh standard battery 30 tempo di minuti di volo, ... 31 minutes with the pro battery pro battery, is not out yet and – and i should mention, Suppongo, ... – the difference between the standard battery and the pro battery the standard battery, which is what i have is lithium Ion and it’s a 2400 milliamp battery uh, 7.2 volts and then uh the pro version. Smart battery is a lipo uh, lithium, polymer and it’s. Much lighter 86 grams is what it weighs and it’s just a 2200 milliamp battery and, interestingly enough, it gets more flight time. That must be because, because of the uh, the lighter weight but uh anyway, uh and then uh, probably uh they’re, saying the max flight speed is 16 meters per second that’s about 33 34 miglia all'ora, uh and then they’re, saying uh descending speed. Three and a half meters per second uh ascent speed, che è abbastanza buono, sono, saying five meters per second that’s, pretty quick, so we’ll try that out. It uses all three of the uh satellite positioning systems: gps uh, us gps glonass, which is the russian system and baidu, which is the chinese system, uh e uh.
You know it gives specs for hovering, accuracy, ecc. Uh zero to 40 degrees centigrade is the operating range. So that’s from 32 degrees fahrenheit to about i think, 104, something like that fahrenheit and uh boy. It says suitable altitude, 4, 000 metri, so i’m thinking what they mean by that is. You wouldn’t want to use this at a higher if the, if the mean uh above sea level, altitude is more than 4 000 metri. So for those of us in the us uh, you know that’s about 13 000 feet or so so i think we’re good. There uh and then uh yeah. It talks about the uh, the remote controller, and it does have its own internal battery uh. The camera has a 90 degree pitch, Naturalmente,, ... 80 degree field of view, it’s an f 2.0 aperture uh and the sensor is a one over 2.6 and it is a sony sensor, pixel effettivi, 12 million pixels and iso range uh, 100 A 3200 .... You know it gives so it gives the range for shutter speed, 32 A 1, 8 000 and then uh video uh, which we’re interested it’ll shoot 4k 30 fotogrammi al secondo 25 e 24.. It doesn’t say about the other video resolutions i’m sure it will shoot another resolutions, but it doesn’t say it on this specification. Interestingly enough, it says the bit rate is 100 megabits per second, which is a really good bit rate uh fat32 file system.
So anybody that knows anything about sd cards, Cioè, going to limit you to a 32 gig card that you can then format in fat32. You could use a 64 or bigger, but you’d have to partition the drive to format it in fat32. It doesn’t say it: doesn’t specifically say x, fat might work, but it doesn’t say that here so i think just to be on the safe side, i would use a 32 gigabyte card and in fact that’s what i’m using and i’m using a u3 related rated uh Sandisk extreme 32 gigabyte card uh video format is mp4 and yeah. Qui, it’s saying the recommended card is u3 and above oh, and it says it will go uh eight megabits to 256 or eight gigabits. Excuse me to 256 gigabits again. If it’s saying the fat file system is fat32, you would want to partition those bigger cards. I believe it may work in expat. You just have to try it to find out. So the only other thing that we can talk about here quickly is is what’s in the box, and it comes of course, with the aircraft itself. The remote controller, a battery spare props screwdriver gimbal cover the cables that i mentioned a couple of instructions. Those instructions are pretty basic, so uh not much. There comes up with the screw, it comes with screws for the props and a usb to usbc cable. So i guess that’s about it. Oh the other thing that i thought about that i figure i should mention.
Is these props feel much like the props on the dji mini they’re very thin, and i think i would exercise care just as we saw an issue with these kind of props getting out of shape, deformed and causing problems on the dji drone it’s possible that that Could happen with this guy, so i would be careful that you don’t put this thing in a box or in a case or something that’s, going to put any undue pressure on these props and perhaps deform them. Just might save you a little trouble so uh. Tutto ciò detto, let’s quit messing around let’s let’s, get out to the snake river canyon and let’s. Go fly this guy, hey everybody, uh well, we’re out at the rim of the snake, river canyon and i’ve got the uh femi uh, x8 mini and we’re gon na do our first flight with this guy. Now this is truly my first flight. Con questo drone. I have i fired it up yesterday at home. Uh did, as i spoke about earlier, did some of the calibrations etc. We’Ll do another compass calibration out here and then we’ll put it up in the air and we’ll. Take it out over the canyon it’s a beautiful day, it’s about 60 gradi, a little bit of wind, non è affatto male. I think about four mile an hour winds. It says so it should be perfect well within the parameters of what this guy should handle.
So yeah it’s going to be kind of fun, checking this guy out. What are we going to do with this thing, we’re going to check the things that we’re concerned about and we’ve seen on some other videos. We want to make sure that the lens doesn’t fog up and – and that reminds me i want to give a shout out to steve’s drones over in the uk. He has been doing a lot of work. A lot of testing on this drone he’s one of the first guys to get it and being that first guy is always the toughest because he has to stumble through a lot of things, and we learn uh from from some of the stuff that that he did With it so good work, steve and then yeah so we’re going to get it up i’m going to look for that tilted horizon we’re going to fly it sideways across the canyon and that’ll, be a test to see if it can keep that gimbal straight and then Overall, look at video quality we’re not going to do any big tricks with this guy. Oggi, mostly, we just want to see how it flies see, how it handles and, Naturalmente,, we’re gon na do like, like i always like to do. When i get uh a nice new drone like this and that’s just send it right over the canyon, so uh let’s quit messing around let’s. Get this bird in the air.
ok, uh i’ve fired up the drone and we’re getting a couple of errors here. Uh evidently it’s got 14 satelliti, but it says yeah system preheating, that’s normal that’s, the imu, but it says something about an accelerometer error, so it wants us to restart the drone. I i got to tell you: i fired it up a couple times yesterday and didn’t see that so let me shut down the drone and fire it back up and let’s see. If that error goes away. ok, we shut it down, fired it back up. Uh we’ll see what we see on the screen here: yeah so it’s looking for satellites, so that part of it looks like it’s, ok. So whatever issue we had, there is done uh and it’ll find yeah. Ha 11 satellites yeah, so it’s saying it’s ready to go now, but let’s go ahead and and let’s go in and do a compass calibration and see. If i can remember where that is yeah it’s right on the main screen. If you go to the uh settings and then you click on that first one looks like a little drone and let’s we scrolled down and we found compass calibration so we’re going to click calibrate and start. So we got a good uh. We got a good compass calibration there and one of the things that i did uh and yeah now it’s saying that it’s ready to go one of the things you might have noticed that i did when i was calibrating is while i spun it.
I went up and down that is a trick that ryan duvall taught me of rd’s drone reviews and and uh what that is a tip that was given to him uh by uh uh femi, when he first started with his uh femi me 4k drone, so uh It’S looking to me like there’s, no reason we can’t take off. If you look down at the bottom, it says we are shooting in 4k, 30. uh we’re all an automatic. Let me try and see if we can start recording i’m going to push the button on the controller here and it is that started our recording. So so far, so good uh and let’s try an auto takeoff and that’s on the app here i’m going to get out of your way. So you can see it make sure that we can see it. Let me lower this camera. Just a little and let’s go ahead and click take off on the app and it says to slide over well the touch screen just isn’t working like it should well let’s cancel we’ll. Try it again boy there’s a lot of bugs out here. I keep having to swat them away so let’s. Try that one more time yeah, Io no, know what i’m doing wrong here drag the icon into the rectangle. So i have it there we go there. We go nice, ..., steady, take off and it’s going to go up about four meters that’s. What femi’s always do so i’m going to give it a second uh to look there and then we’ll bring it down so far, so good i’m telling you the uh, the horizon looks good, so we gave it a second up there.
Let me tell you: è, è, nice and steady let’s, bring it down here, so you can take a look and i’ll. Stop it right. lì, è, nice and steady. I mean it’s moving a slight bit, but not much at all. So let’s turn it around here. Let’S yaw it around and let’s see if we can bring it into the camera a little closer, and you know me i like to jag it back and forth, so you can see that gimbal and that gimbal looks good and uh. Come potete vedere, the the the the uh video looks good and – and it looks like we’ve – got a good uh horizon so i’m gon na drop the gimbal down here a little bit. That’S me dropping the gimbal and uh i’ll move it back over here. Just a little – and you know what we’re going to do, what are we going to do folks? We need to do our manual dronies so and up and away uh reverse and up right now, reverse and up and there we are out over the canyon we’ll, leave it at that height right there. What are we at uh about 22 meters high? And you can see where i’m at here i am parked right at the edge of the canyon. Is this cool or what okay? Let me let’s stop right there and i’m going to yaw around to the drones right or left i mean when you get old it’s.
You don’t, you forget the difference between your right and your left. Io sono. Looking at the horizon here, it’s looking good let’s, uh let’s just go full stick forward, so we are full forward. We’Re down to 89 battery already and we’re out, there we’re out there over 300 metri, no connection issues at all running about 12 and a half 12 metri al secondo. You know that’s about 25 miles an hour and we’re just in normal mode, siamo, not in sport mode boy, siamo, getting a good look at the canyon here. I so far what i see i’m pleased with uh, ok, let’s not get too carried away. We’Ll go out there about 400 metri. This is our first flight, so we’re not going to get too carried away. Let’S yaw back around well let’s, go to the right this time and i’ll see. If i can do that, slowly and it and the controls are really good it’s allowing me to get a nice slow yaw and what you’re seeing there is not an uneven horizon, Cioè, just the landscape, the way it moves there as it kind of rises up and We’Ll see if we can’t get it kind of looking at the side of the canyon and there you can see where i’m parked there let’s bring it in a little bit and it’s coming right back to us here and here’s what we’re going to do right now. We are going to go sideways here and that will give us a good look at that gimbal and so i’m moving sideways across the canyon moving actually kind of upstream and boy.
That horizon looks good god femi. If you have solved this and i’m i’m moving i’m yelling right now as i’m moving sideways trying to kind of keep us in center of frame here down to 77 battery and i’m gon na. Tell you this like what we’re doing right now is not a test of uh flight time, because you know the first time you charge a battery. You know it typically takes a few charges to get the battery up to its full potential, so so let’s bring it back towards us and let’s. Do an overflight here, i’m going to see if i can center it on us and then we’re going to go full. Stick forward and bring it right back to us here and i’ll see if i can drop the gimbal as it comes over and that’s me adjusting the vector there a little bit here. She comes right over the top of us and i can hear the drone fighting the wind a little bit and i feel the wind just uh a tad myself. So let’s stop right there, let’s yawn around again and well. You know what let me show you uh. The road that we came in on here – and you know i just thought of something i very likely – should have tested uh i’m grabbing some altitude. Allo stesso tempo, i should have tested return to home before we before we took off over the canyon there, but you know what it’s, probably too late for that now.
Allora, Tipicamente, when you fly a new drone like this, what you want to do is your very first thing you want to take off and and and try a return to home, just to make sure that everything’s working like it should. I have to tell you guys. I am seeing no faults here so far. This is looking really good and and uh some of uh. Some of what i’ve seen in some other videos is, è, i thought it looked like. The sky was kind of blown out in some of them. I am not seeing that at all here. It looks really good, uh and and – and i think even our horizon looks good man i’m – just telling you guys uh. This is uh. This is good stuff uh. So you know i paid 319 bucks for this drone uh. That is just an outstanding value. So now we’re. Essentially the drone is heading kind of south east here and uh anybody that remembers uh when i first flew the dji mini 2 off in the distance. There is where it kind of went into its desk spiral and we almost lost it, because what you can get in this canyon is, you can get kind of a venturi effect of the wind coming through it but wow. This is looking good we’re down to 53 battery uh we’re out there ways we’re out there, 700 meters and i just realized i’m facing away from the drone let’s go out a kilometer and uh that’ll uh that’ll give us an idea of and i’m telling.
You i’m got good solid fpv here it looks really good uh. Sai, i’ll be honest with you uh. I kind of uh thought that particularly early on, i would see more issues with this drone, but so far so good. I was going to yaw uh to to the right, but i decided let’s, let’s kind of move forward and let’s do a kind of a slow yaw forward yaw to the uh to the left. Oh, that was a little bit much sorry about that kind of getting used to the controls here and we’ll, bring it back towards us and yeah. So that gives you a good look at the side of the canyon. There boy i’m telling you what i am more than pleased we’re out. Actually a kilometer and a half so let’s bring it back to us. I kind of wanted to get over the canyon here so that we could kind of get a look at the at the river here and kind of show you uh now i’m full stick forward. Coming back to us, i should kind of show you uh the snake river and see the end of the road there. The blm road and we’re going to go down there one of these days and go to the end of that road and do some video down there as well, but you know it’s coming back to us at 12 metri al secondo, you know there’s a little bit Of wind uh, they said up to 11 mile an hour wind gusts.
There is no wind that is bothering this drone in any way. It’S handling perfectly we’re, getting good speed out of the drone boy, i’m i’m kind of uh i’m, solo un po '. Uh gobsmacked right now, look at that we’ve got 17 satelliti. We’Ve got uh great signal connection on both fpv and control. You look at the top there down to 36 percent battery, so let’s not push it uh we’re. We are what 850 let’s hit return to home i’m, going to do that on the controller and the drone took the command immediately and it is coming back to us. Oh, è, rising to its return to home height of 50 meters is where i set it and then it’ll start coming back to us, così uh, yeah and it’s. Coming back. Sai, it’s not going real fast, but it’s coming yeah it’s picking up speed here. So yeah about nine meters per second or so let’s see if we can yaw. No, i no yeah. We can. We can yaw while it’s in return to home, that’s great. Mi piace che, so that that allows us to whoops and then it that that what it did right there is. It straightened itself back out: yeah i’d yawned it over and we’re getting a little bit of. I saw a little bit of a tilt there, but we’re coming in we’re about uh we’re down to 28 battery we’re about 400 meters from home, so let’s uh let’s, see if it’ll do a precision landing for us and i’ll drop the gimbal down as it comes Over us here and we’ll see what it’ll do boy there was uh.
You know we had some rain the last couple days and i think a bunch of little midges hatched and now yeah so it’s, giving us that low battery warning, sospetto, è, probably encountering a little bit more wind up there higher. Infatti, i can hear the drone kind of i can hear the motors kind of struggling a little bit in the wind, and you can see me standing there it’s moving around just a little bit but – and i just felt a big gust of wind come up. So let’s see how it copes with it. Here you can see the drone is moving around just a little. You know it’s it’s kind of uh, it’s kind of doing a little bit of a of a circle which made me think, maybe uh that that we had a little bit now it’s kind of calmed down. I thought you know, for maybe it could have been a magnetic calibration issue, but it looks good and let’s see if it finds the landing pad. It says not detected we’ve got a nice bare spot here to land, so we’ll see what it does. Yeah i’ll stop. It if it looks like it’s going to hit that uh that piece of sagebrush there so uh yeah it says landing pad detected let’s see if it hits it no it’s it’s. Maybe oh look at that. Guarda! Look at that baby, that’s gon na hit it look at that wow.
I hope we, i hope we. I hope we saw that yeah. We just missed it on the camera. Sono. Sorry guys, ..., yeah and it’s. Given us the low battery warning in usual, feed me fashion, it stopped recording as soon as it landed that’s perfect. in questo modo, you do not get a uh a compromised, uh video file, ..., ok, ..., give me just a second here and let that camera what’s that camera looking at there i don’t know. Let me get everything shut down and uh and we’ll do a a good conclusion so far that i’ve seen on this drone all right give me just a sec holy cow uh. Did we get a good flight there uh? That was uh? That was amazing. The little drone did just awesome. I was more than pleased hey guys, i’m right in the middle of editing. The uh theme mini x8 mini video here, and i noticed uh in the video of the drone. When i got the sd card out and was able to look at it full screen, i did see some gimbal shake on there. I’M sure you guys will have seen it already, but i just wanted to acknowledge that. I did see that i don’t know what to say about that: we’ll have to see what that is. It seemed to be mostly in forward flight. If you noticed, when the drone was moving backwards or sideways, you didn’t see that now could it have been caused by wind over the canyon or something like that, i i just don’t know we’ll have to do some further testing to find out.
I haven’t noticed that uh in other video of people that have flown this drone. So is it something that’s specific to my drone? Non lo so, but there was definitely a little bit of gimbal shake in forward flight there. So yeah we’ll just check it out and do some more testing other than that. I was very pleased with the performance of the fema x8 mini let’s, get back to the video yeah. I mean i didn’t see any tilted horizon at all and we flew it sideways and that’s a key that you can tell like with the it’s bigger brother, the x8 sc 2020. Soon as you flew it sideways you’d get that tilt uh in the in the camera. Uh we didn’t have any of that. Uh everything looked really really good. Uh the you know. I was worried that maybe we’d get an issue with the lens etc. No, nessun problema ci. I was worried a little bit about maybe getting a little bit of a blown out video with the sky, because i’d seen some other videos taken with this drone that just looked like it didn’t quite cope with that very well. It looked really good on my fpv screen, so we’ll see what it looks like uh on the uh on the sd card, but i just honestly couldn’t be more pleased with the way this turned out so yeah first flight of the femi, x8 mini and yeah. It all looked darn good to me.
Oh, i should also add good range. You know we didn’t. I didn’t see any breakup on fpv uh it we had no issues flying it out. We flew it out. Credo, as far as we got was 1.2 Chilometri, which is a waze, it looked really good. Ho pagato 319 bucks for this thing. That is just an amazing value and we haven’t even touched on any of the automated flight modes. Yet so, Purtroppo, i only have one battery, so we can only do one at a time, but but i’ll get out just as soon as i can and we’ll put together some videos on some of those other flight modes. But this was just kind of to get everybody introduced to the drone just telling you it’s. Looking like a winner to me all right. This is marcus crawford with the idaho quadcopter channel out and if you like this kind of content, please consider subscribing to my channel. Most of all, i do appreciate you checking out this video and yeah.