Xiaomi Fimi A3 review – best gimbal GPS drone for the price

Xiaomi Fimi A3 - amazing FPV GPS drone

Battery Life

16 min

Range

1000m

Camera

1080p

Motors

Brushless

The new “Fimi” series from Xiaomi is a direct response to the latest DJI drones, including the Spark and the Mavic.

The A3 is the cheaper of the two, and comes with some stunning features that I'm really excited for like using any 5.8 ghz goggles to see the feed and an included controller with a screen, so that you don't need to use your phone.

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What to look for in a camera drone at this price

Image stability

Probably the most important feature when it comes to recording in general, especially in the drone industry.

THe Xiaomi Fimi not only has a 2 axis gimbal but also comes with electronic image stabilization.

This makes the videos look hypersmooth and have a very good flow feeling to them.

You should look for the following in a drone if you want good image stability:

  • A 2 or preferably 3 axis gimbal is the best possible way to stabilize a camera. It's usually found in more expensive builds.
  • Electronic image stabilization. Drones like Parrot Bebop 2 or even the cheaper Tello have it.
  • Get yourself a GO Pro drone and use a very stable Action cam with electronic or optical image stabilization!

Battery Life

It's pretty obvious that you need enough battery life in a drone that's supposed to stay in the air for enough time to capture what you're interested in.

The 16 minutes of flight that the Fimi A3 has are quite enough for getting most shots.

What's more, there are already spare batteries for sale, and that will make quite a difference.

Drone GPS and stabile flight

This Xiaomi drone comes with GLONASS and GPS, which means it will have the maximum number of satelites connected.

It doesn't come with optical flow sensors underneath, but it doesn't need them anyway.

It's great that it doesn't suffer from the toilet bowl effect and flies on the same spot very well.

Besides that, drones with GPS also come with useful functions like return to home and follow me, that can be super useful for saving time and money.

  • Drones with GPS
    • great for stability at higher altitudes and distances
    • Safer with RTH options and if battery is too low
  • Drones with Optical flow cameras
    • much cheaper
    • holds position pretty well under 20m height
    • can work indoors too
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Xiaomi Fimi A3 Price and specs

The price for this drone is quite well under the price for the DJI Spark, yet it specs some umbelivable features.

the 1080p camera resolution is more than enough for most people who also can't edit 4k on their computers anyway.

Having the posibility to use FPV goggles with this drone is like a dream come true.

The flight range can exceed 1km and the drone returns back home if it loses signal.

Specs
Camera Options
With Camera
Camera Resolution: 1080p
Gopro
Features
GPS
Gimbal
Phone Controlled
Transmitter
Motor Type: Brushless
Optical Flow Stabilization
Battery Life: 16
Flight Range: 1000
Foldable
Micro SD Card
Under 250g
Drone Types
Beginner
Professional
Indoors
Racing

Here's a dainly price history for the Mavic Air, so you know if now is the right time to buy it.

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Fimi A3 compared to other drones

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Camera and goggle option

The camera is 1080p on this drone and records that way on the MicroSD card that's on it. However, at the same time it trasmits 5.8ghz analog signal to the remote/ goggles.

Why is this so special?

You can watch with as many friends as you want at the same time through cheap fpv goggles and have an incredible experience that feels like you're flying compared to just watching your phone.

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How do you make money with your drone, though?

Okay, so you got your new and fancy drone, but how do you stand out from any dad out there who has the same drone and watched some tutorials online?

I did exactly that and barely had any success. 

But now I’m charging 5x as much as before and even have to refuse clients from time to time.

I even bought about 7 online courses… and I didn’t make much progress.

So how did I finally make it to this level?

If you want the short answer, I learned everything from this guy Alex, who’s making $200 per hour with his drone. And he’s even teaching exactly how to do that.

This is pretty much what you need to know:

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1. Make sure you have a proper drone.

If you have any of the latest DJI Drones, like the Mavic Air 2, for example, you’re ready to start making money.

No need to overthink this, but if it’s any help, check this comparison of the best camera drones compared in 2020.

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2.Learn how to create the best content to stand out

You won’t stand out from the next dad who bought a DJI drone for Cristmass in the eyes of your clients if you don’t do this.

It’s WAY more important to know what you’re doing than the gear you have.

You’ll need to learn and master the following:

  1.  
  • Flying your drone(to stand out from people with basic drone shots)
  • Preparing for the flight and weather in advance
  • Learn the best drone settings (you need a proper setup template)
  • Create the Video Script (it's way easier if you know what to shoot)
  • Have a set of great cinematic shots you know how to do
  • Know how to edit the video so it stands out
  • Learn how to color grade

This is why you HAVE to invest in a proper way to learn things (instead of watching tutorials here and there).

3.Find clients that pay 5x more than regular

But not so fast.

You won’t make a penny if you don’t know how to find your clients.

I have struggled finding clients even when my videos were getting pretty good.

Until I learned a few tricks and how to find and approach them so they won’t be able to say no.

And what’s best, I learned how to get the price I asked for.

How can you do the same?

I have tested quite a few courses online and watched tons of videos on youtube, but frankly, I have learned more from one single course than from everything else… and all that in like a weekend.

Made back the money from this investment in myself in a single week and then much more.

 

How do I learn all of this? From youtube?

You could simply go online and learn everything in terms of video from youtube, forums, facebook groups etc.

However, let me tell you, it’s the worst way to learn all of this(and the slowest).

You won’t have a Complete Step By step guide on how to do everything.

I found myself frustrated, even after I learned how to do most of the video stuff that I still lacked some knowledge and I didn’t know why my shots weren’t standing out.

I got some general promotion ideas from some articles online, but again… I didn’t have much success and was charging too little for my time.

This is exactly where I learned how to make $200 per hour with my drone (From A to Z)

This course is hold by Alex Harris, who’s an international video creator, director, and drone operator with tons of experience.

And I had a great time stealing his know-how(and greatly profited from it, lol).

I recommend you watch his video presentation bellow and check out the course sales page. It’s quite cheap, considering you’re getting 320+ minutes of everything you need to know, step by step and 80+ minutes on how to actually find the ideal clients for you.

I'm a big drone enthusiast, the owner of DronesGator.com and I also make weekly videos on my drone YouTube channel.

2 Comments
  1. The FIMI A3 is a quite nice, entry level GPS drone. For its price ($300) it has a bit of everything. 5.8G FPV, RC with DVR, 2-axis gimbal and 1080P camera.

  2. Would you choose the Fimi A3 or the JJRC x12? The X12 now has a 4k which is what you seemed to dislike it that review. Thank you and great content. Also the X12 seems to be taken out of your “Best of” reviews.

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