With a light weight, incredibly small pack size and solid 4K image quality, FIMI's latest micro drone has a lot to be excited about, but the camera's ability to flip over and shoot true vertical video is what makes it particularly exciting for the social media creators among us.
Along with its new vertical camera, the drone has new sensors for automatically avoiding obstacles, boasts a flight time of up to 47 minutes and can shoot great-looking 4K HDR video. Not bad for a package that weighs just 249 grams (8.78 ounces) with the battery.
The huge rise in vertical videos on TikTok and Instagram Reels means that it's just as common to see people shooting with their phones held upright, rather than on the side.
But with the tap of an onscreen button the FIMI X8 Pro can flip its camera over, letting you take vertical videos and still images using the full resolution of the sensor. Lovely stuff.
And the footage looks great too. You can shoot in 4K at up to 60 frames per second, it has a wide f1.7 aperture and it can use HDR techniques to maximize the dynamic range. It has a 1/1.3-inch sensor size, which is smaller than the 1-inch type you'll find in the FIMI X8 MINI but I still found I could capture well-exposed footage even in high-contrast situations. I found colors to be true to life and there was plenty of detail too thanks to that 4K resolution.