After we’ve waited forever for Yi Technology’s Erida tri-copter (we heard about it in 2016, and it’s still not released), it appears that Yi is trying again with the new Pixie. The Yi Pixie is a tiny drone very similar to the DJI Spark, but it might feature a 4k camera.
This is based on a leaked user manual you can view here, so it’s not set in stone. However, it seems likely that to compete with DJI, it would need a really good camera. Also, the Geniusidea follow-me drone looks very similar to the pixie, so it’s possible they are partnering for it. Here are some of the specs.
Yi Pixie Specs
- 13-megapixel camera that can shoot 4k 30fps, and 1080 60fps
- 20 minute flight time with 2 batteries (I assume 10 minutes with each)
- Cheap, common batteries such as 18650
- App for controlling it, so no controller
- 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wifi connection
- No Gimbal Stabilization– the footage will use electronic stabilization, which is fine, but generally less reliable. However, you can adjust the gimbal as shown in the picture below.
- Facial Tracking
- One-key takeoff and return-to-home
- Flight Task (waypoints)
- Price of $150-300
That’s about all we have so far, but we’ll keep you updated. As for the price, this is only an estimate. The GeniusIdea drone is $300, so I assume it will be cheaper.
This drone overall seems very similar to the Yuneec Breeze, which is around 200 dollars. If the Yi Pixie is any more than 200, then I would get the Breeze instead. But if the price is lower than we’re expecting, it might be a viable option.
What do you think of the Yi Pixie? Leave a comment below!