Xiaomi has something in the works that could change all that, and it's turning up sooner than you think.
After the Xiaomi drone app leaked recently, and what looks like patents for an unmanned aerial vehicle UAV turned up online, Xiaomi today released a teaser for what could be the upcoming Mi drone.
The invite arrived in inboxes right after the Chinese tech giant revealed its new 4K Mi Box streaming media player at Google I/O.
Thanks to the earlier leak, we know the smartphone companion app is ready to go, and seeing as the teaser went out in Chinese, expect it to be launched there first.
Most drone enthusiasts will be keen on knowing how competitively priced Xiaomi will be able to be, but with 4K video recording, it's unlikely to be super-cheap.
Still, if Xiaomi does manage to keep within affordable limits this might be a drone worth saving up for.