Do you remember when GoPro introduced its first 360-degree video capture solution? It was a very strange device with a couple dozen GoPro cameras, which is very large and heavy.
Fortunately, now you can buy a very compact camera, smaller than your phone, which is capable of shooting 360-degree video. One of the most interesting cameras is Xiaomi mijia 3.5K Panorama Action Camera.
So, today we have a review Xiaomi mijia 3.5K Panorama Action Camera. We’ll talk about design, basic functions, and also provide sample videos and photos.
We received Xiaomi mijia 3.5K Panorama Action Camera from GearBest. Now you can order the device for just $248.99. The online store guarantees the product quality and fast shipping.
The camera comes in a small box. On the back of the box, you can find basic specifications and functions.
Inside the box, you will find action camera itself, USB cable, tripod and user manual. Packaging is quite modest, unlike most action cameras, but you do not need anything else. This means that Xiaomi mijia 3.5K Panorama Action Camera is very convenient and easy to use, and do not need a huge amount of equipment for its operation.
In fact, we doubt that design of the 360-degree camera is the main selling point. Of course, it is the shooting quality and functionality is the most important parts of this camera. However, Xiaomi mijia 3.5K Panorama Action Camera looks really stylish and great.
The device is made of high-quality materials. Xiaomi mijia 3.5K Panorama Action Camera has a frame made of anodized aluminum. The side faces are covered by black plastic with a pleasant texture. We did not notice any problems with fitting the details. The action camera feels solid and monolithic.
By the way, you should not be afraid to get in the rain with a camera. Xiaomi mijia 3.5K Panorama Action Camera is protected from dust and dirt with standard IP67. It means that you can shoot video practically in any conditions.
Also, you should note, that lenses protrude out of the body. However, they are made of very durable glass, so when the camera falls, they should not break. But still, we do not recommend dropping it on a hard surface.
Although the body is made of metal, Xiaomi mijia 3.5K Panorama Action Camera is very light (about 70 grams). Your hands should not be tired of holding it while shooting a video.
There are only three control buttons. They are located on the upper end. In addition, the camera has a slot for memory cards up to 128 GB, microUSB port and even amount for the tripod.
As we said earlier, the packaging includes a small tripod that can be folded into a small monopod.
- 16-megapixel sensor from Sony IMX 206;
- Each lens with a viewing angle of 190° and Aperture f/2.0;
- Photo with a resolution of 23.89 MP, video recording 3.5K (resolution 3456×1728 pixels/30 frames per second);
- Support for memory cards up to 128 GB;
- Electronic stabilization on 6 axes;
- Photos can be edited via special application;
- The battery capacity of 1600 mAh provides about 75 minutes battery life with Wi-Fi turned on, and without Wi-Fi – up to 90 minutes;
- Support for Android and iOS.
Xiaomi mijia 3.5K Panorama Action Camera works on Ambarella A12 chipset. There are two 16 megapixels sensors Sony IMX 206 with f/2.0 aperture and viewing angle of 190 degrees, which allows you to create 360-degree videos without a noticeable transition between frames. The maximum video resolution is 3.5K (3456 x 1728 pixels) at 30 frames per minute, and Photos – 24 MP.
There are two sensitive microphones in the camera, which provide the stereo sound recording of good quality. However, if there is a strong wind in the street, the quality of recording may suffer a little. But even in a crowded place Xiaomi mijia 3.5K Panorama Action Camera can record your speech with clearly audible.
The camera connects to your smartphone with the special application called Mi Sphere Camera via Wi-Fi module. The app allows you to remotely control recording, update the firmware and view the footage.
The built-in battery has a capacity of 1600 mAh, which is enough for an hour of recording video with Wi-Fi turned on. If you turn it off, the recording time increases by 10-15 minutes.
In my opinion, Xiaomi mijia 3.5K Panorama Action Camera is one of best cameras for ordinary travelers or YouTubers. It is very easy to use, and you do not need special knowledge or additional equipment.
Of course, you can use any other action camera, but its viewing angle of the lens is simply not enough and a lot of small things remain behind the scenes.
Looking at the compact size of Xiaomi mijia 3.5K Panorama Action Camera, it’s hard to believe that such a small thing is capable of recording 360-degree videos. Yes, the resolution is not 4K, but even 3.5K is enough to provide a clear picture. The trick is that from the video you can safely crop a Full HD picture and the quality will be comparable with most available action cameras.
Taking photos on Xiaomi camera gives new impressions. You don’t need to think about composition, viewing angle of the lens or anything else. When you visit an interesting place, just take Xiaomi camera, and start recording everything around you. Easy! Even the most wide-angle lens will not give the coverage that Xiaomi action camera provides.
The dynamic range is amazing. There are details in both bright sections of the frame and in the shadows. You can only complain about not the highest resolution, but for such a price (about $300) it is forgivable. The nearest competitors cost $100-200 more.
The image quality is good, but there are problems with the software. If we directly drop the files from the camera to the computer, then we get the usual flat video with two spheres. To make them 360-degree is almost impossible. Any programs cannot define the footage as 360-degree video. Even YouTube does not work well with it.
How to watch 360-degree video from Xiaomi mijia 3.5K Panorama Action Camera on computer
After much research, we found the only working way.
- First, you need to save the video file on your phone using the Mi Sphere Camera application.
- Then open the file and, using the built-in editor, output it in panorama mode.
- After that, you need to copy video on your computer, add the metadata through a special program and only then upload it to Premiere.
So, we can say that the main disadvantages of Xiaomi mijia 3.5K Panorama Action Camera are the lack of software for computers. If Xiaomi will develop it, then Xiaomi Panorama Action camera will be the best available camera for recording 360-degree videos.
Otherwise, it’s an excellent camera with amazing shooting quality, features, capabilities, and most importantly – 360-degree video shooting, which can become the main trend on YouTube and around the world in the next few years.
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