Domes seem to be very popular accessories for action cameras. They’ve been around for GoPros quite some time and now some Xiaomi Yi Dome models hit the stores. Just to be clear, they only serve one specific purpose or to be precise on specific shooting occasion, when you want a photo or video where you want to show half underwater and half above water. The dome pushes the water line away from the lens, the field of view is increased above and below the water line. This gives you a very unique look. Water magnifies things. This distorts the look of photos, making the above water objects look normal while the underwater objects look larger. With this dome port, it normalizes the field of the view, it matches up above and below the water line:

Demo Picture from Telesin Dome

Demo Picture from Telesin Dome

 

Domes are not ideal for diving as the air inside dome and handle create a lot of uplift. For diving you are better off using the underwater case. Let’s take a look at available models:

 

Shoot Xiaomi Yi Dome

Shoot Xiaomi Yi Dome

Shoot Xiaomi Yi Dome

 

This Xioami Yi dome created a lot attraction recently. It is from the company shoot and especially designed to the Yi Action Camera. It looks premium-quality also because of the integrated lens hood. The flaps on the side of the dome should prevent sunbeams hitting the lens to avoid flares. I browsed several offers on aliexpress, but couldn’t find any info on how deep it is waterproof. The dome set also includes a bag, handle grip and underwater case:

 

Shoot Xiaomi Yi Dome

Shoot Xiaomi Yi Dome

 

Retailers / Price:

 

Xiaomi Yi Dome (unbranded)

This is the second model available which is designed for Yi Action Camera. It has no specific branding and is a little cheaper than the Shoot Dome. It doesn’t have a lens hood like the model above; I’m still not sure if that’s better or not. Description says it is 5m waterproof and also comes with handle grip and storage bag.

Xiaomi Yi Dome

Xiaomi Yi Dome

 

Retailers / Price:

 

GoPro Dome

As mentioned, there are several domes for GoPro available. Since the EKEN H8, Git2 and Firefly 6S have the same size as the GoPro, they’ll work with these cameras respectively. There seem to be 2 different models available from Telesin, one with an opening for the front screen of the camera, and one without:

Telesin GoPro Dome

Telesin GoPro Dome

 

I’m currently not sure what’s the difference between these two products (besides the hole for the screen). One description hints that the one with hole for the screen is 5m waterproof, whereas the one without is 21m waterproof. Both should come with floating grip, hand strap & storage bag. Please check the description for each product offer:

Telesin Dome without hole for screen

Telesin Dome with hole for screen

 

I haven’t tested them so far, maybe I’ll get them when the weather gets better here and compare them for you – Stay tuned!
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