Note: This camera is from Xiaomi Company not YI Technology, manufacturer of the YI Action Camera. The name confusion for the first Action Camera came up as Xiaomi was distribution partner in China and therefore the name Xiaomi YI Action Camera was common. Therefore  Xiaomi 360° panoramic camera is not a associated with YI Cameras. YI also announced a 360° camera: YI 360 VR!

360° Cameras
Panoramic cameras recently became a trend, especially after Facebook and YouTube introduced 360° video upload. That way you can play a video on your smartphone and look around within the video by turning your device. As for YouTube this only works if you play the video within the YouTube App or on your computer with Google Chrome browser. Other famous brands already released 360° cameras, such as Samsung’s Gear 360, Nikon KeyMission 360 and the most famous: GoPro Fusion. The cheapest camera to offer 2 lenses is MGCOOL / Elephone Cam360. Be aware there are other cameras named “panoramic camera” which feature just one lens, but you won’t get a full 360° video or picture!

Xiaomi 360° Panoramic Camera - Design

Xiaomi 360° Panoramic Camera

 

Xiaomi 360° Panoramic Camera Mijia Specs

Sensor:
Xiaomi 360° camera uses a Sony IMX 206 sensor, that’s the same sensor being used in YI Action Camera. I think there are two sensors being used in the camera as this sensor is not capable of 4K video resolution.

Chip:
The camera features an Ambarella A12 processor, same sensor being used in SJCAM SJ7 Star or Thieye T5 action camera.

Lens:
Xiaomi Mijia features 2 lenses on each side of the camera, each of them having 190° FOV, consisting of 5 glass layers with an aperture of 2.0 and focal length of 1,43.

Video Resolution & Frame Rate:

  • 3456 x 1728 – 30 fps
  • 2304 x 1152 – 60 fps / 30 fps

Live Preview is available in 1440 x 720 at 30fps. The resolutions are in 2:1 format which is required for a full panoramic video.
As the height of 4K video (actually UHD) is 2160 pixels and HD is 1080 pixels, the resolution of this camera is between these.
If referred to width of the video, you could call it 3.5K camera.

Video Format:
videos are recorded in .h264 codec.

Photo:
Max. photo resolution is 6912 x 3456 pixels (3456 x 1728 is also available) in .jpg format. Max resolution would be 23MP, as the sensor is 16MP this last doesn’t give me a hint if one or two sensors are used.

Display:
I haven’t seen all sides of the cam yet, but it looks like the cam has no data screen to show the settings. It’s defiantly too small for a live view screen, I guess preview will be shown on an App.

Battery:
Xiami 360° cam holds a built-in 1600 mAh battery which lasts for 75 min of video recording.

Storage:
microSD cards class U3 are required, max. 128 GB cards are supported.

Connectivity & Ports:
Wifi & Bluetooth
Xiaomi Mijia connects via WiFi and Bluetooth, not sure about the App features yet, which is available for iOS and Android.
Ports
The camera holds a microUSB port, not sure if A/V out and Mic-in via USB are possible.
On the bottom of the camera is a 1/4″ standard tripod thread for mounting.

Dimensions & Weight:
Weight: 108,3 g
Dimensions: 78 x 67.40 x 24mm

Accessories:
Included is a small tripod as well as USB cable.
Xiaomi Mijia is IP67 waterproof, I’m not sure if there will be an underwater case for diving. Here’s a screenshot of the packing list:

Xiaomi 360° Panoramic Camera - Accessories

Xiaomi 360° Panoramic Camera – Accessories

 

Features:

Xiaomi Mijia 360° camera features:

  • EIS (electronic image stabilization).
  • IP67 waterproof and dustproof
  • Manual settings will be available for:
    ISO range: automatic / manual: 50,100,200,400,800,1600 ISO
    Exposure compensation: -3 – +3,1 / 2EV steps
    Shutter speed: automatic / manual: 1,2,4,8
    White balance: automatic, outdoor, cloudy, incandescent, fluorescent light
  • 3 shooting modes: flat, sphere, planet

 

Retailer / Price Comparison:

The camera is currently available for pre-order:

 

Camera Comparison

Here’s a comparison chart to Samsung Gear 360, 2016 and 2017 model:

 Gear 360 (2016)Gear 360 (2017)Xiaomi Mijia
Samsung Gear 360 (2016)Samsung Gear 360 (2017)Xiaomi 360° Panoramic Camera
Sensor2x 15 MP Sensor
2x 8.4 MP Sensor2x 16 MP Sensor
Sony IMX 206
ProcessorDRIMe5sDRIMe5sAmbarella A12
max. 360° Resolution3840 x 1920 (30fps)4096 x 2048 (24fps)3456 x 1728 (30 fps)
max. 360° Resolution at 30fps3840 x 19202560 x 1280 ?3456 x 1728
max. Photo Resolution7776 x 3888 - 30MP5472 x 2736 - 15MP6912 x 3456 - 23.8MP
Displaydata displaydata displayno display
Battery1350mAh1160mAh1600mAh
Wifiyesyesyes
Bluetoothyesyesyes
Image Stabilizationnonoyes
PortsmicroUSBUSB-CmicroUSB
WaterproofIP53
splash-proof
IP53
splash-proof
IP67
splash-proof
Dimension56.3 x 66.7 x 60.1 mm100.6 x 46.3 x 45.1mm78 x 67.40 x 24mm
Weight152 g130 g108,3 g
PriceGearbest: 319.99 USD
ReviewReviewReviewReview

 

Demo Video

Here’s a demo video from Sami Luo’s YouTube Channel. Make sure to watch it in Chrome Browser or within YouTube App on your Smartphone for 360° experience.

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