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!
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 Mijia Specs
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.
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.
videos are recorded in .h264 codec.
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.
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.
Xiami 360° cam holds a built-in 1600 mAh battery which lasts for 75 min of video recording.
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.
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
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 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:
Here’s a comparison chart to Samsung Gear 360, 2016 and 2017 model:
|Gear 360 (2016)||Gear 360 (2017)||Xiaomi Mijia|
|Sensor||2x 15 MP Sensor||2x 8.4 MP Sensor||2x 16 MP Sensor
Sony IMX 206
|max. 360° Resolution||3840 x 1920 (30fps)||4096 x 2048 (24fps)||3456 x 1728 (30 fps)|
|max. 360° Resolution at 30fps||3840 x 1920||2560 x 1280 ?||3456 x 1728|
|max. Photo Resolution||7776 x 3888 - 30MP||5472 x 2736 - 15MP||6912 x 3456 - 23.8MP|
|Display||data display||data display||no display|
|Dimension||56.3 x 66.7 x 60.1 mm||100.6 x 46.3 x 45.1mm||78 x 67.40 x 24mm|
|Weight||152 g||130 g||108,3 g|
|Price||Gearbest: 319.99 USD|
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.