In my Xiaomi Mijia Action Camera Accessories Review I want to focus on available equipment und useful tools for Xiaomi Mijia action camera. There are original and 3rd party accessories available, so I also want to take a look if the original parts are worth the extra money.

General mounting info:
The 1/4″ thread on Xiaomi Mijia’s body is a standard photo tripod mount, so you can mount any standard photo gear.
The mount on the underwater case is the standard GoPro mount, so you can use any GoPro mounts (if not limited to the camera’s dimension).

So this post is about specific Xiaomi Mijia Action Camera Accessories, as you can use a ton of mounts for the camera which I featured in specific posts.

 

Xiaomi Mijia Action Camera Accessories

Extra batteries

It seems that Xiaomi Mijia uses their own type of batteries, I haven’t seen them in other cams so far. Please be careful as there are many batteries for YI Technology YI 4K camera are labelled “Xiaomi”. Batteries for YI cameras don’t fit!
In general I always have at least one spare battery with me, so I don’t miss a shot if needed. Currently I only found original batteries and no 3rd party products so far. The original battery offers a capacity of 1450 mAh which lasts for about 2 hrs of 4K recording and up to 3 hrs in 1080p. Of course the runtime varies depending on the use of the screen or wifi switched on or off.

Xiaomi Mijia 4K Action Camera - 1450 mAh battery

Xiaomi Mijia Action Camera – 1450 mAh battery

Retailer / Price Comparison

 

Underwater Case

It seems that in the initial offer the underwater case is not included, but I heard there will be kits available. There are 3rd party cases available, but the original case seems to be promising as an “anti-reflecting” and “anti fogging” lens is promised. Let’s see if it holds up – a comparison will follow as soon as my original case will be delivered. Anyway I recommend using Anti Fog Strips to prevent fogging.

Xiaomi Mijia Underwater Case vs 3rd Party Case

Xiaomi Mijia Underwater Case: Original vs 3rd Party

Original Underwater Case

  • Gearbest: 16.33 USD – Coupon Code: xxcc323x or GBCE
  • Banggood: 30.99 USD
  • Geekbuying: 29.99 USD
  • TomTop: n/a
  • Aliexpress: n/a
  • Amazon: n/a

3rd Party Underwater Case

Xiaomi Gimbal

Xiaomi created a gimbal exclusively designed for Xiaomi Mijia Action Camera. The camera is secured using the 1/4″ thread on the bottom of the camera and connected with the gimbal using the micro USB port. This way you can take photos, start/stop video recording and change exposure using the buttons on the gimbal’s grip. Xiaomi Mijia camera can also be powered by the built-in 5000 mAh battery of the gimbal to extend recording time.
Xiaomi Mijia 3-way gimbal offers 360° rotation on the pan axis and -35° to +90° on the tilt axis. On the bottom of the grip there’s a 1/4″ thread to mount the gimbal. Xiaomi gimbal weights 340g without camera.

For the extended review please expand:

Xiaomi Gimbal Review

Body, Buttons and Ports

Xiaomi 3-way gimbal for Xiaomi Mijia Action Camera

Xiaomi 3-way gimbal for Xiaomi Mijia Action Camera

On one side of the grip you can find the 4-way joystick (6) to control the gimbal’s head. Below there’s a photo button (8) to take photos based on the settings. When long pressing this button it activates / deactivates camera charging via the gimbal’s battery. Below there’s the power/video button (9). Long press it to turn the gimbal on and off, short press it to start / stop video recording. On the backside there’s a toggle switch to control the camera’s exposure (15). Below is the trigger button to select the different modes (14). On the side of the grip you can find a micro USB port to charge the gimbal which takes about 4 hrs (7).

Xiaomi Mijia Gimbal - Exposure Control

Xiaomi Gimbal – Exposure Control

 

Modes

The modes can be selected with the trigger button (14). The gimbal powers up in Pan-Follow mode, which means the camera will follow the movement once you pan the gimbal. Double pressing the trigger button restores the neutral position.
When you press and hold the trigger button the axes are locked. You can now move the grip and the camera will always face the same direction.
Tripple pressing the trigger turns the camera 180°, in case you want to do a selfie. Do so again and the camera will turn back.

LEDs

Above the 4-way joystick there’s an indicator LED light (5). When the blue light is on the camera is connected with the gimbal. During recording the LED flashes red. If the light is red constantly the camera is not connected!
On the bottom of the grip are 4 small LEDs indication the battery status (10).

App

Via Mi Home App you can change the settings of Xiaomi Gimbal. To do so the camera has to be connected to the gimbal and to your smartphone via wifi. Within the “scene settings” you can adjust the follow speed and the headband of the gimbal. There are also predefined selections available.

Xiaomi Mijia 3-way handheld gimbal app settings

Xiaomi Gimbal – App Settings

 

Conclusion

I’m very happy with Xiaomi 3-way gimbal. It’s a great addition to the camera to get smooth videos. The biggest benefit of the Xiaomi gimbal is the option to control the camera (start / stop recording) using the buttons on the grip. This makes the use if the unit very convenient compared to 3rd party gimbals.

Here you can download the full Xiaomi Mijia Gimbal manual.

 

If you don’t want to limit yourself to Xiaomi Mijia Action Camera and use a gimbal for smartphones as well you got other options. Take a look at Zhiyun Smooth Q or Feiyu SPG gimbal which work for a huge variety of action cams as well as smartphones. Here you can find a video where I used Xiaomi Mijia Action Camera with Feiyu SPG gimbal.

Xiaomi Mijia 3-way Handheld Gimbal

Xiaomi Mijia Handheld Gimbal

Retailer / Price Comparison

 

Fame Mount – 3rd party

In case you prefer GoPro mounts over photo gear that uses the 1/4″ thread on the Xiaomi Mijia body, the frame mount is the ideal adapter. It holds the camera very well and you can use any GoPro mount. I prefer the frame over the underwater case in situations where the camera doesn’t have to be waterproof as the lens is not covered by an additional layer.

Xiaomi Mijia Action Camera Frame Mount

Xiaomi Mijia Frame Mount

Retailer / Price Comparison

 

Filters

There are several filters available for Xiaomi Mijia Action Camera: CPL (Circular Polarizer) which is used in order to darken skies, manage reflections, or suppress glare from the surface of lakes or the sea. And there is an UV (Ultra Violett) that filters respective light. In terms of digital cameras this filter is mostly used to protect the lens.

Xiaomi Mijia Action Camera Filter: UV & CPL

Xiaomi Mijia Action Camera Filter: UV & CPL

Retailer / Price Comparison

  • Gearbest: n/a
  • Banggood: 5.59 USD
  • Geekbuying: n/a
  • TomTop: n/a
  • Aliexpress: 6.99 USD
  • Amazon: n/a

 

Remote Control / Selfie Stick / Tripod

There will also be a selfie stick with integrated tripod and bluetooth remote controller. Seems that you can remove the controller from the stick as well.

the YI action camera bluetooth controller does not work with Xiaomi Mijia Action Camera.

a smartphone version of this stick is also available (different mount).

Xiaomi Mijia Action Camera - Selfie Stick / Tripod / Bluetooth Remote Controller

Xiaomi Mijia Action Camera – Selfie Stick / Tripod / Bluetooth Remote Controller

  • Gearbest: n/a
  • Banggood: n/a
  • Geekbuying: n/a
  • TomTop: n/a
  • Aliexpress: n/a
  • Amazon: n/a

 

Smartphone version:
This same selfie stick / tripod / controller  is also available for phones. The only difference is the mount on top of the stick. The one for phones has a clamp to hold different sized phones, the one for the camera will have a 1/4″ standard tripod thread. You can use the stick for phones also with Xiaomi Mijia Camera and clamp it in – the remote controller works, but the screen is mostly covered.

Xiaomi Smartphone Selfie Stick used with Xiaomi Mijia Action Camera

Xiaomi Smartphone Selfie Stick used with Xiaomi Mijia Action Camera

 

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