Action Cam nowadays very popular. Everyone knows that the market leaders are companies such as GoPro and Sony. Naturally, their products are quality and are not cheap. But what if you want to purchase a action camera, but your budget is limited? There is one option. We will focus on affordable action camera Xiaomi MiJia Mini 4K. I have to say, for $ 100 is a great acquisition.
What’s inside the box
Equipment camera is very poor. There is nothing special. In the box is a power cord for charging, user manual and, of course, the action camera. It was packaged in a very plain box. And the device was rewound almost a meter of protective film. It is clear that the gadget is not expensive, but still would like to have a complete set better.
Design and appearance
Xiaomi MiJia Mini really small enough that my big fingers find it difficult to place her. The side cameras have a fine texture of sandpaper, which can hold it without fearing that it will slip from the hands. The front part is made of similar material, but the back is completely covered with glass. Case shape rectangular, elongated. Like with an aspect ratio of 16:9. This gives the device an elegant look.
Around the optical system of the camera is the metal ring that is covered with a nice textured coating. So don’t worry about the damage when falling, but it’s better to avoid them. Unfortunately the kit is no cap to cover the lens. Xiaomi company just makes a great many different small accessories. So why not make a cover?
The front panel has a led indicator. It glows in different colors: red when the camera battery is charging; blue when the device is working; white – during data transmission; orange when the battery charge is less than 50%. There is also a red indicator, which is located near the only buttons on the top of the device.
This button is recessed into the body and is responsible for turning on and off of the camera and serves as a shutter button when taking pictures and shooting video. Still on the upper part of the body is one of the microphones. The USB port on the left side has a sliding cover which in itself is not very comfortable. Would be better if it was rubber.
On the lower side of the camera is a hole for battery and memory card microSD. All this covered by a special cover. This hole can be opened by pressing only on the specially marked place. Otherwise, you simply will not be able to get the battery out. Also on this lower side, perpendicular to the lens action camera, is a hole for connecting the tripod.
The camera has a 2.4-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 960×480p. At the moment it is the largest screen of all action cameras on the market. It works great, just like any smartphone. It is easy and convenient to use. It is enough to control all camera functions. The only drawback is tarnish. Three brightness modes: normal, medium and high do not help.
Specifications Samsung MiJia Mini 4K
- CPU: Ambarella A12S75
- Sensor: Sony IMX317, 8 MP
- Screen: 2.4 inch LCD, 960×480p
- Battery: 1450 mAh
- Wireless interfaces: Wi-Fi
- Memory: microSD up to 64 GB
- Picture format: JPEG, PNG
- Size: 7.15×4.27×2 cm
- Weight: 99 grams with the battery
In the booklet “user Guide” is the field with the QR code to download special apps camera on Android and iOS device. It allows you to connect your smartphone via Wi-Fi to the camera. With it you can control the camera remotely from your device. You can change camera settings, and view pictures and videos.
Perhaps for some, this approach do not like, but I think it is very convenient. In any case, see pictures for a better and larger screen is much nicer than on the small camera screen. If you have an Android smartphone, it is necessary that the version was not lower than Android 6.0.
The main problem you will face after the acquisition of this action Cam is the only Chinese language. Yes, there are instructions, but it is also in Chinese with a bunch of characters, and to understand the pictures was not so easy. Why is it so hard to add more languages? Or at least English.
Because of the above problems can be understand that the camera interface can also be in Chinese. Fortunately, in the Internet you can find firmware with English localization. If you ever had experienced with flashing phones, here is the same principle.
Instructions for the camera firmware
Here is a brief step-by-step instructions on how to flash the Xiaomi camera MiJia Mini 4K into English, if you bought the Chinese version. Attention: everything you do below, you do so at your own risk.
After the firmware update, the camera has become much easier to use. Through this, you can find great number of useful settings.
First impressions after flashing
The camera interface was clear. You can now easily move to the desired settings of the device. With a gesture from top to down offers a special menu with the main items: Wi-Fi, screen off and lock the camera.
Swipe left to check their records, and the right to adjust photos and video. In General, after flashing, the interface is simple and intuitive. Still means a lot to localize. It is clear that most of the products Xiaomi made for the domestic market. But is it really a big problem to add English? And so when you first start you had the opportunity to choose him.
The quality of shooting photos and videos
Video settings allow you to select the resolution: 4K at 25fps, 2.5 K at 25fps, 1080 @ 100/50/25fps, 720p at 200fps. There are three kinds of quality: “Superfine”, “Fine” or “Normal”. You have the option to enable or disable “Lens Distortion Correction”, you can also turn on the “Mic Mute” and “Metering” Mode (Spot, Center or Average).
The camera can shoot Timelapse. You can choose interval: 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30 and 60 seconds. You can also configure the length of the video: 6, 8, 10, 20, 30, 60 seconds or 2 minutes. Resolution: 4K at 25 fps, 2.5 K at 25 fps, 1080 at 25 fps. There is also a “Lens Distortion Correction”, etc.
There is a mode “Slow Motion Video”, in which it is possible to choose the speed: 2x–1080p, 4x 1080p, 8x 720p. As well as the quality of shooting “Lens Distortion” and “Metering Mode”. In the chamber there is an option “Loop your records”, which will overwrite old videos with new ones. You can set the length of a video file from 1 minute to 30 minutes, resolution, and change other options. There is still a possibility simultaneously when recording video taking photos, if you suddenly need it.
Overall, the video quality is very good, especially with enough light. But as soon as the light disappears, everything becomes very bad. This camera was definitely not created for night shooting video. But still, the impressions were good, considering the cost of the camera.
In the settings you can select the aspect ratio of 16:9 or 4:3 format pictures (this little beast can shoot in RAW), adjust ISO (Auto, 100, 200, 400 or 800). There are also settings pictures: “Standard”, “Bright”, “Artistic”, “Film” and “Classic”. You can turn the timer to 3, 5, 10 and 15 seconds. And there is a mode “Timelapse Photo”, where in the same way you choose the interval, aspect ratio, correction for lens distortion and several of the aforementioned functions.
Overall, the photos are good. Especially when there is good lighting. But the device is not exactly to be used as a camera, it is still action camera and it should be used as directed.
Battery and autonomy
The camera installed battery capacity of 1450 mAh. According to the manufacturer, this is sufficient for recording 90 minutes of 4K or up to 120 minutes in 1080p at 60 frames per second. A few test records on the street in the highest quality, with the screen on and Wi-Fi has shown that it really is.
Charge your camera battery using any standard charger from a smartphone. With output 5V/1A the process took 100-105 minutes. We used a non-standard cord that came in the kit, and the native cable from your smartphone. But it made no difference, neither charging nor data transfer. So that you can safely recharge the battery of any camera available to you, cords.
- Very good price.
- Big battery.
- Decent optics.
- A lot of options.
- Responsive screen.
- Good quality and design.
- A standard tripod mount.
- No protective cap for the lens.
- The lack of English language.
- To properly use the camera, it is necessary to reflash.
- The lack of ratings.
- Manual only in Chinese.
Camera Xiaomi MiJia Mini 4K has a good 8 Megapixel Sony Exmor IMX317. Photo and video files are processed by the processor Ambarella A12, which is also used in some other action cameras from manufacturers such as SJCAM, ThiEYE or Hawkeye. Mi Action Camera 4K is almost the perfect device, which can be improved by considering user reviews.
The biggest drawback is the lack of ingress protection. However as this action camera and protection against water or at least spray must be present. You can drop moments with the poor quality of photos and videos when lighting is poor, because the cost does not exceed $100. If you really understand that you need a cheap action camera, pay attention to Xiaomi MiJia Mini 4K.
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