The frontier of 4K action cameras is increasing rapidly with new and more advanced models being launched each year. As of now the esteemed Go Pro range of cameras are still leading the market but competing brands are never far behind in offering a more impressive set of features at affordable prices. With companies like TomTom, Olympus and Yi producing high-resolution action cameras with 4K video recording and a larger feature package at cheaper prices, there is never a lack of options in buying an excellent action camera. Sports enthusiasts and adrenaline seekers, as well as travel video bloggers, often use action cameras for keeping a video log or for uploading them on the online. Even several news companies prefer 4K action cameras in situations where it is not recommended to use more expensive equipments which are heavier in nature. 4K Action cameras are miniature in size and lighter in weight accompanied by a hardier built which makes them an excellent choice for recording events on the go. Just attach them to a rig or a handheld stabilizer and your ready to record high-resolution 4K videos.
Xiaomi Introduces Mijia 4K Action Camera
Xiaomi, a company based in China, is originally known for their fabulous range of smart phones but only recently have expanded in to the action camera arena. After the success of their 3.5K 360 degree action camera which had pretty neat panoramic video recording, they decided to upgrade their latest installment into 4K resolution but with 145-degree recording capability.
Xiaomi Mijia 4K Action Camera Review & Unboxing
It is always an exciting moment when finally the order you had placed has arrived at your doorstep and it is a moment of pride when you get to admire it firsthand. The Xiaomi Mijia 4K Action camera is sure to give a pleasurable experience while unpacking it as the box itself is impressive.
In it you will find the camera body itself along with a thin USB cable which will aid you in transferring your files manually and an external battery. The battery capacity is better than most of its competitors. The Mijia Mini offers a 1450 mAh exchangeable battery which is more than the Go Pro Hero5’s 1120 mAh battery or the Yi 4K’s 1400 mAh battery.
It can give you 2 good hours of use while recording in 4K resolution and 3 hours while recording in 1080p. Also, with the box you will receive other accessories such as a user-manual.
The body of the camera has been designed to be quite durable. Made of sand stone, which is quite similar to the one plus one, it has a soft rubber front and a plastic back side with an impressive matt black color. It feels really light to hold as well as it weighs around 99 grams and its dimensions are 29.5 x 42.7 x 71.5 with smooth round edges.
It also has 2.4 inch retina touch screen display which is actually quite large compared to the touch screen displays used by other brands like Go Pro’s 2 inch display. On the left side of the camera body you will find the USB port which is conveniently located and beneath it there is ¼’ tripod port for mounting the camera. Beside the mounting port there is also the battery slot as well. On the top of the camera there is the standard audio speaker and the on/off button making the entire built of the camera quite simple and minimalistic.
Closer Look at Mijia 4K Action Camera Specifications
The different set of features of the camera is what sets it aside from the options offered by other brands. The Xiaomi Mijia Mini 4K Action Camera offers simply an amazing set of features which makes it exciting to use as it is available at such an affordable price. Firstly, let’s take a look at its recording capacity which is actually the primary feature of the camera. As you already know the Xiaomi Mijia Mini is a 4K camera which means it can record at 3840 x 2160 resolutions along with 30 fps. It can also record at lower resolutions like 2.5K 2560 x 1440 at 30 fps and 1080p which is 1920 x 1080 at a 100 fps. You can resort different options for changing the quality as well as the modes of the camera.
9 Different Modes of Camera:
These can be accessed from the menu by swiping from left to right on the touch screen,
- Standard video recording mode
- Time-lapse video recording mode
- Slow-motion mode for recording at a higher fps
- Loop recording mode
- Video plus photo where photos are taken along with the video
- Timer mode
- Burst mode for taking a larger number of photos at a time
- Time-lapse photo mode
From the options shown on the screen by swiping down you can adjust several aspects of the video such as aspect ratio, output format, ISO, shutter speed, metering and quality.
The camera has a SD card slot with an expandable memory up to 64 GB. The lens of the camera features a F2, glass built with a 145 degree field of view which is certainly beneficial in recording videos with less image distortion.
Other Amazing Features of Mijia 4K Camera
The Xiaomi Mijia Mini 4K is powered by a 1/2.5” 8 MP Sony Exmor Sensor and an Ambarella A12 processor. The sensor in this camera is a little larger than the usual 1/2.3” action camera sensor which is quite beneficial during low light video recording. The processor on the other hand is similar to the one use in the Yi 4K or the Firefly 8S. One of the most awaited features of the Xiaomi Mijia is its 6-axis electronic image stabilization feature. It comprises of an integrated 3-axis Bosch BMI160 gyroscope and a 3-axis accelerometer which gives you perfectly synchronized digital image stabilization. It also facilitates a 3D noise reduction system and lens Distortion Correction facility and of course WiFi as well as Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity inbuilt. Overall, the entire Xiaomi Mijia 4K Mini has raised expectations of all action camera users as it is packing a good punch in quality rather than your wallet.