Xiaomi’s New Mijia 4K Action Camera Shoots 4K Video & RAW Photos
Juan Carlos Ropel, August 23, 2017
Without any presentation or marketing campaign, the Chinese company Xiaomi has just launched a new action camera with 4K recording capabilities and great features for a lower cost.
This is the first action camera manufactured by Xiaomi itself. The action camera known as “Xiaomi YI” was manufactured by Yi Technology, who also created the YI 4K & YI 4K+. Xiaomi was only Yi Technology’s distribution partner in China.
Considering the quality of Xiaomi affordable products, this camera automatically becomes one of the more attractive offerings in the market. The new Mijia 4k action camera has most of the features we can expect in GoPro cameras. While this shooter is not as powerful as its cousins the Yi 4K or its new version the Yi 4k+, which can record 4k video at 60 fps, this new camera is ideal for those who don’t want to spend a lot of money on a high-end action camera and are okay with shooting 4K at 30 fps.
The Mijia 4K uses a Sony IMX 317 sensor with f2.8 aperture and 8-megapixel native resolution, and It can be operated using a 2.4-inch touch screen, processing all the action through an Ambarella A12S75 chipset. The camera can also record video on the following resolutions and frame rates: 4k – 3840 x 2160p at 30 fps, 1080p – 1920 x 1080p at 100 fps, and 720p – 1280 x 720p at 200 fps (good for slow motion shooting).
Additional useful features include the fact that Xiaomi’s Mijia 4k Action Camera features 6-axis of electronic image stabilization, which includes 3-axis gyroscope and a 3-axis accelerometer, to reduce blurring while the camera is moving and to get the sharpest image possible. The 6-axes are combined with a software algorithm to achieve an optimized digital image stabilization that creates pretty decent video sharpness across the board.
Her’es Xiaomi’s own trailer for the new Mijia 4K UHD action camera, for a look at how well it can deliver different video resolutions:
The Xiaomi Mijia holds a 1450 mAh exchangeable battery that can lasts up to a fairly impressive 2 hours of [email protected] fps video shooting (even cameras like the GoPro Hero 5 and 4 have a hard time managing this runtime at 4K resolution), and 3 hours of [email protected] fps. The camera can also be charged by USB while it is being used.
As for wireless connectivity, the new shooter offers Bluetooth 4.1 and a 24 Mbps WiFi to connect the camera with a smartphone app and let users operate aspects such as trigger parameters, photo importing, video manipulation, or viewing through the camera in real time via their phones.
If you are interested on buying the Xiaomi Mijia, right at the moment it’s being sold exclusively on Xiaomi Mall, Mi Home, and Lynx. The current price is just 699 Yuan ($105). We don’t yet have word on a formal U.S release date but we’re expecting the camera to be available by one channel or another in North America.
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