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Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4K Review: high-end action cam with an entry-level price

Hello XT fans! Today we are going to present you one of the best product from our beloved company Xiaomi the latest Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4K action camera. As always Xioami again proved itself for its marvelous engineering and produced one of the hottest gadgets trending in the market of action cameras. The Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4K action camera comes with an ergonomic design and can easily shoot videos in 4K format. Moreover, its available at an inexpensive price and can be easily afforded by anyone. Unfortunately, as all that glitters is not gold the camera also comes with its drawback.

Let’s have a closer look at the camera performance so you can decide by yourself…

Shipping, Packaging

The camera was delivered to us within ten days of order from the GearBest. The package came in a sealed plastic polyethylene bag, without any damage during transit.

Like most of the other products from XIaomi, the Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4K comes in a beautiful white premium cardboard box.

Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4KFrom the front you can see the camera itself.
Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4KFrom the sides – Xiaomi and MIJIA logos.
Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4KOn the other side top features of the camera are listed:
Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4KOn the back side of the box, you can see the technical specifications of the camera.
Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4KInside the box and cardboard grooves lies the camera itself.
Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4KUnder the Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4K lies the battery, the charging wire, and the instruction manual.
Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4K

Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4K Camera Specifications
Maximum video resolution: 3840×2160 (4K)
Maximum frame rate: 30fps @ 3840x2160p, 100fps @ 1920x1080p, 200fps @ 1280x720p
Video Codec: H.264
Photo resolution: 3840×2160
Processor: Ambarella A12S75
Matrix: IMX317CQC-C (8.51MP, 1 / 2.5, pixel size 1.62 µm)
Lens: 3.2 mm, F / 2.8
Viewing angle: 145 °
Screen: Touch 2.4 “
Interfaces: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Memory Card Format: microSD
Battery: removable, Li-polymer, 1450mAh
Battery life: 1 hour
Dimensions: 43x72x30 mm (HxWxD)
Weight: 99 g

Appearance

The Xiaomi action camera features an ergonomic design and looks typical of its class. The outer body of the camera comes in a black rectangular covering with a bulging round lens.

Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4K

The front panel is made of premium plastic material; however, the edges are of aluminum and feel pleasantly cold to the hands. Also in the front, you will get a relatively large lens, recessed into the frame, which partly serves as a blend.

Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4K

Above the Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4K camera- the speaker holes, a microphone hole, an on / write button and another LED.Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4KThe right side of the camera is empty: Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4KAlso, on the left side there is a micro USB port that can be closed with a cap, as well as the opening of the second microphone.
Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4KOn the below, there’s a 1/4 “tripod mount and battery compartment cover:Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4KThe battery compartment is quite fast and comes with a unique label for extraction.
Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4K Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4KUnder the lid, there’s a slot for microSD cards.
Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4KThe Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4K camera also comes with a short micro USB cable for charging and also transferring files.Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4K

Management & functions

The Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4K action camera is very user-friendly, and functions are easy to operate. You can turn on the camera by long pressing the single button on top, and after 5-10 seconds its get ready for shooting.
Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4K

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From the main screen, you can easily see the current mode and resolution of shooting, Wi-Fi indicator, and battery charge. In standby mode, the front LED flashes blue.
Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4KWith a single press of a button, the recording begins and ends when the button is pressed again. While the camera is in action, the front LED flashes in orange and red LED flashes on the top.
Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4KThere are nine types of shooting modes available in the Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4K action camera. You need to tap it from left to right for accessing them.

Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4K

The following modes are available:

1. Video.

2. Delay video (time-lapse video).

3. Slow motion (slow motion).

4. Loop video – apparently there is a cyclic record 🙂 (Loop record).

5. Video + photo.

6. Photo.

7. Timer.

8. Series photos.

9. Delay photo (time-lapse photo).

When you swipe, right to left menu opens with all the captured photos and videos opens up.

Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4KWhen you drag down the shutter from top to the bottom of the screen, a drop-down window opens up, just like your smartphone. From the menu options, you can select camera settings, turn on / off wi-fi, lock the screen and turn off the camera.
Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4K

Camera settings

The following options are available in the settings section:

  1. Video standard: NTSC or PAL.
  2. SD card: the capacity of the memory card is displayed, and you can also format the card.
  3. The default mode (after turning on the camera): last used / video / time lapse video / slow motion (slow motion) / cyclic video recording (Loop record) / video + photo / photo / timer / serial photo / time lapse photo.
  4.  Beep (volume): high (loud) / medium / silent.
  5. Display brightness: high / medium / low.
  6. Screen rotation: on / off.
  7. Automatic screen lock: no / 30 s / 1 min / 2 min / 5 min.
  8. Automatic shutdown: no / 2 min / 5 min / 10 min / 20 min / 30 min.
  9. Intuitive turn on wi-fi: on / off.
  10. Connection via Blurtooth: you can connect a bluetooth button to the camera and start shooting remotely.
  11. Mode of operation in a waterproof case: on / off.
  12. User Guide.
  13. Date and time.
  14. Language.
  15. Device Information.
  16. Restore factory settings.

Tapnuv on the icon in the lower right corner of the main screen, we get access to the settings of the current mode. In video mode, for example, this is the frame rate and resolution, quality, lens distortion correction, etc. In other modes, their settings.

Application

Like all the smart gadgets from Xiaomi, the Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4K action camera also come with MiHome App integration. You can easily connect and control the camera through the MiHome application. To connect the camera with the app turn on the camera Wi-Fi and add it manually in the application. From the application, you can access all the setting that is available with the camera remotely through your smartphone. Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4K

In addition to the settings, from the application, you can also start and stop video recording by sightseeing on the phone screen. However, there is a lot of lag when you do so, which spoils the overall experience. So using the camera for FPV or fully replacing the camera screen with a smartphone will not work. Moreover, the best part of the application includes its ability to download photos and videos from the camera straight to your phone via Wi-Fi, which is often quite useful.

Memory card selection
To utilize the Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4K action camera full potential for recording video in 4K, you need to have a fast memory card. It is recommended to use UHS-I U3 cards with a write speed of at least 30 Mb / s. While testing we used the Samsung EVO Plus microSDXC UHS-I U3 128Gb card with the camera and there were no difficulties with video recording, even with the bit rate increased to 120 Mbps.

Photo examples

No lens aberration correction:

Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4KWith correction:

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RAW (DNG) after a little color correction and development in Lightroom: Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4K Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4K

Findings

Pros:
1. Good video quality with good lighting.
2. Price, one of the cheapest cameras recording 4K video
3. Autonomy, 2 hours of 4K video on one battery charge.
4. Good build quality.
5. Shooting photos in RAW format.

Minuses:
1. Inadequate display of battery capacity.
2. Unimportant sound quality (this is the fault of many action cameras).
3. Spontaneous change of white balance when shooting (possibly corrected).
4. In case of insufficient illumination, it takes off mediocre.
5. Poor equipment (no waterproof and mounts included).

Verdict

According to our opinion, the picture and video quality in good light are quite decent. At least it shoots better than the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S7 in stock. While shooting at night or under artificial light, the camera performance suffers a lot and there’s is a lot of noise in the videos and pictures. The sound recording quality is much worse, however, for an action camera, this can be ignored.

Electronic stabilization in the Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4K doesn’t work quite well. It rather well compensates for smooth movements, but with sharp (for example, steps) unpleasant ripples appear in the video, and it is better to shoot without stabilization.

One thing that upsets a lot was the incorrect display of battery capacity. When we left the office for testing the camera the camera showed ~ 40% charge, but after an hour when turned on, the battery indicator blinked red (although subjectively there was still 20% left), and after 10 minutes of shooting the video camera turned off altogether. We assumed that the battery was running out because before that she had been holding on one charge for quite a while, but we trusted the indicator, which we don’t recommend. It is always better to recharge the camera before leaving, or just buy a second battery.

Overall the Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4K action camera left ambiguous impressions. The camera records honest 4K with good quality, it has interesting modes like time-lapse, slow-motion, etc., it can take photos in raw. But the glitch with white balance and incorrect display of battery capacity spoil the impression a lot. We hope these problems will be fixed in future firmware.

Where to buy?

The Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4K action camera is available at GearBest at an inexpensive price of 106.99.

 

Xiaomi MIJIA Mini 4K action camera
  • VIDEO/IMAGE QUALITY
  • BUILD QUALITY
  • USER EXPERIENCE
  • BANG FOR YOUR MONEY
  • AUDIO QUALITY
  • TOUCH SCREEN
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Piyush Sharma

Howdy, I'm Piyush Sharma, Engineer, Pro Blogger and web+tech addicted. I write for xiaomitoday at day and love reading at night. The complicated thing makes me nervous so my motto is: If you can't explain something simply, you don't understand it well enough.

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