The dedicated selfie stick for the Xiaomi Mijia MI SPHERE 360 camera is about to be released and the good news is that it’s invisible. Here’s a preview by Jose Mendes, a 360 shooter from Portugal. (Photos here were shot by Mr. Mendes, used with his permission.)
The Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere (reviewed here; available here) is the widely recognized as the best 360 camera for consumers at the moment. If you have one, you probably noticed the metal contacts at the bottom of the camera and may have wondered what they were for. A couple of months ago, Mi Sphere engineers announced that they would be releasing a selfie stick with a shutter button, which would trigger the Mi Sphere through the electrical contacts.
A few beta testers have been trying the selfie stick. Jose is one of them and here are his thoughts on it. “First of all, it’s gorgeous which is not something one would usually say about selfie sticks. The grip is somewhat rubberized and it feels good on your hand. It attaches perfectly to the Mi Sphere and you’ll notice some electronic contacts which allow communication with the camera.”
The selfie stick can extend to around 65cm or about 2 feet.
The bottom of the selfie stick has a hole for a wrist strap but there is no 1/4-20 tripod hole.
Using the selfie stick is pretty simple. The selfie stick has only one button which can be used to turn on the camera, switch modes, take a photo, or start and stop a video. Pressing the shutter button can turn the camera on. Once the camera is on, pressing the shutter starts a photo or video. Holding down the shutter switches between photo or video.
If the selfie stick is positioned with the camera aligned with the stick (not bent), then the selfie stick is invisible in the shot:
The Mi Sphere’s selfie stick looks like a very useful accessory. You’ll be able to position the Mi Sphere where you want and you’ll be able to press the trigger remotely without having to connect to the app. Too bad it doesn’t have a 1/4-20 hole on the bottom but it still looks very convenient.
The selfie stick will be available on Gearbest sometime in September, although I don’t know the price. The Mi Sphere camera is currently on sale at Gearbest (use the code MIJIAMT to get it for $232.99). Meanwhile, the Mi Sphere still has a yet-unused Bluetooth capability. Will it have a dedicated wireless shutter remote as well? We’ll see.
Thanks again to Jose Mendes for providing these photos and his impressions! Thanks also to Pepe Vazquez, Jacques Laubner, and Richard Tan for sharing info about the Mi Sphere selfie stick, and huge thank you to Jason Wang and his team for making such a fantastic camera and for this accessory! If you have a Xiaomi Mi Sphere, you really owe it to yourself to join the Xiaomi Mi Sphere Facebook group, where people are helping each other and sharing ideas.