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Ultimate Xiaomi Mijia MI SPHERE 360 Camera FAQ, Wiki and Resource Page (updated January 19, 2018)

Xiaomi Mi Sphere January 2018 update
Xiaomi Mi Sphere January 2018 update

Welcome to the Ultimate Xiaomi Mijia MI SPHERE 360 camera FAQ, Wiki and Resource page. Here you will find answers to the most common questions plus articles about the Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere 360 camera, one of the best 360 camera for consumers as of January 2018.  Most recent update (change log at the end of the document): January 2018 update.

I’ve been shooting with Xiaomi Mi Sphere since May 2017.  If there is anything you want to know about the Xiaomi Mi Sphere that is not covered here, please let me know in the comments or use the contact form in the navigation bar.  Thank you very much.

CONTENTS:
Review and specifications
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Tutorials, Tips and Techniques
Optical flow stitching
Madventure.
–  NEW! January 2018 upgrade..
Accessories
How to fix a buzzing / clicking Xiaomi Mi Sphere
Useful links

XIAOMI 360 CAMERA FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

What’s so special about the Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere 360 camera?
As of July 2017, it has the best 360 photo quality for 360 cameras that cost $1,000 or less. It also has the best video quality for 360 cameras that cost $700 or less. It also has excellent image stabilization and manual exposure controls, with a shutter speed as slow as 32 seconds. Here is a detailed review.

Where do I buy Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere and how much does it cost?  
Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere is available from GearBest. See this link for a list of discount codes.   The price varies depending on available specials. As of July 2017, it costs around $250 to $300. Sometimes the International version is cheaper, while other times the domestic version is cheaper.  Thanks for using the links here to support 360 Rumors at no additional cost to you.

What’s the difference between domestic and international versions?
The domestic version here has a Chinese instruction manual and packaging, while the international version here has an English instruction manual and packaging. The hardware and software are the same.

What’s the difference between the Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere and the Madventure 360 camera?
Madventure is a rebranded version of Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere, created by the same team that created the Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere.  Despite the orange color, the hardware is actually identical and all features for the Madventure 360 will eventually be added to the Mi Sphere.  Please see here for a detailed explanation.

Madventure 360
Madventure 360

How do I get a discount?  How do I get the best deal for a Xiaomi Mi Sphere?
See this link for a list of discount codes for Xiaomi Mi Sphere.

Should I buy from Gearbest or from some other site?
In one word: SUPPORT.  I recommend Gearbest because if there is a problem with the order, and if you bought through my affiliate links above, my Gearbest representative can try to help you.   Of course, I can’t promise they will fix every problem or if you misused the camera (e.g. by dropping it or by using it underwater without a housing).  However, they can do their best to help you because they value their relationship with 360 Rumors.  If you have a problem with the order just contact me via Facebook.com/360rumors, provide the order number and your email address, and describe the problem.  After they verify the order, they will contact you.

Which phones are compatible with Xiaomi Mi Sphere?
You can stitch Xiaomi videos with the PC app or with the smartphone app.  Mi Sphere is compatible with Android and iOS, but you can only get the full video resolution if the processor is sufficiently powerful and supported by the app. Otherwise, the video resolution and sometimes the photo resolution will be lower. Please check this table.  As of July 2017, the cheapest phone that can export Xiaomi videos at full resolution is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (around $170).

How good is the image quality?
As of July 2017, the Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere has the best photo quality among 360 cameras under $400 and has the best video quality among 360 cameras under $400 (even though the Xiaomi video is “only” 3.5K).  Proof:
See my review, which has a photo and video comparison with the Samsung Gear 360 2017, Samsung Gear 360 2016, Insta360 Nano, Insta360 Air, Ricoh Theta.
See this in-depth comparison against the Samsung Gear 360 2017.
See this photo and video comparison against the $799 Garmin Virb 360.
See this comparison against the Nikon Keymission 360, the Kodak SP360 4K Dual Pro, and the 2017 Gear 360.

Can the Xiaomi be used for Google Street View?
Yes.  The Mi Sphere now has 360 metadata for photos, GPS tagging option, and has an intervalometer.  These features make it suited for mapping.

How good is the stabilization?  The Xiaomi’s stabilization is excellent. See this stabilization comparison versus a $799 Garmin Virb 360.  Note: the drifting has now been fixed as of version 1.8.3 of the app.

Where do I download the app?
– Please download the Windows app here
– Mac app: not yet available as of 11/27/17
iOS app here
– Android app source 1: Google Play store
– Android app source 2: Direct from Xiaomi: you can choose to download from Xiaomi instead of the Google Play store.  Sometimes the app from Xiaomi direct download is newer.
– If you want an older or newer unofficial version of the Android app, see Michel Mendes’ archive here.

How do I upgrade firmware?  Where is the latest firmware?  Do I have the latest firmware?   Latest firmware download page Installation guide: See this tutorial here.  If you want to upgrade the firmware via Micro SD card, pls. see here.

How do I upgrade the app?  How do I download the latest app?  See this tutorial here.

What kind of Micro SD card should I get?  I keep getting a warning that I need to use a recommended SD card.
Due to the Mi Sphere’s high video resolution, you need to use a Micro SD card with a U3 speed rating.  The faster the Micro SD speed, the longer you can record without the camera overheating.  If the card is very slow, you may get dropped frames.  The best Micro SD card right now is the Sandisk Extreme Pro (32GB or 64GB or 128GB), which I sometimes use but it costs more.  I use the Samsung EVO Select Micro SD (64GB or 128GB) with no issues.
Even if you get an Sandisk Extreme Pro, you’ll still get a warning that you need to use a recommended SD card.

How much capacity do I need for the Micro SD card?  A one-minute video will take up approximately 300 MB (this will include the main video file and the small preview file).

Can the camera be connected to a USB power source while recording?  Yes.

How long can the camera record?  How long can it record before overheating?
The amount of time before overheating depends on the ambient temperature, air circulation, and the speed of your memory card.  In a small room with no fan and closed doors and windows (i.e., no ventilation and no air circulation), with a temperature of around 72 Fahrenheit, and using a Samsung EVO Select micro SD card (64GB), I was able to record 1 hour 35 minutes before the camera shutdown from overheating. Under the same conditions but plugged into a USB outlet, I recorded for 1 hour 45 minutes.  It is possible to record for longer duration under better conditions.

How do I turn on the image stabilization?
Tip 1: Turn on the camera, wait for the video LED light to turn on, then wait 5 secs for the gyro to warm up. Make sure the camera starts in vertical position, then you can begin recording.

Tip 2: Before you start recording, the camera must be upright.  Then you can start recording.  After you start recording, it can be any position.  If you start recording while the camera is not upright, e.g. horizontal, then its starting position will become what is considered “vertical” in the video.  So if it’s horizontal, it will remain horizontal.

What are the disadvantages of stabilization?
1. After a few minutes, the video will start to drift.  Here is how to fix the drift.  UPDATE: the drift has been fixed as of version 1.8.3 of the app.
2. There is a waviness in the video, like a heat wave effect.  It is most noticeable in static scenes.  UPDATE: this issue has been fixed as well.

How do I turn off stabilization?
Method 1: If stitching on the Xiaomi smartphone app, load the video in the gallery, then tap on the three dots on the lower right corner, then toggle the gyro correction off before exporting.
Method 2: If stitching on the Xiaomi desktop app, toggle the gyro correction off before exporting
Method 3: Turn on the camera, as soon as the video LED light lights up begin recording right away. The resulting video will not have stabilization.
Method 4: Export the video using version 1.6.3 of the app. The resulting video will not have stabilization.

Does the Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere have live streaming?  No (as of August 2017).  There are rumors that it will be added.

Is the Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere waterproof?
It is water resistant, but it is not waterproof.  If you want to use it underwater, please use this waterproof case.

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XIAOMI 360 CAMERA TUTORIALS, TIPS AND TECHNIQUES

How to use the Xiaomi Mi Sphere – from shooting to sharing

How to update the firmware via the app
How to update the app

How to update the firmware via Micro SD card
– How to reset the Wi-Fi password: turn on the camera.  Hold down the Wi-Fi button for 5 seconds until you hear a beep.  This will reset the password to the default password, which is 12345678.
How to use the self-timer: in photo mode, hold down the shutter button until you hear a beep.  See this video tutorial showing how and WHY to use the self-timer.
– How to level the horizon in a photo: I recommend Theta Converter for Android or Edit360 for iOS.  For desktop, you can use Hugin.
How to level the horizon in a video.
How to fix the gyro drifting in the video (in older versions of the app, the video will gradually turn to the right after about 2 minutes; this drifting has been resolved in version 1.8.3 of the app).
Bullet time effect tutorial
Optical flow stitching: see below
English instructions / user manual

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HOW TO GET OPTICAL FLOW STITCHING WITH THE XIAOMI MIJIA MI SPHERE

Mi Sphere Converter
Mi Sphere Converter

Yoichi Hirota, developer of Theta Converter, has created an app for optical flow stitching of the Mi Sphere photos, called Mi Sphere Converter.  It has reportedly smoother stitching than the Mi Sphere app, and is useful for stitching raw files shot on version 1.8.4 of the app and above (the raw DNG files must be converted to JPG before processing with Mi Sphere Converter).  Here is a link to actual 360 samples.  The samples show smoother stitching for subjects at the stitch line even near the camera.  It also has more even blending of color.

Mi Sphere stitching can be seamless with MiSphere Converter
Mi Sphere stitching can be seamless with MiSphere Converter

The alpha version of the app is available here (it will work only until December 31).  The final version of the app is available here.

In order to use MiSphere Converter, you need to calibrate the lens.  Every camera has a unique calibration.  Here is a great tutorial by Janis Bertrands that shows the how and why of lens calibration, and how to use MiSphere Converter.   Eddie Pearce has also created a video tutorial for the lens calibration for Misphere Converter.

MiSphere Converter is only for photos.  For videos, you can use Mistika VR (available here) for optical flow stitching.  Below is an easy tutorial for Mistika.  Although I used Garmin Virb for the tutorial, the same steps apply when using Mistika with Xiaomi Mi Sphere (yes there is a Mistika preset for Mi Sphere).

MADVENTURE 360

Madventure 360 camera
Madventure 360 camera

The Madventure 360 is a rebranded version of the Xiaomi, repackaged for Western markets. In addition to its distinctive orange color, the Madventure comes with the dedicated selfie stick, a GoPro-style adapter plus the usual accessories for the Mi Sphere.  The Madventure app also added several new features such as bullet time, raw mode, bracketing, and other features.  Several of these features have already been added to the app for Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere (see below).

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List of new features as of January 2018

In January 2018, Xiaomi app version 1.8.8 was released, which incorporates several features (some of these features were already released in version 1.8 and subsequent versions).
1. 4K resolution. Users can now select a resolution of 3840 x 1920. However, please note that the increased resolution is interpolated therefore there is no increase in actual detail. However, if you are editing the Mi Sphere footage with other 4K camera videos, it is easier not to have to resize the Mi Sphere.
2. Bullet time effect. In the video resolution, you can select a resolution of 2048 x 512 @ 120fps which allows you to shoot a hemispherical video at 120 fps. You ca use this video mode while spinning the Xiaomi around on a selfie stick to create a bullet time effect.
3. Improved exposure controls. The main window now includes exposure controls for ISO, shutter speed, and exposure compensation. You can also control white balance. This means you can make these adjustments without going through the menus.
4. Raw DNG photo mode. Xiaomi can take photos in DNG format. The double circular fisheye file would have to be stitched using software such as the MiSphere Converter.
5. In-camera photo stitching. There is an option for in-camera stitching for photos. The stitching will be template based (and therefore will not be as smooth as with in-app stitching), but this could be a time saver for people who need to take many 360 photos.
6. Bracketing. In the main window, while in photo mode, there is an option for bracketing, which can take 3 photos up to +/- 3EV.
7. Save to SD card. In the sign in screen of the app, when you click on “More Help,” there is a new option to save files to SD card (if your phone has a Micro SD card slot).
8. Battery meter. On the main screen, there is now a visual indicator for battery life.
9. Other improvements (from version 1.8)
– Intervalometer: among other things, this should enable you to take photos with a drone without using a remote control.
– Slow motion video mode
– GPS tagging for photos and videos
– You can now use the volume buttons on your phone as the shutter
– EXIF data added to photos
– Screen recording feature (overcapture effect). When viewing videos, there is an option called “Record” which lets you record the screen while playing back the video in either tiny planet view or spherical view. The result is a static 16:9 video that you can save as a separate file.
– Sharing to Weibo and VeeR.

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XIAOMI MI SPHERE ACCESSORIES

Xiaomi Mijia MI SPHERE selfie stick. Photo by Jose Mendes, used with permission.
Xiaomi Mijia MI SPHERE selfie stick. Photo by Jose Mendes, used with permission.

1. NEW! Dedicated selfie stick (reviewed here).  A selfie stick made for the Xiaomi that is invisible to the Xiaomi and can control it without needing batteries or a wireless connection.

2. Selfie stick tripod.  Benro MK10 is invisible to the Xiaomi IF you remove the ballhead.  See here for more info.

3.  Here is a cheap selfie stick that is also invisible to the Xiaomi.  Available from Gearbest or Amazon.
4.  This is the best “Lens cap” for the Xiaomi.   See why. This pouch protects from dust and scratches, and can be used for cleaning. But it does not protect from drops.  You still need to use a camera case.
5. Silicone cover and lens cap for the Xiaomi. This is a soft silicone rubber cover for the Xiaomi, and includes a silicone rubber lens cap as well.  Note: I don’t know if it will have any effect on overheating but I use a similar lens cap for my Gear 360.
6. Camera case (rapid use) – See this demo video.  This camera case is useful both as a lens cap and as a camera case. I use it with the Agent 8 microfiber pouch above.

7. Camera case (crushproof) – See this demo video.  The video shows a Virb 360 but it also fits the Xiaomi.
8. Camera case (waterproof)See this demo video.
9. Faster way to transfer videos: use a Micro SD card reader.  Using the Wi-Fi is slow and the camera heats up.
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HOW TO FIX BUZZING XIAOMI MIJIA MI SPHERE; How to update the firmware

Some users have reported that their cameras are producing a clicking or buzzing noise that is most noticeable when in a quiet room. According to Madv engineers, this is a bug. The solution is to upgrade the firmware to 1.3.103.106.5.16574 or later. Check if your app makes that firmware available (here’s how). If the firmware is not available via the app, you’ll have to update the firmware manually by downloading it to a Micro SD card. The firmware is available here.

Here’s how to upgrade the firmware via Micro SD:
1. Make sure your camera has a full charge.
2. After downloading the firmware in .zip format, rename the .zip firmware file to “MadvSysFW.zip” If files extensions are hidden in your computer, just name it “MadvSysFW”. The filename is very important. If it is not called MadvSysFW.zip, your camera could be bricked.
3. In your Micro SD card, find a directory called “update” (if there isn’t one, create that directory). Delete all the files in that directory.
4. Copy the “MadvSysFW.zip” file to the update directory on the Micro SD card.
5. Turn off the camera and insert the Micro SD card to the camera.
6. While the camera is off, hold down the Wi-Fi button and press the power button (use a short press for the power button).
7. when the Photo and Video LED lights are flashing, you can release the Wi-Fi button. The flashing lights mean that the firmware is updating.
8. When the firmware update is complete, there will be a chime and the camera will shut off.
9. Turn the camera on. It will restart one more time.
Congratulations!

USEFUL LINKS

Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere 360 camera group on Facebook –> highly recommended
Michel Mendes’ archive for the Xiaomi Android app
Free app for editing 360 videos on iOS: V360 app or Veer
Free app for editing 360 videos on Android: V360 app or Collect 360 app or Veer
– Free app for editing 360 videos on PC: there isn’t one, but you can just use any normal video editor that can edit 3.5K video and do not change the aspect ratio.  After editing, you need to inject 360 metadata with the YouTube metadata injector tool (see Step 2 here).
Sample Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere photos
YouTube playlist of sample videos and Xiaomi-related videos:

 

CHANGE LOG:
November 27, 2017: added information about Madventure and how to upgrade to 4K, updated info on drifting (now resolved)
October 12, 2017: added some video demos for Xiaomi selfie stick and Benro MK10
September 28, 2017: updated the links to the software
September 11, 2017: added link to bullet time tutorial and silicone rubber accessory
September 6, 2017: added info about the dedicated selfie stick accessory.
August 11, 2017: added link to new version of the PC app; info re Micro SD card; Google Street View

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  • Great article! I have a suggestion that i am sure many photographers will love, since you can play in so many ways wirh the exposure time the mi sphere offers it would be awesome to release some kind of nd filters to allow daylightg long exposure shots! I had seen a post where a theta s was wrapped is some kind of nd “wrap” if developing filters is too complicated

    • Hi Daniele. The challenge with an ND filter is that the filter itself could show up within the field of view of a Xiaomi. An ND wrap might be possible and I have something in mind that I can try for that. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Great work! I’ve seen your list of compatible smartphones and I have a question. Do you know if the app works on an Android tablet (w/ 2 Gb RAM, WIFI, Snapdragon 625) instead of a high-end smartphone? Thanks.

    • Hi Jesus. To be honest, I don’t know. I do know it works on a Redmi Note 4, which has Snapdragon 625. The good thing though is that you can use a PC to stitch now. Best regards, Mic

      • Thanks Mic. My idea is to use a tablet only as camera viewer instead of smartphone, the stitching better done in desktop PC.

        • Hi Jesus. In that case, it makes it more likely that you will be able to use the tablet for that purpose. I think it’s worth a shot!

          Best regards,
          Mic

  • Thanks for an amazing website. Your videos made me get into 360 video. I actually bought two mijia’s and putting them to the test. Unfortunately,it is taking me hours to render the files from my iphone 6plus,iPad Pro, and my MacBook Pro(Bootcamp Windows) using MySphere PC stitching software.

    Is there a link with any recommendation for PC hardware requirements? I am considering building one for rendering.

  • Hi Mic,

    could you let me know how quickly the Xiaomi can shoot photos when triggered with the smartphone?

    The Ricoh Theta S has an 8 second delay between shots where you have to wait, and 24 seconds if you take an HDR picture.

    I wonder if the Xiaomi is faster.

    Thanks and keep up the good work.

    • Hi Niklas. If I understand correctly, you want to know the amount of time between the photos. If I press the shutter repeatedly, I can take one photo every 2 seconds or so. Xiaomi has no HDR mode yet.

      Best regards,
      Mic

      • Hey Mic,

        thanks for the reply, that is very useful to know!

        Is this time different when you use the physical camera button instead of the smartphone trigger?

        Because for the Ricoh, you can take multiple shots in quick succession (e.g. ever 1 second) when you use the hardware button because it buffers them (so you can take ~10 pics in quick succession until you have to wait for stitching), but this is not possible when using the app to remotely trigger it; with the app, one has to wait for the the 8s/24s stitching processing time.

        • I’ve bought the Xiaomi now.

          When using the app as trigger, I can take pictures every ~4.5 seconds (during which a spinner is shown).

    • It is about 3 seconds between shots when pressing the app button repeatedly.

      Using the app Intervalometer, it says every 2 seconds, but it is practically 4 seconds, in a test of 15 shots, 14 were 4 seconds apart and 1 was 3 seconds apart.

  • Hi just downloaded windows Mi shere app from your link… but window it runs in is is so TINY on my laptop… smaller than my galaxy S8!!…..how do I make it bigger please !
    (Microsoft Surface Notebook)
    Thanks
    Duncs

    • Hi Duncs. I’m not familiar with Surface. Can you see if you can run it on a normal Windows desktop to see if it works for you? If it does, then we know the issue is with Surface, and we can try to figure out why Surface is shrinking it. Does Surface shrink other apps?

      Best regards,
      Mic

  • I am not sure if the community is aware of the official Mi Sphere Software/Firmware download links so here they are:

    Windows PC Stitching Client – VERY Buggy & Slow – No GPU Hardware Acceleration Supported – http://madv360.com/pcdownload.html

    Android IOS App – Fully Functional however Still Buggy – http://www.madv360.com/appdownload.html

    Device Firmware – Often later/more_recent version compared to the one offered via online app updates – http://www.madv360.com/firmware.html

    Be aware that often latest sw/fw releases are introducing NEW bugs and they creating additional picture & video issues deteriorating the overall image quality. So in mi sphere’s case “latest” does not mean “greatest” by definition …

  • Do you know if I can easily invert the image/video taken with this camera? I ask because I want to try attaching it upside down to a drone so I can take aerial 360 footage. But the selfie stick connects to the bottom of the camera, meaning that it would be inverted.

    • Fewer errors, nice quality rendering (except for the wavy lines). The new 1.8.3 might look even better.

      Best regards,
      Mic

  • hi Mick. First thanks for your kindness and your good work. I am not as active here as i would like, but i want to tell your that i have a vernee apollo (helio x25 and 2K screen) I would like to tell you that the app works like a charm on this phone, and you should add it in the list.

    Regards

  • Hi MIC,

    Great article,

    I would like to know photosphere from mi sphere that are uploaded to Google Street if they will be considered towards Google street view certified photographer.

    Thanks

  • Hi Mic and folks

    I would like to recommend some improves to Xiaomi Mijia Mi 360° Sphere

    – The application for Android ( xiaomi mi 5s) generates better videos than the one for computers ( intel i7, 16gb, nvidia 960, win7, ssd128gb)
    – The camera should have a mode in which it could be switched on via the mobile with which it is paired. For this reason when turning it off from the mobile it should must have a mode that would allow it to be turned on from the mobile. With GoPro you can switch on and off the camera from its remote control.
    – If we want to record with the camera placed in a different angle to the horizontal (upside down or inclined), although it could be turned off and turned on over and over, the camera should always “keep” the same horizon line for the optical stabilizer, even if you turn it off and then on again, until you would want to change it, then you could save a new horizon line, being saved until you would want to change it again and although the camera turns off.

    These improvemets would be very usefull for those ones, like me, who uses the camera remotely, in my case flying with a plane, and the camera is located outside the cabin.

    • Thanks for these suggestions Tomas! You may want to post them on the Facebook Mi Sphere group, where there are several xiaomi engineers.
      Best regards,
      Mic

  • Hi Mic.

    I am a big fan of your blog.
    I watched all the mijia 360 videos, but my note 8 can’t be connected with mijia 360.
    They are connected few seconds, but disconnected right away.
    Do you have same issue with your s8+?
    Please tell me the solution if you are available.
    Thanks.

    • Hi Andrew! Thanks for reading 360 rumors and watching my videos. I haven’t had any issues connecting between my s8+ and the mi sphere. There are many possible reasons. To narrow down the possible causes, do you have another phone for testing? Just temporarily, you could also try forgetting your other networks. I think you should post this issue to the mi sphere group on FB where there are several xiaomi engineers.

      Best regards,
      Mic

  • “As of July 2017, the cheapest phone that can export Xiaomi videos at full resolution is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (around $170).”
    it’s not true!!! I bought a 4x note with 4 gig ram and 64 rom
    and the resolution is 1920×960.
    then, because after a while the room becomes hot? why when does my camera shoot every now and then the smartphone crashes and does not let me turn off / stop the camera?

  • Hello, I just bought this nice camera… But can’t find anywhere the remote for it… Is it available for purchase yet?

  • Hi,

    I am new user of Mijia 360. Downloading pictures from camera is easy an simple. I can view it in google pictures or GoPro VR viever.
    But I have problem with videos. I can’t view them in PC. When I am connected to camera, I can view it with internal Mi Sphere player, but after transcoding I have no video on file.
    Could you be so kind and give instructions how open videos on PC ?

    My stuff:
    Phone Huawei P9 Lite (Android 7.0)
    Mi Sphere Camera (Android version) ver. 1.8.3.15158
    Mi Sphere Camera (PC version) ver. 1.1.0.7
    Windows 7 Pro 32-bit

    Regards,
    Artur

  • 1. What is the GPS resolution in feet. I now have the Theta V and it’s resolution is only 70-80 feet and that’s not good enough for google street view. Ricoh says they are looking into it.

    1a. Also what is the GPS resolution in digits? Theta V is only 2 decimals, that’s the problem.

    3. Can the MI have it’s time set, Theta cannot, it gets it from the phone, but I haven’t been able to reset it and it’s 11 seconds different from the phone and that’s a problem for google street view when syncing with a phone or standalone GPS logger.

    Thanks Mike

  • Hi can u make a tutorial to show workflow on how to use this Camera to upload 360 photos to Google Street View App? Or post a link if there already is one?

    Thanks 🙂

  • Hi Mic, I’m brand new to 360’s, received my camera today but can’t get past the login to the app. Get a “Error logging in” regardless of how I do it (email, facebook or google sign-in). No information provided as to what/where the problem is. Any suggestions?

  • After one week of intensive use in photo mode during a trip in Italy, I can say this camera is really good! I downloaded some extra desktop apps:

    – Ricoh Theta for fast viewing
    – Insta360Studio for fast alternate views that can be exported (such as tiny planets)
    – Hugin for horizon correction when I do fast pictures with selfie stick that are not level…
    – I also use Domemaster Photoshop actions to convert equirectangular photos to tiny planets so that I can erase the tripod or myself with clone stamp, before converting back to equirectangular. Works like a breeze.

    However, the Xiaomi desktop app is a mess if you want to convert the double circular fisheye pictures directly from the SD card to 360, it really doesn’t work good. The best thing to do is to download all pictures in your phone (they get converted then), then use airdroid app to send them to your desktop computer.

    Connection is not very stable on my phone (Honor 7) after one or two minutes… I often have to reconnect but it is fast…

  • Hello! At first I could not install the latest Android APK V.1.8.4.15805 on my Sony Xperia XZ Premium Android 8.0. It was not jet available via Playstore.
    I finally got it right but I had to delete the previous App on the phone before. So I lost my works when running the new version but that does not matter. They are backuped on SD Card of my phone. It would be nice to have the English manual also beeing updated to see also the new functions listed up there an a short description on how to use them.
    Greetings from Germay
    Dieter von der Heide

  • Halo..i’am user of mijia 360, i got a big problem about this cam and i need your help  

    The problem is, my camera lens has broke :((
    It fall down and crush the lens..is there a way to fix this? Can i claim the warranty or if cannot where can i buy the spare parts? Thanks before

    • It has a few built-in filters and you can change the projection from normal to tiny planet to rectilinear etc. But you can edit the Xiaomi photos in Theta app if you want.

    • Thanks Mihir. Yes that was the goal — to have one resource for everything so you don’t have to hunt everywhere. If there’s anything else you’d like to be added, please let me know 😀
      Best regards,
      Mic

  • Ug.. Mine just arrived and although it looks like it is charging, ti will not power on, even while connected to the power.. any suggestions?

      • I will add a comment over here, looks like there is no empty box for comments. Anyway:
        – I like your way to add new comments to previous posts, and keep it updated.
        – looks like the Mi Selfie stick discharge the battery, just happened once, need to test again
        – no sign about the gopro to mi camera adapter as standalone (as into the MAdv 360 package?)

  • Hi,

    I just got my MI Sphere 360, and updated the firmware and installed the Madventure app from Michel Mendes’ website. I noticed that not only is 4k (3840 x 1920) option available, but there’s a high bitrate option there too. I’m very new to the 360 game, so not sure whether I should use that high bitrate option, or just the normal 4k. Thanks.

    • Hi Ernest. Congratulations on getting the Mi Sphere! Yes the high bitrate option has a bit better dynamic range. But fyi it’s also available in the 1.8.4 version of the Mi Sphere app.
      Best regards,
      Mic

    • I just got my Mi Sphere, but I can’t enable 4K. When I open the Madventure app, it wants to connect to a “QJXJ-” wifi network, and my Mi Sphere is a “MJXJ-” network. I can’t seem to bypass this requirement; I can’t rename the wifi network prefix in the Mi Sphere app, and the Madventure app doesn’t connect to the camera, so I can’t enable 4K.

      When I click the camera icon in the Madventure app and connect to my Mi Sphere, it pops up with the error message ‘Please connect to Wifi starts with “QJXJ” ‘.

      How did you guys do it? Is there some trick I’m missing? I downloaded the latest firmware for the camera, and I’m using the only version of the Madventure app that’s available on the site.

      • Hi Stephen. The app version that I’m using is 1.1.8.16119, available on Michel Mendes’ site: ez-team.com/xiaomi.html . Mine is able to connect to the camera without problem. Michel did mention that Madv app is not supposed to be able to connect to the xiaomi app, so maybe you have a newer version that blocks the connection by changing the network name.
        Best regards,
        Mic

        • Same story here – installed the app from Michel … and can’t connect to the Mi Sphere. Network name beginning with “QJXJ” required. Jumped into the old Mi Sphere app and tried to change the network name in the WIFI-Settings: does not allow me to change the first four letters ;-). No chance to get connected to the Madventure app.

          What can we do?

          • i am on camera firmware 1.3.102.105.5.15827
            Madventure 360 1.1.8.16119 works
            Mi Sphere 1..8.4.15862 works
            Android 6.0.1
            I can switch from those two app and connect no problem.

      • Hi Stephen,
        I had the same problem but the new Madventure 360 app from Google Play (version 1.1.9.16415) connected with the “MJXJ-” network 😉

        • Hi all, thank you Mic for this article! Only one suggestion: I have the Mijia 360 and the original stick; with the latest Madventure 360 app (1.1.9.16415) if I use the stick I am not able to connect to the camera (ask for QJXJ- network) without the stick I am able to connect 😉

  • Please help. I decided on the mijia mi sphere because of your reviews, I just got it in the mail and I have a few questions.
    1. I have an iPhone and MacBook. What software would you recommend for editing my videos?
    2. What resolution settings should I use to get great quality videos and photos?
    3. Even when I set the resolution to the highest, the recorded video playback on the iPhone still looks low resolution.

    • Hi Diji! Congratulations on getting the Xiaomi and thank you very much for your support!
      1. For stitching, you need to use iPhone because there is no Mac version of the Mi Sphere app so far. For actual editing, you can use Adobe Premiere Pro or FCPX, both of which can use the Dashwood plugin for 360 videos (now free for Mac).
      2. Use the highest setting, which is 6912 x 3456 for photos, or 3456 x 1728 high bit rate mode for videos. If you know how to edit in raw, use the raw shooting mode and stitch with MiSphere Converter.
      3. The video playback on iPhone that you’re seeing is probably the preview mode. Pls. stitch and export. You should see the full detail.
      Best regards,
      Mic

  • Thank you for this article! I really appreciate your efforts in compiling all of this information. I’ve just purchased the camera at Gearbest using your link (its cost was just 206 USD) and also some suggested accessories at Amazon.

  • Thanks for all the effort, I’m still waiting for my MiSphere that I order on last Thursday, most probably I’ll received it by next week, still have a lot of thing to learn with the new toy, I think this page have all i need.

    Please take note, I just notice the madventure app is back on the google playstore yesterday, the new version number is 1.1.9.16415

    And sorry for my poor English.

  • Hello Mic or Dieter,
    i tried to install the app on 2 different smartphones with the latest Android version as well on a new Samsung tablet. In all 3 cases i got the message from play-store “Your device is not compatible with this version”. Is this app not for the german/european market?

    Greeting from Germany
    Ingolf

    @Mic, thank you for your interesting and helpful site about 360 Cameras and good luck for the future

  • Mic, without the work you do, I would have given up on producing 360 pics and vids! Where can I send you a donation to have a meal on me? Check your Twitter feed as well!

    Please keep doing what you do; I have much more to learn ;).

    Thank you & cheers,

    Eric A.

    • Thanks Eric! I really appreciate your support! You can support 360 Rumors in two ways: first, by sharing my links with your friends or posting them on other forums you go to. Second, through affiliate links. Thank you very much!
      Best regards, Mic

  • Super web site, I am happy to read it. Ofcourse like the owner on Xiaomi Mijia 360 I have questions that nobody can answer, that so much new tech for most of the people and I will be very thankfull if somebody reply me. My big question from long time ago is Can I take single lens photo with Mijia 360 which will not be 360 degrees ofCorse , just like most of the action cameras or all that I can do is to make it by software after. The other one is not so important to me I am just curious with what purpose the Mijia 360 had Bluetooth I still don’t get it. Thank you very much in advance and I am so sorry if that was disused below , I check but couldn’t find anything.

    • Re single lens photo, you can crop the 360 photo using Insta360 Studio or other software. Re bluetooth, i don’t know why either. there’s no compatible remote yet.

  • Hello, I just purchased the xiaomi sphere camera. Can someone help me. I just do not understand what I am doing wrong. I cannot transfer any video to you tube in 360. Always appears as flat image. I first thought perhaps missing megadata so I got VRFix and that didn’t work either. I am using an iphone 6s. Also, quality looks bad on youtube with flat mode. Please anybody, what is the procedure to get 360 view in youtube. What is the procedure,
    What am I doing wrong. Camera tells me I have the latest software. Thanks

  • Hi, great video! I bought the camrea after seeing this. One major problem I am having though. I recorded a video for about 10 minutes (just powering on then pressing the video button – not using the app). So then I connect the camera to my pc and download the file but it has split the video up into lots of different files, some lasting around a minute, some a little longer its. I know the smaller file sizes are the preview files so I ignore them. So now I have the files convereted and in Adobe Premier and I see that lots of what I recorded has been missed. The video icon would be solid red for a minute then flash on and off for a minute then go back to being solid red again. It seems that when it is flashing it is not recording. The battery was full. I have now lost half of what needed to be recorded due to this. Has anyone else had this problem and do thye know of a fix?

    • Hi Ian. Congrats on getting the Xiaomi! About the red light, I am guessing that your Micro SD card is not fast enough. You need to make sure your Micro SD card has U3 speed. See the article for some recommended micro SD cards. Also, i recommend joining the Mi Sphere Facebook group which has some Xiaomi / Madv engineers facebook.com/groups/mijia360cam . Thank you very much.
      Best regards,
      Mic

    • @Mic Ty: could you, please, update this section “Where do I download the app?
      – Please download the Windows app here” with the link I posted above? Your link doesn’t work. Thanks! Other than that, thanks for collecting everything useful here for this gorgeous 360 cam!
      And Merry Christmas to you and everyone else too!

  • Hello, can someone please help. As per my previous post. I cannot get anykind of 360 video on youtube with my Xiaomi sphere. All I get is flat video. I am so disapointed. I bought everything including selfie stick case all from Gearbest. I am using iphone 6s and I have all the latest firmware from xiaomi and the app. I am so frustrated I will throw all this into the garbage. I take video, then I download it to local and then i donload it to camera roll. When I take it from camera roll or madv adventure rollfrom my iphone and then download it to youtube it always appears FLAT. The video on this site is outdated. Can someone please put a video with IPHONE or explain to me step by step on how to post 360 view on youtube. I even used vrfix and that doesnt work either. I have had this canera for weeks and I am so frustrated. Please anyone.

  • Hi Mic, the link from Janis Bertrands for the Sphere Converter doesn’t work. Can you fix it?

    For me it isn’t exactly clear which pictures i can convert with that. When i shot normal jpeg and transfer them to my phone via the xiaomi app i lost the two-ball-image. Have i shot in raw and then convert it on the phone to jpg and then use the Mi Sphere Converter? Can you explain the workflow or share the link?

    Tnx a lot Mic

  • Hi Mic,
    Thank you for all the info. I have just taken possession of my new Mi Sphere. I am a complete novice. Could you or anyone explain the steps, its all a bit confusing, and there is seemingly a lot of different software that does similar stuff. At the minute all I know is , take a 360 photo, and then it needs to be stitched ( I presume)to be able to be viewed on a screen that can then be moved around by the person viewing it…
    Thats about it!
    Any help very much appreciated
    Regards
    JP

    • Hi JP! Congratulations! Check out my Mi Sphere tutorial. It was made for an older version of Mi Sphere but the steps are still pretty much the same. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxuwONmLTGE
      I also highly recommend joining facebook.com/groups/mijia360cam which is like a forum for the Mi Sphere. Lots of knowledgeable folks.

      Best regards,
      Mic

  • Hi from Mexico you’re research are so usefull . You know if there’s a way to use gopro fusion studio with the xiaomis files . I can’t open anything and I thing it’s the easyest software now and avaliable for pc and Mac

  • Is it possible to update the firmware of the Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere with the latest Madventure 360 firmware with the Madventure 360 app?

  • Hi there!
    First of all I want to thank you for tremendous work for you’ve done on 360 cameras, which led me to decision of purchasing Xiaomi camera and I’m very happy with this choice. I would really appreciate if you, as an expert, will answer few questions:
    1. While trying to edit RAW images in Adobe Lightroom, I’ve noticed a possible color profile issue, images are so dull, even for a RAW files, they’re almost B&W. Is this supposed to be so?
    2. Ricoh Theta S is no rival for Xiaomi regarding still 360 images, but on looking on some Google Street View shots made by Theta S, I’ve found that a lot of them has resolution of 10240×5120 px sharp images, which is a whooping 52mp and they do look much better and crisper and cleaner than mine. How is it possible? since that camera has only 14mp for still images? Even my Xiaomi lags behind with its 24mp and I’m concerned if there is some sort of special technique involved?

        • Thank you Klaus for the fast reply.
          I tried both the software you suggested (Madventure 360) and Mi Sphere Camera v.1.1.0.18 but I faced the same problem: when I press “export” this error message appears: “videoXXX.mp4 TransCoding Failed”.
          Any suggestions?

          • “I have modified the metadata with 360.Video.Metadata.Tool.win.” – Did you do this before using Madventure 360? Try the original video as it comes directly from the SD card.

            I have made the experience that Mi Sphere files (photos) processed with some other app (here: HDR programme) will not be handled by the Madventure programme without giving notice to the user. These Madventure apps are efficient but have a primitive user interface.

          • Thanks for the advice. It was the original file after it was downloaded to the computer. Finally the solution was to stitch the file from the sd card and not the downloaded file.
            Thanks again 🙂

  • Hi everybody. Recently I´ve noticed in My sphere camera app that when you want to record a previously download video -we have this option in the app and it was awesome, not now- you have a water mark “SHOT on my sphere camera”. We didnt have this before. Does any of you know if it is possible to erase this watermark?

    Thnaks for your help.

    DS

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