Here are exciting updates on the Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere, the best 360 consumer camera I’ve found under $700 (as of July 2017)! Reviewed here.
1. First, the Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere app is now on the Google Play Store. In the search bar, just type: 米家全景相機 (mijiaquanjingxiangji). Got that? It’s just 6 easy Chinese characters. Just kidding. Here’s the link. Thank you very much to Claude Meyer for bringing this to my attention!
Why is this exciting? Besides making installation and updates easier, you can install both the Xiaomi store version, and the Google Play version on the same phone. In particular, you can install 1.6.3 from the Xiaomi store (here’s a copy by Michel Mendes) to render videos without stabilization, and then use the Google Play version to render videos with stabilization.
2. Second, Xiaomi engineers said that iOS app version 1.7.1 will allow full resolution video export with iPhone 6S and above!
3. Third, Xiaomi confirmed that will be a PC app, which will allow stitching of photos and videos on your PC, with batch processing! This addresses the most significant issue of the Xiaomi, namely its workflow. The PC app was originally scheduled for July 15, but is being delayed a few days to work out some bugs.
4. Fourth, there will also be a Mac app, coming in August. In the meantime, check out Ben Claremont’s tutorial for stitching Xiaomi videos on a Mac with Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro (sorry, the Dashwood plugin is only for Mac):
5. Fifth, GPS tagging. For you Street View photographers. For this function to work, the Mi Sphere has to be connected via Wi-Fi to your phone.
With these updates the Xiaomi addresses what has been its biggest weakness: the workflow, which requires a compatible phone. Soon, however, you won’t need to use a phone and you can use your desktop instead. If you’d like to buy the Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere, please use this link to Gearbest to support 360 Rumors at no additional cost to you, so I can do more tests and reviews! (Gearbest ships to 260+ countries all over the world.)