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. Most recent update: Feb. 12, 2019 how to transfer unstitched photos for Android or iOS, for stitching on MiSphere Converter .
– Review and specifications
– Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
—– Where to download software / app
– Tutorials, Tips and Techniques
—— Download sample files
– RAW stitching and Optical flow stitching
— how to transfer unstitched photos for iOS and Android
– January 2018 upgrade.
—— Black hole or dracula issue
—— How to fix a buzzing / clicking Xiaomi Mi Sphere
– NEW! Demo and tutorial for the dedicated remote.
– Useful links
February 12, 2019: how to transfer unstitched photos for iOS
October 16, 2018: new Troubleshooting section added info re black hole issue
September 19, 2018: added new review video
February 8, 2018: added info re the dedicated Bluetooth remote for Xiaomi Mi Sphere and Madventure 360
January 27, 2018: added info on using intervalometer, info on downloading unstitched photos (for stitching on Mi Sphere)
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
XIAOMI 360 CAMERA FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
As of September 2018, it has the best 360 photo quality for 360 cameras that cost $1,000 or less. It also has good video quality for 360 cameras that cost $400 or less. It also has image stabilization and manual exposure controls, with a shutter speed as slow as 32 seconds. Here is a detailed review.
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.
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.
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.
See this link for a list of discount codes for Xiaomi Mi Sphere.
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.
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).
As of September 2018, the Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere has the best photo quality among 360 cameras under $400 and has very good video quality among 360 cameras under $400. 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.
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 / software?
– 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 the app? How do I download the latest app? See this tutorial here.
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.
Can the camera be connected to a USB power source while recording? Yes.
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.
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.
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.
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
Does the Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere have live streaming? No (as of August 2017). There are rumors that it will be added.
XIAOMI 360 CAMERA TUTORIALS, TIPS AND TECHNIQUES
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
– How to use the intervalometer without the app: Sometimes you need to use the intervalometer without the app. This is useful for example when using a drone. To do this, connect the camera to the phone app, go to photo mode, select intervalometer and press the app shutter to begin shooting. Then turn off your phone’s Wi-Fi to disconnect the camera and the camera will continue shooting.
– Optical flow stitching: see below
– English instructions / user manual
HOW TO STITCH RAW and GET OPTICAL FLOW STITCHING WITH THE XIAOMI MIJIA MI SPHERE
How do you download the unstitched photos from the Mi Sphere for stitching on MiSphere Converter?
List of new features as of January 2018
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.
XIAOMI MI SPHERE ACCESSORIES
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.
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.
10. NEW! Dedicated Bluetooth Remote
1. Turn on your camera. Wait for it to finish the startup.
2. Turn on the remote by pressing the shutter or power button. The remote will be in pairing mode.
3. Double-click the camera’s Wi-Fi button. You will hear a double beep. The camera and remote will pair with each other in a few seconds.
4. If the remote timed out it will say “Any key pairing”, just press any button to enter pairing mode again. And double click the Wi-Fi again.
1. Power button (on the side) to switch between photo or video mode.
2. Shutter button to start/stop video or take a photo.
3. Hold down the settings button to bring up the settings menu. In the settings menu, press the power button to move between the options, shutter button to select the option.
4. If the camera goes to sleep from inactivity, you can remotely wake it up by pressing any button on the remote.
5. Hold down the remote’s power button to turn off both the camera and the remote.
1. “Black Hole” or “Dracula” issue: With some Android phones
2. HOW TO FIX BUZZING XIAOMI MIJIA MI SPHERE; How to update the firmware
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.
1. Remove the Micro SD card, backup the files, format the card and reinsert it in the camera.
2. While the camera is off, press the Wi-Fi button (the middle button), then hold the power button until the two LED lights on the front of the camera start flashing.
– 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: