Please note: Prices displayed in this post might not be what you pay for your own 360 cameras because when newer versions/models of these devices get released the price of the old ones is often lowered. But they are correct at time of press and all buying links lead to Amazon and are affiliate links.
Camera Weight: 107g (Without Stand)
Camera Height: 2.8 in
Camera Width: 3.1 in
Camera Thickness: 0.5 in
Camera Looks/Feel: While the same can’t be said for their range of headsets, Xiaomi really has made a lot of effort with the camera and dare I say it looks fantastic for it. With its curved corners and almost flat cameras, it looks like a premium product. While it only arrives in the smallest of boxes it was tightly packed and was nicely packaged. The whole camera looks a feels great, but I didn’t rate the small little holding stand it came with as it seems to make the product feel cheaper thanks to it being made of plastic. But overall I am both impressed and surprised at just how good the build quality on the camera is.
Xiaomi Mi Sphere Camera Kit (360 Video & Stills Camera)
Price at Time of Press: £258 ($340)
Number of Lenses: 2 x f/2.0
Highest Video Resolution: 3456 x 1728 at 30fps
Highest Photo Resolution: 23.8 Megapixels – 6912 x 3456
360 Live-Stream: No
Stabilisation: 6 Axis Image Stabilisation
Waterproof Rating: IP67 Water Resistant Up to 1m underwater
Memory: MicroSD up to 128GB
Battery: 1600 mAh
Audio: x2 Micrsophone
Compatibility: Android and iOS
Final Verdict: There is no denying it, the Xiaomi Mi Sphere Camera Kit is a serious bit of kit and the quality of both stills and video is nothing short of amazing given its size and price. While it does let itself down a little bit on its own software, it is 360 compatibility with external things like Youtube and Facebook that limits the capabilities of this and all 360 cameras. The truth is there needs to be some sort of uniform file system that sites that support 360 are happy to stick to. Let me get this straight, this is not the fault of this camera or Xiaomi, it’s just a general problem. But it does severely limit what you can do with this camera (and most other 360 cameras at time of writing this post).
So its the Xiaomi Mi Sphere Camera Kit worth buying? Yes, I really do think you get a lot of quality for your buck. Sure, you are limited in what you can do with the recordings once you have made them, but even slipping on a mobile VR headset and looking at them just on your phone is something truly amazing. I just hope that sites make it easier to upload this content so Xiaomi can simply update the camera. But sadly I can’t see that happening anytime soon.