Xiaomi Mijia 3-Axis Stabilizer Gimbal Review


I have right here the Xiaomi Mijia three axis gimbal so this is for the media 4k action cam that I reviewed about two months ago quite a decent action cam for the price but it does have one problem with 4k footage and that is it doesn't have any electronic image stabilization only in 1080p so with us gimbal hopefully we can smooth out that footage and remove those shakes and tremors that you often see so the gimbal you can see there weighs 340 grams it has a five thousand milliamp hour battery and I think that battery can actually charge the camera too at the same time so you can go for longer recording so we'll check out and see what we get inside the box the contents and see it comes here with factory wrapped which is good that means that no one else has messed around with us comes with some instructions here these are unfortunately all in Chinese but not to worry I will explain how to operate it and it's fairly straightforward and easy and we get a micro USB to cable here for charging the gimbal so the build quality of this gimbal is excellent we've got this nice matte style plastic here status LED here to let us know our battery life now out of the box mine's got 100 percent you can see here so each of those LEDs of course equates to 25 percent battery just to power it on is this button here which is also the start and stop record button then we have the snapshot button to take a photo and this of course is the joystick there to control the gimbal status LED telling us well that's red because we haven't got at the moment the camera plugged into it on the side here we have a flat for the micro USB to port to charge that 5000 milliamp hour battery this has a rubber grip to it which feels good in hand and then we have the trigger here I'll explain how this works later amah this is basically to hold the position of the gimbal and then this little switch here which is spring-loaded is our control there for the cameras exposure and on the bottom we also have a standard thread there so you can mount this gimbal to a tripod if you wanted to so unlike the base which has plastic the top part here is all made out of metal so we have the brace and of course the three motors in here which control each individual access they're controlling it to keep things stable Micro USB to port here which plugs directly into the camera and this has rubber in the inside of it which is very well done and you can also cause screw that into place to secure the camera in there so putting the camera into place is quite easy you just need to make sure the end with the plug on it that you have the little flap open of course and then press this right in here and it should then align up with that micro USB 2 port and then clips into place there the last step of course is to screw the thread in so then the camera is locked into that gimbal and there's no way that is going to come out now one good thing that they've designed to show me here is that we can still open the flap on the bottom to at least get our micro SD cards out so I've just flipped it around because it's hard to show you the screen when it's in the gimbal here so once you plug it in you get this new little icon here that pops up on the touch menu and this controls the gimbal settings so we've got different scene modes we've got sport normal you can see here normal sport and in where and custom which you can tweak via the application you can invert the the pan direction the your direction and the pitch direction as well if you wanted to do that our device info just gives you and throw on the gimbals model the firmware version it has so this is probably one of the earlier ones I don't know how they're going to push the updates out for this it might be via the camera I guess is how you update it all via your PC I don't have any details on that whatsoever course instructions are all in Chinese and restore factory settings just to put out a couple of things – with the gimbal that when you power it on it pals on the camera automatically you don't need to turn the camera on separately and charging the gimbal with the camera attached will also charge the camera so here I'm just panning around with my hand just moving very slowly you can see the image is pretty steady I mean it's not homeless in perfect and just walk towards my scooter here I'll give you a sample – with alpha gimbal so you can see just the kind of difference it is it's pretty much like day and night let's do a reasonably good Charter so that's not to run now and then I'll just pan around slightly using the joystick it takes a little bit of practice joystick to get the movement nice and slow and now the same as before but as you can see it's all shaky because not using the gimbal and if I run again and see the huge difference that makes and then panning it around myself here and how doesn't too bad I don't have the steadiest of hands and now this is the locking mode so I'm gonna keep it pointing towards the coast here hold down the trigger now and just keep walking it should keep aiming in that direction so it's another way you can get some interesting shots with this and you can see just how well that stabilization is working there just remember that in 4k this does not have any electronic image stabilization at all in 1080p you do have electronic image stabilization so it will be even smoother now you can also use the gimbal inverted so it's around the other way at the moment and because you can get more interesting shots using that to get down really low for example so it's pretty flexible and the different kind of modes you can use it and to quickly test out that selfie mode so three quick texts and now you can see me of course and then frequent taps again it should point back that way now to test it out riding my scooter so you know hold it with one hand on the scooter and then just accelerate off all right so there we go that is the gimble here for the show-me 4k action cam and over I feel it's really good I mean the build quality is typical Xiaomi it's excellent really well put together I love the fact that we can see the battery level on the back with the four status LEDs we have on there now a better life it is looking like it is going to work for six to eight hours like they claim well they came up to eight hours but in my time using it for approximately two hours I lost one dot there one of the LEDs went out and it started flashing on the NEX so that means I've lost somewhere between like 25 percent battery in those two hours so I feel that yes it could be closer around eight hours perhaps about six or seven hours there on battery life so the use of it it's quite easy of course nice for that joystick so we can decide to for example if you want to hold keep the camera looking in one direction then you can press that lock it in place there and the different modes like tapping it to spin the whole camera around into the selfie mode that's quite handy the battery charging is a little bit interesting here now I don't know whether it's because I'm on a early firmware version I need to update the firmware on the camera but I've noticed that when you first power it on yes it will charge the camera but later on in use I've noticed when you have a look at the battery bar it's not green green means it's charging and it's not charging so it's kind of on and off so that I feel they need to work on hopefully show me is going to have a firmware update to address that and fix that problem the other problem is the application for it I've gone to me home I've had a look on the internet I can't find anything that addresses the actual gimbal itself now it may be via firmware updates or something how we update the the gimbal or we need to use me home with the camera because I can connect up me home to the camera but it doesn't give me any other settings therefore the gimbal so maybe that hasn't been implemented yet so be aware of that it's just Auto power-down that's what that noise was there so yeah it is quite a decent gimbal so does it apply to everyone should everyone get this if they're going to be using this I feel if you're going to be shooting 4k a lot and handheld go for it because it does make a huge difference because 4k video doesn't have any stabilization and as you've seen from my sample images there that it you know it really does make a huge difference to get the shock out the shocks and the shakes all out of the video there is there's a tiny little bit of movement you can see it's not perfect but it does make a big difference but if you're someone that plans to use the 4k camera on a chest mount or in your helmet mount or something like that then you can't take really any advantage at all of the gimbal but the gimbal they have shown impressed images can be mounted to handlebars and other areas and things like that they've got like a round bracket that were gone here and then mount onto your standard GoPro style mounting equipment so I feel mainly just for handheld users to go for this really out roll but for the hundred and fourteen us

price it currently has I feel it's not a bad purchase but yeah as I mentioned only if you're really going to be getting the full advantage of it so you've mostly shoot hand how like dogs or your kids or something like that then that is where this comes in handy here and it is a shame that we can't use this with other devices so you can't use this for the GoPro you can't use it with the cell phone it would have been nice if they had some way of maybe an adapter that you could put in here and then connect up a GoPro I'll get it to hold onto a GoPro other action cams or hold on to a mobile phone would it be nice but I guess this is designed really it's only just for this device here so thanks a lot for watching this review I do have to see you back and the channel with more up-and-coming reviews bye for now

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