Just realized that quietly Xiaomi rolled out a new app version for the Xiaomi Mijia Sphere 3.5k.
I started my tests and the video is still drifting after import with this version. Also photos still look crumbled.
Exif data is also not complete
right now it seems that there are new features in the settings which show you how much photos and video time is left on the card but in chinese!
Xiaomi please fix the exif data and drift issue in the photo also the quality. As long this is not fixed nobody cares for new features…
So I found out that since short time the photo quality got really messy with the xiaomi mijia.
I found a few minutes to try around what is the cause for that.
first I installed the newest version from the google playstore which appeared a few hours ago. Thanks for the info to Mic from 360rumors.com.
So the latest version on my android device is the Version 184.108.40.20654 which has still ferautres and issues from the last versions. I also use an older app version with the number 220.127.116.1199.
My current firmware version is 18.104.22.168.5.13333. First I thought the firmware causes the errors. But see following screenshots.
The photo on the left was downloaded from the mijia with the old app. since the last two version of the app (as I remeber it started with version 22.214.171.12495) the photos look like the right side.
It does not matter with which version the photos were shot. It depends only which version it is when you download the photo from the cam.
Here you can find two screenshots taken with the cam on the same place (untouched)
left side the new 1.7 version right side shot with the old version. both I exported from the camera with the old 1.6.3.xxx version because of the issue I explained here before.
I realize here that there are quite changes between the photos. I assume that they did some lens correction or compensation in the software while stitching. You can see that the right bezel of my screen is more straight in the right screenshot. But again here the left side with the newer app looks worse than the right old version. for me with every new version the quality issues grow over the advantages.
PLEASE XIAOMI solve these issues. Furthermore I still miss the exif data in the photo files.
There are still pending issues on this cam.
Just last week I got a new Firmware and installed it since then the photo quality got really bad. If oyu zoom in the photos they look like crumbled.
but that´s not all.
The photos are not branded with enough exif data. As a google local guide I take my camera everywhere to make photos for contribution. LAst week I was at the azores Islands (Portugal) and realized that some photos are not shown correctly in google maps on my android phone. This is due lack of exif information in the photo files. I know this can be done manually in postprocessing but is not useful to make on the go photos.
Yes it has more resolution than my theta s but without the correct file information this advance is gone.
The next is that the newer app versions have on the one hand a stabilization feature which is awesome but on the other hand in fixed postition the camera video drifts on the roll axis constantly. without postporcessing of the video the outcome is unuseful. there are workaround for example after switiching on the cam immediatly start recording so in this case the stbilization feature is not active due to an uncalibrated gyro, but also this is not a solution for a enduser product.
Xiaomi please update the firmware and app to a good quality level.I quite love the Mijia Sphere 3.5k but with these issues the camera is not mature enough for daily on the go use. As far as I see these are no dealbrakers because it is only a software thing but as long Xiaomi will not solve these major problems I can not recommend the cam to other people.
A combination out of firmware and app version makes the camera unuseful. See screenshots attached.