The gadget that I will talk about is rather unusual and it is difficult to clearly classify it. In fact, this is a miniature photo / video camera with artificial intelligence and very good image quality, but at the same time very interesting features.
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The camera is delivered in a white box made of thick cardboard, typical for ecosystem devices, without bright printing, all inscriptions and photographs are made in grayscale. Only the left corner of the box stands out as a bright spot.
On the back, the main parameters of the camera are listed, I will talk about them even further in the review, but I will name the main ones — a 10 MP camera, with a focal length of 28 mm, an aperture of F / 2.2 and an angle of 76 degrees, a 910 mAh battery and dual-band wi-fi, although for some reason only 2.4 GHz is indicated on the box.
At the ends there are pictograms symbolizing the functions of the camera, but let’s better see everything, so to speak, in kind.
What is in the box
Everything is packed soundly and competently, except for the thick cardboard from which the box is made, there is an additional foam insert inside, a large soft insert protects the camera from the sides. You don’t have to worry about shipping.
Under the tab with the camera is another box that contains all the necessary accessories for the camera. In addition to the camera, a cable for charging and transferring data from USB to micro USB and a spare round sticker made of double-sided tape for attaching the camera stand are included.
Externally, the camera is most similar to a regular web or ip camera, though with an uncharacteristically large lens. The shape of the case is a square with rounded edges and a protruding part with a lens. The camera is very miniature, which can be seen on this large-scale slide — where is it in comparison with an ordinary matchbox.
On the top of the camera is a single button with which all control is exercised. By holding the button for 2 seconds — turn it on, then with a short press — take a picture, by pressing it again for 2 seconds — we send it back to sleep mode. Near the button there is a hole for the microphone, it is only one, but the camera records stereo sound — apparently the same for two channels.
The back of the camera is removable, with a magnetic base. In order to make it easy to remove it, there is a special lever on the bottom of the camera. On the inside of the stand — there is a round of double-sided tape, a spare — as I said — is included. It is reusable as the description says. On the back of the camera, the power settings are written, and there is a compartment cover with a memory card and micro USB.
The stand, in the form of adhesive tape, also has a magnetic base that allows you not only to quickly remove and install the camera, but also attaches to a metal surface. The inside, the flat side of the stand, is for surface mounting, while the outside, convex, is for attaching the camera.
The cover on the camera is removed quite tightly and is connected to the body. Below it, as I said, is a micro USB port for charging the camera battery and transferring data, a micro SD card slot — the maximum supported volume is up to 32 GB.
An example of fastening to a horizontal metal surface, adhesive tape was not used here — the strength of the magnet is sufficient. The camera, in turn, is held with a magnet on a stand, and it cannot be fixed directly to a metal surface, just such a bulge as on a stand is needed.
The functions of the stand do not end there. The groove on the outer side is designed for vertical installation of the camera, for example on a table. There is also something on the bottom of the camera that is magnetic and allows it to stand confidently on the stand.
What’s more, the camera can be tilted up and down at different angles. The camera is securely fixed and does not show any inclinations to independent change of position.
To control the camera, you need to install the Xiaomo app. The application is partly in English, partly in Chinese. Partial translation leaves hope that it will be finally translated, at least into English.
To connect to the camera, you need to turn it on by pressing and holding the button on it for about 2 seconds. Then, through the application or through the standard wi-fi settings, find a network called mo_****** where at the end are the last 6 digits of the serial number from the box and connect to it using the password 00000000.
The main window of the application contains buttons for viewing the recorded material — Local Album — divided into two tabs, the camera’s local storage and an external micro SD card. By clicking on any photo or video, you can view it or download it to your phone.
By clicking on the Specification button, for some reason, an instruction is launched, in English. Quite detailed and understandable, at the end, by the way, it contains a product specification, and is generally recommended for reading.
For example, here in the pictures it is shown how to use the magnetic back as a stand for mounting the camera at different angles. User Manual tab — has several items in Chinese, so it has no special value until the moment of translation. The fourth square button leads to the questions and answers section, everything is rather banal, but you can look.
We turn to the camera control, to switch to this mode, you need to press the lowest button. Everything here is in Chinese, which is sad. The camera has 4 shooting modes, by default it is in the third — taking a photo. In the upper part there are 4 icons — exit, beautiful face mode, constant light — with brightness control, flash — you can force turn on, turn off or auto mode, settings menu. Next comes the gesture recognition mode icon, HDR mode. Even lower — access to the camera gallery, camera release, shooting timer. Even lower are the camera modes.
The first mode is continuous shooting with an interval — for example, 9 shots at an interval of 3 seconds, the total shooting time is 27 seconds. The interval can be increased, which will also increase the shooting time. The second mode — 16 shots and the third mode — manual — where you can specify the interval between shots and the total duration of the shooting.
The second mode is an instant continuous shooting of 5 frames. There can be 1 series or three series of 5 frames. Conveniently, when deleting, you do not need to delete pictures one at a time — the entire series of pictures is deleted at once.
The fourth mode is video recording, videos lasting from 20 seconds to 5 minutes.
The menu that is called by pressing the top right button is also all in Chinese. At the beginning, there is information about the free space on the camera — a total of a memory card and internal storage, charge status. Enable gesture recognition in offline mode — palm and V with two fingers, and for the latter you can choose to take a picture or record a video. Then there are 2 points that are not very applicable because of the language — help and tips for shooting. Next are the camera settings, the transition time to sleep mode is 5 or 10 minutes, the inclusion of 5 GHz wi-fi mode, then the lighting effects when shooting.
On the next page of the menu are options for printing a watermark, automatically deleting photos when uploaded to the phone, notification mode, firmware update, and an experimental smile detection option. Activity notifications can be either turned off, or received as sound, vibration, or both sound and vibration. And finally, the version of the application.
Connecting to a computer
The camera connects to the computer using a USB cable — Micro USB, defined as a camera — with an internal storage on which a little more than 5 GB is free, and, if installed, a memory card.
The parameters of photos in jpg format are 2592 * 4608 pixels, aspect ratio 16/9, 24 bit color depth. Photos take from 3 to 6 megabytes. Video — 1280 * 720 30 frames per second, with a stream of 9000 kbps and stereo sound
First of all, it should be noted that the camera is focused on vertical shooting. Of course, you can simply turn it on its side, but the resulting material will still retain its vertical orientation and will have to be flipped programmatically. And in principle, in essence, this is a camera for selfie lovers, and it should be noted that the quality of the pictures will be much higher than even that of expensive smartphones.
You can bring beauty with the help of the option — a beautiful face, which comes down to evening out complexion, eliminating skin defects. Of course, I am not a fashion model, but you can evaluate the result by my physiognomy. At the same time, the detailing of the background is not affected externally, that is, the filter is applied specifically to the face.
In my opinion, the implementation is quite successful, better than in many applications for shooting on smartphone cameras.
Shooting in landscape mode — the photo had to be flipped, but it’s not as troublesome as flipping the video. A sensor that tracks the position of this gadget would not hurt.
The color rendition and detailing is very good, not every smartphone can do it as well, I hope everyone understands that the quality of the pictures does not depend solely on the number of megapixels.
HDR mode — in principle, as for self-cutting, it is not particularly needed, but since it is, here is the result. Working in this mode takes a little more time to process the image, it does not require prolonged immobility when shooting, but it works out the frame better, aligns and refreshes the colors.
A backlit shot is when the lens is pointed at a light source. Usually the cameras are completely blind in this case, one bright spot in the picture is surrounded by dark spots, and the hero of the review, in principle, did a good job here.
Another example of shooting is on a cloudy foggy day. In my opinion, the camera can be used as an additional or backup camera for street shooting, of course, of an amateur level.
Continuous shooting — these three shots show how the position of a moving car in the background changes. Speed — 50 kilometers per hour.
Sample selfie photos indoors. I like the detail, ordinary smartphone selfie cameras are not capable of this. Feels like a flash
Photos taken almost simultaneously under the same conditions — without flash and with flash.
You can see examples of video shooting in the video version of the review … Stabilization is not provided in the camera, the video is recorded in vertical orientation, but many players can recognize and flip automatically.
As for the gesture control. The camera recognizes two gestures — a “goat” or the letter V with fingers or an open palm, which must then be clenched into a fist. The camera notices your gesture, and confirms that the lower half of the ring under the lens lights up. If you show your palm — after that you need to clench it into a fist, if you show a goat — just hold it for another second. After that, a three-second timer starts and the camera takes a picture. A demonstration of this process is also in the video version of the review.
Shooting can also be done by pressing the button — in this case, the timer does not work, it only works in the application or by gestures. Optionally, you can set up a palm gesture to take a photo, and “Victoria” to shoot a video, and get a kind of automatic home selfie cutter, which will probably come in handy for Instagram lovers.
In general, this is a stand-alone, compact and quite advanced camera that can take on itself, if not all, then at least part of the shooting that is usually done by a smartphone, and the quality of the shooting will be at the level of expensive top smartphones.
Just in case, I’ll say that as a webcam or IP camera, the hero of the review does not work, it does not connect to MiHome, Skype does not work. When the smartphone is connected to the wi-fi access point of the camera, the Internet does not work on it.
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