Contents of Review
|Specs||Mijia Handheld Gimbal|
|Axis Rotation||Pan: 360˚ Tilt: -35˚to +90˚ Roll: -50 + 160˚|
|Compatible Devices||Mijia 4K Action Camera|
|Battery||Built-In 5000mAh – 8 Hrs Battery Life|
|Mounts||¼” Thread For Mounting To Selfie Sticks/Monopods/Tripods|
|Port(s)||Micro-USB For Charging|
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First LooksThe Mijia gimbal comes with a USB cable and a user manual, which is nice but could have been better if it came with additional accessories such as a protective case or hand strap for better protection.Straight out the packaging, I can immediately feel the solid, well-built quality of the Mijia gimbal which honestly feels like a $250+ gimbal rather than a $100+ gimbal that we know of.To finish it off, it also has a really nice matte finish which gives it a very clean and nice look to it.
BodyAlso, even though the body is mainly made up of aluminium alloy, it surprisingly feels and weighs much lighter than other gimbals I have tested.I also found the gimbal to be very grippy because of the rubber grip at the back and it’s nearly impossible for it to slip, even if your hands are wet, which is a huge plus in my opinion.Holding the gimbal also feels very comfortable and ergonomic, regardless of whether you’re right or left handed, so you don’t have to worry about your hand cramping out or straining after holding it for a long period of times.
Rounded Base – Yay or Nay?One thing I realised it that it has a rounded base, which may seem bad at first because it wouldn’t be able to stand on its own.However, I think this is a deliberate decision and a good one by Mijia because gimbals fall very easily when balanced by its own so by implementing the rounded base, it completely eliminates the chance of it falling, which could damage the gimbal and the camera. ????
PortsWhen charging, I’ve realised that if the camera is attached, it automatically charges the camera as well so it’s very convenient as you needn’t have 2 cables to charge it separately, which can come in handy during holidays when your charging ports are limited.
Using the Mijia 4K GimbalThe Mijia gimbal’s operation is slightly more complicated because of the many buttons which have multi-uses.But just for you to get a rough idea, I’ll introduce the 3 main buttons and corresponding uses to you.
Trigger/Mode Button (Main Operating Button):Double Press – Returns To Original Position (facing away from you)Triple Press – 180˚ Rotation (Selfie Mode)Press & Hold – Lock All Axis (instead of smoothening) While Holding
Photo Button:Single Press: Takes PhotosPress & Hold (3s): Starts/Stops Charging
Video Button:Single Press: Start/Stop Video RecordingPress & Hold (3s): Switches On/Off GimbalAll of this may seem overwhelming & a little tricky at first but I can assure you it’ll quickly become intuitive and second nature to you.
Stabilization:The Mijia gimbal is great at removing the bumps and shakes as you can see from the video above. By default, it keeps the rolling axis locked and levelled to the ground while stabilising (following/smoothening) the other axis (pan and tilt).You can also lock all the axis (keeps camera pointing in the same direction) if you hold onto the mode button at the back.Also, if you’re curious, during stabilizing, the motor noise is very silent so you never have to worry about your camera picking up any kind of buzzing or static noise, which have happened to other gimbals I’ve tried.
Shooting ModesThere are also various shooting modes which allow you to mount the gimbal in any position, be it on your backpack, or bicycle, or drone, giving you much way more flexibility in filming than other gimbals out there.This is only achievable because the gimbal is specifically made solely for the Mijia camera so it can twist and turn to angles not even possible for other gimbals, which is one of the strengths of ‘niche’ gimbals.
180˚ Rotation – Selfie ModeThe Mijia gimbal allows you to quickly rotate 180˚ (3 taps of mode button) so you can record yourself and what’s at the back which is useful for sightseeing and vlogging.
Manual AdjustmentAnother neat feature is also the ability to manually adjust the orientation of the camera, which is always nice for making quick adjustments instead of using the joystick which can be a little hard for fine tuning.
Mounting The CameraAll you have to mount the camera is slide the camera in and tighten the knob.The knob is made very intelligently because unlike the traditional knob where it tightens the clamp, this knob is actually a screw that tightens into the camera’s bottom thread, so it’s virtually impossible for the camera to slip out when you’re using it.‘non-specific’ gimbals that will work with your smartphone as well.
Mounting The GimbalAlthough there is a tripod mount at the bottom, which is good for balancing the gimbal on a flat surface or on a tripod for taking time-lapse, there isn’t much point else for it.However, this doesn’t mean you can’t mount it elsewhere.Many gimbals do have a thread at the side for mounting but since the Mijia gimbal does not, you’ll need to separately purchase a standard fixed ring to mount it.From there, all you have to do is attach the gimbal to the slip ring, which uses a typical action camera mount and you can attach it wherever you want, backpacks,joystick and setting up predefined settings for which axis to lock/follow and rotation speed.
Unique FeaturesBelow are some features that I think makes the Mijia gimbal stand out from its competitors (in a good way of course!).
360˚ Panning AxisThere is unlimited rotation on the panning axis which makes it really versatile for panning shots and also allows for nice & smooth 180˚ quick rotation (triple press).
Integration with Mijia 4K Cam
Live ChargingThe gimbal connects with your Mijia 4K camera through the micro-USB cable and therefore the connection is very reliable and quick, not to mention you are able to charge your camera using the gimbal, which is really useful since the gimbal serves a secondary purpose of being an additional power source for your camera.Upon connecting, there will be an additional button located at the right side of your screen, which is for doing quick adjustments change to the gimbal, such as predefined modes and axis direction (for joystick use).Using the gimbal, you’re able to control the camera’s exposure, using the toggle switch on the gimbal, which is nice to have as a manual adjustment, for a quick fine tuning of the video.
Comparisons With Other Gimbals
Mijia Gimbal or Non-Niche Gimbals?I know a lot of you would ask whether or not you should be getting the Mijia gimbal, something’s really ‘niche’, or something that works with a wide range of devices such as a more ‘general’ smartphone or action camera gimbal.In my opinion, it boils down to the kind of person you are. Both have pros, both have cons.Do you like bringing just one equipment out and using it to film the whole time (get this) or do you like changing your style and interchanging it with your smartphone (or other cameras) occasionally as a camera (get something else)?If you’re interested to check out other gimbals with a wider range of compatible devices, feel free to check out my top recommendation here.For me, I definitely enjoy having one simple and good way of filming, thus I would go with the Mijia gimbal any day of the week.
Yi action gimbal & Yi Action CamsLet’s take a look at another similar action-cam-gimbal concept by Yi.
|Features||Yi Action Gimbal||Xiaomi Mijia Gimbal|
|Compatible Devices||Yi 4K/4K+/Lite||Mijia 4K|
|Axis Rotation||1080P 60fps||1440p 30fps|
|Shooting Modes||2″ Touchscreen||2″ Touchscreen|
|Stabilization Modes|| Pan-Tilt|
| Pan-Tilt |
|Live Charging||Gyro Image Stabilization|
|Price||199 USD||139 USD|
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SummaryWhen they first announced this gimbal and claim that it only works with the Mijia camera, I was initially quite surprised and sceptical because I felt that it was too niche and only a few would get it.But it turns out to be the opposite as many people purchased it, and that’s why I decide to get myself one to give it a try.After testing it out, I get why many people still buy it despite its limited compatibility. That’s because there is no other gimbal-action-camera pair out there that’s as integrated and complementing as this one does.If you’re wondering about price, I can certainly say it does not come cheap, costing roughly the same as the camera.But you must bear in mind that gimbals are generally an expensive accessory due to the intricacy of it, but there do make a profound difference towards the shots that you take.As for improvements wise, there isn’t much, but I think they could have implemented more features seen in smartphone gimbals, such as panning time-lapse, where the gimbal rotates slowly while the camera records time-lapse or panoramic photos.Overall, I find the Mijia gimbal to have great value for money as the build quality is really good (best I’ve seen at this price point), it works great with the camera, and even though it has a few cons, I’d still recommend everyone who has the Mijia camera to really consider getting this.
That’s all I have for this review. If you have any questions or thoughts about the Mijia gimbal or action cameras in general, please feel free to leave a comment down below and I’ll be sure to reply to it as soon as I can!Till next time, thanks for reading and have a great one!