XiaoMi Yi Camera First Flight

After some serious troubles getting the XiaoMi Yi action camera configured, I decided to slap it on my F550 hexacopter and take it for a spin. Since the camera is slightly bigger than a GoPro, it wouldn’t fit in my DJI Zenmuse H3-3D gimbal. To get it flying quickly, I slapped some velcro to the bottom of the camera and wrapped a zip tie around it.

This is pretty much the worst way to mount a CMOS camera to a multirotor. There’s a little bit of jello in the video, but I wouldn’t expect that to exist in video with a well mounted camera. This is a screenshot from the video during my flight. It looks like the far away features are a little out of focus, but that could very well be just the vibrations from the hexacopter.

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Check out the video below. Be sure to watch at 1080p and 60fps. If you can’t see an option for 60fps, YouTube might not allow it for your browser. (Hint: Google’s YouTube wants you to download Google Chrome as your browser.)

I’ll post more details on the XiaoMi Yi camera setup later, but the big hint is to manually upgrade your firmware as soon as you get the camera then connect it to the Android app (iOS coming soon, they say). Instructions and firmware are fairly easy to find with your favorite search engine.
You can start your research here.

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