Xiaomi MIJIA 4K + PIXAERO LENS for Extreme Macro Photography

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My hobby is taking pictures of tiny animals. I didn't know action cameras don't have focus control(was thinking of phone cameras) so after purchasing Mijia 4K I was very disappointed.
It was too late for a refund and buying another camera looked silly, I searched for 3rd party lens/filters for manual focus.
I even tried using a convex lens as an improvised macro filter, and it kinda worked but its uses were limited.

Then I found this manual focus lens by PIXAERO; It is a Russian company and since I never really bought anything from Russia, I was a bit worried first.
However, their sales team guided me through purchasing and everything went well.

Now I can even focus on objects right next to the lens!
I'm really satisfied with this product. Hope this help other people with similar concerns that I had :)

 
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I like the design, allowing lens replacement without opening up the camera. Obviously a specialist item which the price reflects.

@whitefatalis do you find the screen adequate for adjusting focus?
 

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I like the design, allowing lens replacement without opening up the camera. Obviously a specialist item which the price reflects.

@whitefatalis do you find the screen adequate for adjusting focus?
On the Gitup F1 I found that just turning the lens to the marked distances worked fine for longer distances since these lenses have a huge depth of field. Once you get down to 1cm it becomes difficult to get focus right even with a tablet screen because then there is not enough depth of field to cover the whole body of an insect, then you really need a lens with an aperture that you can close up to increase depth of field, and then you also need the bright lighting equipment to go with it.
 

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On the Gitup F1 I found that just turning the lens to the marked distances worked fine for longer distances since these lenses have a huge depth of field. Once you get down to 1cm it becomes difficult to get focus right even with a tablet screen because then there is not enough depth of field to cover the whole body of an insect, then you really need a lens with an aperture that you can close up to increase depth of field, and then you also need the bright lighting equipment to go with it.
The 160deg lens on the F1 will naturally have quite a large depth of field. This f3.77mm 80deg HFOV lens will have a smaller depth of field.
 
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@whitefatalis do you find the screen adequate for adjusting focus?
It's a 2.4" touchscreen, don't expect a very accurate analysis but it's fine by me.
You can always take multiple pictures and compare it on PC.
I've read it has the largest screen among action cameras, so that maybe a little comfort.
I really wish I could magnify the image in camera's album though.
 

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