Xiaomi FiMI Palm Review

I will be looking at an interesting new device Fimi Palm. It is basically a combination of action camera optics and a tiny gimbal. It is inspired by DJI Osmo's small pocket although it is quite a bit different device. We will look at the performance and the nice features of fimi palm. I will try to help you decide whether you should get one. If you are not familiar with fimi, it is a sub-brand of Xiaomi. Its basic concept of any palm is quite interesting. This device uses one over two-point six-inch sensor combined with a 14-millimeter full-frame equivalent lens mounted on a tiny gimbal. It is basically a cross between an action camera and a small pocket. I think that it is competing with the Osmo pocket because of the type of footage that you will get out of it.


Osmo's small pocket has a very different look because it uses 26-millimeter full-frame equivalent lens so I don't think that the Osmo pocket and fimi palm are direct competitors. The price of fimi palm is also very reasonable and it is $229.99. It easily fits into your pocket but it is a little bigger than Osmo pocket. Weighing 120 grams, it is a little light. It comes with a gimbal protector. The build quality is pretty good. It is made of high-quality plastics and it feels solid. Its bottom is rubberized. It means that you can place safely this small device on different surfaces. There is also quadrant mount on the backside for mounting the device which might be very useful. So, let’s look at its image quality. It is so great when it uses one over the three-point six-inch sensor and fourteen-millimeter full-frame equivalent F three point four lines which is the standard action camera setup. It can shoot 4k in 25 or 30 P up to 100 megabits per second and I'm very happy to say that the 4k quality is up with the best action cameras.

Just like the Osmo pocket or GoPro camera it has a default picture setting called natural. It uses typical consumer camera processing with a ton of sharpening contrast and saturation. It will work fine for casual consumer use. Fortunately. there is also a flat color setting called F lock. It is not a real log of course but it looks great. There is no sharpening and the colors look much more natural. This footage is also very easy to work with. It can also shoot in h.265 which is a great way to save space on your hard drive if you have sufficient editing machine.


It can also shoot 50 or 60 P in 2.7 K.  2.7 K still provides acute image quality so if you need or want 60 P. It is usable. Just like the action camera fimi palm is not really meant for low-light shooting thanks to that F lock setting without sharpening. The low-light footage looks quite natural despite the noise. The focus is fixed on the lens which means that everything is in focus all the time because of the depth of field is deep enough for that. That means that there is no other focus on Fimi palm.

Overall, image quality is a very positive surprise for me. It is more than usable and I have to say that it is among the best action cameras on the market. Gimble is a very different type of stabilization in comparison with digital stabilization which is what most action cameras use. It can keep the horizon level. It can smooth out movements, make precise spinning with the joystick, track an object, and so on. That means that the gimbal can never be replaced by optical image stabilization in-body image stabilization or digital stabilization.


Ultra-wide footage is always easier to stabilize them. For example, a 26-millimeter lens so the result is very good. The footage is super stable and very smooth. This is indeed a very efficient system, a very surprising thing for me. Walking that is generally a weakness of every gimbal because the up and down axis is not stabilized. For fimi palm, it looks good with that ultra-wide field-of-view which is again much easier to stabilize. The footage is very stable I have no complaints. Here the gimbal has four modes the first one is the following mode and the second is tilt lock mode, it locks the tilt and roll axis and it follows the pen axis. For fpv mode, it follows all axis including the roll axis. Regarding lock mode, it looks all axis and it keeps the camera pointed in one direction. There is also face tracking mode where it will automatically detect a face in the frame and it will keep it in the center of the frame. This works well and it is very helpful if you are a vlogger it should be able to track other objects.

There are a multifunctional button and joystick which also doubles as a button. The multifunctional button turns the device on and off, it starts recording. Double press resets the device position and triple press rotates the gimbal into selfie mode. The joystick works surprisingly well. You can set the speed in six steps in low-speed settings. You can get a very smooth panning with the joystick which is super useful. If you don't press the joystick you can move it up and down to zoom in and out. When you move it left and right you can set the exposure compensation. The screen is of course quite small at 1.22 inches. It is still good enough for composing. The user interface is again heavily inspired by the Osmo pocket, which means that it is very good. You can still change all the settings using this screen. The interface is very well organized again, just like on the Osmo Pocket. It also has all the tricky features from the Osmo pocket. My most favorite special feature of fimi palm or Osmo pocket is panorama where it stitches together nine steals which works great. It does so in camera so we just need to hold it still while the pictures are being taken. There is also a time-lapse mode and there should be motion lips but I wasn't able to set up the motion lapse yet.

Fimi palm also takes nice details. The 12-megapixel resolution I like the colors in stills as well.

These are quite saturated and vibrant. DNG RAW files are also available so if you like to share in a post. RAW files will give you a good amount of information. Fimi palm also has integrated Wi-Fi. so, we can connect it to your Android or iOS device without additional accessories. By now you probably know what was the main influence for the app design again which means that the app is indeed very easy to use and it is cute I've had. Occasional reliability issues but it work well most of the time. You can use the app to change all the settings control the gimbal review and store footage and so on. Fimi claims 240 minutes of full HD 30p video on a single charge. It should realistically last a day of typical holiday shooting so I'm okay with that.

it is of course charged through USB C port. To sum up, I can say that the Fimi palm is a very positive surprised for me. I expected it to be just another Osmo pocket knockoff but I can say that it is a very refined and well-performing device. It provides very good image quality in combination with efficient gimbal stabilization. for me, the fimi palm is mostly about the combination of that ultra-white footage, gimbal stabilization, and pocket size. As I have said I don't think that it is mainly a competitor for the Osmo pocket because it produces very different footage but I will make a separate video about that. On the other hand, I think that for some use cases it is a very interesting alternative to an action camera especially for those who use an action camera mostly as a point-and-shoot camera.

I like the Fimi palm a lot I intend to use it a lot once the global situation allows it and I can highly recommend it

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