Xiaomi Mi TV Webcam
Mi TV Webcam was first launched in India by Xiaomi on Thursday 24 June to allow people to communicate virtually with their loved ones directly from their smart TV. This camera is capable of capturing full-HD (1080p) videos at 25fps and also comes with a 71-degree field of vision and a pair of remote built-in microphones.
Initially designed for the Xiaomi TV product line, users will find this camera can operate well connected to most android based appliances, including desktop PCs running Windows operating system. You can find the camera on sale on AliExpress for a price tag below $40 which is considered pretty good and not too expensive.
Xiaomi Mi TV Webcam Specifications
- Camera Sensor: 2MP
- Plug and Play (PnP): Yes
- Driverless: Yes
- Max Resolution: Max 1080p @ 25fps
- Output format: MJPG, H.264, YUY2
- Microphone: Stereo Dual Mic, Far-field- 4m
- Field of View: 71-degree.
- Focus: Fixed Focus
- Physical Shutter: Yes
- Input port: Type-C.
- Compatibility: Android TV 8 or above, Windows 7 or later, and Desktops
- 1 x Xiaomi TV Camera.
- 1 x USB Type-C Cable.
- 1 x User Manual.
The body of the Xiaomi Mi camera design is solid, composed of a square metal profile coated in gray color with dimensions of 20x20x80 mm that makes it look very compact in size, yet durable, bent, and scratch-resistant. You can mount the camera on a narrow bezel frame on most TVs or computer monitors with a ~20mm width preferably.
The camera is designed for Xiaomi smart TVs so it doesn’t come with a typical 1/4-20 UNC thread for mounting on a standard tripod. The camera holder also features an integrated magnet that greatly facilitates mounting the camera to the monitor/TV rear cover.
As mentioned in the design section. Xiaomi did an exceptional job designing the camera with a solid case made from metal with two plastic enclosers assembled on both sides of the camera body. Having said that, the build quality is above average compared to most web cameras sold in this price range that are mainly made from plastic materials.
Mounting the camera to a desktop PC
Because most pc monitor frames are narrow, the MI tv webcam can also easily be placed on a standard PC monitor.
Mounting the camera on a 22 Dell monitor.
The Mi camera comes with a standard camera privacy mode slider you can use when the camera is not currently in use to protect your privacy from remote web camera hacking attempts that are very common these days.
Dual Microphones support
The Xiaomi Mi Webcam comes with a built-in dual microphone array that responded well, picking up sounds in close proximity. We did not notice any unusual sound enhancements after performing a quick self-recording microphone test. In general, the quality of the recorded sounds is good as with most of the webcams we have tested in the past.
The Xiaomi Mi TV web camera produces a fairly sharp and decent image quality that is more than enough to use for live broadcasts on Facebook or zoom video sessions. Under low light conditions, the camera also performed well and produced a good image.
The camera resolutions correspond to manufacturing specifications, from a minimum resolution of 352×288 pixels up to 1920×1080 pixels with a maximum frame rate of 30 fps.
Testing Xiaomi Mi Webcam with the Windows 11 Camera application.
The Xiaomi Mi TV Webcam is a plug & play driverless camera that can run on Android-powered appliances without a need to pre-install any necessary drivers. You can connect it to mini PCs / Set-top boxes running stock Android system and not just Android TV. You can also connect it to intel-based Mini PCs running Windows OS as a type of studying workstation. We managed to run it on the Ugoos AM6 Android TV Box and it will most likely work on other brands as well.
Overall a good multi-purpose web camera with a great low price tag of $37-40 that will not burn a hole in your pocket. Bottom line, a highly recommended product if you are in search of a cheap but high-quality camera.