One thing with the Xiaomi Mi Sphere photos the app does have a few stitching flaws. This can be rectified with the amazing optical flow stitching app from Yoichi Horota (more on that here), however the one thing that is annoying, you had to retrieve the unstitched double fisheye files and this meant either plugging the camera into a computer or removing the memory card and using a card reader and otg cable.
Well, not any more. Now we can easily do this with just a few taps on your phone.
Like most people I was connecting the camera via a PC and retrieving them that way, this is fine when your at home, but completely useless when your out in the field. You can use an OTG cable which seems to work for most people, but this is cumbersome. If your anything like me you want to keep your workflow as short and as easy as possible and if i can I will avoid carrying extra cables or adapters around with me.
Thankfully there are now TWO ways to do this, the first I stumbled across is:
When your phone is connected to the MiSphere cameras Wifi all you need to do is open your phones browser and go to web address 192.168.42.1:50422. This takes you to Ambarella, showing you folders on your camera in date order and inside the raw unstitched double fisheye DNG files where you can simply click and download them directly to your phone and into the download folder.
This also works when you connect to the Mi Sphere with your Laptop or Desktop via WiFi
Secondly, this app downloads both unstitched Jpg or DNG files. Its an app called MiSphere Transfer from the man himself Yoichi Horota. This lets you sync to the camera, select your photos, download and even an option to stitch. Its currently an unreleased beta version, but it works.
All you do is connect the camera to your phones WiFi, open the MiSphere Transfer app, choose which dated folder to download and press sync. It saves all the unstitched files from that dated folder into a folder on your phone called MiSphere Transfer. It’s as easy as that. Though I have had a few times where it can’t find the camera, I simply force close and re open and it then works again.
You can download it here
No need for PC or OTG cable any more wahoo 🙂
You can find my in depth review of the Xiaomi Mi Sphere here