Queency’s tour of the Ishibashi residence – 1080P @ 30FPS

Hello!  Tonight I am sharing a few pictures/videos that were taken with the Xiaomi Action camera, which is similar to a GoPro, but only a fraction of the price. Jack brought this camera to Tokyo for me several weeks ago and I have been playing around with it a bit.  There were no instructions in English, but there are plenty of tutorials and YouTube videos online that can teach you how to install it.  He also brought me the accessory kit which included items such a selfie stick, chest mount, head mount, tripod, and more!


Photo taken at Ueno Park during our all-day Hanami (Sakura flower watching)


It has been several months since I started this blog and so far it has been a pretty fun and worthwhile experience.  Other than my failed attempt to post on the Japan subreddit last week, the response has been great!  My vision for the blog remains the same, and that is to document my experience as a new dad in Tokyo during the year that I am here.  The Xiaomi Action camera will be one of the tools that I will utilize to capture the important moments.  There are a lot of things that I want to record, such as:

  • The birth of our first daughter
  • Mounting the camera on baby to see how she views the world
  • Biking around Tokyo, dodging oncoming vehicles!
  • Creating cool time-lapse videos
  • Dash-cam videos when I have time to race on the track!
  • ????

The video quality is REALLY good when you set it at the maximum 1080P @ 60FPS (frames per second) but the battery life is not so great at around 50 minutes of shooting on a full battery.  I would suggest getting at least a couple of spare batteries!  The only thing I don’t like is that when you’re using the app to control the camera, you need to disconnect from your mobile network and set it on wifi only.  Also the lens is rather exposed which means that it is a good idea to invest in a case that will protect it from accidental drops.


So if you want to get an ‘Action Camera’ without breaking the bank, the Xiaomi is a pretty good entry point until and if you decide you want to upgrade to something fancier.  To be honest, I haven’t even setup most of the accessories except for the selfie stick so I still have a lot to do and learn before using it to it’s full potential!

Thanks for reading!  Please support this blog by following me on WordPress, Twitter (@Tokyorad), and sharing on social media.  I am still learning new things everyday and though my mission is not to become a millionaire and retire from this blog, I do want to eventually explore ways of monetizing.

In my next few posts I will be writing about my recent trip to Hakone and also an update to TOKYO WEDDING 2016 with the official photography as well as videos taken from that day.  After that it’s only going to be around a month til baby is born so that will be where my focus will be shifting.

If you have any suggestions on how to make this blog more interesting, or things you want me to check out in Japan, please let me know!



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