FiMI Palm review: Best 4K pocket gimbal under $200?

FiMI Palm Review

In order to begin my review honestly, we must admit that the FiMI Palm is not an innovative game-changer product. DJI released such pocket gimbal with even better specs one year earlier before Xiaomi. At a glance, the only pros of the FiMI Palm over the Osmo Pocket is its much-friendly price tag. But, if you dive deeper into its features, you will find lots of more advantages of this gimbal.

With 3-axis mechanical stabilization, 1/2.6″ image sensor that can capture 4k video up to 30fps at 100Mbps, and 12-megapixel stills in either JPEG or JPG+DNG formats, this little thing is an amazing travel companion that has about the size of an electric toothbrush.

Featuring SmartTracking, it can automatically keep the subject’s head in the center of the frame. This function is perfect for vloggers who like to walk around with a camera pointed on themselves. Furthermore, FIMI Palm features lots of creative modes like 8X slow motion, time-lapse, and panorama. Super HDR and Long Exposure functions will allow you to take the perfect shots even in low light conditions.


Xiaomi FIMI Palm 4K gimbal review, ratings, and samples

Disclosure: I received this pocket gimbal as part of a product review collaboration with GearBest. Product specs and quality may vary according to the manufacturer’s reliability, so I cannot guarantee that you will get a product that performs exactly the same as seen in my article.

Lately, everything was slowed down because of the coronavirus outbreak. While I accepted to test and review the FiMI Palm in November 2019, I received it only 6 months later. I think, in the first phase of the epidemic, they had issues with mass production due to supply chain shortages and now there is a big problem with worldwide delivery.

Box content

First Impressions

The FIMI Palm comes in a small white box with a minimal set of accessories. In terms of design and size, it is very similar to the DJI Osmo Pocket, but it has a visible bigger LCD screen, which is a nice extra. At a glance, another difference is the built-in tripod mount which allows us to use extension rods or to attach a phone holder in case you need an even larger live-view screen.

Measuring only 1.2 x 0.89 x 5 inches and weighing 4.23 ounces will fit into your pocket comfortably. The 4K camera itself sits at the top, mounted on a 3 motor mechanism. As gimbals are a little fragile by nature, FIMI includes a plastic protector with their Palm.

Gimbal protector

Xiaomi skipped adding an internal memory. Instead of it, the developer put a micro SD slot on the side which accepts cards with up to 256 GB capacity. I tested it with two types of memory cards. While the no-name 32GB class 10 card showed “slow speed”, the SanDisk Extreme 64GB worked perfectly.

There’s a USB-C port on the bottom for charging and media transfer to a computer. The rubber padding adds a good grip when it is placed to stay vertically by its self.

The 1000 mAh built-in battery supplies the Palm with about 240 minutes of power.

Frankly, I’m not a huge fan of making unboxing videos, talking for minutes about what’s included in the box, what looks like the product. This job fits more for professional vloggers instead of technical guys like me. For your delight, I will share with you Naomi ‘SexyCyborg’ Wu’s unwrapping video.

Price and availability

At the time it was announced, there were some pretty nice pre-order deals on GearBest. By paying a deposit of just $10, you could get the FIMI Palm for only $99. Later, the offer changed to $144 and now you can have it at a final price of $199 from most retailers. At GB there is also a wide range of accessories that you can buy together with the FP. I think it is useful to invest from the beginning in a case and a couple of mounting accessories. Now, using this ‘GB720SALE004‘ Fimi Palm coupon code you can have it for only $159.89. Note: promotion period ends on August 30th.

FiMI Palm review: Operation

On the front panel, in addition to the 1.22″ touchscreen LCD, there is only a button and a tiny 5-way joystick. FiMI Palm turns on/off by long-pressing the multi-functional control button. While double-clicking can recenter the gimbal’s head, by pressing the button 3 times the camera turns 180° – selfie mode.

The Xiaomi FIMI Palm features 3x digital zoom which can be activated by double-pressing the joystick. You can zoom in/out even while you are recording.

Normal Vs Selfie mode

Touchscreen controls allow you to select different shooting modes (swipe left/right), enter in settings mode (swipe down), or access the media library (swipe up). By double-tapping the screen you enable FaceTracking.

Status LED above the joystick indicates when you are recording (green flash), low battery warning (solid red), system malfunction (red flashing), and firmware flushing (red + green alternative blinking).Controls/Operaion

Working modes

In addition to the photo and video modes, you have Slo-mo (4x or 8x), Time-Lapse, and Panorama (1×4, 4×1 or 3×3). For all modes, you are able to manually set ISO value (100-3200) and White balance (2000-10000K). For photos, you are also able to set shutter speed from 1/8000 to 30″.

FiMI Palm offers four gimbal modes: Follow, FPV, Pitch Lock, and Gimbal Lock. Each has its virtues and all four deliver the kind of stabilization your action camera can only dream of. Personally, I use most of the “Follow” mode which supports stabilization in all three directions. The camera moves consistently with the handle in order to ensure stable and smooth footage.

Resolutions and frame rates

The biggest drawback of the Xiaomi FiMI Palm is the lack of shooting stabilized 4K video footage at 60 fps – other pocket gimbals do this job. At 4K (3840×2160) you can set 30 or 24 frame rates. Recording with 60fps is possible at 2.7K and 1080P. Picture quality can be toggled between Fine and Superfine. H264 and HEVC compression modes are available.

Mobile APP: Fimi Play

In order to use this pocket gimbal with a mobile device, you need to enable “WiFi” connection from the main screen. You have an option for 2.4G or 5G, by default WIFI passkey is “123456789”. I was a bit disappointed to find out during my tests that WiFi range is only about a few meters.


The FIMI PLAY APP gives you more control over manual settings (ISO, White Balance, and Shutter Speed) as well as being able to frame the shoot and control the gimbal movements remotely from your phone. The APP is easy to use and navigate, similar to standard phone camera interfaces. Maybe I just didn’t find it, but there was no digital zoom option.

Panorama shots can be stitched together also via the APP. Without any additional settings, panoramas are ready to be downloaded into your phone in a few minutes.

Rated with 2.6 stars (from 5) it is clear that APP is only in early stage of development with lots of issues. Hope that all the reported problems will be fixed soon by Xiaomi. Personally, I got no freezes or crashes.

Can you use it as an action camera?

The FiMI Palm isn’t an action camera, but it will certainly be compared with it. It’s a small, handheld video camera with integrated mechanical stabilization which provides much smoother footage compared to the electronic image stabilization that you can find in most GoPro-style action cams and smartphones. It’s not ruggedized or protected from weather, so it’s better gear for vloggers than for action sports enthusiasts. Moreover, those tiny motors are very sensitive and they can break from slight socks, don’t mention if you accidentally drop it from 2 meters height.

Used as action camera

Is the FiMI Palm good for vlogging and traveling?

The tiny size of the FiMI Palm makes it downright fun to shoot videos. It’s zero-hassle, which makes it perfect for documenting your travels. It is perfect for discreet shooting in locations where you either don’t want to draw attention to yourself or simply don’t have much space to do the job. Unfortunately, for sea adventures which include snorkeling, you will need a waterproof action cam.

Fimi Palm gimbal as travel camera

It is also definitely a great tool for vloggers and influencers. One of my friends use for vlogging a mirrorless camera mounted on a ZHIYUN CRANE M2 gimbal with a total weight of more than 30 ounces (~800 grams) – is not the rig that you can hold comfortably in your hand for too long. Since the FIMI Palm weighs only about 4 ounces, you can easily record videos for ages without getting your arm weary.

FIMI Palm YTXJ03FM features and specs

  • Compact size (30.5 x 22.7 x 127 mm);
  • 3-axis mechanical stabilization;
  • Ultra-wide angle lens (128°);
  • 4K video recording with up to 100 Mbps;
  • Easy operation through the 5-way Joystick;
  • Integrated color 1.22″ live-view LED touchscreen (240 x 240 pixels);
  • Wireless connectivity (WiFi + Bluetooth);
  • 4 Shooting Modes and multiple creative modes including smart tracking;
  • Long battery life (240 minutes working time at 1080@30 fps).

Review verdict

Editor’s ratings

  • Price/performance ratio
  • Design and build quality
  • Image quality
  • Video Stabilization
  • Battery life
  • App Features


With only 30fps at 4K, FiMI Pals isn’t designed for professional shooters. Is more likely suitable for vloggers and influencers which like to surprise their audience with super smooth stabilized POV videos.

Its simple operation won’t intimidate newbies just getting into YouTube content creation or even kids who have shown an interest in video production. Travelers will also appreciate the size of this camera. Moving from a large phone gimbal, it makes a huge difference!

Compared to its DJI contender, the FIMI Palm features a bigger screen, wider field of view, better battery life, and built-in wireless connectivity, all for a lot less money!

User Review
3.56 (16 votes)

What I liked

  • Friendly price tag;
  • Super small and easy to use;
  • Built-in WiFi connectivity;
  • Digital zooming;
  • Wide range of creative modes.

What we’d like to see improved in FiMI Palm 2

  • 4K@60fps or even 4k@120fps;
  • Optical zoom;
  • Better WiFi range;
  • Tripod mount at the bottom.

FiMI palm review: Sample footage



Stabilization test from moving car

Slow-motion and close-up test

FIMI Palm on drone

Stabilization test on the bike


  1. I’m glad to see a blog post about FiMI Palm. I’m a big fan of pocket gimbals and I’m always on the lookout for the best ones under $200. I think FiMI Palm is a great option for

  2. Had my Fimi Palm for about 6 months now..tried various settings and also manual…quality is poor…overheating issues…1080hp look crap…..4k just as bad……don’t waste your money….

    • I second this. The image quality is so bad. I tried several fast sd cards, including Sandisk extreme plus. No changes in image quality.

      I don’t understand that people are saying the image quality is fine. For me, 4K looks like 720p material or worse. Such a big difference with my phone! And the sound. Mono muffled audio. Not happy

  3. The image and video quality is so bad. What could be the issue?
    4k vdo looks like 360p vdo…!!
    very disappointed..

    • it could be from a bad micro SD card, you should try with another card!
      at 4k the fimi palm provides quite sharp footage…

  4. out of the box, my fimi palm won’t turn in any direction, it needs to be activated or something else before I can use it??
    please help

    • Sorry to read about your issue. Normally, after you charge it the FP should work without additional settings. Maybe something happened during shipping with the gimbal motors. you should contact the seller for refund.
      good luck!

  5. battery can be replaced? my fimi palm had poor working time from the beginning, battery last for only 20-30 min…

    • unfortunately no!
      if it still has warranty you should contact the seller or FIMI, if no you should send it to a authorised repair centre for battery replacement and further diagnostics

  6. Need some help. I just got my Fimi Palm gimbal and I’am not able to format the micro SD card. The screen shows sd card error please format…..

  7. Nice and detailed review! Please could you ask Fimi if they can incrase bitrate for slow motion videos. At 1080p 30fps – 4X the bit-rate is only 8-9mbps which is a very low bitrate, so the final quality it is also very low.


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