For a lengthy period, the sector for action cameras has certainly been overshadowed by GoPro, however that may be about to shift. The unassumingly labelled Yi 4K+ is an impressive new action camera created by a fairly unrecognized company and it not only matches the finest GoPro has to deliver on premium, but surpasses it on expense, as well.
Who or just what is Yi? It's a company supported by Chinese company Xiaomi, the world's 5th biggest smart phone producer. So it's not a simple rebrander. This is a camera created and retailed by one of the technology industry's leaders.
Yi 4K+ action camera review (What you should know)
Essentially, if you understand GoPro, you know what the Yi 4K+ is all about. It's a pocket-friendly action camera which captures up to 60fps in 4K resolution, up to 120fps in 1080p and up to 240fps at 720p, making it the world's initial 4K 60fps action camera, even though it's now been joined by the just recently revealed GoPro Hero6 in that respect.
It has the ideal specifications on paper and comes with water proof casing, but does not have a built-in GPS. Most notably, photo quality is as good as, if not far better than the GoPro Hero5 Black, and it's less expensive too. In short, it's presently the best investment in the action camera market place, and that's not likely to alter when the GoPro Hero6 Black gets here.
Yi 4K+ action camera assessment Design and features
The Yi 4K+ is a small camera that measures 65 x 30 x 42mm, which makes it fractionally smaller sized than the GoPro Hero5 Black. That's mainly due to the fact that it is not water proof just like the GoPro; you have to place it in its casing if you want to take photos in the rain or under water, even though it does adversely effect sound quality in videos.
This follows GoPro, although, within regards to its total style, with a rectangle-shaped body, protruding lense, 2.2 in 640 x 360 touch screen at the back and multifunction button on the top. A good touch here is that the button has an LED embedded within it, which in turn blinkings red when filming.
On the left-hand edge there's a flap protecting a USB Type-C slot, that is employed both for charging as well as audio input. Attach the bundled USB Type-C to 3.5 mm adapter and anyone can add an external mic. You could also buy a Type-C to RCA adapter. Beneath is a 1/4in tripod mount and also this is where you'll discover the battery and microSD chamber.
Much like the GoPro, the Yi 4K+ is somewhat particular with microSD memory cards. Due to the large quantity of data being moved to the video camera, you'll require one of the quickest memory cards about - a U3 class memory card to get specific. There are a couple of suitable memory cards noted on the Yi web site.
the Yi 4K+ user interface really user-friendly, yet it nevertheless offers a deep amount of customisation for growing enthusiasts. From the homescreen, in the event that you swipe from top to bottom, you have a collection of fast toggles.
Swipe from either edge and you could swiftly switch over between video recording and photograph settings. Scroll up and you could to various other settings, such as Time Lapse Video, Slow Motion, Burst, Timer and Live.change
Yes, that corrects. You can live stream straight from the camera to your Facebook profile, web page or YouTube channel. You will, nevertheless, have to install the YI Action Camera Application in order to set it up. That is fantastic if you like posting your memories in real time with buddies, family members or perhaps followers.
By touching the smaller cogwheel on the display screen, you'll be offered with a flurry of choices below the video tab, featuring the capacity to record in flat colour mode (useful for colour matching in expert projects), change metering, ISO sensitivity and shutter speed.
you find working the camera too fiddly with the small touchscreen, you could manage different features via the Android or iOS application. This functions perfectly and links to the video camera by means of dual-band 802.11 ac Wi-Fi. There's also Bluetooth 4, that enables you to remotely attach to a remote, like the Yi selfie stick.
And if you choose to go hands-free, there's a remote voice command option, as well. This allows anyone start/stop recordings, take stills and turn off the digital camera, all of which can come in useful if you're making use of the camera on a headgear mount or in a vehicle. You do need to remain in a peaceful surrounding and talk precisely, however, for this to operate though.
The touch screen and menu system is so sensitive and functional, though, that I really did not experience this to be a significantly large issue which is because of its quad-core Cortex A53 64-bit CPU. Unlike the GoPro equivalent, the Yi 4K+'s onscreen animations are really tidy, smooth as well as responsive to the touch.
Image Stabilization: Electronic Image Stabilization
Battery Capacity: 1400mAh
Maximum Aperture: F2.8
Touch Screen: Yes
WIFI Support: Yes
NightShot Function: Yes
Pixels: 12 million
Processor: Ambarella A9SE
Additional Function: Support WIFI
Bluetooth Support: Yes
High Definition Support: 4K
Built-in Memory Size: Non
Remote Control Support: Yes
Image Resolution: 12.0MP
Sensor Size (inches): 1/2.3 inches
Volume: 65 x 42 x 21 mm
HDMI Output: No
Memory Card Type: MicroSD / TF
Memory Card Support: 64G
Sensor Type: CMOS
Display Screen: Yes
Screen Size: 2" - 3"
NFC Support: No
LCD Screen: 2.19", 640*360 resolution touch screen, 330PPI
Lens: Lens F2.8 aperture / 155 Degree wide-angle
Video Format: H.264 codec, mp4 file format
Bluetooth: Built-in 4.0BLE & 2.0 Dual
Remote Control: Bluetooth (4.0BLE low power consumption)
Image Sensor: SONY IMX377, 1/2.3", 12 megapixels CMOS
Wi-Fi: Broadcom BCM43340 Dual-band 5GHz /2.4GHz
Audio: 360 degree omni-directional dual microphones
Mountable: Built-in tripod mount(1/4")