Yi 4K camera was announced as “GoPro killer.” Since then, they have issued a new and improved version, Yi 4K+, which is another model threatening to shadow GoPro with its price-quality ratio. YouTuber iPhonedo has released a video where he compared this action camera with its two rivals: GoPro Hero 5 Black and Sony FDR X3000. He attached all three of them side by side and went out for a couple of test shots. Let’s take a look which one has the best performance in different categories like image quality, stabilization, battery life and more.
YI camera (which we love) just rocked the boat, shifting from a GoPro wanna be to a technology leader. Yesterday the company showed off their new YI 4K+ which is capable not only of shooting 4K (everyone does that now), but shooting 4K at 60 frames per second. Now this is a first. And it’s not just a first in the race vs. GoPro, it’s a first in the industry.
As we’re only days away from CES 2017, YI – who named themselves GoPro killers – has announced their plans for the a New action camera. It seems their YI 4K Action Camera (which we reviewed here) is about to get the update. This January in Las Vegas, YI is about to present their new 4K+ Action Camera, which will allow you shooting 4K videos at 60 fps. They’ve also revealed more details about their upcoming YI Erida drone and announced to fly it live for the first time.
The Yi 4K is a pretty great camera already, especially for what it costs. Yi, however, did something pretty unique with the Yi 4K. When they released the new camera, they also announced that it would come with an Open API. While most aren’t able to take advantage of this, what it does do is allow developers the opportunity to talk directly to the hardware and create custom apps for the Yi 4K.
Thanks to the Yi Open API, Mn_nH now brin us one of the features that a lot of Yi 4K users have been begging for. You can now stream your Yi 4K camera directly to YouTube and Facebook through a new iOS app. Not only can it send live to these servers, but it seems that it can stream to both of them simultaneously.
I was expecting great things from the YI, as it is getting quite popular review, but I was quite blown away with what you can get for $250. I mean, the YI 4K is half the price of the GoPro, which you would think will put it with the knockoffs bin. But no. It actually scored much higher than the HEro 4 on our tests.
Of course, different people care about different things, so score may vary a bit for you, but all and all, I think it was a very clear cut, and if you judge value for money, it really is a no brainer ( see our comparisson table below)
Sony was always a weird player in the action cam arena. While everyone was doing GoPro like cameras (aside contour, maybe), they were sticking to their weird camcorder design. But now it seems that their different form factor is also holding some best in market features. Most notably is stabilized 4K recording.
Sony released two new action cameras. They are both white, which is a plus over GoPro already, but its the tech under the hood which is more interesting. Both cameras are very similar and the big difference is 4k on the X3000 and Full HD on the AS300. This tech is coming from Sony’s Handycam and is called (brace yourselves) Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, or BOSS for short. (really, Sony, REALLY??)
The Gopro 4 was announced about a year ago at september 2014. With photokina fast approaching and set to end of september this year, I would not be surprised if we will get another announcement from Gopro in a month or so.
But what will this announcement have? I mean, what will the Gopro 5 look like? What features will be in it and most importantly, will it be enough to pull GoPro out of the depths it is curently in. And by depths I mean both competition and plunging stock price.
The last month had a slew of rumors and possible leaks from images, to videos, to a PDF of the manual. Here is what the Gopro hero 5 could be
The YI 4K made a huge buzz when it was launched. I mean $249 for the 4k YI vs. the $450 of the GoPro Hero 4 Black? Take my money. We have a full review coming coming soon, and so far we like it. Till then we took a few still and crops from our GoPro hero4 black vs the YI 4K. Some are graded, some are not graded, some are full 100% crops and some are full view. All are taken using the flat color profiles.
See if you can tell which is which. Put your score in the comments below.
I needed an action camera to document DIYP’s trip to Photokina in September. I didn’t really want to have to fork out for a GoPro. It’s just not something I’d use often enough to justify the cost. So, I looked into the cheaper alternatives. This is when I found the Yi HD Action Camera, and some of the side-by-side examples I was seeing with the GoPro Hero3+ Silver just blew me away.
In a world of GoPros and a million cheap competitors, finding the good ones can often be difficult. It doesn’t help that every reviewer out there has a different definition of “good”. So, seeing side-by-side comparisons of footage taken with two cameras at the same time is usually the best way to really see the difference. Even if YouTube’s compression does often destroy what you really want to see.
The Yi 4K action camera has been out for a while now and reviews are starting to reel in. We seen quite a few of them (and we will have one of our own soon), but this one review got us thinking that the YI 4K is indeed a gopro killer.
This review from Techmoan has a full breakdown of the camera features, its interface and quite a few sample movies. But before going into the actual comparisson, here is a bit of a price comparisson. On Amazon the Yi 4k is $249. It’s Gopro equivalent (at least spec-wise), which is the Hero4 Black edition is $320. Now, ia $70 (or 20%) enough to sway people from the GoPro brand? Time will tell. At least specs and samples wise looks like we have a real competition.