YI is introducing YI Lite, an upgrade to their first generation action camera. It’s light and compact, capable of capturing 1080p/60fps videos and 16MP stills. It shoots 4K videos and timelapse as well, with timelapse at 30fps. However, the 4K video is only available at 15fps. Still, YI Lite has some advantages over the original YI action camera. Sami Luo has made a video review and some sample footage, so check it out, along with the specs.
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.
Usually when comparing action cameras we assume they are built strong enough and compare them by footage quality, battery stamina and features.
However, what happens when you put these cameras to their durability extremes? Kai of DRTV took four cameras to the test: GoPro 4 ($500), XiaoYi ($60-$80), AMK5000 ($72-$90) and a vibratorcam (which we will ignore for the sake of this article). While each of these cameras have a slightly different set of features, this very-Kai-style test is not focused on any of them. This is a pure durability stress test:
Xiaomi’s website states that an iOS version of the camera’s app is expected to be released sometime this month, but until then here’s an unofficial app to remotely control the camera.
The Yi closed several of the gaps between the GoPro and the cheaper action cameras, and now poses a serious threat to the dominance of the Hero4. GoPro however won’t give up without a fight and hopes to further distance itself from the newest rival with the release of the Hero5.
The original release date was estimated to be sometime around September, but rumor has it that the date will be pushed back. Either way, GoPro will have to respond to the Chinese by the end of 2015.
So what features and improvements are in stock for GoPro fans? 4k and 8k video recording and improved battery life, to name a couple.