Unofficial iOS App for the Xiaomi Yi Action Camera

Apr 14, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

Unofficial iOS App for the Xiaomi Yi Action Camera

Apr 14, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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Those that have been following the release and reviews of the Xiaomi Yi know that one of its current disadvantages is the lack of support for iOS devices.

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.

WeTrip Lite enables your iOS devices to connect to the camera via WiFi and get a live preview. You can then select between photo and video mode and begin recording remotely.

The app includes a settings menu (identical for photo and video mode) which allows you to set a WiFi password, change your resolution and frame rates, set a video watermark, change the video quality, photo resolution, photo watermark and photo quality.

The app also allows you to format the memory card and restore factory settings.

Also like the GoPro app, using WeTrip Lite you can see the media in your library and share them if you’d like.

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Keep in mind however that this app is not an ideal solution. Some of the features are buggy and the user interface has room for improvement. For example, the resolution and frame rates menu includes all the possible combinations but fails to display the selected frame rate.

Below is the order of resolutions and frame rate, but the app will only show you the resolution:

1920×1080 – 60fps
1920×1080 – 30fps
1920×1080 – 48fps
1920×1080 – 24fps
1280×960 – 60fps
1280×960 – 48fps
1280×720 – 60fps
1280×720 – 48fps
1280×720 – 120fps
848×480 – 240fps

Other features, such as the ability to change to PAL recording (50/25fps) is lacking completely.

This solution is far from being perfect, but unfortunately Apple users don’t have a better option at the moment.

We will make sure to update once the official Xiaomi Yi Camera app is released.

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The app includes all these options, but you will have to guess which one you selected.

 

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7 responses to “Unofficial iOS App for the Xiaomi Yi Action Camera”

  1. Toast Avatar
    Toast

    Excellent!
    I said I’d buy three when you first posted about this tiny camera, so far I have just the one but I’m incredibly impressed.
    Give it a play with, even if it is mainly guess work

  2. Philipp Klemm Avatar
    Philipp Klemm

    Update! After uploading the video I discovered the following:
    Despite the fact the camera shows “Photograph failed” the images are not only saved on the microSD card, they are also saved on your iPhone!

  3. Philipp Klemm Avatar
    Philipp Klemm

    With this app I was finally able to do a comparison with the GoPro Hero 3 black:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddmoV1l5IDk

  4. James Shanley Avatar
    James Shanley

    Does anyone know of a release date? I know xiaomi has been saying “April” but we are half way through the month now.

    1. Philipp Klemm Avatar
      Philipp Klemm

      Hard to find any news on that. I’m constantly checking the App store and will do a video as well when it is out.

  5. Philipp Klemm Avatar
    Philipp Klemm

    A replacement battery is also now available (not an official one): http://bit.ly/1GaUpLE

  6. elProducente Avatar
    elProducente

    The official iOS App is available. Read more about it on my blog:
    http://elproducente.tumblr.com/post/117248753479/official-xiaomi-yi-ios-app