We get hands on with the latest Xiaomi Yi action cameras direct from China! Unboxing video after the jump.
When Xiaomi announced their partnership with camera maker Yi to launch an Action Camera, I really sat up and took notice. Being a mountain biker and a dedicated user of GoPro camera’s I was eager to get my hands on the Yi Action camera to see if the low-cost device can complete with the king of POV cameras.
Xiaomi currently offer two versions of the Yi Action camera. There is the basic camera set which comes in a small box with a single camera unit and USB cable, the second option comes in a larger box with an extendable ‘selfie stick’. The Yi also comes in either white or ‘jungle green’, I choose both colour options and ordered them directly from China through Honorbuy.com.
Specifications for the Yi Action camera are really impressive, even at the higher international price of $99.99 for the basic camera set and $109.99 with the ‘selfie stick’. Hardware features include a 16 mega-pixel Sony sensor, 155 degree wide-angle, WIFI, and 1010mah battery.
What you don’t get in the box is any mounting equipment or a waterproof case meaning that you will need to rig something up to get the Yi on your helmet while taking to the trails. The design of the Yi is also different to that of the GoPro so you cannot get away with just using a GoPro shell which is a huge shame. There is also no display on the Yi meaning you will have to learn different combinations of LED flashes to know which mode your camera is in, how much battery is left etc.
Video: Xiaomi Yi Action Camera Unboxing
I’ll be taking some photos and video with the Xiaomi Yi over the next week while I go mountain biking so watch out for some more Yi Action camera news very soon.