MGCOOL Explorer 3 vs Yi 4K: Which is Better?

MGCOOL Explorer 3 vs Yi 4K

Nowadays we can easily get away with a compact 4K action cam to shoot some stunning footage of your holiday or sports action with something that can easily fit in your pocket.

The MGCOOL Explorer 3 is the latest camera of this kind with advanced features such as the touch screen. The Yi 4K is also a good quality action camera with plenty of new features. In this article, we will compare the specifications of both the MGCOOL Explorer 3 and Yi 4K in detail. Keep reading to learn more!

MGCOOL Explorer 3 vs Yi 4K


The main difference between the MGCOOL Explorer 3 and the Yi 4K is the price. You can
buy an Explorer 3 for just $99.99 on Gearbest, meanwhile you will have to shell out $199.99 to buy Yi 4K, which is around $100 more than the Explorer 3.

You should note that the MGCOOL Explorer 3 comes with a 170-degree wide angle lens, while the Yi 4K ships with only 155-degree wide angle lens. Moreover, MGCOOL has embedded drawing technology in Explorer 3, which enhances the appearance of the action camera coupled with adequate grip.


The MGCOOL Explorer 3 is equipped with a 2-inch touch display, which helps you work with the various functions easily. The advantage of the Yi 4K camera is the
integration of a 2.19-inch retina touch screen with a resolution of 640×360


While MGCOOL Explorer 3 is equipped with an iCatch V50 processor, meanwhile the YI 4K
runs on an Ambarella A9SE processor. Designed using 28nm manufacturing process, the YI 4K includes improved cooling mechanism for trouble-free recording during extended shooting.

Image wise, the MGCOOL Explorer 3 features a Panasonic 34112 sensor with a 7G sharp lens which will allow you to capture images up to 14MP. The Yi 4K packs a Sony IMX377 image sensor capable of capturing up to 12MP photos. So, in comparison, the Explorer 3 allows you to snap higher resolution photos.

As far as video quality goes, the YI 4K can shoot 4K videos at 30fps but it only provides a 155-degree wide angle view. On the other side, the Explorer 3 can shoot 4K videos at 30fps with support for 170-degree wide angle technology, which enables you to capture
wider images. Moreover, you can shoot FHD and HD videos at 60fps and 120fps


MGCOOL Explorer 3 is powered by a 1100mAh battery with the capability to
shoot 4K videos at 30fps for 75 minutes. You can also shoot FHD videos at
60fps for about 120 minutes. It is possible to charge under two hours using
5V/1A ac adapter. The Yi 4K includes a 1400mAh battery, which enables you to
shoot 4K videos at 30fps for a period of 110 minutes, which is higher than the
Explorer 3.

Advanced Functions

MGCOOL Explorer 3 is water-resistant up to 30m and also provides support for
Native 4K at 30fps, EIS, dual channel stereo audio, gyroscope, self-timer, slow
motion including car mode. The Yi 4K also provides support for Lens Distortion
Correction (LDC), Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), 3-axis accelerometer,
gryoscope, timer and slow motion. The car mode in the Explorer 3 helps you to
shoot road while driving without causing any disturbance. The integration of
drawing technology is a big bonus since it provides adequate grip during usage.


The MGCOOL Explorer 3 will be a good options for users who want to work with all the
latest features but have a really tight budget. You can experience premium 4K photography with the Explorer 3 for under $99.99. Even though the Yi 4K ships with and
enhanced display and battery, the additional cost of around $100 doesn’t make it very cost-effective.

The 2-inch touch display is sufficient for normal operations and the improved battery will not be a big deal since you can charge the Explorer 3 quickly using the bundled cable. Hence, the MGCOOL Explorer 3 could actually be a good buy as it offers all the latest features at a price you can afford.

Learn more about the MGCOOL Explorer 3 on the official website or buy one here.

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