Travel Photos with Yi Action Camera

Travel Photos with the Yi Action Camera

Before our much awaited summer trip, I was fortunate enough to get this little guy to road test. Don’t be fooled by its pint size, it’s actually a camera. It’s China’s version of the GoPro, the Xiaomi Yi Action Camera.

It’s small, it’s lightweight, it can fit in the palm of my hand, it can fit in the pocket of my pants. It does not have a viewfinder, only buttons, 3 buttons in fact – one to turn it on and off (or toggle photo and video), another one to press the shutter, and another to turn on/off the WiFi. Super simple, huh? 

It pairs with your smartphone through an app, which can be downloaded here. Through it, you can see what the camera sees, press the shutter, toggle between video and stills, alter photo quality, and tinker with other camera settings. 

It has a Micro SD slot, a USB, and an HDMI port. It also came with a handheld monopod, perfect for taking selfies!

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These are some of the photos from our trip taken with the Yi Action Camera. Note that some photos have been cropped and colour corrected. 

Travel Photos with Yi Action Camera
View from 30,000 feet above the ground
Travel Photos with Yi Action Camera
In a crowded train in Japan.
Travel Photos with Yi Action Camera
Inside Kidzania, Japan
Travel Photos with Yi Action Camera
Statue of Liberty in Japan
Travel Photos with Yi Action Camera
Lots of people about to enter Tokyo Disneyland
Travel Photos with Yi Action Camera
Disneyland at Night
Travel Photos with Yi Action Camera
Tokyo Disney Sea
Travel Photos with Yi Action Camera
Tokyo Disney Sea
Travel Photos with Yi Action Camera
Tokyo Disney Sea
Travel Photos with Yi Action Camera
Mermaid’s Lagoon at Tokyo Disney Sea
Travel Photos with Yi Action Camera
Hilton Bay Tokyo Hotel Elevators
Travel Photos with Yi Action Camera
Voyager of the Seas
Travel Photos with Yi Action Camera
Voyager of the Seas
Travel Photos with Yi Action Camera
Voyager of the Seas
Travel Photos with Yi Action Camera
La Scala Theater inside Voyager of the Seas
Travel Photos with Yi Action Camera
Sapporo: Samurai Village. The wide angle lens of the Yi is so perfect in capturing the whole tranquil scene of this place!
Travel Photos with Yi Action Camera
Sapporo: Samurai Village
Travel Photos with Yi Action Camera
Sapporo: Noboribetsu Hell Valley
Travel Photos with Yi Action Camera
Toyama: Tateyama Alpine Route
Travel Photos with Yi Action Camera
Toyama: Tateyama Alpine Route
Travel Photos with Yi Action Camera
Toyama: Tateyama Alpine Route
Travel Photos with Yi Action Camera
Toyama: Tateyama Alpine Route
Travel Photos with Yi Action Camera
Toyama: Tateyama Alpine Route
Travel Photos with Yi Action Camera
Toyama: Tateyama Alpine Route
Travel Photos with Yi Action Camera
Toyama: Tateyama Alpine Route
 Travel Photos with the Yi Action Camera
Perfect for groupies (group selfies). Everyone gets included because of its wide angle lens.
Travel Photos with the Yi Action Camera
Just don’t put it too close to the subject or you’d get a distorted look like this one.
Travel Photos with Yi Action Camera
Kids Having Fun at the Golf Course
Travel Photos with Yi Action Camera
FlowRider inside Voyager of the Seas
Travel Photos with Yi Action Camera
Great Wall of China
Travel Photos with the Yi Action Camera
A hole in the Wall – Great Wall of China
Travel Photos with the Yi Action Camera
Peek-a-boo! Great Wall of China
Travel Photos with the Yi Action Camera
I have a thing for clouds. 🙂
Travel Photos with the Yi Action Camera
An aerial view of the metro
Travel Photos with the Yi Action Camera
Some more clouds
Travel Photos with the Yi Action Camera
Welcome Back!

What I Love about the Yi:

  • 155 Degree Wide Angle Lens captures the whole breathtaking view!
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Good photo quality under bright light
  • Easy to Use
  • Very affordable relative to the GoPro (around P6K/$100+ vs P15K/$300+)
  • 16MP, 1080P, 60FPS

But…

  • Connecting to my smartphone usually takes more than one try
  • I wish there was a shutter button on the monopod
  • Photo quality degrades when scene gets dark

Despite the buts, I’m still happy that I was able to try the Yi Action Camera for our trip. I have yet to try taking real action videos with it though. That would mean getting some accessories for it. 

Till next time then.

22 thoughts on “Travel Photos with the Yi Action Camera

  1. Wowww! Great photos! And very interesting gadget.. I guess photography skills and a hi-tech cam like this really could go hand-in-hand! And it’s more than half the price of the real thing! Where can we buy it?

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