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!
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.
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
- 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.