4K Action camera market keeps growing: Xiaomi releases new YI 4K Action shooter


Xiaomi releasing their new YI 4K action camera


Stephan Jukic – May 15, 2016

First we reported on a cool and very powerful new 4K action camera from LG that’s hitting the market soon and now the Chinese electronics manufacturer Xiaomi has also gotten in on the action with their newly done launch of a successor to their previous YI HD Action camera. The new YI 4K Action model is coming out and, as its name so obviously indicates, comes with 4K video recording capacity.

This elegant looking little shooter offers up a 12 megapixel Sony IMX377 photo sensor that can shoot still shots in native resolution as well as delivering 4K ultra HD video at 3840 x 2160 pixels. The lens on the YI is also a rather sophisticated seven element piece of hardware with 155 degree viewing angle range and an aperture of f2.8. Furthermore, with a 2.19 inch touchscreen LCD display and a six axis gyroscope, the YI 4K allows for both robust image and video calibration during shooting as well as superb stabilization of video.


In addition to 4K video at 30fps, other recording options in the YI 4K include 2.5k shooting at 30fps and 1440p video at a decent 60fps. Furthermore, for slow motion shooting, recording is also possible at 1080p with a speed of 120fps and 720p video at a hefty 240fps. Other options include time lapse video in 4K at 0.5/1/2/5/10/30/60 second intervals and the little action camera also includes dual-band 2.4GHz WiFi and Bluetooth as well for pairing with phones and other mobile devices.

The YI 4K’s internal 1400mAh battery is quite robust too, managing as many as 2 hours of 4K video recording even in 4K resolution.

The little shooter will be coming first to the Chinese market and from there presumably to other countries and is available in black, white and even rose gold with a price of 1109 yuan that’s equal to about $170 USD, which is actually quite cheap considering how comparable the specs of the YI 4K are to those of many name brand 4K action cameras like the GoPro Hero 4 Black.

Some of the Xiaomi YI 4K's features

Some of the Xiaomi YI 4K’s features

Source: 4k.com