You must have heard of Go Pro. I mean if you haven’t, then you wouldn’t be in this article. You’ve come here to see if you can find a better deal on an action camera. Something that is cheaper, better and has the same features as the Go Pro.
Well, this Xiaomi Action Camera Review will not disappoint. This is one of the best action cameras available in the market.
Considering this product is at least been around for 2 to 3 years, Xiaomi has decided to keep upgrading the feature set and this camera has become more and more popular.
So let’s review the Xiaomi Action Camera!
Inside the Box
Inside the box, you get the camera, a charging cable, a lens cover and an instruction manual.
What can one expect from a $50 camera? At this price, a lot of people would think it’s one of those cheap plastic cameras that we give to kids. The Yi camera is something else.
The form factor is absolutely beautiful. It comes in two beautiful colours – Plain white and Light green. There is a big power button in front of the camera side by side with a lens as well.
It weighs about 2.5 ounces and has a width of ⅜-inch. The weight is absolutely fine for an action camera, but the width is a bit much. When you compare the Yi Action camera directly with a Go Pro, then it might seem like the Yi Action Camera doesn’t have the aerodynamics and design that is required of an action camera. But looks can deceive, the Yi is one of the sturdiest cameras out there.
One big disadvantage is, the Yi Action camera is not waterproof, but that can be purchased separately.
Function and Use
Let’s get to the main aspect of the camera. The Image Sensor used by the Yi Action Camera is the Sony IMX206. This is a 16MP shooter that is pretty great for this price range. This camera has all the options that you see in a high end shooter such as Image Stabilization, Lens Distortion Corrector and so on.
The major problem with action cameras is the slow user interface while using the interface. The Yi action camera is super fast. This works side by side with the Yi app.
The best part about the app is, you can literally control the features of the camera and there are many other options that you can use to enhance the features of your camera.
This camera shoots in 1080p and has options to shoot in 720p and 360p as well. In terms of quality, the Xiaomi Action Camera is on par with Go Pro at 1/3rd the cost. You could really buy 3 of these and use it every once in a while, which is much better than getting a Go Pro.
One important aspect of an action camera is also the sound. As the Yi action camera’s body is made of plastic, the external sounds are not muffled and can be heard quite clearly. So if you are looking for pristine clear audio for your video, then you’ll need to change it in post-production.
- 155-degree viewing and shooting angle
- 3D Noise Reduction
- 1080p @60fps / 30fps
- Wifi and Bluetooth Connectivity to Android and iOS
- Multi shooting modes – Single shot, self-timer, time-lapse, burst shot
- 990 mAh battery
- 64GB of space
Xiaomi never ceases to amaze me. I mean, I review their products for a living and I know what to expect from them. I know it’s about low quality and high features. But they do it time and time again with numerous devices.
In this case, the Xiaomi Action Camera is pretty awesome. You would think because it’s cheaper than the Go Pro by 1/3rd, then the quality would be bad. But apart from a few components such as design and waterproofing capabilities, there is literally no difference between the Yi Camera and the Go Pro. It just goes on to show how overpriced the Go Pro actually is.
Coming to the Xiaomi Action Camera, it’s an amazing device, that is super cheap. It looks great and stylish. It has a brilliant 16MP camera that shoots in 1080p and gives you the crispest quality videos. The audio also isn’t half as bad.
The App takes the feature set for the action camera to the next level. The features are super awesome.
Overall, this is a super solid product.
- Amazing price. It’s super cheap that you can buy 3 of this for the price of one budget Go Pro.
- Great design and colour options
- A brilliant camera that shoots videos and takes amazing pictures with 16MP
- Decent image stabilization and other premium camera features
- Can be mounted on drones and other amazing stuff
- Amazing app that has a lot of features
- Is not waterproof
- The app can be pretty clunky for a few users
Function and Use
Xiaomi Action Camera
It’s certainly worth the hype!