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YI Action Camera (US Edition) White
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- Ambarella A7LS chipset, low-power digital signal processing (DSP) technology, high-definition (HD) H.264/ MJPEG video engine and a 700-MHz ARM11 applications processor.
- Sony IMX206, 1/2.3", 16MP CMOS image sensor with Exmor R ability / Panasonic MN34120PA, 1/2.3", 16MP CMOS image sensor
- 1080P/60FPS, 720P/120FPS, 848*480/240FPS
- Bluetooth (4.0BLE low power consumption) and Built-in (802.11 bgn) Single band 2.4G Wi-Fi
- Official U.S. Edition limited release of the YI Action Camera (optimized for U.S. market, increased battery life, meets international requirements, English)
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It's all about the features
The YI Action Camera is a high performance, pocket-sized dynamo that helps you be ready for anything. Be your own director, photographer, and editor on the run and capture life's moments in HD.
- Full HD 1080p videos with adjustable resolutions (Ambarella A7LS)
- Clear and crisp 16MP photos (Sony 16MP sensor)
- 155° ultra wide-angle lens
- Image stabilization and 3D noise reduction
- Motion compensation and blur reduction
- 11 video modes and 4 photo modes
- Real-time streaming and remote control on the app
- Built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and microphone
- 90 minutes of battery life with a rechargeable 1100 mAh battery
- Additional storage on a micro SD card (not included)
Take breathtaking HD videos and crystal clear panoramic photos
Ambarella A7LS processor
Equipped with the leading image processor in its class, the YI Action Camera shoots visually captivating videos at 1080p. With image stabilization, motion compensation, and noise and blur reduction, your hi-res videos remain clear and crisp.
Sony 16MP sensor
Loaded with the Sony 16MP Exmor R BSI CMOS sensor, the YI Action Camera takes sharp and vivid photos even in low light conditions.
155° ultra wide-angle lens
Shoot more of your world with the ultra-wide angle lens. The all-glass 16MP CMOS lens with a F2.8 aperture gives you a total immersive experience.
Preview live footage and control the camera on your phone
Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Frame your shots perfectly by previewing live footage on your phone with the built-in Wi-Fi. See exactly what your camera sees and take photos and videos from up to 300ft away on your phone. Control the camera and adjust the settings remotely on the app.
11 video and 4 photo modes
Video modes: 1296p - 30fps 1080p - 60fps, 48fps, 30fps, 24fps. 960p - 60fps, 48fps. 720p - 120fps, 60fps, 48fps. 480p - 240fps.
Photo modes: normal, time-lapse, self-timer, and burst mode
Find more ways to play with YI accessories
Wearable, mountable, submergible
There are hundreds of ways to play when you pair the YI Action Camera with our fun line of YI accessories. Take it on an underwater adventure with the YI Waterproof Case or take it for a bike ride with the YI Bike Mount. The YI Selfie Stick and Bluetooth remote lets you take selfies and photos from 32 ft away. New accessories are always being released so stay tuned for even more ways to play with YI.
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The inexpensive action camera market is getting crowded these days, but it turns out that if you’re looking for one that can take good PHOTOS, the market still has relatively few good choices. Most inexpensive action cameras offer “12mp still photos”, however when you dig deeper, they are using a 4mp sensor and up-scaling the image. Not the end of the world if you just want the occasional beach selfie, but a deal breaker if you’re like me and planning on using the camera for photos just as much as videos.
So after taking approx. 5,000 photos in a single month over a series of vacations and events, here’s my take on the Yi Action Camera, when used as a CAMERA:
===== THE GOOD =====
For the price, I’m very happy with it. It takes true 16mp images with a decent Sony sensor. As expected, the camera can be very heavy handed with the in camera sharpening and noise reduction, but overall the image quality is quite good for a cheap point-n-shoot. The lack of back LCD is not a problem for me, I can either pair it with my smartphone, OR in most cases just “guess” the shot and shoot by instinct. After a few thousands photos, this becomes very easy and reliable.
I’m very impressed with the camera’s exposure metering. Very rarely does the sun cause significant problems with the exposure metering (and given the 155 degree wide angle lens, the sun is usually in the shot). In the cases where the camera does choose to underexpose more for the sun and sky, it only does so at the minimum, leaving plenty of shadow detail present to be brought out in post processing later. I have found that in my experience, cases of overexposure almost never happen, it’s either spot on or under.
One the camera is finally booted up (see the bad below), the remote is very simple to operate, and works well. Just be careful you don’t accidently switch the camera to video mode. Make it part of your routine to check this OFTEN, because it happens quite easily if you leave the camera on. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you purchase the remote for the camera. I purchased it separately from a different site, but you can get it here on Amazon bundled with the selfie stick for a good value (works out to be about $5 extra from the selfie stick if you were to buy the remote like I did separately). It would have been easier to just get the bundle.
===== THE BAD =====
Startup time on the camera is VERY VERY SLOW. It takes a full 14-18 seconds to turn on and be ready for photos. Plenty of missed photo opportunities here. My solution has been to buy a couple extra batteries and just leave the camera on.
Actual shooting speed is “approx.” one image every 2 seconds. (Sometimes as low as 1.4 seconds, but 2 seconds is a good rule of thumb). You need to listen carefully to the camera beeps. It beeps once EVERY time you press the remote shutter button, but that doesn’t mean it’s actually taking an image. It beeps again when it’s taken the image and is READY for the next. “BEEP…. BEEP”. Mashing the shutter button in between will produce lots of beeps, but only one image.
I would have preferred to have a few more burst or time-lapse image options available for use. There’s only a single massive burst mode option that takes time to write and recharge. I’d like a 3-shot or 5-shot burst that could be used to “capture the moment” but would also be ready to use again in less than 30 seconds.
Color on the camera is good IF the exposure is spot on, however underexposed images which need to be increased +2 stops in post processing tend to be heavy on the red and magenta channels, at great expense to the other colors. It takes a little bit of fiddling to get the color half-ways balanced in these cases, since you’re obviously working with a heavily compressed JPG file, not RAW.
Dusk and Low-Light performance is very poor. EXIF data reveals that even in pre-dusk middling light, the camera quickly drops down to 1/60, 1/40 or even 1/15 of a second BEFORE choosing to max out the ISO. If shooting in dusky conditions, hold VERY still, take at least 3-5 images, and hope for the best. PERSONALLY I would have preferred a sharp, noisy image over a smooth blurry one, but that’s not the case with this camera. It simply doesn’t do dusk light well, or darkness at all.
Shutter speed doesn’t go below 1/15, so if you were thinking about mounting the camera on a tripod and taking a cool wide angle night panoramic, that will only work if there are a decent amount of ambient light sources (like a well lit city street). Full moon nature shots will just come out black.
===== THE BOTTOM LINE =====
I’m happy with the camera, I’d buy one again. For the price point, nothing can beat it on PHOTO quality. Really, you have to more than double the price to even get into the same league. With that said, the camera does have its drawbacks which I outlined above, but nothing that is a deal breaker for me. For the price point its in, gets an easy 5 stars from me.
- The kit in white. Why? Because the price of this version of the camera plus the remote is a couple of bucks less than the kit, and with the kit you get a pretty nice monopod/selfie stick. I also got the Yi branded waterproof case because I would wear the camera during snowy conditions (on the helmet)
- Camera is tiny and looks good. Seems well built.
- LEDs tell you what the camera is doing, albeit being super difficult to see in bright light (especially true if you ask someone wearing sunglasses/goggles, they'll have to get really close to even tell).
- At 1080p 60fps, my ski recordings are really good and no blurring, no matter the speed. I can reduce the video to 720p for size and its still a great video.
- Waterproof case survived a literal snow storm, so its good.
- accepts 64GB cards w/o hiccups.
- weights close to nothing, you won't feel a difference if you carry it on your helmet.
- Remote: The absence of a light on the remote makes it so that its impossible to know if the camera is recording or not when you press the button, you'll find yourself asking everyone "is it blinking?" referring to the front LED to know if the camera is recording. I ended up not using the remote for my ski days and just pressed the shutter button with my gloves on (which worked). If there are no external noises you can hear a beep though, so that might work for some people.
- On cold conditions (say, 28 degrees F), 45 minutes of recording time is as good as it gets, with wifi OFF even!
- Color rendition straight from the camera is not as good as I would want. Colors look a little washed out, however, I've only tested it on snow which I know is one of the hardest things to record.
- with the waterproof case on, condensation happens rather quickly on cold days, that one is impossible to edit off with the finished video so that is a big con.
- charging the included battery with the camera is a hit or miss, I've charged it to the point where the light indicator turns off, turn on the camera and it says the battery is low.
- if you use the wifi so that you can use the app on the phone, forget about battery life then, it drops significantly.
- with waterproof case on, audio can be heard from 5 feet away, more than that, its a wash.
Good to know:
- Your videos will get cut at 2GB or 10:35 if recording at 1080p 60fps. Not a huge deal but something to know.
- Changing the battery with gloves on is impossible.
- you can change the settings for the camera with the app, very easy to do.
Recommendations to Yi:
- Make the remote blink or something when recording so that you know if it is, very important when wearing the camera on top of a helmet!
- Include a GPS chip on this little camera please! That way we can measure speed/distance/etc, very important on action shots.
- implement a way of powering the camera with a external battery pack and a cable, so that you can store that battery pack on a backpack, that would be amazing.
- For the price, I like it, gives me footage that otherwise I wouldn't have, the battery life sucks but if you carry 2 extra batteries with you and don't mind stopping after 1 hour of recording to change batteries, you can be ok. So, is it the best out there? No. Does it work? Yes. Will you be satisfied? Yes. Would I buy again? Yes, Im buying one for each of my kids, way I figure I can have 3 Yi's or 1 GoPro, heck, even 4 Yi's. Notice on the photo I posted (orange jacket) how all the corners are blurry, thats the condensation, also, notice the ski pole... that tells you how much of a fisheye effect you have.
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