Hello guys, Today I’m gonna review best cheap action camera what some people are saying is the GoPro killer. This is Yi action camera, it has been out for a while now it started with the international version and it made waves in the industry, because it has such great features and incredible footage for such a low budget price point. Now this is the 1080p US version a little bit differences between the international version and now the 4k version is out and so i’m going to be reviewing that in a next post, but let’s get into this camera specifically.
So first of all inside of the camera is a Sony 16 megapixel sensor, so that’s really the bedrock right of the video quality a solid sensor. It’ll shoot 1080p up to 60 frames a second and 720p up to a hundred and twenty frames per second for slow-motion video and then everything down, at 1080p it does 25 megabytes per second which simply means that actually the video files themselves, have enough data so that there’s not artifacting.
So that the video quality looks amazing on the Yi camera you’ve got the battery on the back and then you have a little pop off piece to reveal the micro USB port for charging or for data transfer and hdmi out and then it takes micro SD cards for data and then on the bottom is a tripod mount which is currently attached to this selfie stick which comes with the Yi selfie stick and bluetooth remote kit. In addition the video modes of course you take photos it’s got different still photo mode as well as different time lapse settings.
Now you can power up the Yi on the front you’ve got the shutter button on the top which is gonna fire off photos or you can tap the button on the front and engage video mode, when video modes going its flashing the LED light is nice because depending what color it is lets you know how much battery power is left. You’ve got the Wi-Fi button on the side and one of the ways that of course it is able to be so affordable is that there isn’t any kind of LCD screen on the Yi.
Where things get really cool is with the app and so i’ve been using it for the iphone 6, I believe it’s also out on Android and the app lets you not only monitor and compose your shots, you can engage video, you can get into photos and that’s what really where you can adjust the settings of the very easy, you can just see everything from whether the low light mode is on or not, from whether there’s a kind of a lens correction feature, where the course it’s sort of that fish I look where it sort of correct those straight lines and crops in a little bit, a whole bunch of different settings inside of the app.
However from testing it out with my phone and using the app versus just using the bluetooth Remote, it’s kind of nice to just use the bluetooth remote, it connect super easy you just hit the connect button, you have Wi-Fi mode on and then boom you’re taking photos, or you can switch to video mode hitting engage and now you’re recording video on the bluetooth Remote and that comes with the selfie stick.
Now one thing to note is that it does not have a mic input which is definitely not a deal-breaker for me, especially because the price point for an action cam. I usually want certain shots that i’m going to add into other kinds of videos it does have an onboard mic, so you can get audio off of the camera, but if you did want it to be like your main camera for some reason and you needed a mic input that might be a deal-breaker.
Now for here in the US you can grab a Yi for anywhere between 80 to a hundred dollars or it’s a hundred and thirty dollars us for the kit and inside you get the selfie stick, you get the bluetooth remote and you get the Yi and I think it’s absolutely worth it.
No exaggeration this is the best selfie stick I have ever used or tried out, super well built, love the grip and then it’s just got this twist collapsible motion to tighten it down, everything is just really clean works really well on there and then it allows you to the bluetooth Remote can just pull right off easy or it can just be right clamped on for easy some engagement between photo and video mode for the selfie stick.
Ok so as far as my final thoughts on the Yi absolutely ridiculous value, really nothing comes close to it in the price range, plus it’s super user friendly to use, after just a few moments between the app or just a bluetooth remote or just the settings on the camera, got the hang of it and super fun to use and if you’re looking for an action camera definitely consider this one, especially before you go on vacation. They have all of the different accessories like the waterproof housing and different things that could combo up with this selfie stick they’ve got the waterproof one as well.
And then of course typically action cameras are associated with extreme sports you know head mounts and different things for snowboarding or dirt biking or skating and all those types of things but this also might be a great tool to add to your kit to your optional if you’re of Vloger and you want to get some different dynamic, some six different creative shots at a second angle, at a really wide angle to something that you’re doing, in that case the Yi might be something that you want to check out. Question of the day what camera do you bring with you when you go on vacation or travel let me know in the comment section below.