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A lot of reviews are branding this as a 'GoPro Killer' with image quality that rivals the GoPro, if not slightly sharper! With a built in retina touch screen display on the rear, considering the first Yi camera seriously impressed, I have high hopes for this little monster and finally have a unit to play with!!
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I actually think it could be! Ive been playing with it today, and I think its pretty awesome. The display is fantastic - retina display with Gorilla Glass thats completely capacitive - so no more hard presses etc. It uses a newer version of the Ambarella A9 chipset, the same Sony sensor, although has extra modes like image stabilisation, 3-axis gyro, accelerometer, etc. The menu system is great - works really well. Im seriously impressed.
Not tested the video quality just yet, but on paper, as long as you don't need Protune, I honestly think it could be better then the Hero 4 Black. The GoPro does have Protune going for it though!

 

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theirs already been a few camera's that are better on paper than a GoPro, but just never are when it comes to the real world

i'm guessing the above comparison is from Yi, i'd be very interested if you can prove its 2hr battery life is right
 

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theirs already been a few camera's that are better on paper than a GoPro, but just never are when it comes to the real world

i'm guessing the above comparison is from Yi, i'd be very interested if you can prove its 2hr battery life is right
Achieved 116 minutes - just off of the 2 hour mark!! This is down to the new version of the A9 chipset, which runs cooler and is a little more energy efficient - it wasn't available when the Black was first released which is why we got no screen on the Black due to the extra space required for the heatsink. It seems when the GoPro nears the end of its lifecycle Ambarella release the chip to others, who get newer versions etc. GoPro now need to release their new camera!!

Its been raining all day so not been able to test video quality properly yet, but indoors its pretty much the same as the GoPro Black (non-Protune). Im still impressed by the menu system and that rear screen though - easily the best Ive ever seen on an action camera (and Ive been through a fair few!).

Will see how the image quality holds up as thats what will make or break this camera!
 

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Just completed my review of this little beast (video will be live soon!) and hands down I can say that this is probably the best action camera available at the moment, when you consider what you get for the amount you pay.
If you want a straight up answer as to whether its better then a GoPro Hero 4 Black - then yes, yes it is.

The comparison is a little unfair, since the Yi uses newer technology and the Hero4 Black is using technology thats rather old in comparison. But if you want the best bang for your buck today, then the Yi 4K is where its at.

The hardware is superb. The retina screen is gorgeous, and its capacitive, so works with the slightest touch, like a smartphone screen. The camera only has one button on the entire device, yet the menu system is fantastic - quicker and easier to use then the GoPro.

The smartphone app isn't as feature rich then the GoPro, but does a wonderful job.

The video quality is superb. The newest update has added Flat colour modes and Sharpness settings, similar to GoPro's Protune, yet the default point and shoot settings are ever so slightly better then the GoPro Hero 4 Black.

Seriously, at half the cost of the Hero 4 Black, its a no brainer. This is hands down the best bang for your buck action camera out there right now. GoPro have a new camera in the works which will most likely use newer hardware and further features that'll most likely outperform though - its inevitable. I just hope they introduce something special though, since the competition has seriously caught up!
 

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Great to hear you are enjoying the Yi model. I guess It may make it to my collection as It is hard to find the Hero 4 Silver for $199.99, I should have picked it up when I had that chance at Costco/Price Club, a warehouse store, they dump discontinued items in bulk, and also sells new items as well.

1. Do you think it is fair to compare as a hero 4 Silver to the Yi 2 4K, due to the lcd screens? And then it would clearly put to shame the Hero 4 Silver? Seems the Yi is the leader to the Market with their version now, putting pressure to Gopro to get their version out?

I wonder if GoPro 's next camera is going to be with a sessions armor and a lcd screen?

2 Yi 2 4K with gopro One button capture, does the Yi 2 4K do the same, does it use the top button for recording?

3. Some of the video I seen are Warm? one nighttime video resembled the Kodaks night shot, golden,

4. with a pair of gloves, knowing the retina won't pick up, with special gloves?

5. Height wise to the T or is it off by a cm. Y is working and most lily have their Gimbal out soon?

6. Do you need to use the App to run the camera, you can change all setting by the camera alone 100%?

7. the files are >mov if I am not mistaken for video?

Just some questions I thought I ask, I got a few more but that will help others if they are interested down the road.

I agree I pick one up if it is To the T with the settings, If it does not have one or two, would that be important to stop your purchase> Price wise $250.00 vs $450 (BE) 350(SE) I am happy it is not Jpeg video and audio .

Fish

Thank you for your time.

With some free money I may just byte
 

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1. Do you think it is fair to compare as a hero 4 Silver to the Yi 2 4K, due to the lcd screens? And then it would clearly put to shame the Hero 4 Silver? Seems the Yi is the leader to the Market with their version now, putting pressure to Gopro to get their version out?

I wonder if GoPro 's next camera is going to be with a sessions armor and a lcd screen?

2 Yi 2 4K with gopro One button capture, does the Yi 2 4K do the same, does it use the top button for recording?

3. Some of the video I seen are Warm? one nighttime video resembled the Kodaks night shot, golden,

4. with a pair of gloves, knowing the retina won't pick up, with special gloves?

5. Height wise to the T or is it off by a cm. Y is working and most lily have their Gimbal out soon?

6. Do you need to use the App to run the camera, you can change all setting by the camera alone 100%?

7. the files are >mov if I am not mistaken for video?

1. No. Its fair to compare the YI 4K with the Hero 4 Black, not the silver, since the YI 4K has all the same features of the Black - ie. 4K/30fps recording, same burst modes, and so on. Its using a newer chipset then the Hero 4 Black too, so runs cooler overall. As we know, it also has a screen at the same time. It far exceeds the Hero 4 Silver and is in direct competition with the Hero 4 Black in my opinion.

2. I haven't checked for one button capture to be honest. I don't think there is an option for it. The top button is pressed once to switch camera on, and then once to start capture - saying that, it does power up a lot quicker then the GoPro in the first place, so even with a double tap to start recording its probably just as quick as the GoPro.

3. A new Flat mode is now available, with adjustable sharpness settings, just like Protune - so you can now tweak the video so its just like you want it ;)

4. The same as a smartphone I guess - so gloves would hinder the ability to operate the display. At the same time, so would using the camera in a waterproof housing, which is a downside.

5. The width of the camera is slightly different to the GoPro. Its lighter overall, but also feels cheaper then a GoPro. Don't think it would fit in GoPro gimbals, but I'm sure there will be some kind of adapter available soon making it compatible - just like the Session adapters making the Session compatible with many gimbals etc.

6. No. I very rarely used the app with my GoPros, and I don't use the app with the YI either. Just like the GoPro, everything can be done on camera. I find it a lot easier!

7. Very similar to GoPro, with a low resolution file for use within the app, and then the full resolution file to use while editing ;)


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1. No. Its fair to compare the YI 4K with the Hero 4 Black, not the silver, since the YI 4K has all the same features of the Black - ie. 4K/30fps recording, same burst modes, and so on. Its using a newer chipset then the Hero 4 Black too, so runs cooler overall. As we know, it also has a screen at the same time. It far exceeds the Hero 4 Silver and is in direct competition with the Hero 4 Black in my opinion.

2. I haven't checked for one button capture to be honest. I don't think there is an option for it. The top button is pressed once to switch camera on, and then once to start capture - saying that, it does power up a lot quicker then the GoPro in the first place, so even with a double tap to start recording its probably just as quick as the GoPro.

3. A new Flat mode is now available, with adjustable sharpness settings, just like Protune - so you can now tweak the video so its just like you want it ;)

4. The same as a smartphone I guess - so gloves would hinder the ability to operate the display. At the same time, so would using the camera in a waterproof housing, which is a downside.

5. The width of the camera is slightly different to the GoPro. Its lighter overall, but also feels cheaper then a GoPro. Don't think it would fit in GoPro gimbals, but I'm sure there will be some kind of adapter available soon making it compatible - just like the Session adapters making the Session compatible with many gimbals etc.

6. No. I very rarely used the app with my GoPros, and I don't use the app with the YI either. Just like the GoPro, everything can be done on camera. I find it a lot easier!

7. Very similar to GoPro, with a low resolution file for use within the app, and then the full resolution file to use while editing ;)


Video review will be out in the next 1-2 days!
thank you.

Q1 that I was just thinking, and knowing GPH4BE be the comparison. When gopro comes out then you can truly compare this cam to that. that be the real test. gopro get your act together.

Q2 the one capture , with gopro is LAG and with the Yi to turn on is up to date, gopro should have not have a Lag in todays time at all, why it has a slow boot who knows I have an Aiptek that went from 8 seconds to 3 seconds. gopro had all the time in the world to correct that, never did.

Q3 Firmware is correcting and adding I rather see a txt file that we can do our own modding with settings like the Mobius camera turning other features on replacing no, swapping to use at the mean time yes and I guess there is no time stamp to be turned on or off in video?

Q5 width is a cm or two wisder, but height is what I asked if the height is to the T it will fit. that besomething you can do to take a measurement when given a chance. and highlight, thanks

Q6 glad to know

Q7 is it a.MOV file
 

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non fish eye

I am very interested now love to see a review about the FOV.....
 

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The camera has a feature where it removes the fish-eye distortion anyway, and it works perfectly well (although is not available when recording at 4K res).
So the camera will film 4K and you be forced with a wide angle 155/60 degree fisheye. other lower res like you said, switch on distortion to remove it.

that be a image cropper?

no biggie if asked just very interested in it?

Ordered my camera saved with coupons, and ordered a lens as well free dough. works out not an issue if not liking I'll swap back. but first I'll enjoy it as is
 

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So the camera will film 4K and you be forced with a wide angle 155/60 degree fisheye. other lower res like you said, switch on distortion to remove it.

that be a image cropper?

no biggie if asked just very interested in it?

Ordered my camera saved with coupons, and ordered a lens as well free dough. works out not an issue if not liking I'll swap back. but first I'll enjoy it as is
Yup, at 4K you get the normal wide angle shot.
Image stabilisation (digital) as well as distortion removal both crop into the frame a little in order to straighten things out, hence they are not available at full frame 4K. Even so, I felt they worked very well - the image stabilisation made the camera seem like it was on a gimbal with some of my test footage, and the distortion correction is fantastic.

Maybe the Hero 5 will have these options at full 4k?!
 

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Maybe so? GVS EIS stabilization when Aiptek released it they were basically the first to get it out. Will have to wait and see at my end Lol.
 

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Yi stepped away from Xiaomi Y started a crowd funder. Reached out to a number of users. offered a kit as in return feedback. Something Like what Kodak did with the Zi8 model? Any video that is Aired from May of 2016 to July 2016 will be more the promotional of Yi, open and honest to you name it? So many will be saying in the comments;

1. is there a waterproof case, does it allow the back screen to work?
2 will a external mic be allowed and how bout tv playback via micro cable?
3 will it have FOV, protunes type even night lapse video?

And today the camera is still quite new it has only been out about a months time officially and already seeing higher price tags on it? Ebay $399.00 free shipping as low as $284.00, while found on Amazon the total opposite people nickle and dimeing a lowest price $246.00.

A few places to find accessories for it, and they do build up day by day. I seen a video for the waterproof case touch screen, its out there. I seen the aluminum case, I seen the uv lens, I seen batteries, and a few more?

I read and heard a 3-D Gimbal will be out, I heard already a bracket is offered, I heard a bluetooth mic is in the works by others. etc..

Even though I have a gopro I thought for me it was the right time to purchase. Maybe a little more time will be needed when if they do release nightlapse and Super-view the only two things gopro has that the Yi don't?

Its end of Aug 2016, and Sept/Oct is real near. will see what gopro can do. call it a GoPro killer if you like will have to wait and see?

When my camera comes to me, the best thing I can do is sit back and enjoy it. share video with you all, then try to pass it off as a killer cam .

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There is a waterproof case but not supplied with the camera - a separate purchase, but the rear screen cant be used when its in the case, which means you cant do anything other then start or stop capture on the mode its currently set on! :(

Not sure on the external mic just yet - not looked into it!

Im sure the GoPro Hero5 will blow the YI 4K out of the water with extra modes and a newer chipset etc - just need to wait and see what it brings to the table!
 

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There is a waterproof case but not supplied with the camera - a separate purchase, but the rear screen cant be used when its in the case, which means you cant do anything other then start or stop capture on the mode its currently set on! :(

Not sure on the external mic just yet - not looked into it!

Im sure the GoPro Hero5 will blow the YI 4K out of the water with extra modes and a newer chipset etc - just need to wait and see what it brings to the table!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9-YDePkH6Q

That is the WP touch screen case. see link above

Like most products today you get the product and anything else is just about extra, why the cost was kept down. Gopro kinda is goofing around with the session they first give then taketh away..
 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9-YDePkH6Q

That is the WP touch screen case. see link above

Like most products today you get the product and anything else is just about extra, why the cost was kept down. Gopro kinda is goofing around with the session they first give then taketh away..
Nice find - may have to pick one up! :wink:
 

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Nice find - may have to pick one up! :wink:
I did not get the price but when I watched the clips what I remembered seeing. Glad you liked it, I am sure other companies will come out.


I find this interesting Desktop, and Ipad App are fees to purchase Yi camera leaving only the mobile app FRee. The app has a forum, and wished the desktop was avaialbe, it is not. As this company grows we will see what the future has instore. somewhere down the road this topic should be changed to Discussion in it....

@Ifti how are you enjoying the camera so far?

Fish

Stock just again ran out on all three colors. one cam is good maybe a spare would be nice but happy enough
 
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