Xiaomi’s Yi Action Camera 2 a Wannabe GoPro Killer

Xiaomi sells phones, tablets, and even Segway-like roaming gadgets for consumers across the globe. But that’s not all – Xiaomi has served the adventure purists with its own version of an action camera, called Yi Action camera. And just like every other product in their stable, the camera was way cheaper than the popular GoPro products.

Now, they have upgraded the Full-HD-friendly action camera with a 4K video-recording supported Yi Action Camera 2. This Yi camera sequel shoots videos in 4K resolution, which is now more common than it was few years ago.

But the best part about the Yi Action Camera 2 is its price, you can get it for a little over $80 on Amazon and even $68 on Gearbest, compared to the $290 for a GoPro Hero 4 or $120 for a normal GoPro Hero.

Who Needs a GoPro?

Yes, that’s what the order of the day was when the first Yi Action camera was launched in 2015. But here’s the reality: The cost at which Xiaomi is making these products, the cost of compromise, becomes gradually evident.

The 16-megapixel-toting Yi action camera was merely filling up the numbers, without matching up to its premium peers in the market. The camera sensor is the most expensive aspect of these cameras, so for Xiaomi to sell their versions for half the price of a GoPro, does make a lot of sense. Sadly, you cannot and should not expect the latter’s quality.

All About the Yi Action Camera 2

  • 12-megapixel with Sony IMX377 sensor
  • f/2.8 aperture
  • 155-degree wide viewing angles supported
  • 2.9-inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection
  • WiFi, Bluetooth and microSD options available
  • Built-in 1400mAh battery for over 2-hours video playback support