Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Just as much action for half of the price

As cameras are becoming smaller, they are becoming more versatile and easier to use in all situations. For many people with active lifestyles, one investment this year was a GoPro camera. These cameras are small and built for many outdoor and mobile situations, making it easy to shoot with their lightweight frame but high quality video content is still obtained. These cameras range generally from $129.99 to $499.99.

However, a new option for lightweight cameras hit the market at the Mobile World Congress. The Xiaomi Yi action camera starts at $64.00 The downside is that it will only be available in China... as of now.

The Yi Action Camera records video at 1080p and includes a 16-megapixel camera that uses Sony’s highly rated Exmor R BSI CMOS image sensor according to They also say that that’s superior on paper to the Hero, which records at 1080p30 or 720p60 and includes a five-megapixel camera.

"Xiaomi also beats the Hero on memory (its 64 GB allocation is twice as large), and weight (it is 72g compared to 111g), while it has a slightly larger battery," said Similar to GoPro's Hero, the Yi can go as far as 40 meters underwater, which is the biggest draw to those who love to go near or out in the ocean with a camera.

According to, it says that the new camera takes 16-megapixel stills, a backside-illuminated Sony sensor, a 155 degree wide-angle lens, 3D noise reduction and digital image stabilization, which certainly sets it apart. even says in one of their headlines that "this is the camera that could kill GoPro."

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