Xiaomi and YI are no longer one entity but that did not stop the Chinese smartphone giant from tagging along its protégé Yi, on its maiden voyage at CES 2017.
After releasing its high-end products like the Mi Mix White Pearl edition, Mi TV 4, and Mi Router HD, the company also announced the YI 4K+ action camera. YI was once a sub-brand of Xiaomi and released its first action camera under the Xiaomi YI brand name.
The YI 4K+ action camera comes with a reputation as the world’s first action camera that has the capability of capturing 4K videos at 60 frames per second (fps). This rate is touted as twice the resolution of the all-powerful GoPro Hero 5 Black is capable of producing and also twice the YI 4K frame rate. The YI 4K+ action camera also packs inside its miniature build an Ambarella H2 SoC processor backed by 2GB of RAM, with a maximum bit rate of 120Mbps. The Ambarella H2 SoC is also said to be the first 14nm video processing/encoding SoC. The chipset has a very low power consumption rate while delivering 4K Ultra HD videos.
In addition, the YI 4K+ action camera also features Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), USB 3.0 and USB Type-C interface and other features. Also, it is capable of shooting RAW file format videos for those who want extra flexibility. Other features on offer include live streaming, well filtered audio output in outdoors and VR support.
Talking about the hardware specs, the YI 4K+ action camera comes with a 2.91-inch touchscreen display with 640 x 360 pixels resolution at 30ppi. The camera sports seven layers of glass lens with f/2.8 aperture and 155-degree field-of-view. The camera uses a Sony IMX377 12MP CMOS sensor with Exmor R. The entire camera has a dimension of 65 x 30 x 42mm and weighs just 96.3 gram, with the battery inside it.
Check out this sample footage from the Yi 4k+ action camera:
Neither Xiaomi nor YI left any specific details as to the price and availability of the YI 4K+ action camera during CES 2017 but it will surely make its first real live appearance in China first when it hits the market. It isn’t expected with a monstrous price tag despite the new chip and other cool features it packs. The device is expected to be priced around $299 USD when it finally goes on sale.