YI 4K+ Action Cam, Aiming to Assume GoPro Throne, Drops on March 28

Here's everything we know about the YI Technology 4K+ action cam, including specs, features, and possible price.

YI Technology announced the 4K+ action cam in January at CES. Now, YI has confirmed with No Film School that the model will be available on March 28 on their website.

Although we were unable to confirm the action cam's price, a CNET author previously reported that the YI Technology CEO told him that it would be priced at $299 USD. If this is true, it must be causing some concern over at GoPro.

YI has apparently surpassed GoPro again.

YI Technology is cutting a broad swath with lots of new products—a drone, MFT camera and lenses, a dash cam—built from the ground up quickly and at rock-bottom prices. The company is best known as a GoPro action cam competitor, with the two companies leap-frogging each other in a spec war. YI has apparently surpassed GoPro again in some important aspects, most notably a maximum UHD frame rate (60fps), twice that of the GoPro Hero5 Black.

YI 4K+ Action CamCredit: YI

 

At this point, there are few samples of video taken with this camera. Given the lack of actual footage and hands-on third party testing, it's not particularly surprising that speculation and rumors have started to fill the void.  

We—and GoPro, no doubt—are waiting with some anticipation for this spec-heavy camera to hit the market on Tuesday. Our biggest questions relate to image quality for UHD 60p, with a somewhat thin100Mbs max data rate, encoded in H.264. Also, we are wondering about potential VR support.

 

Tech Specs

For more, check out YI's extensive product spec page. Here are some highlights:

  • Lens: 155-degree FOV, f2.8 
  • Processor: Ambarella H2 chipset (low power usage) with a quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 CPU
  • LCD Touchscreen: 2.19-inch, 640x360 at 330ppi 
  • Image Sensor: Sony IMX377 1/2.3" 12 MP CMOS with Exmor R
  • Maximum Data Rate: 120 Mbps
  • Battery: 1,400mAh lithium battery
  • Maximum Frame Rates: 3840x2160/60fps, 1080p/120fps 
  • Connectivity: USB Type-C (data transfers and external mic), Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi
  • EIS: built-in 3 axis gyroscope and accelerometer (UHD: 30fps max) 
  • Voice Control 
  • Mics: Stereo 
  • Live streaming (future announcement) 
  • Support for VR (future announcement)
  • Recording media: micro SD 
Video specsCredit: YI Technology

Check back later to see the results of our camera test with the YI 4K+ action cam.

What has your experience has been with the previous version, the 4K? Let us know in the comments.     

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Am i the only one who thinks it's incredibly disingenuous to use such an impossible and misleading "frame grab" (a telephoto closeup shot of a football player from at least a hundred feet away) on the product image? It's absolutely ridiculous.

March 24, 2017 at 11:30AM

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geoff webb
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Welcome to the world of high stakes product marketing. Here, we just want to poke the pixels around and see where things stand. We are pretty immune to marketing.

March 24, 2017 at 11:48AM, Edited March 24, 11:50AM

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Craig Mieritz
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Inspiring sites like Nofilmschool to put out gear porn articles like this one is a key part of marketing strategy of companies like this, so to publish specs without samples, together with product images grossly misrepresenting the product, and then throw up your hands and say "we are pretty immune to marketing" is a bit of a stretch. We're complicit, absolutely. Granted no one really cares about YI, but the least we can do is recognize silly stuff like this, and while we're at it, be a little more critical of companies' lazy efforts to sell us stuff we don't need.

March 24, 2017 at 1:24PM, Edited March 24, 1:24PM

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geoff webb
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Extremely, makes me not trust the company at all. I'm sure it's not indicative of them as a company in general, (at least I hope not) but why would they put such a misleading frame grabs in their image? Very dishonest of them to do that.

March 25, 2017 at 5:20PM, Edited March 25, 5:24PM

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Daniel Vestal
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No Log or video shutter speed control, no care. Hero5 it is.

March 24, 2017 at 3:14PM

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So far all they have produced is crap ... this will not hurt GoPro at all. Sony makes a great action cam and they don't even challenge GoPro in the big picture.

March 24, 2017 at 3:46PM

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Sony does have a big product lineup at pretty good prices. I hadn't realized they offered such a wide range of cameras.

March 24, 2017 at 4:09PM, Edited March 24, 4:30PM

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Craig Mieritz
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As a GoPro cheerleader/evangelist (until recently), you are wrong. Except for the ProTune/log department, Yi 4k matches the Hero 4, spec for spec (including far superior battery life and a much more responsive, user-friendly UI/app). It does have a "Flat Color" profile. I sold my Hero 4 after buying the Yi 4k on a whim. (One other downside to the Yi: Slightly larger form factor, making it incompatible with many accessories that rely on the boxy GoPro shape.) Other than that, if you buy a GoPro Hero 4 over the Yi 4k, you're a sucker. If you buy a GoPro Hero 5 over a Yi 4k+, I suspect the outcome will be the same. If you look hard enough, you CAN find download raw clips shot with pre-production models. I'm not naive enough to believe they may not be reflective of the final product. I will also reserve judgement til mid-April. Bottom line: I can't speak for all of their products, but the Yi 4k and their portable/wearable gimbal are FAR from crap.

March 26, 2017 at 5:06PM

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very nice and interesting information, thanks
http://fikodominic.blogspot.com/

March 24, 2017 at 8:19PM

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Why no 24P?!?!

March 24, 2017 at 11:03PM

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Jaime Valles
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Totally agree, I just don't get this.
Should be such a simple fix for them.

I do however love the inclusion of the 1/4" female thread on the actual body. To mount a GoPro 5 on any tripod/attachment you have to encase it in a shell case just to get access to a mount. The Hero 5 is waterproof without a case, but to use it on anything you still have to put it in a case, and that kinda makes no sense.

March 27, 2017 at 12:42PM

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In my experience (based on the current Yi 4K), this new camera is gonna be amazing and will certainly force GoPro to come up with something a bit more innovative than what they did with the GoPro 5 (rumors were reporting that GoPro 5 would have been 8K....reality is a mere 4K@30fps as the previous GoPro 4 Black). What GoPro did with the GoPro 5 was to merge the GoPro 4 Black and Silver together, plus putting some battery-draining gadgets such as the GPS which is useful if you use the GoPro 5 as a dashcam, but not that useful for normal users.
The upcoming Xiaomi Yi 4K+ with a 4K@60fps and a standard bitrate of 100Mbit will certainly be awesome....moreover, if it allows scripts as its predecessor (i.e. Yi 4K), you could increase the bitrate up to 200Mbit (if the card allows such speed). I personally run my Xiaomi Yi 2 4K at 4K@25fps (I am in PAL regions) with a bitrate of 120Mbit....and is great....I cannot imagine what a Yi 4k+ at 4k@50fps will be doing with a bitrate at 200M bit :-)

March 25, 2017 at 3:46AM

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Mighty
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" GPS which is useful if you use the GoPro 5 as a dashcam, "
Nope, speed overlays are not for dashcam, they can be used for action sport as ski, bicycle/motocross and countless other.
Sony got there first 3 years ago.

March 25, 2017 at 4:00AM

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Matt
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Can you provide links to said scripting techniques for upping the bitrate? I'd love to try this out. Thanks.

March 26, 2017 at 5:10PM

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So "Drops on March 28" means you can pre order for delivery in 8+ weeks on March 28...

March 27, 2017 at 12:37PM

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Sadly prophetic. AND $40 more than originally assumed. NEXT! Already sold my GoPro pom-poms. Anyone want my Yi ones?

March 28, 2017 at 8:22AM

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Hi Richard-

As I said above, I wouldn't plan on buying any equipment until it was in the marketplace and had been vetted by third-parties and I had a need. I learned that lesson the hard way with Mac Pros, when they transitioned from G5's to the current models, 5 years of rumors and verbal assurances! And as far as the price, YI wouldn't confirm it prior to release. I think it's important to take a longer term view, and let's see what the camera can do and then judge it.

March 28, 2017 at 11:12AM

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Craig Mieritz
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Is there any mention anywhere as if to the image stabilization features (if any) this camera has?? Would like to see how it stacks up against the Session 5 in that department.

March 30, 2017 at 1:49PM, Edited March 30, 1:49PM

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Efrain Gonzalez
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Forget the speculation, all our posts are just 'bait'. Proof is in the pudding......let's just wait to see the announcement? Much more productive.

March 30, 2017 at 2:09PM

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