Sub-$100 Xiaomi Yi action camera is Chinese OEM’s first device to land in US
If you’re in the States and wanted to own one of the inexpensive gadgets from Xiaomi; you’re in luck as Xiaomi brings its first product (not a phone) to US – a low-cost, high performance Xiaomi Yi action camera available through Amazon. Launched at the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Xiaomi Yi action camera may not be as effective as the high-end GoPros, but to give you a sense of its performance – the camera pits well against the rather expensive basic GoPro cams, and costs as little as $99.95.
The budget-friendly Yi action camera is the first device from the Chinese manufacturer to hit US. Xiaomi however is already famous for its high-end, budget friendly phones in the country.
Amazon, in addition to selling the stand alone Xiaomi Yi action camera for $99.95, is also selling the camera as a bundle comprising an action camera and its Bluetooth remote for $139.94. Amazon also has Yi accessories available on the site, these include waterproof cases and bicycle mounts to name a few.
Xiaomi Yi features a 16-megapixel Sony sensor that can shoot full-HD videos at 60 fps (better that Nokia Ozo, the 360-degree VR camera). The action cam has 64GB of internal memory, expandable using MicroSD card. The camera can shoot at 155-degree ultra-wide angle shot and comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for easy sharing of your videos, selfies and even some gorgeous panoramas.
Price and battery life can be two defining points for an action cam. Yi wins in both departments – the sub-$100 camera comes with 1,100 mAh rechargeable battery that lasts for good one and a half hour capturing 1080p videos continuously.