Xiaomi Launches Low-Cost Yi Action Camera at MWC 2015; Enters GoPro's Market

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Xiaomi Launches Low-Cost Yi Action Camera at MWC 2015; Enters GoPro's Market
After making waves with their recent smartphone flash sales on Flipkart, Xiaomi continues to venture into new markets. The Chinese smartphone major that recently overtook Samsung to become China's top smartphone maker is now trying its hand at action cameras, a market traditionally dominated by GoPro.

The Yi Action Camera, priced at CNY 399 (roughly Rs. 3,900) is, however, much cheaper than the entry-level GoPro Hero ($130, or roughly Rs. 8,000). It records video at 1080p (60 frames per second) with its 16-megapixel camera which uses Sony's Exmor R BSI CMOS image sensor. On paper, this completely shadows the Hero, which records 1080p at 30 frames per second and employs a relatively measly 5-megapixel camera. It's also got more memory (64GB to GoPro Hero's 32GB), it's lighter (72 grams to GoPro Hero's 111 grams) and has a marginally larger battery. Like the GoPro Hero, it's rated for usage up to 40 metres underwater. There's even a slightly more expensive Travel Edition, which includes a selfie-stick mount, and with the right accessories, you could potentially mount the Yi onto anything (even a cat, as pictured above).

The camera is unfortunately only available in China for the time being, and can be bought from the Mi.com store provided you can read the Chinese script. It may take a while for the product to be sold outside of China, as is the case with a lot of Xiaomi's offbeat products.



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Ali Pardiwala Ali Pardiwala writes about audio and video devices for Gadgets 360 out of Mumbai, and has covered the industry for a decade now. Ali is a Senior Reviewer for Gadgets 360, where he has regularly written about televisions, home entertainment, and mobile gaming as well. He is a firm believer in 4K and HDR on televisions, and believes that true wireless earphones are the future of the personal audio industry. Ali is available on Twitter as @AliusPardius and on email at alip@ndtv.com, so do send in ...More
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