Today we’ll be digging into YI’s latest line of Action Cameras – the Yi Lite 4K. Can this budget oriented action cam hold up to it’s competitors like the Go Pro? Let’s find out!
Starting with the unboxing experience, the camera is well packed in a nicely designed translucent box. Upon opening we find the Yi Lite 4K Camera, a waterproofing case, battery, USB cable and manuals.
First impressions and hands-on experience exceeded my expectations. From the professional presentation to build quality of the camera itself. The action cam is relatively lite, features a large 2 Inch Touchscreen and feels overall very nice to hold.
Getting started was also a pleasant experience: configuring the camera’s very first initial setup was a breeze with the touchscreen and after around 2 – 3 minutes I was set up and running! What you’ll need to note, is that the camera doesn’t have any internal storage, so you will need to provide your own microSD card, which can be purchased from Amazon alongside the device.
Continuing our journey I wanted to try and setup the Yi Action Cam App on my Samsung Galaxy S8 – without looking at the instructions, as I know most of us would just want to jump right in. This is where the pleasant experience got a little bumpy – with connecting to the camera internal Wi-Fi network and going in and out the settings, but after a few minutes figuring it out, it went pretty well.
I have attached some test footage my brother recorded to test the action cam to it’s full capabilities. The video quality is in my opinion very good for the great deal you get. It’s sharp from the Sony Exmor Sensor with a lovely 150 degree superwide angle lens. You can also expect super buttery smooth videos when recording in 1080p at 60FPS or even 120FPS if you opt for 720p.
Yi Lite 4k also gives you a quite sturdy image, while keeping motion fluid. It has built in Image Stabilisation that will help when recording in 4k at 20FPS, or also to keep that 120FPS video nice and smooth.
Another great feature is that if you’re out filming you can use the app via Bluetooth, without relying on the Wi-Fi so you can easily see what’s going on, record videos and also import videos from your camera to the phone. This was a very useful and highly appreciated feature, especially when outdoors – despite that, using the camera’s 2 Inch Touchscreen was also very nice.
The verdict: for a sub 100€ Action camera you’re getting a fully fledged package – including some of the most advanced features that only the high tier action cams offer.