When they began to appear on the market the first action Cam in the first place rejoiced avid travelers, outdoor enthusiasts and extreme sports. These cameras are lightweight, easy to install, attached with additional accessories to almost any surface (including helmets, bikes, snowboards, quadrocopter and even Pets), and many of them allow you to shoot under water.
Perhaps the most popular and advanced devices of this kind today are the action camera GoPro. With their appearance on the market was a real “boom” — shooting on the move has become more sophisticated, comfortable and even fashionable, and the GoPro in a few months he began to reign at the leadership laurels.
But nothing stands still, and now the action camera Xiaomi (the company that made a rapid leap in the development of technologies over the last couple of years) on the characteristics and pricing breathe in the head, a recognized world leader, competing for the championship.
Under “sight” today’s comparisons were two the latest models of action cameras from these two manufacturers: GoPro Hero 4 and 4K Xiaomi Yi Action Camera. Which of them would snatch the palm from a competitor?
The company Xiaomi has decided not to load compact camera design twists and cramped appearance Yi 4K to designer minimalism. Xiaomi Yi 4K looks very organic and available in three colors – white, black and “girly” pink.
Hero 4 seems to be more intricate with the on the front portion of the monochrome display and the power button. It is immediately evident that the design of the new GoPro has remained the least priority and attention was given this issue a bit. GoPro Hero 4 is lighter than its opponent to 7 grams (88 grams vs 95 grams of Yi at 4K), and insignificantly smaller in size (42×59×21 mm for the Hero 4 and 42×65×21 mm camera from Xiaomi).
But the main difference Yi 4K from the Hero 4 was of 2.19-inch built-in touchscreen Retina display with protective glass Gorilla Glass and a pixel density of 330 ppi. It can be used not only to view but also edit captured files without the need for additional devices. In turn GoPro supports connecting an external touchscreen that will have to be bought separately, but the characteristics and the color rendering it is inferior to the display of the Xiaomi 4K Yi.
Overall, and Yi 4K, and Hero 4 have many similar characteristics, but in addition, there are critical differences. Both models action cameras use 12-megapixel sensors from Sony: Hero 4 received IMX117 with a viewing angle of 170 degrees, and Yi 4K – brand new IMX377. Also both cameras have ultra-wide aperture of F/2.8. With the survey can be found at comparative pictures of the two models.
If we talk about performance, then installed GoPro Ambarella A9 chipset, while the camera from Xiaomi boasts a more “fresh” and more energy efficient chip Ambarella A9S75. Of course, both models have Wi-Fi modules, which are delicately different data transfer speed: maximum speed 4K Xiaomi Yi 3 MB/s, and Hero 4 this figure is twice less – 1,5 MB/s.
Another nice bonus in Yi 4K was a dual microphone for better quality sound recording (GoPro he is one) and Express shutter (3 seconds vs 5 seconds in the Hero 4). The table below illustrates the differences between these two cameras.
In the question about working offline Xiaomi Yi 4K clearly will handicap GoPro. When shooting video in 4K Hero 4 holds a charge for 75 minutes and if you activate wireless control and Wi-Fi, the rate is reduced by one third to 50 minutes.
Control from your smartphone
Due to the fact that GoPro has built-in display, the main control is with the tablet or smartphone on which you installed the GoPro app. Of course, to control the camera and use a small monochrome screen, but to view and edit captured photos and videos without a smartphone can not do.
Xiaomi Yi 4K also got the ability to control mobile devices through the app Yi Action App. The functionality of the application for Yi 4K are fairly widespread and includes filters for video, editing clips (from 6 to 30 seconds) and sound design. As the developers say, now for handling pictures and videos do not need a computer or laptop.
Objectively speaking, the result is obvious – the Chinese manufacturer offers more interesting features in their Yi 4K, rather than “American” Hero 4. An important aspect remains the matter of price: if the GoPro on the average will have to pay about 500.e, Xiaomi Yi 4K will cost almost twice cheaper – about 249.e.
Given the fact that both models shoot video in 4K, this “confrontation” Xiaomi passes the GoPro in many ways. Having a full touch display, enhanced autonomy and a lot of nice bonuses from Xiaomi (in the form of fast shutter and high speed data transmission) comes forth, leaving its competitor behind.
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