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ACTION CAMS

Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K

Sony AS100V

Drift Stealth 2

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

 

Xiaomi Yi

Dazzne P2

SJCAM M10+
 
DASH-CAMS (CAR DVRs)
DDPai M6 Plus (My Pick)Vantrue N1
XiaoYi Yi
G1W Budget 1080p Cam

A119
DrivePro 200
Transcend DrivePro 220
Transcend Drivepro 520
MINI CAMERAS
(The Mobius also works as a dashcam)
Mobius
Polaroid Cube+
Mobius
HTC Re

My favourite USB battery power Pack

This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

Two digit Led display shows battery level

 

What SD CARD should I buy?

If you want an SD Card for your camera - these are the ones I use and recommend. 

I'd strongly recommend not to buy any SD cards off ebay - I've heard about too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. My inbox regularly gets messages from people who bought a £150 camera then cheaped out and bought a £3 memory card on ebay - Then when it doesn't worth they blame the camera! It doesn't make any sense. Good memory is cheaper than it's ever been - see the links above.

A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.

VERY IMPORTANT. These links go to the product, but Amazon have three different ways of selling. There's Amazon Direct - This means that you are only dealing with Amazon themselves, then there's other sellers that use Amazon's facilities - these show as Fulfilled By Amazon and finally there's Market place sellers that advertise on Amazon, but operate independently.  I strongly recommend that you only use the first...the Amazon Direct - Sold By Amazon option. Even if it appears that you are paying a couple of £/$ more it is more than likely you are comparing the going rate for a real item against the price of a fake one that won't work.

As an example of the extent of the problem of fake goods online...In a recent survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold by Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 

UK & US LINKS & PRICES BELOW

RECOMMENDED CARDS

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)

 

 

 

            

 

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Monday
Mar302015

The Full Xiaomi Yi Action Camera Review

I must have had upwards of fifty people contact me and ask if I’d heard of the new Xiaomi Yi camera and whether I was going to review it, however a few hours before the first of those messages arrived, I’d already pre-ordered one. I suspected that a budget 1080p60 camera from a reputable manufacturer would be worth taking a look at…and it seems I wasn’t wrong.

I’ve been using it for a little over a week now, and you can find my video review below. 

As I mentioned in the video I intend to revisit this camera when the waterproof case is released. At that point I’ll probably do another video showing how it performs on my motorcycle, however you should be already able to tell that the video quality from this camera is very impressive.

If you want to download my SAMPLE CLIPS & PHOTOS- then CLICK HERE. Make sure you Download and play these back locally rather than streaming them.

Waterproof Case details here (pre-order)

Below are some purchasing links

AMAZON US   AMAZON UK

EBAY (click your country)

UK   US   DE   NL   AU   BE   CA   CH   ES   FR   IE   IT

BANGGOOD (Links below) 

Jungle Colour (Green/Lime & a bit cheaper) or White 

Android App Link - http://sports.xiaoyi.com/app/sports_camera.apk

UPDATE - Connecting to the Camera. 

Since the manual is in Chinese and not everyone is familar with the process of connecting to a WiFi camera, here is a basic guide.

First download and install and update the app listed above. Once it's working, then...

1) Go into the settings on your phone and look for the WiFi option

2) Turn on the WiFi on the Camera (tap the button on the side)

3) Wait approx 15 secs until the blue light starts flashing

4) In the WiFi settings on your phone you will then see the camera appear as a WiFi hotspot.

5) Connect to the hotspot - it will ask for the password - it's 1234567890

6) When the Phone is connected up to the camera - then go into the app and you can access the camera and it's settings.

UPDATE MAY 2015: Whilst the Stills & Auto-Exposure are excellent - I’ve had second thoughts about the video sharpness. After watching the footage I recorded on my motorcycle -  objects at a distance look a little soft to me. I suggest you download some samples and make up your own mind.

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Reader Comments (124)

What did Mokujin do to deserve a drink over his head!

You bought a mini then, new shape I assume. I have a Cooper S on my drive, nice car to drive. Did you get the 3 or 5 door?

They could make it a dash cam with a firmware update, problems being the blue light and the white case would be a tad too obvious in the screen to be able to leave it in place. Not a bad 1st attempt though.

March 31, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterevilution

Good spot. Yes it's a 2015 Cooper S 3-door with pretty much every internal option selected. Very happy with it....fastest car I've ever bought. I may do a video about the HUD at some point, it's my favourite feature.

March 31, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Good review! Excellent quality! And does the gopro accessories fit the Xiaoyi camera?

April 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRichard

In your opinion, between Sony AS100V and xiaoyi, which is better in term of video quality?

April 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTom

I really don't know.

April 1, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I see, thank you for the reply and all of the reviews, great job! :)

April 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTom

Got mine Here for 93$ it's a bargain, I will use it on my Quadcopter.

http://www.banggood.com/Original-XiaoYi-Ambarella-A7LS-BSI-CMOS-WIFI-Sports-Action-Camera-p-969228.html?p=K801131430173201504B

April 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFred

Ah good, you chose correctly. The 5 door looks odd.
I did also a bit "all out" on the specs. HUD was a necessity as was the 12 speaker stereo.
All that colour changing nonsense is a bit silly for the accent lights and the stereo takes time to get used to.

The main problem is that the windscreen is not very tall so anything except the smallest cameras look a bit too big and block the forward view slightly.

Top tip. When taking it for a swift drive down a county lane, don't get too close to the bushes, they tend to scratch the paint a bit.

April 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEvilution

Is it possible to connect the Yi camera to Windows workstation using USB and download recorded files? Or does the file download only work via the Android app or through the hotpot website?

April 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRox

This review was made by importing the MP4 files into iMovie by putting the SD card in a Mac. I didn't go into any detail about this because that's how every camera I've used operates.

April 2, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

The way you were hyping the quality of the video "for a camera at this price" I was expecting to see it come in under $75.

While nice, I'd still prefer a cam with a rear LCD screen. The M10 still looks like a winner.

April 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Ok,
Makes sense. I have usually just uploaded photos and videos via USB cable from my DSLR so that is what I'm used to. The mini-SDHC card is so small and the port is little flimsy so I would like to avoid taking it out every time I want to offload stuff. With video cameras with larger sturdier memory card taking it out is no issue.

Raino

April 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRox

I tried it again. It seems usb works great, You just have to turn on the device first. Duh!

Thanks for help. The video was great and got me going!

April 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRox

Seems somebody has released a waterproof case on the last 24 hours or so

Dunno if URLs are black listed so the Banggood SKU is SKU219566 and the description is (currently) Waterproof Case for Xiaomi Yi Sports Camera Diving 40M Back Up Case

April 2, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterrob

many thanks for all your reviews, please start your own ''gadget show''

April 3, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteralanscotland

Good morning MR TECHMOAN nad rest of the camera lovers ..! I am seeking some advice on my next camera purchase and would appreciate some expert input please..
I have narrowed down after watching reviews and researching down to 3 cameras..
no particular order//
1. sjcam 5000 plus
2.contour roam 3
3. Xiaomi Yi
I will not be using the wireless so much and it will mainly be used for spearfishing.. I know that xiaomi does not come with the housing but I am assuming it is available to buy seperatly..
question is? WHICH CAMERA SHOULD I GO FOR?

April 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAlpay

The sony 4k action cam is the way to go.

April 5, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterbri

I'm trying to figure out how to run a app that is not in the app store with BlueStacks App player for PC, anyone have a clue? I'll search the web, but it's not strait forward about getting that done.

April 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterScott

Hi there
Recently I am trying to figure out which cam to buy - svc200 or YI. Of course Yi has 60fps but in 30fps 1080p which of these two is better ?

April 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMitko

Hey there techmoan, very nice review, will make a nice alternative camera to use on the sony AS30.

Theres 1 thing I noticed that was not covered in this video if you don't mind clarifying, the battery this uses.

Are go pro batteries or SJCAM 5000 batteries compatible with this.

April 7, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterabs

Which is better Xiaomi or SJCAM M10 WIFI or other Sjcam camera ?

April 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRynkov

Great review! I bought the camera right after I watched your review, just got my Xiaomi Yi camera today. The first app downloaded from Xiaomi's website said XXX Cam, but after downloading the app upgrade, now it says Yi camera. I got a problem with the app though, with either older or new version, whenever I click on settings, it shows the setting screen really briefly (0.3 seconds?) then it brings me to some "Discover" page where they have stock photos etc. I can never get the setting screen to stay so I can change the settings. Was there anything you had to do get to settings?

It seems to be wanting me to register maybe? I clicked on the face picture to register, the registration link times out.

April 11, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterrcboosted

You've missed out the step where you connect your smartphone to the camera.
1) Go into the settings on your phone and look for the WiFi option
2) Turn on the WiFi on the Camera (press the button on the side and then it will take perhaps another 15 secs before the blue light flashes)
3) In the WiFi settings on your phone you will then see the camera appear as a WiFi hotspot.
4) Connect to the hotspot - it will ask for the password - it's 1234567890
5) When the Phone is connected up to the camera - then go into the app and you can access the camera and it's settings.

April 11, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

thank you for the reply. I found out it it may be incompatibility with my phone. I am able to get to the settings page via my tablet doing the same steps as my phone.

again thank you for your excellent reviews as always!

April 11, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterrcboosted

Dose it has Bluetooth ? And how to enable?

April 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLee

Plz send me the link of app..

April 12, 2015 | Unregistered Commentertechmoan

Scroll up a few cm. It's in the article.

April 12, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

would you please test this sports camera in this website, www.qingpai.me? it's our product. hope you could see this post.

April 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPatCamera

Hello, I noticed someone else asked, but how does this compare to the TCL SVC200?

I am hoping to get a sub-£100 action camera later this week, but there are so many options available, I don't know what to go for.

April 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGareth

They really are such different devices they can't be compared head to head. One has wifi, the other one has a screen, one has a mic in socket, the other has a car dvr mode. One is streamlined, the other is a brick shape. You'll have to decide which features are important to you. The image quality is pretty similar.

April 14, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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