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Pick of the Camera Reviews

(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 


Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

Dazzne P2

DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam

Yi Ultra 2.7K
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
Sena Prism Tube

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.


RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)


U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)




The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for's some.


VERY IMPORTANT. These links take you to the product, however 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 price of a real item against the price of a fake.

To give you an idea of the extent of the fake goods problem. In a 2016 survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold through Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 


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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


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 -

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)

buneech, thanks for the link for the app!

May 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCho

I found the suitable ...apk here:
The forum is on Russian, but you will find what to download.

May 23, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteralexw801

In looking at the footage where you feel the image in the far distance is a little softer than you would like, are you talking about all footage shot with the Yi, or just the footage where the lens rectification mode is switched on? I'm wondering if the digital jiggery pokery that straightens out the image also softens it a little as a result.

May 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

Bought this camera (in white) and I have in the last month received all the various cases and adapters I think I am going to need - including a harness for the labrador to attach the camera too :0)

Just ordered this

And a specific adaptor for the camera to fit to from here

I am now hoping for some ulta smooth HD filming

May 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDrakesy99

Thoughts on the "second thoughts about the video sharpness on objects at a distance that ook a little soft".

I have played around a bit and when using the "Lens Rectification mode" the distent objects seem a bit more soft than without this setting. Have found that if you wanne shoot things on a distans mor than 3m away and sharpness is more important trouughout the whole depth of the sceen than do not use this function. If eliminating the fish Eye effect is more important use this function.

I'm on FW 1.0.12. The tempo of FW development on this cam i crazy. But the hardware is so good that when it reaches V-1.0.25 it will slapp GoPro on the fingers, at least the 3 Black :-)

I'm getting my original waterproof case next week. Then I'm gonna test it, together With a SJCAM 4000, at 20m below in the green Waters of the Baltc see. I´ll get back With a clip then.
Cheers Acke

May 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAcke


Great reviews and also thanks for providing the clips for downloading - I had serious look at sj4000 gopro hero and now xiaomi yi. It seems that this last camera is a great offer, even though the menu can be accessed only with an android device (I need to find one, it seems).
However, searching over the internet recently I also stumbled upon a camera which has similar specs and the advantage of menu buttons and an lcd in the back at a similar price. Among other names, it's called BLACKVIEW HERO 1 (sic!). They say it has a slightly older sony sensor than xiaomi, but is it that much of a difference? Especially when you get extras in one box with the camera, which xiaomi lacks?

It is now available on preorder, but the launch is near. I guess you probably are in the know and maybe have already ordered one.
But just in case here are some links:


May 31, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterleoncio

Hey all, got mine delivered with all the mounts n waterproof case, went out n took a quick video on the bike and uploaded it onto the laptop. Video seems to be playing a little too fast, is there any way I can sort this issue? Any pointers would be appreciated, first time taking a video on anything other than a phone lol
Thanks again. Kenny

June 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Watson

Hi Techmoan. I think your reviews are some of the best on the net. Your presentation is very professional and at times quite amusing. As I live not far from Manchester I can appreciate your location shooting as well. Still back to the Yi camera. I bought mine to use as a stills camera taking photos at 0.5 second intervals of students doing Tandem skydives. I was using a canon 350D with a 10/24 wide angle lens operated with a blow switch, which does take brilliant photos and copes well in poor light. However it is a heavy lump to have on your head while skydiving. Large SD cards mean we can start the Yi camera in time lapse photo mode before leaving the aircraft and stop the camera after landing and not have to worry about storage space. and as the Yi can take photos at 16mp every 0.5 seconds it seamed worth a try. Much lighter and one less thing to have to think about while skydiving.

Unfortunately the Yi only evaluates exposure when you press the shutter button. So in time lapse photo mode the exposure is set once when you press the shutter button and remains fixed for the duration of that time laps sequence. This is useless as light levels vary from inside the aircraft to outside enough to make the outside shots over exposed. The Go-pro continuously adjusts the exposure in time lapse photo mode.

The video is softer than it should be and this would seem to be down to the bit rate used to store the video, after all the photo's are pin sharp and use the same optics. This is happening because the video stream is over compressed compared to the Go-pro resulting in a considerable degradation of the video quality. There is a piece of software available which allows the bit rate to be increased for any of the video modes and corrects this shortcoming. It would only be useful to increase the bit rate for the highest quality recordings. This may increase the temperature the camera runs at and it already gets pretty hot although I haven't tested it. Higher bit rate may also mean that a fast class 10 SD card would have to be used.

All in all I think it is a bit of a fail at the moment as the camera runs hot, Time lapse photos don't adjust the exposure for each shot and the video quality is too soft due to over compressing the video stream. Hopefully they can correct all these issues with firmware fixes but my experience in the past is new models tend to appear before firmware fixes.

June 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

Sounds like your software because the camera just records things at the speed they happen at. Try changing your playback software to a program called VLC.

June 9, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks Techmoan, just downloaded it. Video plays even worse in that, really jumpy. I've uploaded it to Youtube which took an age as I accidentally recorded in 1080 60fps instead of 30. See what you think, strugglings with the changing light in the trees but as mentioned in one of your other videos I think this is a Youtube thing as quality is decent my end. Stupidly forgot to cut the video.

June 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Watson

Hello Paul,

incidentally I also plan to get a sport camera to film skydiving. Have you tested it at recording jumps just as normal movies at 30fps or more? Did it work comparably to a gopro at that? Thanks for feedback.

June 10, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterleoncio

Which one should I go for between sj5000+ and Xiaomi yi? Major use - motorcycle action cam. And are the SJCAM or gopro mounts compatible with the xiaomi yi?

June 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterManthan4040

Hello i HAD this problems to, now i discripe how i fix the problem

1.I use USB 3.0 access
2.Ii use a other micro usb cable i use my cable from my samsung tablet first turn off your camere if there on , than connect the camera with the other cable on the usb 3.0 access . so that the camera led turn on red

4.Turn on the Camera

if i ouse this way the camera is crahed again , but if i repeat this way it works .maybe it doesnt works by the first tray , repeat it

good luck

June 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSchwarzeLanze

Hi Kenney

I have been busy doing Tandems so haven't had a chance to test the Yi in anger yet. However if you want an action camera for video I think the SJ4000 or M10 are the best value for money and the video is comparable with Go Pro Hero 3. You can purchase the Wifi versions of these as low as £53 ordered from china through amazon or Geek buying.

The GoPro Hero 4 is the best spec action camera available but its expensive. (Very Expensive)

I also have an SJcam 4000 and love it. It is a really good low cost video camera. The SJcam (Genuine only) is really good value and comes with all the accessories. Performance is comparable with GoPro 3.

The Xiami Yi has better optics and sensor than SJcam but the firmware is stopping this being an advantage in video. Photo quality is really good but again falls short of the GoPro as it does not continuously reevaluate exposure. You will need to order the accessories separate.

June 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

I used mine at 30fps doing bungee jumping over the weekend and it worked a treat, had the camera in its waterproof case and it still managed to capture decent sound (of me swearing )


June 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Watson

My apologies Kenny my previous post was meant to answer leoncio.

June 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

Hi Paul,

thanks for the answer. I thought about sjcam 4000, the two drawbacks for me being:
the way it works with dark foreground and bright background (the foreground is pitch black then, as Techmoan showed comparing it to basic gopro hero)
lack of at least 720p 60fps mode (which is not just doubling of the same frame caught at 30fps).

I thought of xiaomi yi as better in these areas, but the need to have an android gizmo to operate it (is an MSwindows computer also compatible?), coupled with what you had said, made me wonder.

Other than skydiving, I would like to use it as a dash/bicycle cam (basic gopro falls short here).

Again, thanks for your response!

I have found some other potentially interesting cheap cameras, but no access to unretouched videos to see the quality, e.g.:
blackview hero 1 (new one, but older sony sensor than xiaomi) and redleaf rd990 (older one).

June 16, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterleoncio

Hi Kenny,

I saw your video, youtube seems to take a toll on the quality, however, I did notice that not only resolution suffers, but there is also a wobbling effect (see for example lamp posts) - is that also youtube? Have you made the original video available for download somewhere per chance?

June 17, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterleoncio

Question for you.
What would you invest in first? The Sj4000 or this Xiaomi YI?

June 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

Hi, thanks for you great reviews. Can you update this review including the new firmware updates?
thanks a lot!!

June 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNachoX

Do you want mounts, a case and a colour LCD screen for settings framing and review or do you want a camera that reacts better to different lighting conditions.

June 23, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan


What camera do you think is better for any lighting condition (mainly for snow)? M10 lens can be replaced for another lens to get more zoom? And for xiaomi yi?
Thanks in advance

June 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAlejandro

hey ppl, just found it at for $100, working just great. the pic quality is good even in dark or when moving very fast...

June 25, 2015 | Unregistered Commentertangerinedream

The Xiaomi Yi is now for sale in Europe too. Sent within 24 hours when in stock! :-) Shipping from the Netherlands.

De Xiaomi Yi is nu ook te koop in Europa. Verzonden binnen 24 uur als hij op voorraad is :-) Verzending vanuit Nederland.

June 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSafeye

Behold, PC app.
Not my work. Kudos to author Andy_S. Works great.

June 30, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermik

this camera has image stabilization??????

June 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAFONSO MOTTA

No image stabilization.

June 30, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermik

Have one software or plug-in for solution this problem???

July 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAFONSO MOTTAa

Thanks for the review, really useful.

July 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSMT

Having now had the opportunity to test the Yi in photo time lapse mode set to 0.5 sec for taking photo's on two Tandem skydives. I can only say it is useless. The exposure setting was fixed when the camera was started inside the aircraft and the photo's inside and at the door were brilliant. However as we left the bright sky caused every picture to be over exposed and whited out. on the ground as cloud cover moved in all the pictures were really dark.

I can't understand how Xiaomi can make such a mistake. All the time lapse photo modes are useless unless the light level stays constant and that defeats the whole point of time lapse as conditions will change over time. The fix is really simple and I'm sure the problem is a result of a programming error (bug). The exposure should be evaluated/adjusted as each photo is taken not just when the button is pressed. The camera must be capable of doing it as it continuously adjust exposure while filming video even at 60 frames a second so even though the pictures are 16MP, 2 a second shouldn't be a problem. A fellow camera man informed me that the GoPro also suffered the same problem but was rapidly fixed. Please please XIaomi fix it.

However having tried the camera in video mode it is really quite impressive. I have however had the camera freeze several times and had to remove the battery to clear it. I have now had a firmware update but haven't had a chance to test to see if the freezing problem is solved. The latest firmware has not fixed the issue of exposure setting in time lapse mode and Emails to Xiaomi have not even been acknowledged. So I'm not sure they are even aware of the problem.

July 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

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