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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)

How would you compare this one to the Foscam AC1080 or the Sony AS20? I know you don't have a review of those two particular models, but the prices seem right at this time shipped to US. The Foscam supposedly also uses an ambarella dsp.

July 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris

What is the battery life on this camera, in general?

July 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Camera stats are shown onscreen at the 16:40 point in the video.

July 20, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I have had this camera for 2 weeks now and am enjoying it very much. I have been using it without the app, just point and shoot and default video mode. I purchased the camera, waterproof case, extra battery, dual charger and 32 Gb SD card for $109 delivered. I went to a wedding this weekend (late afternoon into evening), shot over 30 min of video and 100 stills, battery indicator is still blue. Everyone is thrilled with the video, only one videophile noticed any difference (I asked him to take a look). I am pleased with what I got.

July 27, 2015 | Unregistered Commentercrusin54

@Paul who probably never will see this.

The timelapse mode in the xiaomi yi camera is working as it should since when you do timelapse you want the exposure to be looked. Having the exposure change during a timelapse will make it look really bad. That said, the timelapse is a bad setting for your usage.

To fellow time laps photographer.

I will have to disagree with you. No matter what you intend to take a time lapse sequence of, especially outside, the light level will change and the Yi will either blow out completely or go almost black. How for example would you take time lapse photos over a long period like days and nights. It simply won't work. Not very useful! As I said previously the Go-Pro also locked exposure when first released but was rapidly fixed

As for time lapse being a bad setting for my use. The Go-pro is in common use for capturing still shots during extreme sports action. I was hoping the Yi could be used in the same way but the results are completely unusable. It is not possible to operate a helmet mounted camera during the activity and the only options that can be used are continuous shooting at intervals (Photo Time Lapse 2 shots per second is ideal) or remote operation with a mouth operated switch. Which is how I operate my Canon 350D. The mouth operated blow switch is not an option on any sport action camera available.

I am sure this is an unintentional bug as you can't lock the exposure on any other photo mode, It is always evaluated and set when the button is pressed. For time lapse it should be evaluated and set as each photo is taken not just the once at the beginning.

July 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

Yi Action Camera - very dissapointed says there is a update to the firmware (why not on playstore) and it wont update from the app.

July 30, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermark shirley

Hi. Would you be willing to do an update on this camera as firmware 1.2.6 is now available and apparently the bitrate is higher and the video sharper plus some new features.

August 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKris

I have bought one and downloaded the app for iPhone. I cant find anywhere to watch the live video or adjust the settings. Is this because the iPhone app is still quite primitive or am I doing something wrong? I do have a spare Android phone I could use but would rather get it fully working with my iPhone. Thanks for this!

August 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Hi Wendy. I didn't know Xiaomi had released an Iphone version of the app yet so are you sure you have the correct app. If so follow the procedure to connect to the camera as it has to be linked in order to see anything or change settings. The Iphone and android apps will be very similar and are very similar to the Go-Pro app. If that fails I suggest you contact the manufacturer or find a user group like the dash-cam user group rather than a review site as they would be more likely to be able to help.

August 12, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

To keep from losing the little cover on the back of the Yi, I cut a 2.5cmX1cm length of nylon cloth to the little lid and then to the camera with super glue. I would show a picture but, I don't think it is possible here. It works very well. Great video, thanks for the work.

September 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn thomas

New Firmware 1.2.12 Is Out: 2K Resolution and there is a back log of fixes since ver 1.0

Following is the quick release notes of Firmware 1.2.0
•Added Video Time-Lapse Feature
•Added Support to captures Pictures at 12 Megapixels 16:9 Resolution
•Improved Timer shot to be stoppable when counting down
•Improved Video Preview Experience
•Improved Loading Speed of Camera Content
•Improved firmware Upgrade Experience by Reducing Upload Time
•Fixed Beeping Problem when Failed to Upgrade
•Fixed booting Problem caused by SD card.

Release Highlights of Xiaomi Yi Firmware V1.2.12
•Added 2K Resolution
•Added Photos Folder while taking Photos in time-lapse and burst mode
•Optimized the Power saving mode in order to increase the camera working time
•Optimized the hint sound and LED light, helping to recognize the camera status
•Optimized the experience of loop video record while the SD card is full
•Fixed no response while controlling the camera via APP
•Fixed the image reversal setting
•Fixed no Preview video in app after reconnecting the camera
•Fixed Duration difference between preview video and the actual video file in time lase mode

There is now an iSO app. (no Winodws phone or Windows 10 appt)

Time for a update on the video Techmoan?

People have been hacking the firmware to run at 35mb.... but it run a risk of overeating so I don't think it worth it.

September 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJKY

Hi - your real issue is with the focus of the camera. Unfortunately, many of these xiaomi yi devices are sent out slightly out of focus.

Its an easy but time consuming fix - you open the front of the case with your nails, unseal the glue around the lense, mark the original position, move it until it focuses properly (the time consuming bit), glue it back (dab of hot glue or tape).

You should definately have a look into this as I have downloaded your footage on the motorway and a massive roadsign was definitely out of focus (i.e. 'soft') in HD to the point you couldn't read it!

September 16, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermusclehead

My copy of this camera suffers from the distant objects being soft - close objects are super sharp, so it does seem this model appears to be suffering from a badly adjusted focal point from factory.

September 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGoingPostal

I'm a huge fan of Techmoan. I watch videos for products I have no interest in because I like your company. Sad bugger.

So I bought the Yi based on your recommendation. But I feel there's a big omission in your review. I have 4 Android devices, including a relatively new Galaxy Tab 10.1 but the app is not compatible with any of them. I have a Windows PC. I'm screwed! I can't talk to the camera, change settings, review live video etc. I really wish I had known this before.

I'm currently faffing about with some cobbled together Windows hack, trying to make the best of a bad job, but I really wish I had not got into this situation in the first place. Please consider annotating your video so others don't fall in here.

September 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris

That's a nuisance. I've only got one Android device to test and it worked. I'll put a note on the video saying that not all Android devices work with the app. Experience tells me that almost no one reads annotations though.

September 18, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Chris

I have 5 android devices from Frodo to kit-Kat and all of them work fine with the app. My friend also uses his with a galaxy Note and his new Chinese phone running Android 5.0 with no problem. I find it very odd if you have four devices and none of them will run the app. Are you sure you are down loading the correct app. A windows PC will see the camera as a block device/Storage device if the camera is plugged in via USB and then turned on.

September 19, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

@Techmoan - thank you.

@Paul, it's not that they don't work, it's that the Play store has decided my devices are not compatible and will not allow me to download and install them. I don't see any options for moving past that....

Except to buy a nice new phone. Mwuahahahaha.

September 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris

My suggestion would be to try downloading the app from Xiaomi (not via the Google play store) to find out for yourself whether it works or not. Go to this page and the link is about half way down.

If you can’t find it search for this 下载小蚁运动相机APP 安卓版

September 20, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Chris

I still think its odd that you have managed to own four devices that the play store thinks are not compatible. Are they all old? or all new what do they have in common? as Techmoan suggests downloading the APK should work on most devices and bypasses the app store. Just a thought but I got fed up with the App store telling me my device was not compatible with apps. It was a P1000 galaxy tab running Frodo. Cyanogenmod upgrade to Kit-Kat cured that problem and it runs the Xiami yi app fine.

September 20, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

hi. i want to buy an action cam. which one do you prefer and why. between sjcam 4000 and sjcam 5000 plus and yi cam. hope that you can give your reasons. thanks

September 21, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjohn

@Paul, I have a Galaxy S (old), a Galaxy Tab 10.1 (newish), an Alcatel OneTouch 983 (last year) and an LG GT540 (3 years old). None compatible. Downloading the APK is great idea which I somehow overlooked when Techmoan suggested it. I bought a ZTE Blade S6 on Sunday, so I'm out of the woods, as it were. Oddly (in case it's helpful to anyone else) one of the modes on the Xiaomi Yi can is not accessible from the Android app - it's only accessible from the Windows utility "cc.exe" - you can take a time lapse video at one frame every 2 seconds (one minute gives one second) - as a video. I can'tsee this option in the Android app.

Anyway, I'm all sorted and the app/phone combo is very nice.

September 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris

@John I'd recommend watching the SJ5000 video review to see what I think of that my opinion it's one to avoid. So then you are left with the SJ4000 vs the Xiaomi Yi....and for the answer to that question see the first two minutes of this video.

September 21, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi - Its unlikely that you will find a better camera for sub $200 than the Xiaomi yi - the Sensor is most of the cost and beats anything on the market for that price range. The quality can very - They are often slightly out of focus - as per techmoan, some have sound problems - but usually you can fix them with a little bit of time.

September 29, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermuscleriot

I want to buy an action camera,yi action camera and gopro are both good option,but Gopro is too expensive.Finally i bought my yi from tinydeal,i must say it's really good and i started to like taking videos since i have the yi.

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJacky

Hi Techmoan,
Stumbled onto this camera from an ad on FB and consequently found your review. Great review of this camera but could you tell me - with the maximum supported card what is the most time you can shoot video for ? does it only do 5 min loops or can you do continual video till the card is full ? Would love a GoPro (who doesn't) but out of my price range. If it did continual video this would be a great alternative.

October 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGlen

Sorry if this has already been covered..

Are there any issues with the wifi when using the camera in a RC model using the 2.5ghz band?

December 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Hi, just found this, have you seen it?

Will you review it? Looks promising........

January 1, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterdj

Do you know of any good quality HD or better action cameras with wifi that fit into gopro waterproof housing?

February 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChef Robb

i haven't got a GoPro case to test - but the Git2 might do. I would just use the Git2 case though.

February 25, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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