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Wednesday
Feb172016

Yi Dash-Cam Review

Over the last year, Xiaoyi's Yi action camera has turned out to be a very popular model due to its keen price and excellent image quality. So when the company announced their first dashcam, I instantly put in my order. That was back on New Year's day...there have been some delays with shipping, but it finally arrived a couple of weeks ago and I can demonstrate it to you now.

In the video below you can find out whether the Xiaoyi Car Camera can live up to the familiy name.

Supplies of this dashcam are currently quite limited - however if you click your country below you can find out if there are any available on ebay. You may need to activate International Search in the left hand panel.

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You can DOWNLOAD my sample clips from PCloud if you click here.

Please DO NOT STREAM the pCloud samples - if you do they look like garbage!

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Reader Comments (76)

Hi Mat,

Great review - great little dash cam this - ticks all my boxes - agree I think a black english version would be good, overall very impressive.

I don't know why the cams have to have this overlap in the playback though - why cant they just record continuously in segments.

Great review though - loved it

As always thanks for listening....

Daz

February 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

Matt, yet another great review, thanks! I've been using a Novus eye plus for a while , just lately it's stopped doing what it should (recording)!
I am unable to access the website (www.novusgps.com) so am unable to download any software updates, also When trying to retreive anything from the mem card, it tells me to download the correct codec...WHAT? Wondering if this is a win 10 problem (don't start me on that either...). Perhaps I should just buy another cam, I loved this setup as it ran a rear view camera aswell as a brilliant forward view, sound and gps/collision clips.
Antone else have this setup?
Will now watch your clips closely for my next purchase...
Regards, NigeL.

February 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNigeL

Settings menu options: http://image3.geekbuying.com/content_pic/201601/20160127115727264.jpg

How to download the app: http://image3.geekbuying.com/content_pic/201601/20160127120144634.jpg

App options translation: http://image3.geekbuying.com/content_pic/201601/20160127120144634.jpg

February 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAndrei

App options translation: http://image3.geekbuying.com/content_pic/201601/20160127120152287.jpg

February 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAndrei

Hello Matt,

I read most of your reviews that I consider relevant to my interest but have you thought about reviewing the Firefly 6 action cam? I'm sure your a bit on the burnt out side with all your top notch reviews of so many of them so far. Was wondering because it seems to have some pretty good reviews and just want your opinion because I value it to be honest with you.

Tom

February 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTom M

Hi Mat,

Getting the basics right? You're not wrong.

So it does exactly what we think it says on the tin :)

As one of the earlier posts mentions, if it was in black, they'd be on to a winner; wonder if they plan to add/of offer a GPS version?

Thanks,
Graham

February 21, 2016 | Unregistered Commentergk998

hi Mat,
great review!!!
i am considering buying this cam.
once starting up the car and driving, do i need to click on something in the cam or is it automatically start recording?

thanks

March 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTamir

Tamir - The dashcam will automatically start when you turn on the car ignition and will stop when you turn the ignition off. No need to do anything.

March 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGeoff S

Hi Mat,

Do you have link where to directly download the xiaomi yi dash cam app?
I do not see this app where I do search on google play and itunes.

thanks

March 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTed

Here you go, Ted : http://www.xiaoyi.com/yi_driving_recorder/app.html

March 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGeoff S

Thanks -Pizdys- @DCT

Android English APP (beta 1.2.1): http://trajano.webd.pl/pliki_aw/firmware/Xiaomi_Car_dvr/YI Dashcam_1.2.1_20160304.apk

More details about this dashcam incl. more pictures from PCB, new firmware updates can be found at:
http://autowrzuta.pl/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=3937&start=44

March 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAndrei

Great review, thank you. Can you upload some image files the cam shoots (not videos)?

March 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I didn't need to with this camera. The stills are just single frames out of the video. Exactly the same resolution.

March 18, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi and thank you for all the reviews.

I have just ordered this camera which will be my first dashcam.

March 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Patrick

Hi Mr. Moan, it looks like the mount attachment is proprietary and useless with gopro-like attachments. Is it possible to mount the Xiaomi Yi dash cam onto the rearview mirror at all? I have a tint strip that completely interferes with vision for windshield suction mounting. Thank you, sir.

March 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJohnTheman

I bought this dash cam, but it doesn't record audio correctly. With audio recording set to ON, it records video footage with a muffled shhh sound. I updated the firmware immediately when I first got the dash cam, so I don't know if the new firmware caused this issue. Does anyone have an older firmware they can link to me? My current firmware is V 0.08.001.

March 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJerry

@Jerry

Here you go: http://trajano.webd.pl/pliki_aw/firmware/Xiaomi_Car_dvr/

Thanks to pizdys @ autowrzuta.pl

http://autowrzuta.pl/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=3937&sid=309181491f028c9df6f649a40db5be3e

March 23, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAndrei

There's an extremely good (99.99997%) chance that any problems with playback of the video or sound from any Dashcam are due to missing codecs on a Windows PC. Update the codecs using the 'k-lite codec pack'.

March 23, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@Andrei
Thanks for linking the older firmwares for me. I downgraded the dash cam with them, and the problem still persists. This confirms it is a hardware problem. Looks like the only solution is to return it for another one now.

@Techmoan
Thanks for the suggestion about the codecs. However, the xiaomi app that links to the phone also played back my videos without audio being recorded, and same as when playing the video from the dash cam itself. Just to make sure, I even updated the codecs on my PC and it didn't change anything. This also confirms that it is a hardware problem.

Thanks for both of your help!!!!

March 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJerry

I don't suppose there's any sign of an English firmware for this model?

March 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAce

Hello,
You can send me a link to the Chinese version of the app? The above is all in Chinese ... posted Firmware is the official version?
Tk's.

April 4, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermoalesipufos

http://www.xiaoyi.com/yi_driving_recorder/app.html

To download the app press the Button with App written in it

April 4, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

It seems that the Xiaoyi has looses focus when exposed to heat.

https://dashcamtalk.com/forum/threads/big-news-original-xiaomi-yi-1080p-car-wifi-dvr-is-coming.15351/page-8#post-236997

April 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAndrei

I apologize , I need the English version , I downloaded several places but it was only in Chinese version ...

April 5, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermoalesipufos

Here you go http://www.xiaoyi.com/yi_driving_recorder/firmware.html?version=V-0.07.024

April 5, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGeoff S

@moalesipufos

Try this: http://trajano.webd.pl/pliki_aw/Android_APP/

April 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAndrei

Tk's but this apk is for action camera, not for Yi dashcam wifi... :(

April 6, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermoalesipufos

@moalesipufos

http://trajano.webd.pl/pliki_aw/firmware/Xiaomi_Car_dvr/

April 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAndrei

Very helpful review... so I bought one. Works very well indeed, and most impressed with the 1296 resolution.
- Just one teeny-weeny little detail, - the date. HOW do I set the correct date?- Am getting annoyed with 2015.... When I plug the camera into my computer, it does not 'register'... Do I need specific software ? (which did not come with the camera...)

Thanks.

April 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJames

[quote]@moalesipufos

http://trajano.webd.pl/pliki_aw/firmware/Xiaomi_Car_dvr/[/quote]
Tk's but this apk is in chinese language...

April 18, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermoalesipufos

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