We haven’t mentioned the Yi action cameras for a while but we really like them as they are close enough to a GoPro for many purposes at a much cheaper price.
You can view the specifications for this camera at the Yi Technology website. It’s nice to see 4K 60P finally show up in an action camera and we’re glad it’s Yi’s as they’ve had reasonable and value pricing in the past.
The sensor is the SONY IMX377 1/2.3” and will reportedly feature 4K 60FPS at 120Mbit.
Given the $399 price, 4K resolution, and the presence of optical image stabilization, this appears to be the best 4K action camera available at the moment. If you want the live view remote, which looks like a watch from Inspector Gadget, then the kit price is $549 dollars.
Low light quality appears a bit better than we expected:
This new action cam, the Garmin VIRB Ultra 30, surprised us. As always, we’re happy to have competition and downward price pressure on the GoPro line.
This camera features:
- 4K at 30FPS
- Voice control
- A better mic (whatever this means)
- 3-Axis image stabilization
- Elevation and air-time features
- LCD touch-screen
- GPS data
- A price that is probably higher than we will like (but not necessarily unreasonable)
Well it may not be a GoPro killer it is certainly a GoPro competitor and it should help to bring better prices to 4K action camera segment. The built in touch-screen display is a nice touch.
We have wanted a 4K action camera cheaper than GoPro’s offerings for a while, and the Yi 4K appears to be stepping up. The firmware can be obtained from the Facebook group.