For years, GoPro, the company that essentially invented the action cam, has dominated the market.  Their latest release, the Hero 5 Black and the Hero 5 Session are testaments to that dominance.  But in recent years, GoPro has been suffering as a business. The long-awaited Karma drone which ultimately had to be recalled because of power instability and the November 2016 announcement of 200+ layoffs has me wondering just how long GoPro is going to continue it’s top dog status.

One contender is the $200 Xiaomi Yi 4K. It’s a feature rich alternative to the Hero 5 Black in many ways, but how well does it stack up in real world use. This video from AuthenTech puts the Xiaomi Yi up against the GoPro Hero 5 Black and the Hero 5 Session. Check it out and see if the Yi 4k is right for you.

Xiaomi Yi 4K Features:

  • Records 4K/30fps (60mbps),
  • 1080p/120fps,
  • 720p/240fps video
  • 12MP photos using a
  • 155° wide-angle lens with F2.8 aperture
  • Built-in 2.19″ LCD touchscreen with 640 x 360 high resolution
  • Sony IMX377 Image Sensor
  • 7 layers of glass lenses
  • Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) 
  • Rechargeable 1400mAh high capacity 4.4V lithium-ion battery
  • Records up to 120 minutes of 4K/30fps video with a single charge.
  • Built-in Bluetooth and high-speed 5GHz/2.4GHz Wi-Fi support for wireless remote control and the YI Action App for instant photo and video editing