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),
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
China’s Insta360 has announced its 8K professional virtual reality camera, the Insta360 Pro, to raise the bar for 360-degree VR films.
The company made the announcement at CES 2017, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week. The 8K-resolution Insta360 Pro camera is designed for shooting 360 films that can be displayed with virtual reality headsets.
The standalone camera can capture 3D images and videos and is also suitable for livestreaming. It is aimed at professional photo and video creators, as well as non-professionals who demand excellence from the camera they use to pursue their creative visions.
Insta360 Pro uses six independent high-definition lenses. It captures 60-megapixel 360-degree 3D stills and supports both HDR and RAW formats to bring out levels of detail and low-light performance unprecedented in a 360-degree camera of this size.
When recording 4K video, the camera supports up to 100 frames per second. In addition, the VR time-lapse mode adds a new dimension to videos, and the live preview function allows users to get the best angle before shooting.
Insta360 uses real-time image stitching technology and offers both H.264 and H.265 video compression, which substantially improves video quality at the same bit rate.
In advance of our upcoming Cinema Camera Mega Test, our good friend Bart Johnson has posted a behind the scenes look at our test setup and he talked cinematographers, Tim Wilson and Derek Allen about the motivations for doing the test, the methodology, and our ultimate goals.
The Final results for the test are scheduled to be posted Feb 1, 2017 #film1feb1.
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