I have seen a lot of comparisons in the GoPro vs Yi 4K action camera category. The reason why is obvious: the Yi 4K competes with the (current) top of the line GoPro for about half the price. But this isn’t going to be a comparison article: instead it’s an actual review of how the Yi 4K works and what it’s like to use.
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly 4K action cam then the Yi 4K is hard to pass by. The image quality plus the cheap price tag are what grabbed my attention in the first place — and I’m sure plenty of other people as well. So let’s start things off by talking about that video quality.
I’m only going to be writing about the 4K image quality in this review because, personally, I could care less about 1080p or other lesser resolutions. And the 4K quality of this camera is really good — for an action camera. I had to throw that disclaimer in there because, while this camera performs admirably vs other action cams, it is no match for, say, a micro 4/3 system that shoots 4K. In comparison, I think the Yi 4K footage tends to be more grainy at times and things like white clouds tend to get blown out more.
And then there’s that wide angle lends ...