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I’ll list out all of the specs of the YI 4K Plus, and anything else I forgot. Let’s jump into the review. So the YI 4K action camera is one of my favorite action cameras of all time, so when the Plus version came out, I was super pumped to test it out.
So, YI sent me out a review copy, and here is what is updated in the Plus version. First of all, there is an updated processor which basically means it’s just faster overall. The menus are faster, it turns on faster.
Just details like that, everything is faster. The EIS has also been updated, the Electronic Image Stabilization, and now you can use it at 4K 30 frames a second. Now this is great because this is gonna give you smoother footage, it’s gonna take out shake when you’re shooting just on a selfie stick, hand held, or in any other kind of situations.
However, I do always recommend using a Gimbal Stabilizer if you want that cinematic, very smooth footage, but this is nice. And technically, what’s inside of the camera is a built in three axis gyroscope and a three axis accelerometer, I don’t know what these things are, with cross border compensation.
But that’s really cool, as well. Also, a huge update to the Plus version is the connection. It’s a USB type-C plug and this means faster transfer speeds when you’re getting your files off of there. This is also what is used for the mic jack, and so if you buy an adapter you can go from USB type-C to an eighth inch connector and use an external mic with the Plus version, something that’s not available in just the standard YI 4K camera.
One other thing they included with the 4K Plus is it comes with a waterproof case just in the box. And so the updated price for this right now is $340 U.S. And that extra $30 past 300 is really about what this case cost on it’s own.
So they basically just bundle that all together in one pack with the YI 4K Plus. And then lastly as far as the new features are a few things that are waiting still on a firmware update. Quick update, I talked with YI and they said that by the time you see this video, the firmware update for voice control and RAW photos will be out.
Check out the download link in the YouTube description. But YI is saying that number one, voice command is gonna be added to the YI. So you’ll be able to say things like “start recording” “stop recording” or “take a photo” or “start a time lapse” and so that’s a cool feature.
You can also now shoot RAW photos. And so when using this for photos, the photos already look great straight out of the camera. But if you turn on RAW, now you can pull those into Photoshop or Light Room or some other photo editing software, and make a ton of adjustments in RAW.
So that’s nice if you wanted to use this for some photography. And then also via a firmware update, they’re gonna add live streaming to popular platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and other places. So it is kinda cool, you could set this up, you could plug in an external mic, and then after that firmware update is released, you can go live straight from your YI 4K Plus camera.
But what is the same with the original YI 4K versus the YI 4K Plus? The first is basically the design. It is actually the same body. Obviously it’s USB type-C versus micro USB. But besides that, everything really remains the same as far as the design.
Also the user interface pretty much remains the same. And that’s one of my favorite features of the YI overall. It’s a brilliant touch screen that’s very responsive, it knows where you’re touching. It’s very fast, the new version’s a little bit faster with the new processor, but the old YI 4K was great as well.
And so all the menus, all the flow of everything, very intuitive, and just a great experience, and fun to use. The YI app is the same working with both cameras, similarly, and it is a great app. It’s a great way to pull content right off of your YI if you wanna post it on social media while you’re on the go.
I do believe there’s some even editing features in there. I haven’t really used those too much. And the app also works for controlling things: making camera adjustments, starting or stopping videos, photos, or time lapses, and things like that.
Another similarity is all the same accessories work because of the same body style. You can use the same waterproof case if you already had one, the selfie stick, all those things work the same between both YI’s.
And finally, the battery life is solid on both. The YI 4K battery life was amazing as it is. And the new processor has made the battery life even better. So from our tests, it actually seemed pretty similar but battery life is one of the most amazing things about the YI considering a lot of action cameras just crush through batteries, especially if you’re shooting 4K, higher frame rates, higher bit rates, things like that.
But that is definitely one of the stand out features in both. But of course the biggest difference in stand out feature of the YI 4K Plus is the fact that you can shoot full 4K at 60 frames a second. Now this is a pretty big deal, and depending on when you’re watching this video, there may be other action cameras that have followed suit and added that feature.
But YI was really the first to market offering full 4K at 60 frames, which is nice because you can create that really cool 60 frame look if you want that for YouTube, or you can also slow it down and really get a 50% slow motion effect if you slow that footage down to say 30 frames a second.
And so that is really the major kind of selling point and stand out feature of the YI 4K Plus. But you know, what matters more than anything else is the footage itself. So let’s jump into some of the test footage that we’ve been able to do so far.
(pop music) So this test footage was shot in Southern California, and this first scene is actually shot in one of my favorite settings, and that is 2.7K at 60 frames a second. And the reason why I love this setting is because there is a wide setting on the YI, which is fish eye, right.
It looks like most action cameras, but there’s also a medium setting on the YI which allows you to kind of crop in and remove all of that fish eye effect. So I love this because it looks like a proper video camera.
It’s got great color, the sharpness is there, we’re using a YI Gimbal so you can see it’s very stable, but the footage looks just amazing at 2.7K. Now it’s important to note at this point, that you don’t actually need a YI 4K Plus to do that.
That the YI 4K can shoot at 2.7, 60 frames a second with that crop in medium angle of view. But then we were able to shoot some footage at 4K 60 frames a second with this standard wide view. Medium’s not available at full on 4K 60.
And so this footage, again, just brilliant. We can look at it in full speed, and it’s again looking very stable using the YI Gimbal I was shooting with down there on the beach. But then also, we can slow it down a little bit and look at what this footage can look like.
And to be honest, this just kinda speaks for itself, right? I mean it’s beautiful footage. Really, that’s what it comes down to. We can sometimes get bogged down in all the specs of cameras, but you know, does the footage look awesome? And I’m pretty blown away by all of these shots.
Now the one other place we tested this out a little bit was at NAB recently here at Las Vegas. And this is a pretty good example of where this camera, and really every action camera suffers, and that is in most low light situations.
So you can see, it doesn’t look terrible. It still performs pretty good here, but you definitely, I’m sure they have to crank the ISO up inside of the camera. It does have a low light kind of compensation setting inside of the YI.
So again, it’s usable, it’s not terrible, but where the camera really, really shines is in your typical action situations: daylight, sunlight, outdoors, and that’s really true for any action camera. Can’t fault YI here for not having incredible low light performance, because I’ve never seen an action camera that has incredible low light performance.
Now a quick note if you’re considering investing in the YI 4K Plus. I had read some reviews where people had troubles with their SD cards not working, but apparently that has been updated with the firmware update.
And so one reminder whether it’s the YI 4K Plus, the original YI, or any of your tech, always update the firmware because there’s always new things rolling out, bugs that are fixed. But the other thing that YI does is even the original YI 4K, they added other frame rates.
They added other resolutions, and better slow motion, and some other things. And so, always look for the latest firmware update whenever you pick up a new piece of gear. Now let’s talk recommended accessories because one of the reason that footage that you just saw looks so great was because of a couple things.
Mainly, this three axis Gimbal. So this is actually the three axis Gimbal from YI, and it’s separate to the selfie stick from YI. Now I’ve talked about this in past videos, one of the best made selfie sticks of all time.
It’s really, really intuitive, super solid. I’ve had it in the snow, it’s gotten wet, it’s gotten dirty, it’s been in the sand, and it just continues to hold up. Comes with a Bluetooth remote which is really nice.
Syncs up with the camera, really easy to start and stop recording or to snap photos, and you can switch photo mode really easy. And then what’s cool is you could use this just as is. It’s a great selfie stick.
You could use it with the EIS, the electronic image stabilization that’s in the camera, or you could also add the Gimbal, and the two together is really a powerhouse combo. And so from my research, the best way to grab accessories is actually one by one at this time.
YI is gonna be releasing a kit, in like a bundle, but it doesn’t appear, at least the time of issuing this video, to be publicly available yet. And so you can grab the selfie stick for $45 U.S., and the Gimbal is 199 U.
S. And then the last thing I recommend is some Newmowa batteries. It seems to be the best way to get extra batteries. It comes with a cool three battery charger, and two extra batteries. They are high quality, they work great, but it actually is kind of optional just depending on how much you’re gonna shoot with it.
Most days of shooting, I never need to replace the battery. But I do always like having extra batteries in case I forget to charge one. Again, the battery life of both YI’s is some of the best out there, but extra batteries are always nice to have.
So what are my final thoughts? I mean, is the YI 4K a worthy upgrade? Does it justify the price? And I think the key to figuring out that question is thinking about what you actually need. The YI 4K Plus is really a budget pro action camera in my opinion.
So it’s a little bit more expensive, but it has tons of pro features. So if you need that mic jack input, if you are planning on shooting in 4K, and using the 60 frames per second, then the YI crushes.
In the past, the original YI was called the GoPro killer because it boasted a lot of the same features at a cheaper price. At this point, the plus version comes a little bit closer to the price of a current GoPro, but has that 60 frames.
And so if you want 4K 60, really look no further, it’s kind of a no brainer: this is the camera to get. The quality is there, the dependability is there, it crushes. However, if you just want a feature packed action camera, I still would stand by the YI 4K, the original version.
The YI 4K Plus is $330 U.S. at the time I’m making this video, and the YI 4K has dropped to about 199, I’ve seen it even cheaper like 180 or cheaper than that. And it’s still a phenomenal action camera.
30 frames per second at 4K, my favorite setting, 2.7 with that medium view at 60 frames a second. All, ton of features, WiFi, the app, everything you need. I mean it’s so much cheaper, and it has such high performance.
If you just want a feature packed action camera at a great price, then the YI 4K would be a great option. However, the only weakness in my opinion compared to say a GoPro, is that the bodies themselves are not waterproof without a case.
And so, what do you need? For me, that’s fine, I really don’t need to be in a lot of situations where it needs to be waterproof itself. If I’m gonna shoot anything like that, I can put it in the case.
But one problem is, most three axis Gimbals will not work with the waterproof case on them. And so the one huge advantage I see to, say, GoPro, is that you could use a water resistant or waterproof Gimbal and you’ve got a waterproof camera, and now you could use it in a lot of wet situations, no pun intended.
But, if you don’t need that, then either the YI 4K Plus or the regular YI pretty much outperforms for a cheaper price, in my opinion, a lot of what you can get with a GoPro, but if you don’t plan on doing a lot of stuff near water, and you don’t need that waterproof body, then again, you’re gonna save money and still get all of the performance, and a lot of times more performance with the YI 4K Plus or the YI original version.
And if you wanna see my full review of the YI 4K original version, we’ll link that up on the YouTube card and in the description below. Also, the YI Gimbal, if you’re curious about full details on that, we’ll link that one up as well.
Question of the day: What do you think about the YI 4K Plus? Maybe compared to other actions cameras, compared to the GoPro? Now they’re a little bit closer in price, do you think that the value goes one direction or the other? Let me know in the comments section below.
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