YI 4K+ Camera – World’s First Action Cam With 4K at 60fps

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YI 4K+ Camera - World's First Action Cam With 4K at 60fps

CES 2017 came to a close last weekend, but there’s one nifty new gadget we haven’t reported about yet: a new camera billed as the world’s first action cam that can shoot 4K UHD (3840×2160) up to 60fps built by YI Technologies.  It’s called the YI 4K+ and we have the full list of specs below. 

 

YI 4K+ Action Camera

Image Credit: YI Technologies

 YI Technologies is perhaps best known for their affordable line of action cameras, gimbal and home camera security system, but the company has steadily been branching out, even releasing a mirrorless camera called the YI-M1 for $349.99. That price even includes a 12-40mm lens.

However, it is their action camera lineup that has been making impressive strides over the last few years as a budget alternative to GoPro. The second iteration of YI’s action camera, called simply the YI 4K, matched the specs of the GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition at the time it was released in early 2016, but for about half the cost.

The company has now announced the YI 4K+, which promises to shoot 4K/60fps (Wide FOV) compared to the GoPro Hero 5 Black that tops out at 4K/30fps. The YI 4K+ will also shoot 1920×1980 up to 120fps, has an in-camera 3-axis gyroscope, 3-axis accelerometer stabilization and it can take RAW stills. Like the GoPro Hero 5 Black,  it can accept voice commands such as “Take Photo”, “Shoot Burst”, “Start and Stop Recording”, and “Turn Off”. Voice commands make a ton of sense in the fast moving world of downhill action sports.

Watch the video below for footage samples shot on the YI 4K+ by the manufacturer:

YI Technologies’ previous action camera, capable of 4K UHD up to 30fps, is available from B&H here.

There is no word on pricing and availability for the new YI 4K+ yet. We will update this post when we learn more.

YI 4K+ Video Modes

Video Modes in YI 4K+, Image Credit: YI Technologies

Action camera maker, GoPro, might just be feeling the pressure from companies like YI Technologies. We’ll reserve final judgement on the camera until we get our hands on one, but the initial footage and the list of specs is promising.

Technical Highlights of the YI 4K+: 

  • Max Resolution: 3840×2160 (4K UHD) at up to 60fps with 100mbps bitrate
  • RAW (Stills Only)
  • 1080p/120fps
  • Electronic In-Camera Stabilization up to 4K/30fps.
  • Voice Activated
  • 2.19” Retina Touch Screen
  • Compression: H.264, .mp4 file format
  • Live Stream Mode
  • Timelapse Mode
  • Internal Mic
  • WIFI & Bluetooth
  • Highest Bitrate: 135mbps
  • Sensor: 12 MP Sony IMX377 Sensor
  • Same Dimensions as Yi 4K Action Camera
  • Port: USB Type C

Pricing and Availability: Now at Amazon by clicking here

Is the feature list of the YI 4K+ enough to make you switch from GoPro? Let us know in the comments below!

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Paolo Rudelli
Paolo Rudelli
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January 19th, 2017

Very difficult to understand on “YT video nightmare compression” the camera image quality at 100Mb/s. 299$ is very cheap but lets wait for real footage before any real opinions.

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January 12th, 2017

The above YouTube video, Min. 3:10, left hand down side…..

Puts all that video in a big question mark.

 Florian Lostix
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January 12th, 2017
Reply to  Johnnie Behiri

haha thanks for spotting that detail :D

 Vitaly B
Vitaly B
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January 13th, 2017
Reply to  Johnnie Behiri

Great looking out.

 Christophe Corso
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January 14th, 2017
Reply to  Johnnie Behiri

From the director of this video on his youtube page https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1D6xizxLXg :
“i used the zhiyun rider-m, here’s a picture from my setup: https://www.instagram.com/p/BPK-sssAh9f/

Ramon Nelissen
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January 12th, 2017

Hier heb je hem dan Thomas… ik zeg doen

Thomas van Giezen
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January 12th, 2017
Reply to  Ramon Nelissen

fuck yeah

Alister Chapman
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January 12th, 2017

I’m also curious as to how the shot of the guy going over the jump was done. The camera appears to maintain a constant height, then goes beyond the edge of the ramp, being many meter in the air. Either a gimbal on a pole or drone, certainly not hand held using the built in stabiliser.

Alister Chapman
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January 12th, 2017

3840×2160 60p with only H264 at 100Mb/s is a touch marginal. Lots of aliasing and moire throughout the footage – the purple and green splotches of color across the snow, especially where the groves in the snow from the piste bashers are still present.

Steve Best
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January 12th, 2017

Graham Ehlers Sheldon are they using a gyro stabilizer gimbal for that video and NOT the internal stabilizer they are communicating ?

Firas Baidoun
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January 11th, 2017

4k 60fps Rashed Al Huniti X

Rashed Al Huniti X
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January 11th, 2017
Reply to  Firas Baidoun

60???

Kevin Luiz
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January 11th, 2017

This is very useful information thank you!

Mike Silverman
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January 11th, 2017

Looks cool, not sure why they still left off 24p though

 Florian Lostix
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January 11th, 2017

Sooo, anyone knows a good anamorphic solution for gopro/YI that fits this type of camera, as it is able to record 4:3 <3?

Evan Moreno
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January 11th, 2017

Evan Moreno

 Nicholas Tinsley
Nicholas Tinsley
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January 11th, 2017

YI Technology confirmed to CNET that the retail price will be $299: https://twitter.com/ByJoshG/status/818596689313464324

Phil Ipp
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January 11th, 2017

Felix M. Hoven ?

Kevin Luiz
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January 11th, 2017

If only it had HDMI micro out, otherwise it would be perfect….

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