Xiaomi's action camera is way cheaper than GoPro and Sony's most affordable models

Xiaomi's action camera is way cheaper than GoPro and Sony's most affordable models

Always wanted to try a GoPro or a Sony Action Cam, but are hesitating to part with the cash? Xiaomi, which is known for selling devices at near cost, has a new Yi Action Camera that costs 399 Yuan, or about S$87 based on the current exchange rate.

Made by the same company that makes the Yi Smart IP Camera, Xiaoyi's POV cam packs a 16-megapixel Sony Exmor R backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, has a 155-degree wide-angle lens with an F2.8 large aperture, and an Ambarella A7LS image processor.

Of course, what's an action cam if you can't take it for a swim? The Yi Action Camera can go into water for as deep as 40m with its optional waterproof casing.

Supporting up to 1080/60p video (H.264 encoding, MP4 format) and stereo recording, the camera is capable of 7-frames-per-second shooting and 3 to 15-second time lapses.

A microSD card (up to 64GB) can be used on it.

Expectedly, there's support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, so remote shooting and wireless file transfer via an mobile app are possible.

Not bad for a sub-S$100 camera. For comparison, the budget GoPro Hero costs about twice as much, and the most affordable Sony Action Cam (the HDR-AS20) costs S$300.

Available in white and green, the 72g camera can also be bought with a selfie stick for 100 Yuan more.

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