The Xiaomi Yi is manufactured in China and has a price tag of just 399 Yuan, which is just under $100 when converted to USD. At this shockingly low price, the camera offers more features that would normally be found in the higher-end cameras, but delivers a higher quality photo and video than most.
Before continuing my review, let me first go through some of the downsides of the camera. The instructions and as well as some parts of the mobile app are not written in English or any other international languages for that matter. It is written only in Chinese, which tends to complicate matters for those living in other parts of the world.
Also, there is no option for inserting a memory card and the cam is not waterproof. Avoid those random mid-day downpours at all costs!
On the flipside, the design is stunning with attractive lines of lime green and crisp white. The camera includes a nice f2.8 wide-angle lens with a 155-degree view angle. The 16-megapixel CMOS sensor comes with a Sony illuminated backside.
Retailers such as GearBest.com are offering the gadget at this price.
Critics on Cnet claim that the Xiaomi Yi is offering more than other high-priced gadgets such as Monoprice MHD 2.0 and Polaroid Cube. It is also better than slightly more expensive entry-level GoPro Hero.
When Googling ratings for the Yi camera, in terms of design, features, performance and image quality, the camera averages about a 7 out of 10. For those who are interested in an affordable camera with high-end features, the camera can be purchased online at GearBest and Amazon.
If you already own the camera, I’d love to hear your input. Feel free to share your reviews in the comments below.