CES 2017 saw some really hot announcements, such as much-awaited Panasonic GH5, which you can read all about in our post here, and now Chinese tech company YI launched the 4K+ Action Camera – which just happens to be the world’s first action camera capable of recording 4K/60p video.
The new YI 4K+ is the successor to the already popular YI 4K action camera, that was released just a few months ago last Summer. We covered the YI 4K in this post here. The new YI 4K+ action camera features a 12.3 Megapixel Sony IMX377 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor, which is the same sensor the company put in the predecessor YI 4K Action camera. Some say (although this has not been confirmed by GoPro) that this very well may be the same sensor used in the GoPro Hero5 Black.
What’s different in the YI 4K+ is the new model action camera now utilizes the new and more powerful Ambarella H2 chipset with Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 64-bit CPU, which gives the camera the extra oomph needed for 4K/60p. The now (older) YI 4K Action Camera utilizes the older Ambarella A9 processor, hence why it is limited to 4K capture at 30fps.
4K (UHD) 60p video is recorded in H.264 in the .mp4 wrapper, but this time the bit rate has been increased to 135 Mbps compared to 60 Mbps in the YI 4K and GoPro Hero5 Black. The increased bit rate is supposed to give you a better image with more detail and much less artifacts. When you record in 4K/30p, the footage is also stabilised in-camera, albeit electronically.
The YI 4K+ features a USB-C connection to help you transfer your footage from the Micro SDXC card to your computer for editing. Similar to the GoPro Hero5 Black you get voice control for basic commands, such as Photo capture, start/stop and more.
The integrated touch screen at the back makes it easier to see what you are shooting and access the menu. The YI 4K+ also offers Live Streaming capabilities to most popular apps, and offers super-slow motion capabilities of 1080p/120fps and 720/240p.
Yi 4K+ Features and Specifications
SONY IMX377 1/2.3” 12 MP CMOS image sensor with Exmor R
Ambarella H2 chipset Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 64-bit CPU
3840 x 2160 at 25/30/50/60p
3840 x 2160/30p features Electronic Image Stabilisation
There is no official word on the price of the new YI 4K+ yet, but chances are this will be cheaper than the GoPro Hero5 Black. You can now also get the (previous model) YI 4K action camera (in black) for $199.99 from B&H.