-YI M1 Mirrorless Camera ➜ https://goo.gl/827z4T
-YI 4K Action Cam ➜ http://amzn.to/2lCo1Ra
-Sony A7S II ➜ http://amzn.to/2kLxqnu
YI 4K Action Cam REVIEW: https://youtu.be/uXa49dOj_oY
The YI 4K Mirrorless Micro 4/3rds (MFT) camera can shoot 20MP stills, 4K 30fps video, and has a touchscreen display! Though it’s super cheap price tag, is it a cheap camera?!
I like the clean, minimal camera design. It’s lightweight and small’ish size, easy to carry or toss in a bag. (Though its build quality is mostly cheap plastic feel). Very simple, easy camera controls, touch screen, swipe through menus or gallery photos, I like the intuitive pinch to zoom everyone is familiar with.
The photos that this camera captures, are just fine. They look nice and all, but nothing that truly blew me away. Same goes with the 4K video, nice to have a optical zoom lens, manual exposure, focus peaking, manual focus (though it’s digital ring control, meaning you’re spinning for days to get correct focus point).. but comparing everything to my simple phone’s camera, nothing is extraordinary.
Other key features; “anti-shake” (ie Electronic Image Stabilization – doesn’t work that great, and needs to be stepped down to 2K to be turned on), HDR (images look nice, but major halo-ing on edges), time lapse mode easy to configure interval and durations settings and it’ll auto compile for you. Panorama mode is like your phone, drag across horizon and it’ll auto stitch together. Bluetooth + WiFi app to remotely view/download your photos, but that’s it, huge bummer no remote viewing or control of live camera.
*Biggest Issue: the auto focus is terrible. Tapping on screen when taking photos, it often misses focus, or when in video, the auto focus is WAY SLOW and often unusable (see many examples in my video review). It’s using only contrast detection which is kinda old school and needs improving, especially compared to my lightning fast Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Dual-Pixel auto-focus system.
-Sony IMX269 20MP image sensor
-Lens mount MFT (Micro Four Thirds system)
-3″ LCD Touch Screen and easily configure manual parameters such as shutter speed, ISO, focus, and more.
-Continuous Shooting Speed: 5 fps
-Focus Description: Contrast Detection
-Focus Type: Includes Manual Focus (digital focus ring)
In conclusion, I really like YI’s action camera, but this M1 mirrorless camera seemed to drop the ball. For myself personally, if my phone can capture and accomplish all the same images, videos, time lapse, HDR, stabilization, etc that this camera can capture, why purchase a separate device? I like the touch screen display, and of course having a physical zoom lens is important. But I’d love to see an articulating screen next time, and other major improvements, and I’m excited to see what they come up with in Generation 2.
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