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Yi unveiling New Action Camera with 60FPS 4K Recording at CES 2017

by on December 28, 2016

Stephan Jukic – December 28, 2016

As we can attest from our in-depth review of the 2016 Yi 4K Action Camera, the company behind this little shooter has the technical skills for some very fine 4K action recording quality. In our view, the 2016 camera was not only a great action shooter at a very reasonable price, it was in many ways actually better than GoPro’s own much more popular and pricier Hero 4K Black camera.

Now, for 2017 we’ve got yet another Yi 4K action shooter to look forward to and we’re expecting that it will be even better than the 2016 model was in terms of overall quality.  At the very least, according to the camera’s manufacturer, we can anticipate some smooth 60FPS recording capacity –one very robust spec by the standards of existing compact 4K cameras of almost any kind.

What we do know so far is that Yi has announced plans this past weekend to unveil a new 2017 Yi “4K+” action camera at CES 2017 in January and in addition to the action camera, the company will also be unveiling its new “Erida” tricopter drone for the first time in the U.S. The drone is its own fascinating story due to its unique design, capacity for flight at a whopping 75mph and support for 4K video recording (presumably with a Yi 4K+ action camera).


Moving back to the Yi 4K+, Yi is stating that the new camera will be the first yet of its kind capable of 4K video recording at 60 frames per second instead of the usual 30fps and as a result, it will capture much smoother, and more edit-friendly ultra HD video sequences that sports video creators and videographers will definitely find useful. What’s even more interesting here is that Yi’s new effort raises the bar for the action camera market as a whole and will almost certainly result in at least a few other action camera makers producing their own 4K 60FPS models for this next year. While GoPro has already released its Hero 5 camera line in late 2016 and will probably not unveil a new 60fps Hero in time for CES 2017, the next time they do release a 4K action camera, you can be damn near sure it’s going to also come with 60fps 4K recording.

The 4K+ will be Yi’s third action camera to-date and if the massive improvement of the 2016 model over the 2015 version of the Yi Action camera is anything to go by, we’re looking forward to being impressed by the new Yi shooter in January.

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