Xiaomi has just unveiled the successor to their YI camera, which now includes the ability to record in 4K. The latest version of the camera is aptly named the Y 4K Action Camera and it hopes to compete with the GoPro Hero series and other similarly spec’d action cams.
As for the hardware under the hood? Xiaomi has packed the camera with a 12 megapixel Sony IMX377 sensor, which can record and shoot stills in native resolution. Going hand in hand with the sensor is a seven-layer lens with 155 degree field of view and f2.8 aperture. The device also boasts a six-axis gyroscope, which allows for EIS (electronic image stabilization), a feature that is missing in the GoPro Hero 4. The YI 4K can shoot 4K footage at 30 fps, but it can also record at 2.5K at 30 fps, and 1440p at 60 fps. If slow motion capture is your thing, the camera can also shoot 1080p at 120 fps, 960p at 120 fps, and 720p at 240 fps.
Included extra features are dual band WiFi support (2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz), a microSD card slot, and Bluetooth 4.0 compatibility to sync with your phone. On the back of the camera sits a 2.19 inch LCD touchscreen protected with Corning Gorilla Glass. Lastly, the camera sports a 1400mAh battery, which Xiaomi claims will last longer than the battery of the GoPro Hero 4, touting that the device can record 4K footage for up to 2 hours.
The Xiaomi YI 4K will be available in white, black, or rose gold for 1199 yuan. The camera will release only in China, however you can purchase one internationally from Gearbox for $249.