YI 4K+ Action Camera 4K/60fps with Waterproof Case Black Black

Short Review: Excellent UPGRADE to an already GREAT CAMERA!!! If you aren’t on a budget this camera offers enough improvements that make it worth the extra cost EVEN if you don’t need 4K/60FPS.. These improvements include EIS, Voice Command, Raw Support, and more! If you are on a budget and don’t need those features, the regular 4K cam from YI is a GREAT VALUE.. Remember, this fits the regular 4K case so if you have a waterproof case already, you can order this camera elsewhere (Check Yi Technologies Website) without the waterproof case and save a little cash!

This review will be updated as I play with the camera more

Pros
1.) Image quality is GREAT just like the first Yi 4K camera.. it really gives GoPro a run for it’s money at a MUCH lower price

2.) Works with the already released 4K Gimbal for the Yi 4K Action Camera

3.) Works with previous Yi 4K Action Camera batteries! THANK YOU FOR THIS YI!!! I hate having to buy a new stockpile of batteries when a new camera comes out

4.) Sound quality is excellent without the case on and is decent WITH the case on

5.) Battery Life still AMAZES me!! The Yi 4K action camera revolutionized the Action Camera battery.. Gone are the days that a battery only last about an hour in an Action Camera.. On 4K 30FPS or lower you can expect to receive 2 hours or more battery life!! 4K 60FPS still offers WELL OVER an hour of battery life

6.) EIS works GREAT on 4K 30FPS or lower.. I however have the gimbal so I really have no need for EIS but it is a nice feature to add-on and have

7.) Gorilla Glass Screen is NICE AND DURABLE!!

8.) USB-C – PERSONALLY I am very happy about this.. So many devices I own are now going to USB-C and the more devices that convert over to it, the fewer chargers I will have to take places.. Plus USB C is MUCH faster

9.) Same EASY TO USE UI as the first 4K Action Camera from YI

Overall: So far the improvements are WELL WORTH THE PRICE for me even if I don’t need to use 4K 60FPS

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YI Gimbal 3-Axis Handheld Stabilizer for Action Camera (Gimbal Only)


Short Review: I purchased this last week on the Lightening Deal due to the Feiyu Tech QD Gimbal that I already owned not working properly with the Yi Action Camera 2. (The Feiyu Tech QD Gimbal had a pressure arm that held the camera in unlike this classing screw clamp on the Yi Gimbal. That pressure arm always pressed the power button turning off the Action Camera).. I am impressed with this Gimbal from YI Technology and the price, even at $199 is a steal!! It even works with GoPros and most other Action Cameras (As long as they are the same size as the YI).. Just keep in mind, this gimbal was DESIGNED for the Yi 4K so it will work much better with it.. I know I will talk about Feiyu Tech a lot in this review but they are the other company who makes budget friendly gimbals that are good quality.

Pros
1.) Just a Gimbal & And not a hand grip – Why is this a pro? Basically this Gimbal will WORK WITH ANYTHING that has a standard camera tripod mount screw!! Buy a GoPro tripod mount and you can NOW ATTACH this Gimbal to anything such as chest mounts, helmet mounts and more!!

2.) Light Weight – This doesn’t add much weight to your mounts making it comfortable on chest mounts and more.

3.) US Support (Or at least support that has a good understanding of English) – Feiyu Techs support, while decent, didn’t have a good grasp on English and sometimes very hard to understand

4.) Includes everything needed to get you started – Batteries, Battery Charger, USB Cable, and Software.. Software can be found online on Yis Site

5.) Softwareless Calibration – My Feiyu Tech Gimbal could only calibrate one arm without software.. With this gimbal, you can calibrate the entire thing without software. This is GREAT if you are out and about and find your gimbal titling or rolling.

6.) Price – Price is AWESOME.. My Feiyu Tech was over $300.. This on a Lightening Deal was under $175.. Even at the time of this review it is still a deal!

7.) Screw Mount Works with MOST Action Cameras – Like I said earlier, My Feiyu Tech QD didn’t work well with cameras other than GoPro.. This was due to the spring loaded pressure mount. The screw mounts, like the one on the yi gimbal, might take a little longer to mount the camera BUT they do work with more cameras.. I have tested this Gimbal with GoPro and other generic cameras and it works fine!

8.) US Support and Help Site – A dedicated US Support site makes this much easier to use and update vs the other Chinese gimbal makers

9.) Quality seems outstanding!

10.) Silent Gimbal – My Feiyu Tech made buzzing noises at time.. I returned it and ordered another and it had the same noises so I determined the noises where normal.. This YI Gimbal makes no noises at all!

11.) Wonderful Battery Life

12.) Also makes a nice camera stand for your table!

Tips
1.) Software for this can be downloaded from YI’s US website
2.) If you want a hand grip to go with this, grab the YI Bluetooth Grip.. This Gimbal was designed to work with it and works great

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WiMiUS 4K Sports Action Camera Dual Screen WIFI 130ft Waterproof 16MP 170° Wide Angle 2 Batteries Include With 20 All In One Kit Set (Q4 Black)

MY Use: I buy these cameras to use on DRONES (Quadcopters)

Short Review: If you are looking for a GREAT VALUE FULL 4K camera, the WiMiUS Q4 is that camera.. The camera operates very similar to a GoPro Hero 3 or 4 and offers both a front and rear screen.. The rear screen is used to help you take the perfect photos or videos, and similar to the GoPro the front screen allows you to see what settings the camera is set on.. This kit includes your camera PLUS over $50 worth of accessories making it an AWESOME DEAL!! It even includes two batteries! The camera works well and takes excellent photos and video!

Pros
1.) Full 4K – Be careful buying “Generic” 4K cameras.. A lot only do 4K at 15 – 20FPS.. This camera is FULL 4K at 30FPS like the Yi 4K Action Camera or the GoPro hero 4 or 5.. That makes this a FULL 4K camera and I can CONFIRM that it is TRUE 4K at 30FPS..

2.) WiFi Camera – Works GREAT with the FREE WiMiUS wifi camera app.. I tested the app on a few different devices including the Nexus 6P, Shield Tablet, and several other tablets.. I even tried it on an IPHONE with no issues

3.) Takes AMAZING PHOTOS – Samples Included

4.) Waterproof – Includes a waterproof case which I tested out to be fully waterproof

5.) WORKS GREAT on Drones!

6.) Battery Life is OUTSTANDING – Plus the camera includes 2 batteries so that extends the life of your camera.. I get about an hour and half shooting 1080P and right under an hour shooting 4K.. I know, that doesn’t sound like a lot BUT it is on par with other Action Cameras, even the GoPro branded cameras.. PLUS most previous WiMiUS batteries fit this camera which is a great plus! I now have over 15 batteries for this style camera

7.) Quality is Outstanding

8.) I have owned SEVERAL WiMiUS cameras over the last few years and have never had any issues with them or their customer service

9.) Includes over $50 worth of extras such as mounts!

10.) Fits MOST GoPro Mounts.. Uses same style mounting system which is a great plus

Overall: I received this camera this week after purchasing it earlier in the week and have already taken it out on a few photo shoots and one drone flight!! So far, the camera is excellent! I’ll update if anything happens to the camera!

Tips:

1.) I know some folks don’t like the fisheye cameras like these add to photos.. That can easily be removed with photo editing software! I use basic photoshop software to do it!

2.) This includes MOST accessories you need BUT you will still need a MicroSD card (Not Included) and I also recommend things such as a handgrip, floats (If planned to use around water) and whatever else you think you may need for your intended use for the camera!

3.) ALWAYS test your waterproof case BEFORE placing the camera in it!! To do this, place a paper towel in the case and submerge in water.. I even do this with my GoPro and it’s official case!! Losing a camera to water is one thing BUT losing your photos is another.. SO ALWAYS TEST YOUR CASE BEFORE USE!!

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WiMiUS Q3 Black 4K Wifi 98ft Waterproof Action Camera With 2.4G Remote Control HD16 MP, 170° Wide Angle, 2.0” LCD Screen,2 PCS Batteries,20 All In One Kit Set (SD Card Exclude)

MY Use: I buy these cameras to use on DRONES (Quadcopters)

Main Difference between the WiMiUS Q3 & Q4 (The Q4 has a front screen to help show what settings you are on.. This screen is not needed for most so save a few bucks and buy the Q3 model).. I wanted to compare the two cameras and I found that Q3 will be fitting my needs better so I will be ordering more for my Drones!

Short Review: If you are looking for a GREAT VALUE FULL 4K camera, the WiMiUS Q3 is that camera.. The camera operates very similar to a GoPro Hero 3 or 4 and offers a rear screen.. The rear screen is used to help you take the perfect photos or videos.. This kit includes your camera PLUS over $50 worth of accessories making it an AWESOME DEAL!! It even includes two batteries! The camera works well and takes excellent photos and video!

Pros
1.) Full 4K – Be careful buying “Generic” 4K cameras.. A lot only do 4K at 15 – 20FPS.. This camera is FULL 4K at 30FPS like the Yi 4K Action Camera or the GoPro hero 4 or 5.. That makes this a FULL 4K camera and I can CONFIRM that it is TRUE 4K at 30FPS..

2.) WiFi Camera – Works GREAT with the FREE WiMiUS wifi camera app.. I tested the app on a few different devices including the Nexus 6P, Shield Tablet, and several other tablets.. I even tried it on an IPHONE with no issues

3.) Takes AMAZING PHOTOS – Samples Included

4.) Waterproof – Includes a waterproof case which I tested out to be fully waterproof

5.) WORKS GREAT on Drones!

6.) Battery Life is OUTSTANDING – Plus the camera includes 2 batteries so that extends the life of your camera.. I get about an hour and half shooting 1080P and right under an hour shooting 4K.. I know, that doesn’t sound like a lot BUT it is on par with other Action Cameras, even the GoPro branded cameras.. PLUS most previous WiMiUS batteries fit this camera which is a great plus! I now have over 15 batteries for this style camera

7.) Quality is Outstanding

8.) I have owned SEVERAL WiMiUS cameras over the last few years and have never had any issues with them or their customer service

9.) Includes over $50 worth of extras such as mounts!

10.) Fits MOST GoPro Mounts.. Uses same style mounting system which is a great plus

11.) The included remote works GREAT!!

Overall: I received this camera this week after purchasing it earlier in the week and have already taken it out on a few photo shoots and one drone flight!! So far, the camera is excellent! I’ll update if anything happens to the camera!

Tips:

1.) I know some folks don’t like the fisheye cameras like these add to photos.. That can easily be removed with photo editing software! I use basic photoshop software to do it!

2.) This includes MOST accessories you need BUT you will still need a MicroSD card (Not Included) and I also recommend things such as a handgrip, floats (If planned to use around water) and whatever else you think you may need for your intended use for the camera!

3.) ALWAYS test your waterproof case BEFORE placing the camera in it!! To do this, place a paper towel in the case and submerge in water.. I even do this with my GoPro and it’s official case!! Losing a camera to water is one thing BUT losing your photos is another.. SO ALWAYS TEST YOUR CASE BEFORE USE!!

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Yi 4K Action Camera

Short Review: Best Action Camera Period. Basically this is same exact camera as a GoPro hero 4 Black with improvements. Just compare the specs. Same exact lens, upgraded processors, better screen, upgraded sensor, better battery, much lower price. It has all the specs plus more of the Hero 4 Black. Not only that, but after a full day of testing I can confirm and promise it works better than my hero 4 black! Don’t just take my word for it, compare for yourself!

Background: I own several if the original YI Action Camera (I as asked to test one then purchased several of my own for extra shots) I also own hero 3 white and black as well as a hero 4 silver and black.

Pros:
1.) Build Quality – The build quality seems just as nice as my hero 4 black.. I have also owned several other YI products and have never had any issues with them or their products

2.) Screen – The screen on this kills my Hero 4 Silver. Very sharp and vibrant! Crystal Clear. Responsive.

3.) Battery – I did receive 1 and a half hours on 4K out of my first charge! Still had a little juice left. This was with WiFi and all extras turned off

4.) 4K – There are several cheaper 4K cameras on Amazon bit read carefully.. most are very low FPS and some aren’t even true 4K.. this is the same 4K as GoPro and is very good 4K at 30FPS.

5.) Bluetooth & WiFi – Camera offers both Bluetooth and WiFi. I did test Bluetooth remotes with it and it worked excellent. Works on both 2.4 and 5ghz network’s. My phone is able to do 5ghz so that means very good WiFi connectivity. Video is almost flawless looking at it via the App

6.) Sound Quality – I haven’t received my case yet so I cannot comment about how the sound is with the waterproof case on.. all Action Cameras seem to have sound issues when they are in their case.. outside of the case, this camera offers excellent sound quality

7.) Versatile – These cameras aren’t just for action sports! these are great to film family videos on, great for the beach, great for camping.. they have a lot of uses!

8.) Sleek New Look. While being almost the same size and shape as GoPro, it does look much more modern and I love the sleek design

9.) Ease of Use – I find this camera much easier to use than GoPro.. the UI seems better, it’s more fluid, easier to change modes and everything..

10.) Mounts – With the waterproof case, this can be used with any GoPro and most other Action Mounts on the market.

11.) I love the App from Yi Technology. It is a very polished and super easy app to use

12.) Regular Updates – They have been updating and tweaking thr camera regularly since release!! It takes GoPro weeks and even months to listen and issue updates

13.) Waterproof Housing – i love how it fits great and has the hard back door.. while a touchscreen doesn’t work in the housing, it is much more secure with the hard door.. the housing also has a locking Latch!! Please note housing is extra. The camera does not overheat in the housing or anything, not even shooting 4k video. Great housing

Cons
1.) Waterproof Housing is still an accessory.. I really wish they would just include it!

Overall: I am very impressed with this camera and it’s price and specs.. don’t just take my word for it, compare part for part, chip for chip and you will see it’s the same specs buy improved over the hero 4 black by GoPro… The price for this camera is a steal and GoPro should be worried!

Tips
1.) Needs a very high quality memory card, especially for 4K! If you have memory card errors this is where I would start.. get at least a class 10 with a very high write speed.. name brand card! I use various brands but currently using a sandisk extreme class 10 and it works fine

2.) Grab the waterproof Housing.. this really helps protect the camera

3.) Grab a mount pack while your at it! Worth the money.. several companies offer large packs of action camera mounts for under $25

Update
Received my housing today and it works great.. no overheating issues or anything

Sample Photos Below

GoPro Hero 5

First impressions: This review will be updated as I get more of a chance to play with this camera. I received it Oct 4th so still plenty of playing around to do!! So far I have added 1 additional con, updated some of the pros, and added a few pros.. I will continue to update!!

Short Review: I have owned GoPro cameras since the Hero 2.. I have recently been introduced to other brands that work just as well but I am loyal to GoPro and had to try out the new hero 5.. I am glad I did because GoPro is now on top of their game again and this is now the best Action Camera I have ever owned!!.. I used to hate all in one designs (Waterproofing being built into the camera) but I actually feel it works very well with this camera and provides much greater protection! No more “Naked” GoPros getting broken! (I have broke a few)

While the Hero 5 doesn’t really have any major improvements in resolution or shooting specs, the improvements that have been made in design and software actually work well and really make the photo and videos appear much better! The most notable improvements include built in stabilization that works very well and much better audio! Audio is where action cameras have always been lacking, but GoPro has made a huge improvement here. GoPro has also improved their user interface which is a great improvement. Old models took a little while to learn, but not the Hero 5.. I haven’t seen an action camera this easy to use ever! So even though GoPro has carried over the same sensor from the Hero 4, this camera is very much worth the improvements

Pros:

1.) Video Quality – Is outstanding. The software changes they made, actually make the video quality look much better even though the same sensor was carries over

2.) Much easier to use interface – No more learning curve! Includes Voice Control

3.) Much easier to use – Thanks to the new interface

4.) Audio Quality – This is the most noticeable difference. The audio quality is simply outstanding

5.) Stereo Sound

6.) Ability to shoot RAW WDR (Also a Con because RAW is only available on a few options)

7.) GPS – Can now track where your photos are taken

8.) Camera is now much more durable thanks to the built in housing

9.) Photos are still simply amazing

10.) Battery life is now AMAZING – no more 1 hour battery.. I received a full two hours out of all three of my uses so far

11.) Love the built in screen

12.) I haven’t ran into any bugs YET but I own several Action Cameras so the little quirks here and there, I know how to get around them. I’m not really sure they are bugs, but just how action cameras are

13.) Voice Control – Thanks to Amazon, Apple, and others we now live in a day and age of controlling things with our voice.. Voice control is now included on this camera and works well!! This is what action cameras have needed! No longer do you need an app or bluetooth remote to control the camera on a selfie stick.. You can now do it with your voice!!

14.) Supports up to a 128GB memory card! Plenty of room for 4K videos!

15.) The new GoPro software is better than the past.. I like quik and find it to work fine for basic task.. I still use Final Cut for most of my stuff!

16.) Cloud – While the cloud is a good idea, and for some this is a GREAT advantage for the new GoPro. YouTube is free so is my Prime Photo account.. I will continue to use those but I am very happy to see GoPro integrate a REAL cloud solution for their cameras.. I know a lot of people don’t like this decision but it isn’t required to use their cloud. I was a GoPro Plus Beta tester and I found it easy to use.. I no longer have the account now that it cost money but I did find it to be very well thought out software!

17.) Still works with most OLD accessories!! Of course you need new batteries and stuff but old mounts, chest straps, selfie sticks, grips, and even cases should still work!! (Like storage cases, not waterproof housings)

18.) Higher ISO options than previous GoPros

19.) Improved connectivity to my phone, much easier to pair and connect than previous GoPros

20. Built in Waterproofing works down to 33FT BUT they have an external housing available for divers that makes it waterproof to 196FT

Cons:

1.) While I was a fan of GoPro plus I no longer use it now that its out of beta. I wish GoPro would integrate free services a little better to their apps and not require the use of their services for their apps.. I would use their apps more often if it was integrated better with services such as YouTube. Final Cut integrates very well with other services, not only Apple Services. I feel that GoPro plus is going to be great for a lot of people, that is why it is also listed in my “Pros”..

2.) The biggest accessory that no longer works that I have a few of, are “Domes” for half underwater photos.. Most Domes that I own have an old GoPro housing that you place the GoPro into.. Something to keep in mind!

3.) Raw is only available on a few options

4.) The REAL waterproof housing now cost $50. This housing allows the camera to go down to 196FT.. The camera HOWEVER IS WATERPROOF already! But only down to 33FT… If you plan to use the camera for scuba this will run you another $50.. The standard housing on the OLD GoPros allowed it to go down to 131FT and then 197FT with the dive housing.. This is why I don’t really like built in waterproofing.. We lost a lot of depth on the hero 5!!

Tips:

1.) Make sure you grab a high quality memory card to go with this. I personally use SanDisk Extreme but GoPros website list a lot of cards they suggest. Using a card that is cheap or not suggested MIGHT cause freezing, the camera to overheat, or even your videos to corrupt.. SanDisk has never given me any issues

2.) There are several Action Camera accessory kits on Amazon that will “Jump Start” your collection of mounts.. Remember, this camera has a basic mount but nothing major.. I recommend a good kit from Amazon to save you money!

3.) GoPro PLUS and GoPro software IS NOT REQUIRED.. I still use it for basic task, and think it works great for basic task but one of the complaints this camera is getting is the new software.. I use more of a professional video editing software such as Final Cut and it still works fine. Also, I don’t need GoPros cloud service. YouTube is FREE so is Amazon Prime Photos

Overall: After a few hours of playing with this camera I simply love it and feel it offers great improvements over previous versions! I look forward to updating this review as I play more with the camera.

This Product WAS offered at a Discount From GoPro for Review