Planned Use: I want to get a little deeper into photography and not just tinkering with my 10 year old DSLR that I purchased used or just taking photos with my Action Cameras.. I really feel this camera is great for someone like me who wants to learn a little more about photography but also keep it simple! So far I think it is perfect for that!! Id much rather spend only $500 for a learner camera instead of $1000+ on a leica!
Short Review: EXCELLENT CAMERA for the price!! This camera is perfect for someone like me who comes from a generation of smartphones! I had NO ISSUES learning how to use this camera BUT I gave it to a friend who takes TONS of photos with a DSLR camera and he had issues learning because this camera has been dumbed down for the smartphone generation.. The touchscreen works GREAT and the camera has really been simplified by having limited buttons.. Photo quality, while I haven’t had a long amount of time to test it out, is GREAT SO FAR!! I plan to take it out tomorrow and shoot some fall photos that I will upload as a sample!! I just received the camera tonight so tinkering is all I have gotten to do BUT I PLAN to update this review as I get more time to play with it..
Build Quality: While the camera looks like a Leica, this camera is made of plastic and not metal.. It is made of a high quality plastic that feels GREAT in hand, but if you are used to a heavier camera, this might feel a little cheap in hand.. This camera is actually a blessing that its not nearly as large or heavy as the 10 year old DSLR it is replacing.. Yi has also sourced VERY high quality parts for this camera.. During my research I have found that the mechanical shutter is made by the Japanese Company COPAL, and the sensor is made by Sony.. The lens mount is metal which was one of my worries originally.. I wasn’t sure how a plastic lens mount would last so I am very glad it is made of metal.. Overall, the quality and design of this camera is GREAT.
1.) Photo Quality – So far Photo Quality is excellent!! I will have some sample photos later in the week to upload!
2.) EASY to use – Coming from a smartphone generation, the touchscreen was super easy for me to learn!!
3.) Model Suggestions – THIS FEATURE ROCKS!! Basically the camera will suggest different ways to pose your model.. A stick figure shows up on the screen with the suggested pose that will look GREAT!! I love this feature and wonder why YI is the first to think of it!
4.) GREAT VALUE – For $500 you get the body and one lens.. Panasonic has camera bodies that you can get for slightly less BUT you will have to buy a lens making it cost more.
5.) Wireless Connectivity and Bluetooth LE
6.) Supports RAW photos
7.) Video quality so far is great
8.) Scene & Shooting Modes – This camera has a TON of scenes and shooting modes, again, making it great for someone learning about cameras and photography..
9.) Manual Modes – You can manually use EVERY bit of this camera which is GREAT when you want those professional shots
10.) Shutter Speeds – Slowest shutter speed of 60s and 1/4000s as the fastest
11.) Manually Adjust ISO – ISO range 100-256000
12.) Focus – Includes Manual and Auto Focus
13.) Includes leather neck strap
14.) MFT Lens – Giving you thousands of Lens Options! ANY MFT lens should fit!
15.) Flash – There is not an included flash but you can attach a flash to the camera!! The camera DOES offer a Auto Focus assist flash though, but it’s just a red light
16.) Small and compact! No more lugging that old DSLR up the mountains when I hike!!
17.) Packaged like a PREMIUM camera and FEELS like a Premium camera!
1.) Limited YI branded accessories at the moment.. No extra batteries, looks like the case hasn’t been released yet, and cant buy the lens on their own at this time.
2.) As of now, the first firmware update MUST be installed manually using a SD card.. I received this email from Yi after I ordered the camera with instructions on how to do that
3.) Doesn’t seem to support RAW+ JPG.. I know, I shouldn’t be shooting in RAW+ JPG but I do like having both formats when I take photos!! Maybe a firmware upgrade will allow this
4.) Touchscreen at times doesn’t seem to be as sensitive as one on a mobile phone.. But that didn’t cause me any issues
Overall: So far I am impressed with this camera.. The few sample photos I took inside far surpassed my expectations!! The quality is excellent!! And the price is even better
This is the product I HAVE BEEN MOST excited about since it was announced.. I have been so excited that Amazon Trade-In has been my best friend helping me earn enough gift cards to buy this camera! I know in the past Yi has asked me to review some of their products but this is one I have purchased.. Now I am just as excited for the Yi Erida Drone! HURRY AND RELEASE IT!! div class=”alignleft”> amzn_assoc_ad_type = “banner”; amzn_assoc_marketplace = “amazon”; amzn_assoc_region = “US”; amzn_assoc_placement = “assoc_banner_placement_default”; amzn_assoc_campaigns = “primegift”; amzn_assoc_banner_type = “promotions”; amzn_assoc_p = “12”; amzn_assoc_banner_id = “10BSGCHPCJG0HZN45H82”; amzn_assoc_width = “300”; amzn_assoc_height = “250”; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = “reviewsbydevi-20”; amzn_assoc_linkid = “7b8665cfbea6101054607079ad966793”;