The YI 4K Action Camera is a remarkable camera for the money, offering great features and performance in an easy-to-use package. It has long battery life for its size. A touchscreen gives you full control of the camera or you can use the high-speed Wi-Fi to connect to your phone and control via an app. App handles shooting, editing and sharing. YI continues to add features through firmware updates.
Sony AS30V vs. Xiaomi Yi , which is better?
The Sony HDR-AS30V is a 1080/60p action video camera with Wi-Fi®, GPS and NFC and is waterproof up to 16 feet amongst other features.
The YI Action Camera has a lightweight compact design and takes outstanding HD videos with crystal clear 16MP photos.
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Sony AS30V and Xiaomi Yi Reviews
The Xiaomi Yi Action Cam offers more camera features and better video and photo quality than you'll typically find at its price. It has a removable battery and a standard 1/4-20-inch tripod mount, and the Micro-HDMI port supports live video output while recording to a microSD card.
You'll need to buy accessories such as a waterproof housing. Though YI used Gorilla Glass, the touchscreen is not shatterproof. The microSD card slot is a little hard to access. Parts of the English app are still in Chinese.
The instructions and parts of the mobile app are in Chinese, so it'll require some minor guesswork when starting out if you can't read Chinese. No memory card, mounts or housings are included and the Yi isn't waterproof on its own. Battery life could be better.
Difference and similar
Widescreen Video Capture
Digital Video Format
Image Recording Format
Max Video Resolution
Xiaomi Yi1920 x 1080
Camcorder Sensor Resolution
Sony AS30V16.8 pixels
Sony AS30Vup to 16ft
Xiaomi Yiup to 40m
Sony AS30VWide angle
Sony AS30Vadhesive plate, micro-USB cable, underwater housing
Sony AS30VJPEG 1920 x 1080
- H.264 - 1920 x 1080 - 60 fps - 28Mbps
- H.264 - 1920 x 1080 - 30 fps - 16Mbps
- H.264 - 1280 x 720 - 120 fps - 24Mbps
- H.264 - 1280 x 720 - 60 fps - 12Mbps
- H.264 - 1280 x 720 - 30 fps - 6Mbps
- H.264 - 640 x 480 - 30 fps - 3Mbps
Memory Card Slot
Sony AS30VMemory Stick Micro (M2) card, microSD card
Xiaomi YiMicro SD Card Slot
Sony AS30VAuto Backlight Compensation, BRAVIA Sync function, RGB primary color filter, USB charging, auto power save, built-in speaker, date/time stamp, high-speed recording, interval shooting mode
Xiaomi YiUSB Charging Port
Microphone Operation Mode
Sony AS30Vlithium ion
Sony AS30V1 x Sony NP-BX1 Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1240 mAh (included)
Xiaomi YiRechargeable Panasonic high-density lithium-ion battery (1010mAh)
Sony AS30V24.5 x 47 x 82 mm
Xiaomi Yi60.4 mm x 42 mm x 21.2 mm
Sony AS30V90 g (including supplied NP-BX1 battery)
Xiaomi Yi76.6 g