We’re going to compare the popular Yi brand sports & action cameras against the current GoPro Hero models to help you quickly get an idea of what you’re gaining and losing by purchasing the slightly less expensive Yi cameras instead of a GoPro in terms of features and specs. For an in-depth look at the GoPros see our GoPro Buyer Guide.

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YI 4K+/60fps Action Camera with Waterproof Case, Plus Voice Control and 12MP RAW Image (Black)
135 Reviews
YI 4K+/60fps Action Camera with Waterproof Case, Plus Voice Control and 12MP RAW Image (Black)
  • Capture fast moving action in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second (FPS) and take stunning 12MP...
  • Electronic image stabilization to deliver spectacularly smooth and steady videos in up to 4K/30Fps...
  • Packed with features including voice control (voice command), raw image, and USB Type-C.
  • Updating the firmware to the latest version to ensure the best performance of your camera.
  • Included YI waterproof case keeps your YI 4K+ waterproof up to 130 feet underwater, withstands...
YI Lite Action Camera, Sony Sensor 16MP Real 4K Sports Camera, 2 Inch Touchscreen,150° Wide Angle Lens and EIS- Black
307 Reviews
YI Lite Action Camera, Sony Sensor 16MP Real 4K Sports Camera, 2 Inch Touchscreen,150° Wide Angle Lens and EIS- Black
  • Please Note: The item sold by the seller "North to West" is fake. Professional quality 4K/20fps,...
  • Integrated 2.0" LCD touch screen makes control of this tiny but powerful camera super easy.
  • 130 minutes of battery life at 1080p/60fps help you focus on shooting instead of counting battery...
  • The best in the class 2.4G/5G dual band Wi-Fi allows you to download video/photo from camera to...
  • 9 shooting modes including burst, time-lapse and photo in video and automatic/manual IQ settings...
GoPro HERO6 Black - Waterproof Digital Action Camera for Travel with Touch Screen 4K HD Video 12MP Photos
732 Reviews
GoPro HERO6 Black - Waterproof Digital Action Camera for Travel with Touch Screen 4K HD Video 12MP Photos
  • HERO6 Black automatically sends your footage to your phone where the app turns it into a...
  • With 4K60 and 1080p240 video,HERO6 Black delivers 2x the performance compared to HERO5 BlackWith an...
  • With our most advanced video stabilization yet, HERO6 Black captures super smooth footage, whether...
  • Now featuring touch zoom and an updated UI, the 2-inch display makes it easy to frame shots, change...
  • Featuring 5GHz Wi-Fi, you can copy photos and videos over to your phone 3x faster than with HERO5...
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GoPro HERO5 Black - Waterproof Digital Action Camera for Travel with Touch Screen 4K HD Video 12MP Photos
1,687 Reviews
GoPro HERO5 Black - Waterproof Digital Action Camera for Travel with Touch Screen 4K HD Video 12MP Photos
  • Stunning 4K video and 12MP photos in Single, Burst and Time Lapse modes Charger not included
  • Durable by design, HERO5 Black is waterproof to 33ft (10m) without a housing
  • Additional GoPro HERO5 Black Features + Benefits below on item page Time Lapse Photo Intervals: 05,...
  • Preview and playback your shots, change settings and trim your footage, all on your GoPro
  • NOTE: Check User Manual on Technical Specification and Instruction video available before use

Yi vs GoPro

Below we breakdown and compare the Yi 4k+ Action Cam and the Yi Lite Action Cam against the GoPro Hero 5 and GoPro Hero 6.

  • Video Resolution: The Yi 4k+ records up to 4k/60fps, the Lite at 4k/20fps, while the GoPros offer a similar frames per second at 4K/60fps (Hero6) and 4k/30fps (Hero5).
  • Photo Resolution: The Yi 4k+ captures 12MP, the Yite Lite captures 16MP, and both the GoPro Hero5 and Hero6 captures at 12MP.
  • Waterproof Capabilities: The Yi models are waterproof with an optional waterproof case, whereas the GoPros are both waterproof without a case.
  • Storage Capacity: All four cameras can handle up to a 128GB MicroSD Card.
  • Voice Control: The 4k+ offers it, the Lite does not, and both of the GoPros have voice control, although the Hero6 features “Expanded” voice control.
  • Outputs: The 4k+ and Lite have USB Type-C, Bluetooth, and Wifi. The GoPros have all that plus HDMI Micro output.
  • Touch Display: All four cameras have touch display.
  • Batteries: The Yi cameras advertise up to 130 minutes of battery life while the GoPros mention their Removeable 1220mAh Lithium Ion batteries but make no mention of time. All four cameras come with one battery each.
  • Included Accessories: All four of these cameras only include the camera, single battery, and connectivity cables. The waterproof case is sold separately for the Yi cameras or can be bundled at time of purchase.

Yi 4k+ & Lite Reviews: What do travelers think of these cameras?

Earlier in the year there was a firmware issue with the Yi cameras and some users were disappointed about the issues that resulted due to that. Users spoke highly about the video resolution, but some people mentioned that the port covers (like the USB-C) were flimsy and often fell off. There also mention of a problem with a “slow SD card” which was affecting recording. Some users mentioned to hold off until all the bugs were ironed out, while others seemed to be fine after a firmware update.

About Yi the brand

YI Technology is technology brand specializing in computer and image technology. It was founded in China in 2013 by CEO and co-founder Sean Da and has since expanded into US and European markets.

Looking for more action camera options?

See our Top 25 Best Selling GoPro Alternatives or our Top 5 Best (And Cheaper) GoPro Alternatives.

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