Xiaoyi is technically Xiaomi’s subsidiary that manufactures various connected home electronic products, the Yi Action Camera has recently caused heat in the action camera market and we’ve gotten ourselves a unit from Lazada Malaysia, it costs more expensive than the official price however we got it at a promotional price of RM314 when the company was having a huge birthday sale last week, the camera arrived shortly two days after placing our order and we are really impressed with the speed.

The Yi Action Camera comes in a tiny cardboard box just like the Mi Band, despite being a different entity Xiaoyi has also kept its packaging really simple just like Xiaomi’s by including a USB cable, a 1010mAh battery and a user guide in the box, you’d have to purchase the camera’s accessories in some aftermarket stores at this point of time since Xiaomi hasn’t officially introduce Yi products into Malaysia.

What makes the Yi Action Camera really attractive isn’t really about its looks, though I personally like its elegant white color plastic chassis that tries to resemble a fun and young product, the camera packs some capable hardware onboard that you’ll need to shell out at least RM800 for them – a 16-megapixel Sony CMOS sensor with 155 degree viewing angle, 1080p 60 fps video recording and a 96KHz audio recording quality

Despite of all the great hardware, the Yi Action Camera doesn’t have a perfect hardware design, the flap that covers the MicroUSB port, MicroHDMI port and MicroSD slot is a plastic one which means you won’t be able to flex and you need to remove it totally to access them, that means if you are a careless user you are going to lose that flap some time. The battery cover door isn’t really easy to remove for the first time and there is no gap in the battery compartment to remove the battery, you’ll need to force it out by shaking the camera and clapping it on your hand.