Look out, GoPro Hero. Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi launched a similar camera in China Monday -- a small, portable picture-taking device aimed at users with active lifestyles.
In late February, rumors the Chinese company was working on a GoPro rival surfaced when it launched a series of ads featuring a matchbox with several items -- like snorkeling gear -- inside.
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Xiaomi, which is primarily known as a smart phone company, clearly wants to expand beyond the mobile borders with the camera, which features a 16-megapixel camera that’s able to shoot 1080p video at 60 frames per second. The Yi also has a larger battery and is lighter than the GoPro Hero.
The GoPro Hero, which retails for $130, can only shoot 1080p video at 30 frames per second. The Yi also uses a high-quality image sensor from Sony and comes with 64GB of built-in storage. Yes, that’s double the amount of storage the GoPro Hero offers.
Both cameras can be used at up to 40 meters underwater and come with a smartphone app that can control the device, and share and edit videos. However, the GoPro Hero comes equipped with a mount and housing, while Yi buyers must purchase those parts separately.