YI just announced it’s first 360° camera: YI 360 VR!
2016 marked already the start of 360° action camera with the release of Samsung Gear360 and Nikon KeyMission 360. 2017 seems to be the year of 360 VR cameras. Xiaomi Mijia was released in early April followed shortly by the announcement of GoPro Fusion. At NAB in Las Vegas YI technology revealed their YI 360 VR camera.
Careful you don’t mix up the cameras: There is YI 360 VR by YI Technology (manufacturer of YI Action Camera, YI 4K, M1,…) and there is Xiaomi 360 Mijia. This article is about YI 360 VR by YI Technology, here you can find my review of Xiaomi 360 Mijia.
YI 360 VR Camera Specs
The camera features a 220°, F2.0 lens on each side, a JCD 6347.
Compared to Xiaomi Mijia and GoPro Fusion YI 360° offers the largest. While Mijia offers about 3.5K, Fusion was announced to offer 5.2K resolution at 30fps.
Videos are recorded in .mp4 format with H.264 codec.
Resolution is the same compared to video: 5760 x 2880 px. Photo format is .jpg.
On top of the camera sits a small 96×64 dot Matrix OLED display to control the camera settings. Next to it are two buttons for navigation, a live pre-view is available via Smartphone.
A 1400 mAh battery powers the camera. That’s the same capacity as YI 4K and YI 4K+, currently I’m not sure if it is the same battery type. Battery life is stated with 60 min in the second highest resolution.
Sound is recorded with an integrated 360 degree omnidirectional microphone, I’m currently not sure if you can use an external mic. YI 360 is equipped with a USB-C port which would make it possible similar to YI 4K+.
Besides the USB-C port a HDMI port is available as well. The footage is recorded on a microSD card and similar to the other action cameras a 1/4″ standard tripod mount is included in the body.
YI 360 VR is equipped with 2.4GHz & 5GHz dual wifi. 360° live streaming is possible – more on that later. It also features Bluetooth for the remote controller.
When switched on the recorded video from both lenses & sensors will be stitched to one file; no additional software required.
A very interesting feature is Live Streaming of 360° content. It is not possible in 5.7K resolution, but 2.5K seems sufficient. Bitrate will be 6-13 Mbps. YouTube, Facebook and Weibo are available as pre-defined platforms, but a custom output can be set up as well.
You can already pre-order YI 360 VR on YI Technology’s Website for 399 USD.
Interested in 360° cameras? Join the Facebook Group to discuss: 360° VR Action Camera Group
Here’s a comparison chart including Xiaomi Mijia and Samsung Gear360:
|Gear 360 (2016)||Gear 360 (2017)||Xiaomi Mijia||YI 360 VR|
|Sensor||2x 15 MP Sensor||2x 8.4 MP Sensor||2x 16 MP Sensor|
Sony IMX 206
|2x 12 MP Sensor
Sony IMX 377
|Processor||DRIMe5s||DRIMe5s||Ambarella A12||Ambarella H2V95|
|max. 360° Resolution||3840 x 1920 (30fps)||4096 x 2048 (24fps)||3456 x 1728 (30 fps)||5760 x 2880 (30fps)|
|max. Photo Resolution||7776 x 3888 - 30MP||5472 x 2736 - 15MP||6912 x 3456 - 23.8MP||5760 x 2880 - 16.5 MP|
|Display||data display||data display||no display||data display|
|Battery||1350 mAh||1160 mAh||1600 mAh||1400 mAh|
|Dimension||56.3 x 66.7 x 60.1 mm||100.6 x 46.3 x 45.1 mm||78 x 67.40 x 24 mm||102 x 53.2 x 29.6 mm|
|Weight||152 g||130 g||108,3 g||170g|
|Price||Banggood: 229.99 USD||Pre-Order 399 USD|
GoPro Fusion will be available end of 2017 (no price mentioned so far). Max resolution will be 5.2K with no further specs announced at the moment. It seems that Fusion follows the design of Hero5 black and will be waterproof without a case.
First YI 360 video:
Sami took a video with a prototype of YI 360 VR. Best viewed within YouTube App or Chrome Browser: