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I got a aluminum frame and a case and tested them. This is a short review, a great tool I think, not only because of the superb GoPro mount adapter:

The GoPro Mount Adapter

Now here’s why I’m excited about these products. It’s the Gopro mount adapter which can be used with or without the frame. As for the black model you have to put a small rubber ring around the bottom of the screw to tighten it, as it came with the blue model. It gives more stability then the other adapters available. I’m always a little worried that they can get loose if there is a high wind pressure and the camera can move. This adapter uses the little notch next to the 1/4″ screw.

 

The Frame

Xiaomi Yi Aluminum Frame

Xiaomi Yi Aluminum Frame

Video Review

 

The frame has openings to access every button of the camera – power button, trigger and wifi button. Also every LED is visible: wifi and the 3 status LEDS. There are also openings for speaker and microphone.

You can also open the door to access USB & HDMI port as well as your microSD card. Only the battery door can’t be opened, you have to take the cam out of the frame.

Xiaomi Yi Aluminum Frame

Xiaomi Yi Aluminum Frame

The Case

Xiaomi Yi Aluminum Case

Xiaomi Yi Aluminum Case

 

Video Review

 

This model has openings to access every button of the camera – power button, trigger and wifi button. Also every LED is visible: wifi and the 3 status LEDS. There are also openings for speaker and microphone.

You can open the door to access USB & HDMI port as well as your microSD card. On this model you can also open the battery door, as the case is flat at the backside and doesn’t surround the camera.

Xiaomi Yi Aluminum Case

Xiaomi Yi Aluminum Case

This model also protects the camera’s lens which is a big plus for this model. There is a thread and it comes with a 37mm UV filter, so you can also use a ND or CPL filter. Unfortunately vignetting occurs when lens rectification (lens aberration correction) is not turned on and the filter is in use.

Here a test pic with UV filter on the case:

Aluminum Case with Filter - Lens Rectification turned on/off in video & photo mode

Aluminum Case with Filter – Lens Rectification turned on/off in video & photo mode

So I removed the filter and use the case just with the cap as a protection when traveling. In photo mode without lens rectification, you can still see a little dark spot, but you can see that the lens of my camera is shifted a little to the right, as it only occurs on the right side of the frame. The picture of my underwater case looks similar.

Aluminum Case without Filter - Lens Rectification turned on/off in video & photo mode

Aluminum Case without Filter – Lens Rectification turned on/off in video & photo mode

 

Conclusion

So why do I like these tools, except for the mentioned adapter:
I try to avoid the underwater case as often as possible, because it adds another layer over the camera’s lens, often made out of less quality material (depending on the underwater case). I think that the aluminum frame & case provide more protection of the camera, compared to the underwater cases, as all sides and corners of the camera are protected by the aluminum and not plastic. (Except the front side, on the blue model where the lens is exposed.)

Prices

Remark: I bought the Frame at Banggood, the Case was provided by Gearbest for testing.
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