YI 4K+ Action Camera Review

September 5, 2017 | Amy Davies |


The action camera market has been somewhat cornered by GoPro, but it’s important to remember that there are other strong alternatives currently on the market. 

If you’re more of a casual action camera type of user, who is looking for something which is easy to use at a more affordable price than something like the GoPro Hero 5, then the YI 4K+ is an attractive proposition. It’s also nice to have a very usable screen at this price point. 

Being able to shoot at 4K at 60fps sets it apart from several of its competitors and is a real bonus for anybody who wants that kind of functionality. Having a range of other resolutions and frame rates is also useful depending on what you need to do with the camera. 

Video quality is nice and smooth, with a good overall impression of detail. Image quality, when shooting still, is good enough - but it’s unlikely anybody would be looking at this as a stills-only option. 

As for the downsides, the fact that the voice commands option don’t seem to work all that well is a let down. Not being waterproof without the housing is also a disappointment for an action camera - especially considering that you can’t change settings once it’s in a waterproof housing. The lack of any mounts in the box is also a potential frustration to many types of users, too. 

At the moment, the YI 4K+ costs around £100 more than the original 4K. For your money you get questionable voice commands, 4K video at 60fps and a host of other reasonably minor upgrades, such as an USB-C port, rather than standard Mini-USB. In essence, if you’re not bothered by being able to record at 60fps, it’s probably not worth paying out the extra money. 

Overall, the YI 4K+ Action Camera proves itself to be a capable camera, but with some small issues continuing to take it out of the reach of excellence. Still, for the price, you get some excellent features - not least the 4K recording at 60fps. 

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 4
Value for money 4