GoPro Hero 5 versus Xiaomi YI 2 4K Action Camera: Which is Better? Impressive Specs, Features, Price Details Revealed

By Kaye Reese , Updated Oct 23, 2016 07:16 AM EDT

Sports cameras are slowly becoming essentials rather than luxuries for people who live outdoorsy, adventurous lives. As such, it's only expected that companies up their game for best action camera available in the market. Right now, it's a head to head battle between the GoPro Hero 5, manufactured by the current king of sports cameras, GoPro, and newcomer Xiaomi YI 2 4k Action Camera.

But before sports camera enthusiasts jump the gun, which action camera will give users better worth for their money? Here's a comparison of everything users need to know about the GoPro Hero 5 versus the Xiaomi YI 2 4k Action Camera, from price, specifications, features, and upgrades.

Specifications and hardware: TIE

The GoPro Hero 5 has greatly improved from its predecessor, the GoPro Hero 4. The new 2-inch, rugged + waterproof sports camera packs 4k resolution capacity and can even go up to 8k, and can also record 30 to 60 frames per second with its 12-megapixel camera. It also boasts an advanced video stabilization, which is amped up by Snapdragon 800.

Not to be outdone, the Xiaomi Yi 2 4k Action Camera uses a Sony IMX377 12-megapixel camera, which allows it to shoot 4k as well. It's capable of shooting from a range of 30 to 120 frames per second, and can also capture time lapse videos, and shooting photos while on video mode. The Xiaomi Yi 2 4k Action Camera is juiced with a longer battery life, with 1400mAh as compared to GoPro Hero 5's 1160 mAh.

Unique features: GoPro Hero 5

The GoPro Hero 5, however, has more tricks up its sleeve. For one, it's now added electronic stabilization, which means users get super smooth videos now. It also introduced voice control. Tech site Stuff noted that albeit not at the same voice recognition abilities like Apple's Siri, the GoPro Hero 5 is able enough to recognize voices even at breakneck speeds. This means users don't have to risk having to press the camera while doing extreme stunts; they can merely command their GoPro Hero 5 to start recording, and it will do its job.

Price: Xiaomi Yi 2 4k Action Camera

The GoPro Hero 5 is currently priced at $399. The Xiaomi Yi 2 4k Action Camera, however, is much cheaper and affordable at $250. Not bad for its fairly competitive specs and hardware. For sports enthusiasts looking for high-performing sports cameras and can do without the pizzazz, then the Xiaomi Yi 2 4k Action Camera may just be for them.

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