Exclusive: Xiaomi Yi 4K Action Camera 2 Triumphs The GoPro Hero 4 In Battery Life

by Joel 0

Earlier today, we reported that Xiaomi was going to announce the new generation version of the Xiaomi Yi 4K Action Camera 2 soon, most likely at the May 10 event, alongside the unveiling of the Xiaomi Max phablet. We got a lot of details about the device via pictures posted online, but now we have some exclusive information about the Yi 4K Action Camera 2. Our source has just provided us with a test file of the new Yi Camera which gives us some insight into the device’s battery life.

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Like the name suggests, the new generation Yi Action Camera 2 will be able to capture 4K videos at 30 fps. We all know that 4K video recording drains a lot of battery, which is why the manufacturer of the camera decided to test out a few samples for evaluation of its battery life while capturing 4K resolution video at 30 fps.

The test was carried out at an indoor room temperature of 20 degrees celsius, with both Wi-Fi and LCD display turned off. The company has compared the Yi 4K Action Camera 2 with the GoPro Hero 4 Black model, both under same conditions. The Yi Camera comes with a 1400mAh battery which should be good for 8 hours of life under normal usage. On the other hand, the GoPro Hero 4 comes with a slightly smaller 1160mAh battery.

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So, here are results of the test. The company tested out five different samples of the new action camera and compared them with one GoPro Hero 4 Black model. On a couple of occasions, the Yi camera managed to record 4K video at 30 fps for a good 120+ minutes. The rest of the samples also provided 110+ minutes of recording.

Coming to the GoPro Hero 4 Black model, it managed to record for just 42 minutes, which is too low as compared to the Yi camera. But in the test, it was noted that the GoPro model shut down automatically during the recording. The model comes with temperature protection, which automatically shuts down the device when the temperature surges beyond a limit. So, the tester couldn’t record 4K video till the battery drained out on this model.

Model No. Battery Capacity Power Consumption Record Time
Z16V13–3368264 3.85V 1400mAh 5.39Wh 523.5mA/5V 2.62W 122 mins
Z16V13–2038921 3.85V 1400mAh 5.39Wh 548.34mA/5V 2.74W 116 mins
Z16V13–2545843 3.85V 1400mAh 5.39Wh 552.6mA/5V 2.77W 114 mins
Z16V13–2624129 3.85V 1400mAh 5.39Wh 524.25mA/5V 2.62W 121 mins
Z16V13–1633742 3.85V 1400mAh 5.39Wh 527.3mA/5V 2.64W 119 mins
Gopro Hero4 Black 3.8V 1160mAh 4.4Wh 766.54mA/5V  3.83W 42 mins

(The first four (Z16V13LW612AUSXXXXXXX) are 4K Yi Action Camera 2 models while the last one is the GoPro Hero 4 model)

You can see that the Yi Camera consumes less power while recording than the GoPro Hero 4, which made sure that it could record in 4K resolution without any overheating worries.

We hope to get hold of other test data from our sources very soon, so stay tuned for more details.

Meanwhile, check out our previous article wherein we have revealed more details about the upcoming action camera from Xiaomi.