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MGCOOL Explorer 1S vs Yi 4K Camera: Which is the winner?

by Dimitris Economou 14

Nowadays, there is a huge spike in the release of budget-friendly action cameras by several companies. While conventional digital cameras don’t provide support for capturing fast action sequences, the new generation cameras such as MGCOOL Explorer 1S and YI 4K provides the required capability to shoot high resolution images and 4K videos. In this article, we will compare the features and specifications of both Explorer 1S and YI 4K action cameras.

MGCOOL Explorer 1S

Huge Price Bargain

MGCOOL Explorer 1S is available for $59.99 for a limited time on Gearbest. If you would like to buy YI 4K, you need to shell out most 3 times more: $199.99. What you get in Explorer 1S is the same 4K technology with all the goodness of features included with YI camera.

In fact, the Explorer 1S provides enhanced features like 170-degree wide angle enabled sensor, which is absent in YI 4K action camera.



MGCOOL Explorer 1S features a 2″ LTPS 320×240 display. On the other hand, YI 4K is equipped with a slightly larger 2.19″ retina touch display with a resolution of 640×360 pixels.

MGCOOL Explorer 1S


While MGCOOL Explorer 1S is equipped with a Novatek 96660 processor, the YI 4K runs on Ambarella A9SE processor. Designed using 28nm manufacturing process, the YI 4K includes improved cooling mechanism for trouble-free recording during extended shooting.



The Explorer 1S features a 12MP Sony IMX078 CMOS sensor and can capture 20MP images. When it comes to YI 4K, the camera offers a Sony IMX377 sensor capable of capturing up to 12MP photos. The Explorer 1S has a numeric advantage here, however, bigger isn’t always better as software and sensor quality plays an important role.

As for video recording, Yi 4K has a slightly better FPS rate while shooting 4K videos (30fps vs 24fps) but a narrower field view (160 vs 170 degrees).


Battery Performance

MGCOOL Explorer 1S is powered by a 1050mAh battery with a standby time of 7 days. Moreover, it charges in under 2 hours. The YI 4K has an advantage here since it ships with a 1400mAh battery.

MGCOOL Explorer 1S

Other Features

MGCOOL has integrated water-resistant technology with up to 30m in the Explorer 1S. The camera also provides additional functions like camera timer, slow motion, anti-shake technologies alongside Auto Focusing capability and car mode. With car mode in Explorer 1S, you will be able to shoot the real live road while driving without any human interaction.

On the other hand, the YI 4K also provides support for timer, slow motion, Lens Distortion Correction (LDC) and Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) in addition to 3-axis accelerometer and gyroscope.



If you are looking for a budget action camera with all the latest features, you can buy MGCOOL Explorer 1S. With a capability to shoot 20MP images, the Explorer 1S is a highly capable camera oriented for capturing action sequences. The YI 4K provides an advanced processor and enhanced battery at three times the price of the 1S.

You can buy MGCOOL Explorer 1S from Gearbest, here.

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  • Achilles

    This is not a review, I doubt you even have these devices and actually testing them.
    We had enough elecrap advertisment.
    The other giz something website died from this elecrap storm, you are next.
    Cut the crap, we need more real reviews and less advertisments.

    • Prince yom

      I finally agreed, Dimitris has gone rogue. No need trying go make him sane. Lazy ass

  • Let’s explore cameras… on paper… instead of looking at the results they’re able to achieve…

    Btw, AliExpress Anniversary sale is going on, might want to check out the offers YI has.

  • Robin Sander

    Are you getting paid big time to serve us this kind of crap? I’ve got one of the above elecam and its not even nearly a match for the yi. Please get real and make actual reviews, not this conart advertisement

  • Julio Pedregosa

    Will you compare results of both cameras?.

  • Emi Geek

    Only Black and Grey color in Explorer 1S?.

  • Jonathan dos Santos

    Is Gearbest a reliable e-shop?.

    • agunrunner

      gearbest is reliable but shipping takes 32 days or more,i found other places have cheaper prices,also gearbest spams your email so use disposable address,i got 5 emails a day,also customer service never answers,where your parcel is,i bout a piece of junk once on gear best circuit testers with fake ce number,the battery got very hot and burnt me,so don’t go by its reviews,if the price is right I would use them again,other places have 10 shipping

  • Armando Jaleo

    Is enough with these 1050 mAh of battery?.

  • Jake99

    Both of these cameras look decent but it really seems like somebody has paid them to advertise the mgcool one on this web…

  • Darius T.

    Yi 4K looks way better and has a better build and image quality, definitely suggest to buy it rather than the other variant

  • OMee

    Both of these cameras look good, anyone owns either one of these? Any reviews?

  • Steven Pearson

    A real video footage comparison could be better to understand.

  • agunrunner

    my yi logs into website in china without permission,i only found out as I was in my internet company with my phone app and wanted to log into china