A new, stabilized action camera is coming with more-affordable Yi Lite

yi lite camera announced yilite
Yi Lite / Amazon
Budget camera brand Yi is finding a happy medium between its first-generation camera and its 4K performer. The Yi Lite is an upcoming action camera that sits between the original Yi action camera and the Yi 4K, with a mix of features from both.

The Yi Lite uses a 16-megapixel backlit Sony CMOS sensor paired with a 150-degree wide-angle lens with a bright f/2.8 aperture. The Lite shoots 1080p at a full 60fps framerate, and 4K is available too, but it’s at just a 15fps compared to the Yi 4K’s more standard 30fps for smoother motion.

Those video specs will be aided with a stabilization system. Like the option introduced on the GoPro Hero 5, the Yi Lite’s stabilization is just electronic, which means the footage is slightly cropped to get that effect, not optically stabilized, which doesn’t result in a loss of resolution.

Time lapses in 4K and slow-motion shooting modes are also part of the Yi Lite’s list of features.

The midline option also borrows a few features from the Yi 4K, including a 2-inch Gorilla Glass touchscreen that wasn’t included on the original Yi. The action camera also offers both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and a battery rated to record up to 140 minutes in standard HD.

Details from Yi are slim, but with the camera’s first review posted this week, more specifics should be available soon. The price is one of those missing details, but YouTuber SamiluoReview suggests the camera will be right around the $100 mark, which is about half of the cost of the Yi 4K.

While Yi Technology is a more budget-minded brand coming out of China, the Yi 4K was the first option that allowed users to record 4K at a fast 60fps framerate and the ability to use an electronic stabilization system at any resolution. While the camera requires external housing, which GoPro ditched moving into the Hero 5, reviewers put the Yi 4K as a capable action camera for the lower price point.

The Yi Lite doesn’t appear to have a price or a launch date yet, but it already has a listing on Amazon.

Mobile

OnePlus 6T vs. Honor View 20: We compare the cameras in these ‘flagship killers’

For less than $600, you can buy either the OnePlus 6T or the Honor View 20, two extremely capable smartphones with plenty of exciting features. But which one has the best camera? We found out on a recent trip to France.
Home Theater

The best Dolby Atmos movies for your home theater sound as good as they look

If you've got your hands on some sweet Dolby Atmos gear, the next step is to find films that take advantage of it. These are our picks in several genres for the best Dolby Atmos movies currently available on Blu-ray and streaming services.
Deals

The best budget-friendly GoPro alternatives that won’t leave you broke

Cold weather is here, and a good action camera is the perfect way to record all your adventures. You don't need to shell out the big bucks for a GoPro: Check out these great GoPro alternatives, including some 4K cameras, that won’t leave…
Photography

The Panasonic FZ1000 gets a much-needed update alongside the smaller ZS80 zoom

Panasonic's 2014 superzoom camera with a larger sensor has finally seen an update. The new Panasonic FZ1000 II has a sensor that's better for low light, more physical controls, and new 4K Photo Mode features.
Computing

Here's what you need to play games and watch movies in 4K on your PC

4K display tech is now cheaper than ever, but there's more to running stuff at such a high display resolution than just handing over the dough for a 4K-equipped display. Here's what you need to run 4K.
Photography

From DSLRs to mirrorless, these are the best cameras you can buy right now

From entry-level models to full-frame flagships, many cameras take great photos and video. The best digital cameras, however, push the industry forward with innovative sensors and improved usability, among other things. Here are our…
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Grow veggies indoors and shower more efficiently

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Photography

Photography news: Wacom’s slimmer pen, Leica’s cinema special edition

In this week's photography news, Wacom launches a new slimmer pen for pro users. Leica's upcoming M10-P is designed for cinema, inside and out, with built-in cinema modes in the updated software.
Mobile

Be careful who you bokeh, jokes Apple’s latest iPhone ad

With iPhone sales under pressure, you'd think there wouldn't be much to laugh about at Apple HQ. But the company has seen fit to inject some humor into its latest handset ad, which highlights the camera's Depth Control feature.
Photography

What’s the difference between Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic?

Lightroom CC has evolved into a capable photo editor, but is it enough to supplant Lightroom Classic? We took each program for a test drive to compare the two versions and see which is faster, more powerful, and better organized.
Photography

Luminar’s libraries gain speed, drop need for you to manually import images

Luminar 3 just got a performance boost. Skylum Luminar 3.0.2 has improved speed over December's update, which added the long-promised libraries feature giving editors a Lightroom alternative.
Photography

When you're ready to shoot seriously, these are the best DSLRs you can buy

For many photographers the DSLR is the go-to camera. With large selection of lenses, great low-light performance, and battery endurance, these DSLRs deliver terrific image quality for stills and videos.
Photography

Mirrorless cameras were built to be compact, so why have they gotten so heavy?

Mirrorless cameras launched as portable alternatives to bulky and complex DSLRs -- so why are they getting bigger and heavier? Cameras are trending towards heavier models, but that change comes with more advanced features.
Photography

The best place to print photos online in 2019

Have you been looking around for the best place to print out your favorite photos online or in store? Don't fret, we've pored through dozens of options and narrowed it down to the seven best.