Xiaomi Xiao Yi 1080p Dashcam for $54,99

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I had seen the camera a few times in the shops; I take the again sunken price for occasion for this article. What you could think is another action cam at first sight is a dashcam from Xiaomi.

Xiaomi Xiao Yi 1080p Dashcam

Video Resolution1080p @ 30 / 60fps, 1296p @ 30fps (interpolated)
ChipsetYI A12 dual core (Novatek 96660)
Wide165 °
Display2.7 “LCD
Battery / battery life240mAh LiPo
Dimensions74 x 19.4 x 52.4mm
FeaturesSupports SD cards up to 64GB

Of course, the cam can theoretically also be used as an actioncam. The cam is primarily intended to use in the car, where it can be powered permanently by the cigarette lighter with power. An only 240mAh strong battery is installed – clearly too little for Actioncam enthusiastically.

Some may ask themselves now: “why shouldn’t I simply use my actioncam as a dashcam? However, the Xiao Yi dashcam offers some useful features which an actioncam does not necessarily offer:

Driver assistance system ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System)

The dashcam is equipped with two useful assistance systems, the one with a lane departure warning – LDWS (Lane Departure Warning System) – by an audible warning alerts the driver when he is unintentionally leaving the lane and the other with a front sensor – FSS (forward sensing system ) – which measures the distance to the preceding vehicle.

Xiaomi Xiao Yi 1080p Dashcam screen

Good recordings – even at night

Thanks to the 165° wide angle lens, up to three lanes can be recorded by the cam, as well as a high resolution glass lens with an F1.8 aperture and a 3.0μmx3.0m image sensor (Aptina 2 Megapixel AR0230). The high-resolution sensor promises good results even in poor light conditions, such as at night or in a car park.

Smartphone Apps

There are smartphone apps for Android and iOS in the respective App stores. You can connect your smartphone with the camera via WiFi. The apps primarily serve as operating aids, for example, you can switch the cam on / off, watch recorded recordings or view the picture in real time. It is not necessary for the operation of the cam necessarily.

Xiaomi Dashcam App Screenshot


Especially in countries like Russia or China a dashcam is commonly used to record the most curious incidents in traffic. This results in a huge popularity of dashcams over there.

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