If you’re a fan of Leica, but can’t afford one (nobody blames you), then this may be just the ticket. You’ll get the style, the compact package, and $5,000 remaining in your bank account.
Yi, the Chinese camera manufacturer who have tried giving GoPro a run for their money, are now squaring up to Fuji and Leica. Their Micro-Four-Thirds camera boasts some impressive specs, and is a steal for what they’re offering. A Leica M will set you back a cool $5,400, and their style is certainly similar. That's where the comparisons end, however. Let it not be said that we're comparing a full frame digital rangefinder to Yi's M43 offering. This could be a wonderful purchase, if you’re after the same look, and willing to trust an underdog before the reviews come out.
Yi’s entry into the mirrorless world is bolstered by a 20MP Sony sensor, 4K video, 25,600 ISO, a touch screen, and the ability to shoot raw images. It even has a companion app, making use of its Bluetooth/Wifi connectivity for firmware updates and camera controls. Its stock lenses are a 12-40mm f/3.5-5.6 and a 42.5mm f/1.8 lens.
All for $330 in China, or $499 in the US. At this price, and those specs, it could be the perfect camera for a fan of the retro style and size.
However, with Fuji’s X-A3 coming soon it’s unclear whether Yi can compete. The X-A3 doesn’t shoot in 4K, but its stock lens has built in image stabilization and it’s only $100 more in the US than Yi’s camera.
Food for thought anyway, since Yi could be onto a winner with this one.
[Via The Verge]