There’s money to be made in the action cam market. GoPro’s continued market dominance is evidence of this. Now two tech manufacturers, TomTom and Xiaomi, are each hitting the market with offerings that could serve to give GoPro a run for its money in two unique areas of specialty.
First up is the TomTom’s Bandit, a GPS action cam that can send captured footage wirelessly to your connected smartphone. A shake-enabled companion app that you install to your smartphone makes it possible to begin the video import process. Videos are automatically compiled and edited into viewable, sharable content. Once transmitted, videos can then be further edited to your liking.
Initially, the app will only be compatible with iOS devices but word has it that an Android app will arrive shortly after launch. The TomTom Bandit, along with the iOS app, will be available in the U.S. in June starting at around $475.
Meanwhile, Xiaomi is releasing an action cam that costs around $65, or half the price of the GoPro Hero. Even more impressive is the fact that in a side-by-side comparison, the Xiaomi Yi action cam surpasses the Hero in several categories. Video quality is 1080p, equivalent to that of the Hero – but the Yi shoots at 60 fps compared to the Hero’s 30 fps speed. Photo quality with the Yi is also superior, rating 16 MP compared to the Hero’s 5 MP. Time lapse functionality is also more complex with the Yi, and it includes something entirely missing in the GoPro Hero: Wi-Fi connectivity.
Before you dive off the deep end and go on the hunt for a Xiaomi Yi, bear in mind it’s not waterproof like the Hero. It’s also significantly harder to find, considering Xiaomi hasn’t yet announced stateside availability.