Nelson's log

Xiaomi Yi Action Camera notes

I bought a Xiaomi Yi camera. It’s a GoPro-knockoff, a small HD camera that takes amazing high quality video and is only $70. Unfortunately it’s also not really made for the US market and is poorly documented and I can never remember how to use it.

Quick use notes:

Status lights:


Buttons and controls:

For more complex control the camera connects to an iPhone app. The camera can be put in WiFi access point mode, at which point your iPhone connects to its private WiFi network and can control it. (Default password: 1234567890). Lots of settings, the main thing I did was be sure the camera defaults to video mode when turned on.

IIRC you can also download video this way but it’s unreliable, I ended up popping the SD card to copy my recordings over. Or maybe I used the device as a USB drive.

The phone is hackable, there’s a world of custom firmware etc. Also lots of stories of people bricking their cameras.