Xiaomi's pocket-sized GoPro rival won't leave you out of pocket

Anything you can do, we can do cheaper

GoPro has been almost solely responsible for defining the action camera market, and its latest models are as impressive as ever. They're also pretty pricey, which might be why Chinese powerhouse Xiaomi has spotted an opportunity.

The company has taken the wraps of its own Yi Action Camera, which retails at 399CNY - around £41/US$64/AU$82. GoPro's entry-level model, in comparison, will set you back £109/US$129/AU$179.

It records video at 1080p at 60fps, offers 64GB of integrated memory and weighs just 72g (compared to the 111g of the Hero). It's waterproof up to a depth of 40 metres too.

Eastern promise

The only downside: it's not available anywhere except China for the time being. Even with limited market availability, it's an interesting move by Xiaomi to try and undercut GoPro as well as the major smartphone makers.

Something Xiaomi can't offer is GoPro's extensive range of add-ons and accessories - although there is a special 'travel edition' that includes a selfie stick mount, as TechCrunch reports.

GoPro probably isn't shaking in its boots right now but for many people the 4K recording capabilities of the top-end models are overkill - that leaves a gap in the market for less capable and cheaper action cameras.

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