The Yi 360 VR release date has been delayed a bit further. However, I’ve been assured that it will be released in November “100%.” The good news is that this gives us the opportunity to preorder at $399 before it is released for $499.
The Yi 360 VR is one of the most highly anticipated 360 cameras. When it was announced at NAB Show 2017, it surprised everyone because it offered 5.7K video, the highest resolution in a consumer 360 camera at the time. It was originally to be released in June but was delayed to October. Now it is being delayed once more to November, but my contact assured me that it would definitely be released in November “100%.” I asked if it would be November 11 as rumored, and my contact said that is not true.
Meanwhile, I have been trying out a preproduction version, which impressed me with its video quality. Here are its complete specifications and features (subject to change when the retail version is released). Thus far, I have found it to have the best quality video among consumer cameras up to around $800 as of October 2017:
I also think it is a capable camera for real estate because of its exposure controls (can control ISO and shutter speed), its feature for automatically erasing you from a photo, and its support for Google Street View Mobile.
Preorder for $399
Yi 360 VR is still available for preorder for $399 from B&H Photo, whereas the retail price would be $499 (in fact, that is the current preorder price on Yi’s store on Aliexpress). I was told it would also be available on Amazon in the future.
One lingering question is whether it will have built-in stabilization. That has been denied by my contact (even for the final version), and my preproduction unit definitely doesn’t have stabilization.
If you have any other questions, please let me know in the comments.