Similar to the YI Action Camera, there is also a YI 4K Chinese Version and an International Version. In this article I want to show the differences and how to handle this camera.
YI 4K Chinese Version vs International Version – Packaging
On the front side of the packaging you can see that the title is written in English vs Chinese. On top of the International Version you can see a small sticker saying that there is no microSD card included. Even tough the sticker is missing on YI 4K Chinese Version, there is also no microSD card included. The content is the same: Camera, Battery, USB <-> microUSB cable & manual (in English vs Chinese).
YI 4K Chinese Version vs International Version – Packaging
Also the description on the bottom of the camera is in English for the International Version, the Chinese Version in Chinese respectively.
YI 4K Chinese Version vs International Version – Camera
The YI 4K itself is the same. There were differences between the versions of YI Action Camera (The international version has no notch on the bottom, the battery door shows an metallic sheet & has a Sony battery). Just the language of the description on the bottom sticker is different.
YI 4K Chinese Version vs International Version – On Screen Menu
The most important part is of course the language on the screen. YI 4K Chinese Version has a Chinese menu interface due to its installed Firmware.
On YI Technology’s website there are currently 2 FW Versions available for download Chinese and English.
YI 4K Chinese Version vs International Version – Firmware Download
So I downloaded the English Version and tried to upload it onto the camera:
YI 4K Chinese Version vs International Version – Firmware Update
First the camera asked me in Chinese if I want to update the Firmware. After pressing yes (left button), an Error Massage appears: “Verification failure”.
But I read about a trick. Rename the firmware to “firmware_force.bin” then you can install it.
YI 4K Chinese Version vs International Version – Illegal Version
You will get an error message – this time in English – “Illegal Version”. You can still take photos and videos as well as change settings in an English menu. But this message comes up every time and it is very annoying and delays each selection. It makes it pretty hard to use the camera.
Great news! Since the latest Firmware versions there is no language selection between Chinese and English version anymore, there is just one Firmware that goes for all cameras! That means you can install the latest version on your Chinese Camera and you can’t only select English, but several languages including: Russian, Spanish and German! No more error messages!
YI 4K Action Camera Firmware – no Chinese Menu selection anymore!Retailer / Price Comparison – International Version:
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The Chinese version YI Home Cam (which is also known as Xiaomi smart camera) is customized for users in mainland China. The languages, features and services are more suitable for mainland Chinese users. It is only officially sold in mainland China and Chinese version cameras manufactured after 1 st November 2015 work in mainland China only, otherwise it will fail to pair or fail to connect. To use YI Home Cam in other locations, we suggest to buying international version YI Home Cam.Q: How to distinguish Chinese version YI Home Cam from International version?
A: Please follow the link below for instructions.Q: How can I know whether my camera was manufactured after 1 st November 2015?
A: You can check the manufacturing date of your camera by scanning the QR Code at the back of your camera. Firstly, you need to have an app that has QR Code Scan feature, like WeChat or QR Code Reader, etc. Secondly, center the QR code in the scanning frame. After that, you will see a whole device ID on your phone, the last six digits of which represent the manufacturing date.
For example, the picture above is the scanning result of one device. The last six digits are “150605”, which means that the device was produced on 5 th June 2015.Q: Where to buy international version YI Home Cam?
A: The most important thing is that none of the vendors selling Chinese version YI Home Cam outside mainland China is authorized by Shanghai Xiaoyi Technology Company. Officially we sell international version YI Home Cam on :
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We recently got hold of the Chinese version of the Xiaomi 4K Yi camera. Initially the Chinese menus proved to be a bit of a challenge until we got hold of the video below that walks you through the English and Chinese menu systems side by side.
And even then we were missing our native English menus so we went digging further find out how to anglicize our Xiaomi experience.Installing English Firmware
Warning: Change to English firmware at your own risk – anything can go wrong.
[Note, the new 1.4 firmware does not seem to be compatible with the Chinese Xiaomi. Get 1.33. (Thank you Max in the comments below for this tip)
(Thank you SYARK in the comments below for this tip)]
I had some problems setting up Wifi, but after about 5 minutes of rebooting both phone and camera I came right.
6. Wifi icon should turn green. Dismiss the screen with the Wifi on by swiping up.
7. The camera is now broadcasting a Wifi hotspot. To make pairing easier through the app I opened the Wifi settings on my phone and connected to the camera’s hotspot name: YDXJ_XXXXXXX where XXXXXXX represents the last 7 digits of your camera serial (found at the bottom of your camera).
8. To connect the phone app to the camera: Download the “Yi Action” app.
9. Click the green button center bottom.10. Click on on the picture of the 4K camera. You should hear a beep from the camera, then a connection progress indicator will show in the smartphone, and just after that a connection should be established.
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Thanks for the guide.
By after fw has been updated, WiFi does not work
After once I switch on WiFi I can’t switch it off, every time I try to do this i get message “Camera busy”.
Phone does not see any cam hotspot, and camera becomes hotter and hotter.
To switch off the WiFi I need to reset camera settings.
Our test unit’s WiFi switches on and off easy enough.
Have you got the Z16V12L or 13L model?
I have 13L and latest firmware
It sounds like you have a specific defect then. If wifi worked under original Chinese then maybe going back is the only option, or try again when they release a new firmware.
Is this safe? Have you tested this in more than one device? If something goes wrong, how to revert back to default?
We have only tested this on one device, and please see disclaimer in article – you do this entirely at your own risk.
Did you find any new problem with the English version after using?
Hi Atiq. None at all, but Alex (higher up in the comments) did have.
Worked perfectly for me. Thanks. youre a life saver
Works perfectly for me too ! Thx very much !
I just did this to my Xiaomi Yi 4K using the newest 1.4 firmware and the “illegal version” message popped up. I’m guessing that this will be a thing for the upcoming firmware updates as well and thus this will only work with the 1.3.3 update file. So note to anyone who accidentally did this with any higher version, just re-flash your cam with the 1.3.3 file and you’ll be fine.
Looks like the 1.3.3 is just for model Z16V12L not for Z16V13L. – I have the Z16V13L.
Anyone how successfully changed the Z16V13L to English? Which update version worked for you?
I tried the 1.3.3 update file for Z16V12L on my 13L Model but it didn’t work. 🙁
Thanks a lot for any advice!!
I am the same! – Tried the Z16V12L version on my 3L camera and had worked in English so far.. Anyone see a problem with doing this??
I use Z16V13L the firmware work well. My Yi4k is now in English.
Which firmware do you choose to do this
Thank you very much!
FINALLY in english, you made my life easier :D.
I have no problems with the WiFi, everythink is working fine (YAS.1616.CN).
Which version did u use?
I cannot find the 1.3.3 update, there is a 1.0.13 to 1.4.0 and to 1.4.14
I tried all 3 of them.
1.4.14 –> nothing happened at all
1.4.0 –> update was installed, changed to English successfully but message “Illegal version” appeared
1.0.13 –> error occurs when stating cam, no update
Anyone who could help?
hello. I need firmware 1.3.3. to version Z16V13L
see here for 1.3.3 update
Thank you SYARK, have updated the article.
Thanks for the help. So, there is no chance of changing the language anymore if you want the camera to run on the latest firmware? Too bad 🙁
i hope this will not be the case. 🙁
Has anyone tried this trick in the new yi 2 4K + camera? Is it running the same firmware?
Yi just told me on their FB page that they won’t be allowing English to be used on their Chinese devices. For ‘Marketing Strategy’ reasons. Complete bs. Not allowing buyers to choose the language of their device, with no mention of that fact on their website, is extremely bad service. I’ve already requested a refund.
Thank U very much 🙂 U made my life easier :))
I have no problems with the Wi-Fi,everythink is working fine… (YAS.1616)
I found strange think – files 1.3.3 and 1.4.0 for US_EN are exactly the same…
After flashing, camera switched to Chinese, but was possible to change to English by menu !
Does WiFi work with the new update ?
thank u very much …
just update on fw 1.3.3 now the menu in english..Leave a Comment X Login Most Popular Most Discussed
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