Unlike other types of cameras, action cameras are designed to be used in rugged situations.

With the need to have high-quality video capabilities, action cameras also need good video stabilization to make the footage smooth.

In this industry, GoPro has stood out to be a top brand preferred by most people looking for the best action cameras.

There’s no point of contention, GoPro makes decent action cameras with very high-quality video & photo qualities.

However, not everybody will buy a GoPro just because it’s a top brand. One major concern some of the consumers raise is the high price tags of these cameras.

For the Hero8 Black, which is GoPro’s most recent camera, it was released with an initial price of $399. You will also part with $499 to get the new 360° GoPro Max.

Spending that amount of money on an action camera may not be everyone’s capability.

If you still want to purchase a GoPro, I recommend you consider the Hero7 Black which has reduced its price significantly.

You can however get action cameras like GoPro but for a much cheaper price, those alternatives offer close specs and quality to some of the GoPro cameras.

You will get a pocket-sized camera with 4K resolution, remarkable video stability, great photo quality, good audio, all for a cheaper price.


What to Look for in an Action Camera

Before buying any action camera, there are several features you need to have in your checklist.

GoPro cameras are renowned for checking all the boxes in terms of the top features. GoPro is well known for having:

  • High-quality video and incredible stabilization
  • Good video processing and encoding, low bitrate, and multiple field of view options.
  • Cool features like Time Lapse, TimeWarp, and live stream.
  • Advanced video and photo settings (Protune)
  • Waterproof without a case
  • Small size that can easily be mounted or attached to your preferred location.

When looking for a GoPro alternative, it’s important to confirm if the desired brand fulfills the following attributes:

Video Resolution & Frame Rates

The action camera you’re looking for should have high-resolution options like 4K and 2.7K. I recommend going for cameras that have 4K resolution.

Frame rates can vary, with budget cameras the maximum frame rates you can get along with 4K is 30 or 60fps.

For lower resolutions, like 1080p, some action cams can reach 120 frames per second, which is good if you would like to shoot some slow-motion videos.

Action cameras that offer 4K with less than 30fps, they probably have fake 4K. So I would run away from those.

Fake or Native 4K?

In order for some manufacturers to reduce their costs, they make cameras with fake 4K resolution which is also known as interpolated 4K.

To know if the camera has fake 4K, you need to look at two things:

1- Frame rates: if the frame rates in 4K are low (like 10 or 15fps), this means that they are too slow and cannot result in a true 4K video.

2- Interpolation: here, the image is stretched by computer software to become larger than it is supposed to be.

The software adds on to the image some digitally generated pixels which will ultimately create bigger images.

The 4K display resolution is 3840 x 2160. Any “4K” video that has less width than 3840 is fake 4K.

Codec

Video codecs are used to encode the videos and compress them without sacrificing quality. You will find action cameras with two codec options: H265 and H264.

H265 is the newer version which is also known as HEVC, and it provides better compression than the H264 and delivers higher quality videos.

So opting for a camera that has both is an advantage.

Field of View

Look for an action camera that offers different field of view or as some brands call them ‘angle’. With the cheap cams, you usually get three angles wide, narrow, and linear.

These are useful when you want to shoot videos with a normal angle instead of wide.

Time Lapse

Time-lapse is also another feature to consider before getting an action camera. There are three time-lapse options, Photo, Video, and Night Lapse.

Each option comes with different intervals.

Advanced Settings

Your action camera should be able to offer some advanced settings like exposure, ISO, shutter, and EV compensation.

These will help you get more control over your camera, and will help you in low-light situations.

Waterproof

Whether or not you are planning to use your camera in wet environments, you may want to look for a camera that is either waterproof or can become waterproof using a housing.

Now, most of the cheap action cameras are not waterproof without a case, and most of them include the waterproof case for free in the box.

Additional Features

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are something to consider. Some brands have smartphone apps that connect to your camera and give you remote control over your camera. You can also use that app to download your footage and share it directly to social media.

This will also enable you to control your camera remotely via voice or remote control.

If you are a heavy user and you think you will use your camera for long hours then you may want to consider a camera with good battery life and a large SD card.

This is basically what you need to look for when shopping for an action camera like GoPro.

Now, let me show you my best selection of cheap GoPro alternatives.


Akaso V50 Elite

Akaso v50 elite

The Akaso V50 Elite is a direct successor of the EK7000 Pro. Akaso offers great deals on its action cameras and has good features that can be close to those of a GoPro.

Looking at the exterior, it looks a bit like a GoPro, and by that, you can use your GoPro mounts (if you have any) on this camera too.

Akaso’s marketing point for the V50 elite is the native 4K at 60fps. It also has a touch screen display which allows you to have a real-time view of what you are recording.

Let’s dive in the specs of the V50 Elite and see whether it goes with your taste.

Video Resolutions and Frame Rates

The V50 Elite can take footage in a maximum resolution of 4K. Other resolutions in this camera are 2.7K, 1080p, and 720p.

Here is the definition of each resolution in pixels:

  • 4K: 3840 x 2160
  • 2.7K: 2704 x 1520
  • 1080P: 1920 x 1080
  • 720P: 1280 x 720

The V50 Elite is a native 4K camera because it has the required number of pixels in that resolution.

Video Quality

The V50 Elite produces very nice videos in day time shooting. Nighttime shooting produces below average videos, and that is directly attributed to the 12 megapixels Sony image sensor which does not deliver good results in low light conditions.

I especially liked the 4K 30fps video quality during the day, and if you do not intend to use the V50 Elite in low light conditions, you will love this camera.

Recording in 4K60fps will give you good results, however the camera will overheat because the hardware is not meant to handle 60 frames per second at 4K.

Also, you will not be able to use image stabilization because it cannot work with 4K 60fps.

The video recorded in 1080p appeared grainy and you may end up not using it. I recommend shooting in 4K 30fps.

Frame Rates

The V50 Elite can shoot at a maximum of 240 frames per second. This frame rate is suitable for slow-motion filming, you can get 8X slo-mo videos. 240fps can only be used with a 720p resolution. 

Other frame rates and their compatible resolutions are:

  • 120fps can be used with 720p, 1080p.
  • 60fps can be used with 720p, 1080p, 2.7K, 4K.
  • 30fps can be used with all resolutions.

As I noted earlier, the camera’s chipset is not compatible with 4K60fps. This can only indicate that Akaso added this mode for marketing purposes.

Codecs

The V50 Elite supports both the new H265 which saves a lot of storage space without degrading the quality of the video and the standard H264.

Since the chipset supports it, it implies that it is real and can compress 4K videos while maintaining a low bitrate and without compromising on the quality.

You can switch between H.264 and H.265 in the camera’s settings. I will always keep it on H.265 because I will get smaller video files.

However, you need to note that the H.265 cannot be used with 4K 60fps.

Electronic Image Stabilization

The Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) in the V50 Elite smoothens up shaky images from action activities. When running or riding a bicycle, you will surely get a smooth video.

The EIS can be used in the following situations;

  • Resolutions and frames: 4K60fps, 2.7K60fps, 1080p120fps and 720p with all frames.
  • Slow Motion
  • Angles: Middle, Narrow
  • Zoom
  • Time Lapse video
  • Date stamp

Loop Recording

Once your memory card is full, the V50 Elite will delete the first video files to create space for upcoming videos. This feature is known as loop recording

With the V50 Elite, you get options of between 1 – 5 minutes as well as unlimited time. If you choose 5 minutes of loop recording, the camera will do five minutes of footage and overwrite five minutes of an old video file.

Recording at 4K at 60fps does not have the option to use this feature.

Slow Motion

The camera has can shoot slow-motion videos in 1080p120fps, 720p240fps and 720p120fps.

With 120 frames per second, your footage is slowed down 4 times, and 8 times with 240 fps.

Photo Resolutions & Formats.

The V50 elite houses a 12 megapixels Sony IMX078 image sensor that does a good job in producing stunning photos especially during the day. 

From the camera settings, you get the following resolutions to choose from; 20, 16, 12, 10, 8, 5 megapixels. However, it is important to note that the 20 and 16 megapixel options are not real since the camera sensor can only support up to 12MP.

Photo Quality

The camera does a good job in taking day time photos and I was very impressed. However, the night photos are not so good and you may end up not using them just as the night video.

Formats

The V50 elite supports both RAW and JPEG formats. For starters, RAW photos are saved in .gpr extension, and are bigger in size than the JPEG.

JPEG being a compressed photo format, always loses a lot of details and quality of the photo. 

The formats can be switched in the photo settings of the camera.

Time Lapse

The V50 elite can capture timelapse photos, video and night shots.

Intervals can be set to 1, 3, 5, 10, 30 seconds, 1 minute. After setting the interval, you can now choose the duration which can be set to; 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, or 60 minutes, as well as unlimited.

Night Lapse has the same interval settings, but regardless of the exposure setting you choose, the V50 Elite still performs poorly in low light.

Audio

Recording your videos in a quiet environment will give you clear and usable audio. In areas of moderate wind, the noise reduction does a good job of reducing the wind noise from your surroundings.

Battery

The battery is not the best out there though it gets the work done. I have filmed continuously for 95 minutes before draining it completely.

Something positive is that the camera comes with two batteries, both with a capacity of 1100mAh, so you can alternate between the two as you charge in cycles.

Waterproof?

Unluckily enough, the Akaso V50 Elite is not waterproof. You will need to use the waterproof case included in the box for underwater recordings.

Other Features

  • Field of View: Wide, Medium, and Narrow
  • Drive Mode
  • Zoom: 8X
  • Voice Control
  • Burst mode
  • ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200.

Pros 

  • Shoots good 4K 30fps videos
  • Captures bright, vibrant colors, and more details in JPEG and RAW.
  • The camera incorporates 2 batteries and a dual charger.
  • The touch screen works well

Cons

  • Not waterproof without the case
  • 4K at 60 fps is not good
  • The software is slow

Check my detailed Akaso V50 Elite review.


Campark V30

Campark V30 alternative to GoPro

With a Native 4K resolution at 30 frames per second, Campark V30 offers Electronic Image Stabilization.

The camera’s build is amazing at its price tag, it’s very easy to use and I can recommend this camera to anyone who is just starting off the journey with action cameras.

The back of the camera fits a touch screen display which provides a nice user interface coupled up with the buttons distributed around the camera.

This camera supports an external memory card for up to a maximum capacity of 128GB.

Video Resolutions & Frames Rates

Resolutions: This camera will offer you a native 4K resolution. Other resolutions available are 2K, and 1080p.

Filming at 4K is the best option to go for, however, 1080p also captures in a lot of details with vibrant colors.

Frame Rates: The camera has a maximum of 90 frames per second, which can only be used at 1080p resolution. Other frames available include; 60fps with 1080p and 2k, and 30fps with all resolutions

4K30fps will give you footage with a bag of details, lively colors, and good overall quality.

I recommend you to either use the 4K 30fps or 1080p 60fps with the V30.

However, you will not get any advanced settings hence you cannot fine-tune the exposure, ISO but only the EV settings.

Codecs

It has both H264 and H265 codecs.

Field of View

You also get the options to adjust your field of view in the following options; Wide, Medium, and Narrow.

Electronic Image Stabilization

The Camera includes a 6-axis gyroscope for Electronic Image Stabilization which Campark calls Anti-shaking.

It delivers, I can say the EIS met my expectations.

Time lapse video

You can also shoot in Time Lapse video, which can be used to record the sunset or sunrise and many more interesting experiences.

Photo Resolutions and Formats.

Capturing still images with the V30 will give you a bag of details from its 20MP camera sensor. With the appropriate settings, you will also get very nice photos in low light conditions. 

The photos can only be saved in the JPG format, no RAW format options.

Audio

The audio quality of the V30 is fair enough for its price tag. Also here, we don’t get any settings to tweak the mic volume on the camera.

Any adjustments will have to be done via the video editing software in post-production.

I recommend you get an external microphone to get boosted audio performance to your footage.

No Voice Control

The V30 does not have Voice Control option. However, you can control the camera remotely via the ‘RoadCam’ App which uses the camera’s Wi-Fi.

Battery

The Campark V30 includes two batteries with a capacity of 1350mAh each.

The batteries will easily get you continuous usage for up to 3 hours before draining completely.

Something nice also is that the dual charger included in the box can charge the batteries simultaneously.

Not Waterproof

The camera is not waterproof by itself. However, the box includes a rugged waterproof case that will allow you to record your underwater adventures up to depths of 30 meters or 100 feet.

Pros

  • The 4K30fps is amazing, it gets a lot of details
  • Low light recording produces nice results
  • Anti-shaking video stabilization works well most of the times

Cons

  • Not waterproof without a case
  • Audio quality is not the best
  • Anti-shaking stabilization may fail in very sharp corners

Akaso V50 Pro

Akaso v50 Pro alternative to GoPro

The Akaso V50 Pro is the direct competitor to the GoPro Hero7 Black but what is interesting is that the latter costs twice as much.

The Akaso V50 pro offers a good budget choice for an action camera. The camera has Wi-Fi that will allow you to connect to a smartphone app for remote control.

The V50 Pro can support an external memory card up to a maximum of 64 GB.

Video Resolutions & Frame Rates

This camera is fitted with an iCatch V50 chipset that supports native 4K and a maximum frame rate of 240fps.

Resolution: The V50 Pro can record videos to a maximum native resolution of 4K. Getting a native 4K camera at that price tag is really nice. Other resolutions available are 2.7K, 1080p, and 720p

Frame Rates: The maximum frame rate available in this camera is 120fps. Other frame rates available are: 60fps, and 30fps. 

120 fps is available at 720p. 60fps is available at 1080p and 720p, while 30fps is available at all resolutions.

Akaso claims that the camera can record at 4k 60fps but that is probably fake because the chipset available in this camera can only support a maximum of 30 fps in 4K recording.

Slow Motion

You can choose the slow-motion recording at 720p at 120 frames per second if you intend to use it. This means that the video will be slowed down for up to 4 times.

Video Quality

From my experience in using this camera, I can say that Akaso has done a remarkable job.

The native 4K videos are good quality with vibrant colors in daytime shooting. Using the camera at night/low light conditions results in average footage.

Codec

The camera also supports both H.264 and the newer H.265 codecs used for video encoding. The latter does a better job in video compression and makes higher quality videos.

Field of View

The V50 Pro offers three Field of View options 140, 110 and 70 degrees.

Electronic Image Stabilization

The camera has a built-in video stabilization mode supported by a 6-axis gyroscope sensor. This will help you in producing smooth footage.

The camera does a good job in this mode and I like the smooth videos.

You will not be able to use EIS in 720p120fps.

Time Lapse Video and Photo

In both modes, you can choose intervals of; 1, 3, 5, 10, 30, or 60 seconds and durations of 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, or 60 minutes as well as unlimited.

Photo Resolutions and Formats

The V50 Pro camera is fitted with an Omnivision image sensor that will take photos at a maximum of 20 megapixels. 

You get the option to downsize your pixel count to 16, 14, 10, 8, 5, or 2 megapixels.

Photo Quality

The camera captures very stunning photos, especially in day time. However, you will be disappointed with the photos shot at night. 

All images are saved in the JPEG format, the camera does not support a RAW format.

Audio

The internal microphone, which is positioned at the top, produces a good sound quality compared to that of the V50 Elite.

If you need to boost the quality of your audio, you can buy an external microphone separately.

Battery

The V50 Pro comes with a 1100mAh battery which has a better life than the one in the Elite.

Not Waterproof

The camera is not waterproof by itself. You will need a waterproof housing to use your camera in damp environments

Other Features

  • Delay Timer: 2 or 10 seconds
  • Shutter speed: 1, 2, 5, 8, 30 or 60 seconds
  • Burst Mode: 3 photos in 1 second, 7 photos in 2 seconds, and 15 photos in 4 seconds, 30 photos in eight seconds.

Pros

  • Audio quality is impressive
  • Good battery life
  • Decent photos and videos
  • Includes a wearable remote control

Cons

  • Not waterproof by itself
  • Voice control is not supported

Check my detailed Aksaso V50 Pro review.


Drift Ghost 4K

Drift Ghost 4K alternative to GoPro

The Ghost 4K is a bullet-shaped action camera made by Drift, and it gives a good competition to the GoPro lineup.

This camera has a color dot matrix LCD screen that will allow you to navigate your settings, and give you a playback screen to see how you did your footage.

The camera offers a standard mount that should help you kick off your action filming effectively.

Many people find it effective to put this camera on the helmet, which I also commend.

The Ghost 4K has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity that will allow you seamless connectivity to its Drift Smartphone App. You can click here to download the users’ guide.

Video Resolution & Frame Rates

Resolutions: The maximum resolution for this camera is 4K. Other resolutions available are: 1080p and 720p. I have found the 4K resolution to be impressive.

Frame rates: The camera has a maximum frame rate of 240fps which is very handy when it comes to slow-motion recordings.

Other frame rates include 120fps for 1080p and 720p, 60fps for 1080p and 720p and 30fps which is compatible with all resolutions

Codec

The Ghost 4K camera has H.264/AVC for encoding your video files. The video files are saved in a .mp4 extension. No H265 codec.

Video Quality

The videos shot at 4K30fps during the day are of good quality with nice colors. Night photos are somewhat disappointing.

The Drift Ghost 4K does not offer attractive color qualities like the GoPro.

Field of View

You will get a good range of Fields of View to choose from 90°, 115°, and 140°.

Electronic Image Stabilization

The camera has a gyroscope sensor that will allow video stabilization to produce smooth footage. The EIS works very well when running and cycling. 

More rugged situations will however overpower the gyroscope sensor.

Bitrates

You have the option to adjust the bitrate from High to Low.

A High bitrate mode retains as many details as possible, to give you the best quality image.

A Low bitrate will help you to keep file sizes convenient, for simple storage and post-editing.

Photos Resolutions & Formats

The Drift Ghost 4K has a 12 MP sensor to capture great still photos. You can downscale your photos to a further 8 or 5 Megapixels. 

Format: The Ghost 4K saves your photos in JPEG.

You also get the option to take High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos with this camera. The Auto low light mode will give you a bit better shots in low light conditions by allowing more light to get into the lens.

Photo Burst

The Ghost 4K has a Burst mode of 5 shots per second, 10 shots per second, and 30 shots per second.

Audio 

The Drift Ghost 4K has both front and rear microphones physically aligned to reduce wind noise.

The sound quality from the microphones is Okay for its price range.

The camera allows you to plug in an external microphone to boost your Audio experience. It is worth noting that some GoPro alternatives do not give you this option.

Battery

The Drift Ghost 4K camera is powered by a 1500mAh battery that can be recharged via USB.

You will record straight for up to 3 hours at 77°F for you to drain the battery completely.

The battery life can be boosted with an external battery so you don’t need to have any worries if 3 hours is a short time for you.

Not Waterproof

The Drift Ghost 4K is not waterproof by itself hence you will need waterproof housing for adventures in wet environments.

However, the camera ships with two cases; one is a complete waterproof case while the other one is only splash resistant.

Pros

  • The battery life is good
  • The rotating lens can spin up to 300°
  • You get waterproof cases in the box
  • Good design for body mounting
  • Good video and photo quality

Cons

  • Not waterproof
  • Sound quality is not very impressive despite having two microphones

Check my detailed Drift Ghost 4K review.


Akaso V50X

Akaso V50X alternative to GoPro

The Akaso V50X was released in the fall of 2019. Akaso’s marketing point for this camera is that it offered a native 4K resolution at 30 fps.

The V50X design has faintly improved coming from the Pro and Elite models. The V50X also has a touch screen display which allows easy navigation in the setting and real-time tracking of your recording.

This camera has built-in WiFi which will allow you to connect it with the ‘Roadcam’ smartphone app from Akaso.

Video Resolutions and Frame Rates

Resolutions: The V50X has a maximum resolution of 4K. Other resolutions to choose from are 2.7K, 2K, 1080p, and 720p.

Frame rates: The camera offers a maximum frame rate of 120 fps which can only be used in 720p resolution. 

Other frame rates provided are 90fps, 60fps and 30fps. 90fps is compatible with 1080p. 60fps with 2K, 1080p and 720p. 30fps is compatible with all resolutions.

Your recordings will be saved in the MP4 format on the memory card.

Codec

The Akaso V50X offers two video codecs H.264 (AVC) as well as H.265 (HEVC). The HEVC is superior to the AVC given that it gives better video compression which creates smaller video files.

Video Quality

During day time shooting, you may experience slight noise which is negligible and will not affect your video that much. All resolutions deliver superb video quality and you have a number of them to choose from.

Nighttime filming is not as bad. You will however notice that the video becomes a bit cloudy. I honestly prefer day time recording over the Low light option in the V50X.

Slow Motion

If you need to shoot in slow motion, then you will go with 720p at 120fps. 

Electronic Image Stabilization

The video stabilization in the V50X works well and exceeded my expectations. I tested this feature while running and cycling and the resulting footage was super smooth. This is truly a GoPro feature in a cheaper camera.

Field of View

The V50X offers four Fields of View; 70, 90, 110, and 170 degrees. Akaso calls them Narrow, Normal, Wide, and super-wide respectively.

Photo Resolutions & Formats

Resolutions: The Akaso V50X has an image sensor that can capture a maximum of 13 megapixels. You also get an option to downgrade the pixel count to 8, 5, or 3 megapixels.

Formats: Your photos will only be saved in the JPEG format and you do not get the RAW format option.

Photo Quality

Taking photos during the day produces nice results. The night mode once again fails to impress with even poorer results in extremely low light situations.

Time lapse video and Photo

Time Lapse video intervals: 0.2, 0.3, 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, 60 seconds.
Time Lapse photo intervals: 3, 5, 10, 30, 60 seconds.

Audio

The V50X has one microphone located at the top. From my testing, the sound quality is not the best.

The V50X supports an external microphone. Akaso has created this mic specifically for the V50X.

This camera does not support voice control.

Battery

The Akaso V50X ships with two rechargeable batteries each with a capacity of 1350mAh. You can charge both batteries simultaneously thanks to the dual charger included in the box.

Akaso asserts that each battery is capable of taking you through an hour and a half of straight video filming.

Not Waterproof

The V50X is not waterproof without a case. However, Akaso has included a waterproof housing in the box. With the housing, you will be able to record underwater videos for up to 40 meters or 131 feet.

Other Features

  • Loop Recording: intervals of 3, 5, and 7 minutes.
  • ISO Video: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800.
  • ISO Photo: 400, 800, 1600, and 3200.
  • Diving Mode
  • Driving Mode

Here’s a video showing the Akaso V50X with image stabilization in action:

Pros

  • The batteries are decent
  • Day time photos are stunning
  • Good video and photo quality in daytime

Cons

  • The built-in mic is not that good
  • Grainy night photos
  • No RAW images
  • No voice control

For more information, check my Akaso V50X review.


ThiEYE T5 Pro

ThiEYE T5 Pro alternative to GoPro

In summer 2019, ThiEYE released its latest edition of action cameras which is the ThiEYE T5 Pro.

The ThiEYE T5 Pro can be considered as another cheap alternative to GoPro. It has a 2-inch touch screen on the back, this is an improvement from the previous models which featured an LCD screen.

Video Resolutions & Frame Rates

Many people have questioned ThiEYE’s honesty in claiming that this camera can shoot in native 4K. 

Resolutions: ThiEYE T5 Pro has the following resolutions to choose from; 4K, 2.7K, 1080p & 720p. However you need to know that the 4K resolution is not native, it’s interpolated. This is a very common trend with many budget action cameras and perhaps one may say that it’s the reason why they are cheap.

Frame rates: This camera offers a wide variety of frame rates to choose from, you can combine with the resolutions as follows; 4K at 60fps, 4K at 30 fps, 1080p at 120fps, 1080p at 60fps, 1080p at 30fps, 720p at 60fps and 720p at 30fps. Using 4K at 60fps is a gimmick, it expends a huge bit rate (200Mbit/s) that will certainly corrupt your SD card. The other resolutions use a normal bitrate of 45Mbit/s.

Codec

ThiEYE claims that there are two types of codecs in this camera; H.264 (AVC) and the latest H.265 (HEVC). Using AVC will deliver better video quality for much less bitrate. From tests, it seems that they use MJPEG to encode; which is a much older compression tech.

Loop Recording

You will get an option to use Loop Recording in all other resolutions but the 4K60fps. You can choose between 2, 3, or 5 minutes to unlimited lengths.

Slow Motion

Using the 720p120fps, you can be able to shoot videos in slow motion.

Electronic Image Stabilization

ThiEYE T5 Pro has a 6 Axis Gyroscope sensor that stabilizes videos in shaky situations. This is one feature of this camera that stands out. The camera is able to create smooth footage when shooting videos on rugged surfaces.

Field of View

The T5 Pro has three Fields of View; Wide, narrow, and medium. The wide-angle will extend up to 170 degrees. It is very important to note that video stabilization cannot be used with the Medium and Narrow angles.

Time lapse video

This camera also supports Time Lapse video shooting. Also here, Video stabilization will not work when recording in Time Lapse.

You get an external memory card support for up to 128GB to store your recordings.

Photo Resolutions & Formats

Resolutions: ThiEYE claims that the T5 Pro can capture photos up to 20MP. Then again, you can downscale the pixel counts to 16, 12, 10, 8, and 5. However, having in mind that this camera uses a SONY IMX078 camera sensor, then the maximum photo resolution can be only 12MP.

Format:Something I liked about the T5 Pro is the ability to have photos both in JPEG and RAW. Having a RAW file photo is very good when it comes to post-editing.

Photo Quality

The photo quality is still impressive, especially the ones shot in the day time. Night photo shoots are not impressive, you can navigate through the exposure settings to see if you might find a perfect setting for the night snap.

Time Lapse Photos

This camera supports Time Lapse photo which can be shot in intervals of between 3 to 60 seconds as well as an unlimited option. 

Night Lapse photo

You also get a Night Lapse photo option in this camera. Having in mind that the camera generally performs poorly in low light, then this option may as well be neglected.

Delay Timer

ThiEYE T5 Pro gives you a delay timer option with 3, 5, 10 and 20 seconds to choose from.

Photo Burst

The camera can perform the following burst shots: 3 shots per second, 7 shots in 2 seconds, 15 shots in 4 seconds, 30 shots in 8 seconds.

You will not be able to use Burst mode and long exposure or Time Lapse photos simultaneously. 

Audio

The built-in microphone does not offer the best sound quality but that’s pretty much expected for a budget camera.

The noise reduction option available in the video settings gets the job done and results in some cleaner audio. You do not get any port that can accept a 3.5mm external microphone.

No Voice Control

The T5 Pro does not support any voice control features. However, you have the option to either use the remote control or mobile App.

Battery

ThiEYE T5 Pro ships with two rechargeable batteries with a capacity of 1100mAh each. There’s also a dual charger included in the box which will seamlessly charge up both batteries simultaneously.

When shooting in 4K, you can count on an hour before one battery becomes completely drained. Shooting in lower resolutions will however last for more than an hour.

Not Waterproof

The camera is not waterproof by itself. However, you will get a waterproof case that is included in the package.

The housing will get you to a maximum depth of 60 meters or 197 feet in underwater adventures. One thing to always do is to test the waterproof housing before blindly using it directly.

Pros

  • Video stabilization does a good job
  • Includes free waterproof case
  • Remote control

Cons

  • Interpolated 4K
  • No voice control

Check my detailed ThiEYE T5 Pro review.


AKASO EK7000 Pro

Akaso EK7000 Pro alternative to GoPro

The Akaso EK7000 Pro chose to compete with the GoPro line up based on the price perspective.

When it comes to the design of this camera, it looks completely different from its predecessors.

Akaso did a good job of elevating the design touch in this model. Weighing at 61 grams, this camera can be considered to be very portable. This camera has in-built Wi-Fi that will allow you to connect the camera to a mobile app.

Video Resolutions & Frame Rates

Resolution: Here, we have another budget camera that has interpolated 4K. At its price tag, we can’t really complain about this since it’s very much expected.

The camera however offers other good resolutions to choose from; 2.7K, 1080p, and 720p I recommend using the 1080p resolution always for better quality footage.

Frames Rates: The EK7000 has a maximum frame rates of 120 frames per second which can only be used with 720p resolution

Other frame rates available are 60fps and 30 fps. With 60fps you can use 1080p and 720p. You will be able to use all resolutions with 30fps.

Codec

Your videos will be recorded in Motion JPEG format which is not the best out there. 

You have the option to save your files in an external memory card with a maximum capacity of 64 GB.

Time Lapse video

The EK7000 Pro supports Time-Lapse video with a variety of intervals and duration to choose from. 

Loop Recording

It also supports Loop recording for 1, 3, or 5 minutes. You cannot use loop recording in 4K or 2.7K.

Electronic Image Stabilization

The video stabilization of the EK7000 Pro is not that good. It leaves some shaky scenes in the footage.

The EK7000 has 3 Fields of View which are called angles by Akaso; the largest being Super Wide which covers 170°. The others are Wide, Medium, and Narrow.

Photo Resolutions & Formats

Resolutions: The Akaso EK7000 Pro captures 16 megapixels photos. The 16 megapixels images have measurements of 5376 by 3024 pixels. You have the option to downscale the pixel count to any of these; 4, 12, 8, 5, and 4 megapixels. 

Format: Photos are only saved in Jpg format, there’s no option for RAW.

Photo Burst

This camera can shoot a burst of 3 photos in 1 second. It is more useful when capturing fast action when you want to get the best shot.

Time Lapse

The camera supports Time Lapse photos which have various intervals and duration to choose from.

Audio

The internal mic gets the job done but of course, it’s not the best around. You also do not get the option to attach an external mic for boosted sound quality.

Voice commands are not supported in this camera, however, you can control the camera remotely by the wireless remote that ships with the camera or the mobile app.

Battery 

The EK7000 Pro has a removable battery with a capacity of 1035mAh. Akaso claims that it can record for 90 minutes straight before becoming drained completely. The battery is charged via a micro USB cable which ships with the camera.

Is the Akaso EK7000 Pro Waterproof?

This camera is not waterproof by itself. However, the package ships with a waterproof housing that can take you underwater to a maximum depth of 40 meters or 131 feet.

Always test the waterproof housing before going for underwater adventures.

Pros

  • Adds a free waterproof case.
  • Have a touchscreen; which is missing in EK7000

Cons

  • Video stabilization is poor
  • Interpolated 4K videos
  • Grainy night photos

To Conclude

From this rundown, it is evident that the market is host to action cameras like GoPro but cheaper.

Some brands strive to compete with GoPro in terms of specs while others offer the price perspective only.

I personally really like the Akaso V50X, and I think it is a great camera with very good features.

All in all, the action camera market is competitive now and that is what we the consumers like because it will push companies to do their best to push prices down.

Which of these GoPro alternatives will you consider? Let me know by leaving a comment in the comments section below.