AKASO EK7000 Pro Review
AKASO is still one of the most known action camera brands when it comes to budget options. The EK7000 is still topping the charts with the most sold units. And till this day, it’s incredibly popular. But here’s the thing, the camera was released years ago and since then technology has gotten much better. And the better hardware has also gotten cheaper. Which is why AKASO has released an upgraded version of the popular model! It’s called the AKASO EK7000 Pro! They have improved the video quality and added a electronic image stabilization system. And the best part, they have managed to keep the same price! But is it worth upgrading to if you already have the original mode? And most importantly is it just as good underwater? That’s what we are going to find out in the review below!
- Dimensions: 63.3×41.8×31.5 mm / 2.5×1.6×1.2″
- Weight: 61 g / 2.2 oz
- Sensor: OV4689CD
- Chipset: Sunplus
- Field of View: 170°
- Video resolutions: 4K 25 fps; 2.7K 30 fps; 1080p 60 fps; 720p 120 fps
- Photo: 16 MP
- Modes: Single Shot, Burst, Time-Lapse, Diving, Loop Video
- Features: WiFi, 2″ IPS Touch screen, Electronic Image Stabilization, Adjustable view angle
- Ports: Micro USB, Micro HDMI, MicroSD card slot
- Memory: MicroSD with Class 10 and SDXC cards, up to 64 GB
- Battery: 1050 mAh Li-On
- Battery life: 90 minutes of 1080p at 60 fps
In The Box
- AKASO EK7000 Pro
- WiFi Remote Control
- 2x 1050 mAh Battery
- Waterproof Housing up to 40 m / 131 ft
- Bicycle stand, 7 mounts, 2 clips
- Helmet mount
- 1 bandage, 5 tethers
- Protective backdoor
- MicroUSB to USB cable
- Lens cloth
AKASO hasn’t only upgraded the hardware, they have also improved the design! The EK7000 Pro looks completely different from its predecessor. Sure it has the same rectangular shape but that’s about it. They have made the action camera look more modern and improved the plastic quality. They have also added texture to both the sides and the front. You don’t normally see it being used on the front. And I don’t really know why no-one else has thought about it. The texture on the front really improves the grip while holding onto it. Plus it looks great as well.
The overall dimensions are pretty standard (63.3×41.8×31.5 mm / 2.5×1.6×1.2″). They have managed to make it incredibly lightweight though as it weighs only 61 g / 2.2 oz. Which is surprising as they haven’t really dropped anything. Even the navigation buttons on the side are still there, despite the AKASO EK7000 Pro now having a touchscreen! They are mostly probably still there so that you could use the navigation with the waterproof case.
Even the ports area still includes Micro USB, Micro HDMI and a MicroSD card slot. I do wonder when the cheaper action cameras will receive USB-C as the flagships have included it for a while now. Do note that the ports area does not have a cover. So if you are planning to use the camera near water, make sure that you use the waterproof case. The overall build quality is fantastic as well. Especially considering the price of the EK7000 Pro. All of the ports work and the connectors aren’t loose. The buttons have a nice click to them and you can feel some resistance when pushing them down. Even the screen is very well built and responsive to touches. No different from using your phone.
Unfortunately the AKASO EK7000 Pro does not have a threaded tripod mount built into the case. Which means that you’ll need to use either the waterproof case or the frame if you wan’t to mount it anywhere. The plus side is that AKASO is extremely generous. They have included an impressive amount of different accessories!
From all of the different mounts all the way to a remote controller! It’s the perfect package for beginners. You can use these to attach the camera absolutely anywhere. And what I’m personally a huge fan of, is that they also include a second battery. Having two batteries is huge as generally you run out of power before space on a memory card. So it can be extremely useful if you plan to record for a long period of time.
Video & Features
According to the technical specifications, the AKASO EK7000 Pro is capable recording videos at a 4K resolution. And you can, but it’s not entirely true. The camera unfortunately doesn’t have the hardware to actually be capable of handling native 4K. So instead, it’s interpolated. The action camera basically records the video at 1080p and then internally scales it up to 4K. Which is why I’m not going to review that and instead focus on the 1080p quality.
Here’s an example video that has been captured with the AKASO EK7000 Pro. It’s been recorded in 1080p 60 fps with the EIS turned on. Now the first thing I want to point out that this is a super budget action camera. It’s really cheap and remember that you get what you pay for. That said, there are plenty of action cameras in a similar price range that perform much better. The video quality lacks clarity. There’s a lot of blur around the edges and the colors are over saturated. The stabilization system isn’t really doing its job either as the video still has a lot of vibration.
Now here’s an example video that’s been recorded underwater. And here it’s completely the opposite! The AKASO EK7000 Pro performs so much better underwater! Not only does it have beautiful colors but the image is also much clearer. The original EK7000 was advertised as an underwater camera and the same can also be said about the new Pro version! Really amazed with the underwater quality.
As I mentioned before, the new EK7000 Pro has now got a 2″ touch screen. You can use it to directly change all of the modes and settings. The camera still includes physical buttons as well so you can also use those when there’s a waterproof case around it. And the screen works perfectly fine. The user interface is also incredibly easy to use, even if you haven’t owned action cameras before. You can also connect the camera to your phone as well. All you have to do is enable WiFi and install the AKASO app onto your phone. It’s available on both iOS and Android systems.
Overall I can recommend getting the AKASO EK7000 Pro only if you are going to strictly use it for diving. It’s really the only environment where it performs well at. Anywhere else, the video quality simply isn’t worth it. You can get significantly better video quality by spending around $20 more on an action camera. Sure you can argue that it includes a ton of accessories that makes up for it. But in my opinion, the video quality is the most important part about a camera. So even though the complete package is amazing, there are better action cameras available for recording outside of water.