AKASO V50 Pro Review
I have covered a bunch of AKASO action cameras lately and it doesn’t seem like I’ll be stopping any time soon. They simply have that many different models and they keep coming out with upgraded versions. Which is a good thing since they are staying up to date with technology. Plus they can make cheaper action cameras with better hardware. Which is what the AKASO V50 Pro is all about! It’s an incredibly well priced action camera that can record videos at up to 4K resolution. Plus it’s not interpolated. So lets see how well it performs in our review!
- Dimensions: 60×41×32 mm / 2.4×1.6×1.3″
- Weight: 83 g / 2.9 oz
- Field of View: 170°
- Video resolutions: 4K 30 fps; 2.7K 30 fps; 1080p 60 fps; 720p 120 fps
- Photo: 16 MP
- Modes: Video, Photo, Burst, Looping Video, Time-Lapse, Diving, Video Lapse
- Features: WiFi, 2″ IPS Touch screen, Electronic Image Stabilization, Adjustable view angle
- Ports: Mini USB, Micro HDMI, MicroSD card slot
- Memory: MicroSD with Class 10 and SDXC cards, up to 64 GB
- Battery: 1100 mAh Li-Po
- Battery life: 90 minutes of 1080p at 60 fps
In The Box
- AKASO V50 Pro
- Battery charger
- 2x 1100 mAh battery
- Waterproof case up to 30 m / 98 ft
- WiFi Remote Control
- Bicycle stand
- 10x Mounts
- 2x Helmet mounts
- 5x Tethers
- Protective backdoor
- Mini USB to USB cable
- Lens cloth
I really like it when brands switch up the design. Most action cameras that I get to review look almost identical. Sure there’s always some differences but they are always minor. And that’s absolutely not the case with the AKASO V50 Pro as it has a completely different design from any other action camera I have seen before. Sure it still has a similar rectangular shape and size but that’s about it. The overall camera dimensions are 60×41×32 mm / 2.4×1.6×1.3″ and it weighs only 83 g / 2.9 oz.
The AKASO V50 Pro is covered with some really nice high quality plastic. As you can see there’s not any texture on the surface. And actually it’s not needed either. The material they have used feels like rubber. It’s really high quality and nice to hold onto. The rubber surface also improves grip significantly, which is really important for such small cameras.
AKASO has also completely changed the overall layout on the V50 Pro. It no longer has any buttons on the sides. The sides only have Mini USB, Micro HDMI ports and a MicroSD card slot. Oh and of course an area for the built-in microphone. Both the microphone area and the slots are completely naked. There’s no cover for them so avoid taking the action camera near water as it can easily damage it. Unless of course you are keeping it in a waterproof case.
And finally the button layout, which is now sitting at the top side. There are only two physical buttons. One is for Power / Mode and the other is Shutter / Select. As you can see there aren’t any navigation buttons. That’s because it has a 2″ IPS touchscreen that works really well. It’s very responsive and easy to use.
The bottom side is still pretty standard. It has a closed compartment that holds the 1100 mAh Li-Po battery. There’s also a threaded tripod adapter next to it. And if you have read any of my reviews before, then you already know how much I like that.
AKASO is known for their superb packaging and the V50 Pro is no different. The action camera comes with an insane amount of different mounts and accessories. It’s a complete package that’s perfect for not only beginners but also experienced users. Simply because you can never have enough mounts!
And as you can see it includes much more than just the basic mounts. There are even some mounts that I have never seen before and I’m sure that I will find a way to use them in the future. I really like it that AKASO has included two 1100 mAh batteries as well. And not only that, they have also added a charger with two battery slots!
You can use the charger to charge them both at the same time and separately as well. Really useful in my opinion. It has a Mini USB port so all you have to do is attach it to the cable. It’s much more convenient than plugging it into the camera.
Plus you also get a remote controller that’s attached to a wrist strap. The strap is fully made out of rubber. I’m kind of iffy about the buttons as you need to push really hard for them to work. They make this click sound once they have been fully pressed. The remote controller is really useful in situations where you need to start the camera from a distance. Probably not something you’ll be using everyday but nevertheless, it’s still a good accessory to have.
Video & Features
The AKASO V50 Pro is capable of recording videos at up to 4K resolution. And yes, it’s native and not interpolated. Which is fantastic considering the price. There aren’t that many native 4K action cameras in its price range. Plus in addition to that, it can record it at up to 30 fps as well. It of course also supports all the other lower resolutions and frame rates as well. The most popular mode, 1080p, can be recorded at up to 60 fps. Which I mean is more than fine. If you are interested in slow motions then you’ll have to settle with 720p as it supports 120 fps.
Here’s an example video that’s been recorded with the AKASO V50 Pro in 4K 30 fps. And for the first time, I can honestly say that AKASO has done a fantastic job at improving the video quality. I have always rated them really high for their underwater performance. Well now I can also praise them for them for the overall performance as well. Not only does it have crisp and clear video quality above water but it has also got really nice vibrant colors. Really well done by AKASO.
Here’s another video example of how the camera performs in low-light environments. As you can see the quality is still pretty decent. Action cameras have always had trouble handling the dark. You always get some noticeable noise on the video. The V50 Pro managed to handle it really well in that situation though. That said, there were quite a lot of different light sources around me when I recorded it, so that did improve the quality by a lot.
And for the final example, I have also included this short indoors footage as well. Again as you can see the video is pretty clear and it can capture the lights really well. Same for the colors. If you take a closer look though, you do start to notice some noise as well. That’s again due to the darker environment. So overall I’d say that the AKASO V50 Pro has a really good video quality for its price. However, it’s best used outside during the daylight. Or indoors if it’s bright enough.
The camera does also include the Electronic Image Stabilization system, which works with 4K 30 fps as well. The only mode that you can’t use it with is 720p 120 fps. It’s a pretty nice feature to have and it has actually gotten a lot better. It does a good job at making the footage more stable while you are moving. There are still some occasional jumps but it’s definitely much better than most other action cameras I have used in its price range. Obviously you can’t compare it to the new Hypersmooth 2.0 on the GoPro as they are in a completely different price range. So considering that, the V50 Pro EIS definitely gets the job done.
Settings & Modes
You have two options for changing the settings and modes. The first option is obviously by using the built-in 2″ touchscreen. Personally I’m really happy with the AKASO user interface. It’s incredibly straight forward. Simply tap the arrows on the right to access mode selection. From there you can choose different settings for videos and photos. You can pretty much change everything from there. There’s one thing that requires getting used to though and that’s scrolling. It’s not fluid like on a phone. Instead it just moves one block at a time when you swipe. I wish they made it fluid. But that’s definitely not a remarkable issue.
The second option is to use your phone. All you have to do is switch on WiFi, pair it up with your phone and open up the AKASO app. It’s available for both Android and iOS phones. AKASO has done a great job at making it really user friendly and it shows. I haven’t had any problems finding all the information. You can also use it to control the camera from a distance as well.
The AKASO V50 Pro is currently one of the best selling action cameras on Amazon. And I can see why. Not only is it incredibly affordable but it also has fantastic video quality during the daytime. I’d say that it’s the best action camera you can currently buy in its price range. And it’s not even just because of the performance. You also get a wide range of accessories and mounts. Plus two batteries instead of just one! So if it fits your budget then definitely check it out.