AKASO V50 Review
It has been a while since I reviewed an action camera by AKASO. The company first became known when they came out with the EK7000 model. It’s actually still incredibly popular among the super cheap action cameras. Well ever since then the AKASO company has been growing quite rapidly. They now have an impressive lineup of different cameras. Today I’m going to review one of their native 4K action cameras, the AKASO V50!
- Dimensions: 61×42.4×31.3 mm / 2.4×1.7×1.2″
- Weight: 77 g / 2.7 oz
- Chipset: iCatch V50M SoC
- Sensor: Panasonic 34112 14MP
- Field of View: 170°
- Video resolutions: 4K 30fps; 2.7K 30fps; 1080p 60/30fps; 720p 120/60fps
- Photo: 20MP
- Modes: Single Shot, Burst, Time-Lapse, Diving, Loop Video
- Features: WiFi, 2″ LCD screen, Electronic Image Stabilization
- Ports: MicroUSB, MicroHDMI, MicroSD card slot
- Memory: MicroSD with Class 10 and SDXC cards, up to 64GB
- Battery: 1050 mAh Li-On
- Battery life: 80 minutes of 1080p at 60fps
In The Box
- AKASO V50
- WiFi Remote Control
- 2x 1050 mAh Battery
- Waterproof Housing up to 30m / 98ft
- Battery charger
- Bicycle stand, 7 mounts, 1 clip
- Helmet mount
- 1 bandage, 5 tethers
- Protective backdoor
- MicroUSB to USB cable
- Lens cloth
Design & Accessories
When it comes to action cameras, most companies choose to go with a standard rectangular design. It makes sense as it’s a proven design and it’s really easy to fit the hardware inside it. Not to mention that it saves money on development. So don’t be surprised if you see a bunch of other action cameras that look exactly like the AKASO V50. I don’t even consider this a negative anymore. If it works then why change it.
The overall design and build quality is exactly the same as the rest of the action cameras in the same price range. It has a dimension of 61×42.4×31.3 mm / 2.4×1.7×1.2″ and weighs only 77 g / 2.7 oz. The body is fully made out of plastic and the sides have a ribbed texture. I’m really happy that they have gone with the textured version as it does make holding it much easier. I have used smooth versions before as well and they weren’t near as comfortable to hold onto.
If you have used similar action cameras before then you’ll most probably find the button layout familiar as well. If not exactly the same. The front side of the camera has the lens, power button and indicator LED lights. The back side has a simple 2″ LCD screen. Unfortunately it isn’t a touchscreen, which is why there are two buttons on the side for navigating through the settings. The top area has a single button for recording. The MicroSD, MicroUSB and MicroHDMI ports are on the right side of the camera. You’ll also find a battery compartment underneath.
When it comes to accessories, AKASO is really generous. They include a ton of different mounts and accessories with the action camera. This is fantastic for beginners as they basically include everything that you’ll ever need. I mean you even get a remote control. So this is most definitely a major plus for the AKASO V50. Especially considering how much this camera costs. There are over $300 action cameras that don’t come with third of the accessories.
Video & Features
There’s been a bunch of under $100 action cameras lately that can record in a native 4K resolution. The AKASO V50 is one of them. Which is pretty much a steal. The action camera can record in a 4K resolution at 30 fps. You can also record in 1080p at 60 fps and 720p at 120 fps for that slow motion experience.
For those that aren’t familiar, native 4K means that it actually records in that resolution. Most cheaper action cameras actually record an interpolated version, which is basically fake. That’s the easiest way to explain it. They just enlarge a smaller resolution until it fits the criteria. But that’s not the case with this action camera.
Honestly I didn’t expect to see this good of a video quality from an under $100 action camera. When you watch it in 4K, you can even read the number plates of passing cars. I always pay attention to that when I’m looking at action camera videos as it tells you how clear and crisp the details really are. If there’s a lot of blur then it’s no good. The downside is that the video quality is this clear only in 4K. When you switch to 1080p, you get much more blur and the number plates become unreadable. So it’s definitely not useful as a dashboard camera.
I also really like the natural looking colors. While they do look quite vibrant, they don’t look artificial at all. Like the green and blue colors are on point. The sky isn’t over saturated at all. Nor is there any tint of yellow covering the footage. So overall a great job from AKASO. At least when you are recording during the day. I do want to point out that it completely fails in the dark. As in you can’t see anything at night. So only it’s only useful as long as there’s a good source of light.
All of the action camera settings can be changed directly from the 2″ LCD screen or from your phone. You can pair the AKASO V50 with any iOS or Android device. All you need to do is enable WiFi and install the AKASO phone app. That’s it. So far I haven’t had any problems with the app. It’s pretty straightforward and easy to use. You can also view “live” video from it. Live as in it’s a couple of seconds delayed. You can also use a phone to control the camera from a remote distance. Or you can also use the included remote controller.
The problem with the AKASO V50 is that there are so many equally as good models in the same price range. Plus if you spend around $30 more, you can get models that have even better hardware. Such as the ThiEYE T5e for example. But even AKASO has a bunch of action cameras that cost a bit more but have better technical specifications. So it really comes down to your budget and how much you really want to spend. If you are comfortable with the price of the V50 and don’t want to spend more, then it’s definitely not a bad option. Especially if we consider the amount of accessories that are included.