APEMAN A80 Review
It feels like every week there’s a new action camera company that pops up. I guess that indicates the popularity of action cameras. The downside is that it makes it much harder for the average person to purchase a good model. So today we are going to check out a camera called the APEMAN A80. It appears to be a budget option and it’s also fairly highly rated. Let’s take a look how it actually performs and if it can compete with countless of other action cameras that cost just as much.
- Dimensions: 60×41×30 mm / 2.4×1.6×1.2″
- Weight: 61 g / 2.2 oz
- Chipset: Novatek 96660
- Sensor: Sony IMX078
- Field of View: 170°
- Video resolutions: 4K 24 fps; 2K 30 fps; 1080p 60/30 fps; 720p 120/60 fps
- Photo: 20 MP
- Modes: Single Shot, Burst, Time-Lapse, FPV output, Motion Detection, Diving
- Features: WiFi, 2″ LCD screen, Electronic Image Stabilization
- Ports: MicroUSB, MicroHDMI, MicroSD card slot
- Memory: MicroSD with Class 10 and SDXC cards, up to 128 GB
- Battery: 1050 mAh Li-On
- Battery life: 55 minutes of 4K at 24 fps
In The Box
- APEMAN A80
- 1050 mAh Battery
- Waterproof Housing up to 40 m / 130 ft
- Bicycle stand
- Helmet mount
- Fixed base
- 2x base
- Clip, ribbon, bandage, adhesive tape
- MicroUSB to USB cable
Apeman, like most action camera brands, has chosen the typical rectangular design for the A80. It’s a simple design that has proven to work over and over again. And until we see a design that’s as good and easy to make, I’m sure that we will keep seeing them on the market.
Now about the Apeman A80. Its dimensions are 60×41×30 mm / 2.4×1.6×1.2″ and it weighs only 61 g / 2.2 oz. Out of all the cheaper end action cameras that I have reviewed, this is definitely one of the lightest. That said, the build quality is still pretty much the same. As in it’s average and there’s really nothing to criticize about. The buttons work just fine and they don’t get stuck. Even the ports are solid and don’t wobble around.
Speaking of ports, the Apeman A80 has one Micro USB and one Micro HDMI port. Next to that is also a standard MicroSD slot and a small pinhole, which is actually the built-in microphone. These are placed on the side of the camera and there’s no cover. So definitely keep it away from any water. The only cover is on the battery compartment, which is underneath it. The back has a plain 2″ LCD screen that displays settings and live video. All of these settings and configurations can be changed with the up and down buttons on the side. Capture/record button is on the top and power/mode at the front.
One more thing about the material. This action camera is fully made out of black plastic. But what I really like about it, is that Apeman has made the sides textured. This makes it much easier to hold onto the action camera.
If there’s something that these cheaper budget action cameras are great for, it’s most definitely accessories. I’m not sure how they do it but their packages are always full of different mounts. Not only that, it even includes a waterproof case that can be taken to the depths of 40 m / 130 ft. Plus of course a case for the camera and mounts. Also at first I was rather disappointed that there wasn’t a threaded tripod mount on the A80. But thankfully Apeman has added them to the base of the mounts.
Video & Features
The Apeman A80 has the Novatek 96660 processor and the popular Sony IMX078 sensor. This combination is capable of recording videos at a 4K resolution. The maximum frame rates at that resolution is 24. Which is pretty typical for the budget end action cameras. For higher frame rates, you’ll need to switch to Full HD 1080p resolution, which supports 60 fps. 720p also supports slow motion, as in you can record at 120 fps.
As you can see from the video, the Apeman A80 footage is actually super clear. I was expecting to get way more blur than that. The only part where you really see noticeable blur is on the trees, which is more than fine. I’m also extremely surprised how well balanced the colors are. Sometimes brands like to increase the exposure levels to hide flaws. But it looks pretty neutral on the A80. That’s most definitely a plus for them.
I even managed to find a short travel movie recorded with the camera. Here you can see even better of what’s possible with this action camera.
This particular model does also come with an Electronic Image Stabilization system. Unfortunately it doesn’t work with 4K so you’ll have to use 1080p if you want it to be switched on. It keeps the footage more stable and removes vibrations. The downside is that it makes the footage a bit more blurry. It basically smoothens it out.
You also get to choose between multiple modes. Such as Time-Lapse, Unlimited Burst, FPV Output for drones and Motion Detection! The motion detection mode can turn the Apeman A80 into a spy cam that starts recording when someone moves past it.
All of these settings can be changed from either the 2″ LCD screen or your phone. The A80 has built-in WiFi which allows you to pair up the action camera with your phone. All you have to do is download the free app (OK Cam or FN Cam). It’s available on both iOS and Android platforms. Overall the app is pretty straightforward and easy to use. There is also no issues with the language as everything is in English.
The Apeman A80 is yet another well valued action camera. It’s a great option if you are on a budget and don’t want to spend a lot of money on a GoPro. Not only does this action camera have a great video quality but it also comes with plenty of accessories and mounts. Which makes it one of the best budget cameras that you can buy in 2019. Plus it provides the option of recording in a 4K resolution as well. I know that most of us still record at 1080p but it’s always good to have options.