ThiEYE T5 Pro Review
ThiEYE is the latest action camera brand to have a wide variety of models for different situations and price levels. I have reviewed a couple of their cameras before here. Both of which were created specifically for small niches. Well today I’m going to be reviewing their flagship action camera, the ThiEYE T5 Pro! It’s their only native 4K 60 fps camera that also includes plenty of interesting features. Such as live streaming for example. And according to them, it can easily compete with the GoPro Hero7 Black. So let’s first take a look at how it performs on its own.
- Dimensions: 60×42×23 mm / 2.4×1.7×0.9″
- Weight: 77 g / 2.7 oz
- Chipset: iCatch V50
- Sensor: Sony IMX078
- Field of View: 170°
- Video resolutions: 4K 60 fps; 2.7K 60 fps; 1080p 120 fps; 720p 240 fps
- Photo: 20 MP
- Modes: Single Shot, Burst, Time-Lapse, Auto Low Light, Slow Motion, Car
- Features: WiFi, 2″ IPS screen, EIS (works with 4K 30 fps), Live Stream, RAW photo
- Ports: Micro USB, Micro HDMI, Micro SD card slot
- Memory: Micro SD with Class 10 and SDXC cards, up to 128 GB
- Battery: 1100 mAh Li-On
- Battery life: 55 minutes of 4K at 30 fps
In The Box
- ThiEYE T5 Pro
- Remote controller
- 1100 mAh Li-On Battery
- Waterproof Housing up to 60 m / 197 ft
- Skeleton backdoor
- Flat & curved adhesive mounts
- 360 degree quick release buckle
- 360 degree vertical quick release buckle
- 2x adhesive stickers
- Switch support
- 1/4″ Tripod mount adapter, threaded adapter
- Bicycle handlebar mount
- Adhesive anchor
- Cloth bag and cleaning cloth
- Micro USB to USB cable
Companies usually try to create a general design that they can use for all of their products. That’s especially noticeable with action cameras. And ThiEYE is no exception. All of their action camera models look pretty similar so that you can immediately recognize the brand. They have used the good old orange accents on both the case and the capture button on the top. I really like how they have also not only textured the sides but also the front panel. It makes it noticeably easier to hold onto the ThiEYE T5 Pro as it’s incredibly small.
If you haven’t owned or seen action cameras before, then you should know that they are incredibly small. Smaller than you’d expect. The ThiEYE T5 Pro has a dimension of 60×42×23 mm / 2.4×1.7×0.9″ and it weighs only 77 g / 2.7 oz. So yes, it’s incredibly lightweight as well. And that’s why the textured sides really help. Other than that though, it has a pretty standard action camera design. There’s a lens on the front with Power/Mode button and indicator lights. The sides have up and down buttons for navigation and an area for ports. Plus a Micro SD card slot for memory. And of course the backside, which has a 2″ LCD touchscreen!
The bottom is pretty standard as well. There’s a compartment that holds the 1100 mAh Li-On battery and a built-in 1/4″ tripod adapter. If you have read any of my reviews before then you already know how much I appreciate the built-in adapter. It makes your life so much easier as you don’t need to put the camera into a waterproof case every time you want to attach it somewhere.
Overall the build quality is very nice. They have used this rubberized plastic so that it doesn’t feel cheap what so ever. I don’t really have anything to complain about in terms of the build quality. The touchscreen works extremely well and so do all of the buttons. Plus I haven’t had any issues with any of the ports either.
ThiEYE is yet another action camera brand that is extremely generous with the accessories they have included. Their entire package is incredibly impressive. You receive a ton of different mounts, quick release clips and even adapters. Basically everything you could ask for if this is your first action camera. And even if it’s not, then these can still be extremely useful.
It’s not even just the mounts. Take the waterproof housing for example, it’s rated down to the depths of 60 m / 197 ft. This is 3 times higher than the waterproof cases that are typically included. You will also get a remote controller that’s attached to a wrist strap. You can use it to control the camera from a distance. Again extremely useful. The only way they could had made this package even better is if they had added an extra battery as well.
Video & Features
From what I could gather from different forums, apparently the ThiEYE T5 Pro has an iCatch V50 chipset and a Sony IMX078 sensor. For some reason it isn’t mentioned on their website. Regardless of that, the action camera is capable of recording native 4K videos at up to 60 fps. Which considering the price range, is pretty impressive. Then again, it is their flagship model after all. The camera does also include a electronic stabilization system. It doesn’t work with all frame rates though. You can only use it with 4K at 30 fps and 1080p with up to 60 fps. Unfortunately 120 fps isn’t supported.
Here’s an example video that has been recorded in 4K 30 fps with the EIS switched on. And as you can see, the image is real crisp when you watch it in 4K as well. Even the smallest details are clear and there’s hardly any blur. The only areas, where I notice some, is on the trees. But it’s definitely not enough to ruin the visual image. There’s only a handful of action cameras that can record trees with full clear details and they cost way more than the ThiEYE T5 Pro.
I also really like the neutral colors that the camera is able to produce. It’s just enough where the colors are vibrant but not over-tuned. Another feature that works surprisingly well is the EIS (Electronic Image Stabilizer). I say surprisingly because I have reviewed a bunch of action cameras recently that did not manage to stabilize their videos that well. The ThiEYE T5 Pro does a great job at making the videos more stable when you have it switched on.
All of the action camera settings and modes can be configured directly from the touchscreen! It has a really simple user interface that’s extremely easy to get used to. Even with the physical buttons if you need to change settings while using the waterproof case. You can also pair the action camera with your phone. All you need to do is install the ThiEYE Cam app, enable WiFi and connect it to the network generated by the camera. The app is available on iOS and Android systems.
What’s cool about the ThiEYE Cam app is that it has also got a Live Streaming feature. You can directly stream your videos directly to YouTube and Facebook! It’s a really good feature to have as live streaming is gaining popularity really fast. ThiEYE has also created a guide for it, which you can view here. Unfortunately they don’t support Twitch. So that’s the only downside for me.
Overall, ThiEYE has put together an impressive package. Even if we completely disregarded the price. But we can’t do that and that makes it even more impressive. And it’s not just the included accessories either. The ThiEYE T5 Pro is actually a good action camera as well. Not only does it support native 4K resolution but you can also record it at up to 60 frames per second. Plus it has an EIS that actually works with 4K as well and of course the Live Streaming feature. All these combined make it a great a package.