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GoPros are expensive and come without much accessories, spend even more. The AKASO V50 Pro promises to be an affordable action camera that gives you "good enough" video for less. Does it deliver? Mostly.
Here's what we like.
- Comes with tons of accessories.
- Wrist remote is very useful.
- Touchscreen works great.
And what we do not
An action camera is probably not the first one you should buy. If you do not cycle, hike, surf, fly drones, or even leave home, you probably do not need them at all.
But they can be helpful if you are on vacation or if you are taking along a sport or an active hobby. You may travel fearlessly with your camera anywhere, but sometimes you just want something small, light and light.
However, if you do not plan to use it frequently, you should not spend much on an action camera. This is where the AKASO V50 Pro comes into play. It is slightly more expensive (currently $ 120) than some other options. For the extra money, however, you get all the necessary accessories and a better menu. It also provides 4K video, but at 30fps. However, if that's not enough, you can downshift the resolution to 1080p and get 60 fps.
(Fast) All Accessories
As cameras go, the V50 Pro looks pretty general. It's small, rectangular, with a large lens on the front, a micro HDMI port, and a mini-USB port that you can use with an optional external microphone. The case looks like gray rubber, but is made of hard plastic.
One area that distinguishes the V50 from more expensive options is the variety of accessories. You get two bike mounts, a waterproof case (up to 30 meters deep), two helmet mounts, some other mounts, two batteries, a dual battery charger and a wristwatch. The only thing that is not included is a microSD card, but probably some are already sitting around. However, if you want to record in 4K, you need a fast card that writes at least 60 MB / s.
Since the V50 comes with just about any mounting accessory you could ask for, you'll save more than a few bucks. The waterproof case is required because this camera is not waterproof, unlike a GoPro. That's sad, but acceptable, since it costs almost a third of the price.
Each battery consumes about one and a half hours, and it takes about two hours to fully charge one. A GoPro will last about two hours with a battery, but will only come with one battery. The compromise is worthwhile as long as you charge both batteries before recording.
A user-friendly menu interface
In addition to all accessories, the V50 has a touch screen.
If you've ever used a camera under $ 100, you know the menu systems tend to be unintuitive and frustrating. They usually have three menu navigation buttons that behave differently depending on the current screen. It's easy to press the wrong button and return to the main menu to start over. Or you can not record because you pressed the wrong key.
The V50 completely avoids these problems (and the need for multipurpose keys). It's still not the most intuitive menu interface I've used, but it's good enough. The touch screen works well – 95 percent of the time it registers my wiping correctly – but it's not as good as your smartphone.
Within a few minutes, I turned off the time and date stamp, corrected the date and changed the resolution, and found the option to turn off the annoying beeps of the menu system. I also appreciate the quick action menu, which you can access by swiping from bottom to top. From there you can turn on Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, the microphone and more. Other action cameras I own take much longer to make such changes.
The only drawback of the touch screen is that you can not use it when the camera is in the waterproof case. Settings ahead of time.
The wrist remote is a solid add-on.
The V50 comes with a wristwatch that looks like a watch and facilitates picking up (usually). With cheaper cameras, you need to remember which key you need to press to record (it's harder than it sounds when you're tired). If the camera is in a case, you also have no markers to help.
If you pair the remote properly, simply press the capture button or the image button on the V50 to capture a still image. The downside is the pairing part. Each time the V50 turns off, the camera's remote control and Bluetooth radio are also turned off.
When you turn on the camera, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and tap on RF (this is the Bluetooth option). For some reason, press and hold the power button on the remote for three seconds, then release it. They then wait until the two devices are paired. If you forget any of these steps, the remote will not work. However, once you have everything set up, it is convenient not to have to moor with a mounted camera to record.
If you do not want to wear the wristwatch, AKASO has another trick in the bag. You can download the iSmart DV app for Android or iPhone, pair it with your V50's local wireless network, and control it from your phone. You also have complete control: you can change menu options, access photos and videos, and even stream active recording to your phone. The delay is about one second behind the actual time, which is acceptable enough. The distance was also acceptable as I was able to walk three rooms before encountering problems with the stream.
It's also worth noting that this camera came with a dual battery charger – another element that often does not include cheaper action cameras. That sounds like a small thing, but it's annoying to find out which battery is charged and to replace the one that is not charged.
The video is good, but not amazing
That does not mean much when an action camera can not handle video. How is the V50 in this regard? It's okay. It's not GoPro-level, but it's good enough and you can not wait for a third of the price.
The V50 records in different resolutions and with different frame rates. At 4 kbps and 30 fps, the top value is reached. In contrast, GoPro currently offers 4K at 60 fps, which means smoother videos and better-looking action scenes. For an additional $ 35 you can purchase an AKASO V50 Pro Special Edition, which also records 4K at 60fps. However, we only tested the standard edition.
I do not consider the lower frame rate as a big loss, as 4K videos create large files that quickly drain your SD card. They are also harder to work on. The ideal combination for most people is 1080p at 60 fps, and the V50 Pro offers that.
Although the V50 Pro provides image stabilization, it's not as good as the latest GoPro. I would say you get 85 percent of the quality for almost a third of the price. Just saying that the quality is appropriate does not help you much. Here is a video I took with the V50.
Perfect for the price
All in all, the V50 is fine – good too. It produces decent videos, contains all the accessories you need, and has a user interface that will not make you tear your hair out.
If you think about an action camera that can not justify $ 400 For the cost of a GoPro, consider the V50 Pro.
Yes, there are even cheaper cameras, and the video they produce is just as good. But I can tell you from experience, everything else lets you do without other affordable action cameras. The menus will drive you crazy, charging the batteries is annoying and you press the wrong button to record multiple times than not. With the V50 you can avoid all that, which is worth the cost of entry.
What we like
- With tons of accessories
- Wrist remote is very useful
- Touch screen works great
And what we do not
- More expensive than some other action cams
- You need Bluetooth at turn on every power
- It is waterproof only inside the case