I want to thank AKASO to let me test this camera. i’ve been testing cameras for a long time now and this model, the AKASO V50 elite really amazed me. With just $140 you can buy a camera that allows to record 4K videos a 60fps with a very very great quality. It is one of the most versatile camera on the market; Its low price and the high quality promote this camera as the best buy of 2K19. Let’s go deep inside the specs.
Chipset – n.d.
Image sensor – CMOS 20Mp
Lens – 160° FOV
Filed of view – 170°FOV
Weight – 78g
Size (L x W x H) –
Screen – 2 inch touchscreen
Max native image resolution – 5120 x 3840
Video resolutions – 4K/60fps, 4K/30fps, 2.7K/60fps, 2.7K/30fps, 1080P/120fps, 720P/240fps
Video format – H.264/H.265 (MOV)
Image format – Jpeg
Memory – Up to 64Gb
Battery – 1050mAh x2
Connection – USB / Mini HDMI
WiFi – Yes
Remote controller – Yes
Video Stabilization – Yes (EIS)
External Mic Support – None
This camera comes with a train full of accessories. All of them have a quite good quality, a little bit more than the rivals. One of the most interesting thing is the external battery charger that allows to charge both of batteries at the same time in just 1 hour.
Design and Build quality
This camera has not the most aggressive look on the market, but it is solid, light and has lights all around that allows the user to see if the camera is working in any direction.
I can’t hide that this camera had me for the first minutes with its fake front display. Well done Akaso, you had me.
About the rest of the camera, it is completely made to make the most grip possible with it’s semi-rubbered paint.
On the left we find the SDcard slot and the USB ports
On the right, two buttons to navigate or use the shortcuts for the wifi
On the back there is the huge and very bright 2 inch touchscreen display
It is great to use also with the underwater case
The menu is great and very clear. I never had a problem to find or change the settings, thanks to its touchscreen that’s very precise and fast, changing settings on this camera is a matter of seconds also with the underwater case. It is very similar to the SJcam menu and also in that case, i had nothing to say. Promoted with the highest votes.
If you want download the manual and see all the settings, you can do it from THIS LINK
To be honest I was truly amazed about the video quality of this camera. For this price it’s very rare to find a 4K resolution, more rare a 4K with 60fps and a great quality. Few days ago I made a holiday film in Spain and I brought this camera with me and only once at home in Italy I saw the resolution between photos and videos. Well, I regret nothing!
I recorded everything with 4K resolution at 30fps and not 60fps because I had just one 64Gb SDcard and I saved some memory.
The color management is impeccable, and the exposure is simply perfect. I am really really amazed bout the backlight shots, I never expected this management from a camera like this. I can say without any doubts that this is one of the best cameras i ever had.
The only thing i little bit frustrating is the “turn on speed”. To turn it on this camera takes exactly 5 seconds and it is way too much time. I lost some occasions to record interesting things.
The only bad note is the stabilization. Don’t worry, it is good but it’s not smooth as I expected. At least in 4K it is a little bit shaky. With minor resolutions this problem is much less. I hope in future Akaso will solve the problem via software or at least with the future cameras.
Also during the night the video is great. This camera can reach high ISO then in a complete dark situation the scene seems a little bit noisy but compared with other cameras it make a great job allowing to see every object in every light situation.
I also had fun to make a time lapse video in one of my road trips, obviously using the dedicated setting, i just added the music. And nothing, this camera can also make great time lapses all by itself.
And just few Slow-motions
It’s not a secret, 80% of the action cams have a bad audio quality. It’s not a must having a good audio on cameras like these and the manufacturer don’t even try to put a decent mic on their cameras. The AKASO V50 Elite is one of the white flies on the market. In general the audio seems a little bit muffled but still good enough to enjoy what are you filming. For let you understand better, it’s not the perfect camera for Vlogging but you can easily record a concert like I did.
The photos are not bad at all. Compared with all the other cameras this V50 can beat every other rival. The photos are very similar to a normal phone, not the top but a mid-phone. I leave the photos talk for me
WIFI AND APP
Both wifi and the app are perfectly stable. The app is very fast and intuitive. Very practical to copy the clips from the camera to the phone in few seconds. really great software.
The battery with a 4K resolution at 30fps last about 80/90 minutes. It is nothing particular but this camera comes with two batteries, it means you can go out with two batteries without think about them. Once you finish one on them with just few seconds you can switch with the other and with the double charger it is possible recharge both batteries together with any power bank. In just 1 hour you are ready for more fun!
Final AKASO SUMMARY
I honestly recommend this camera to everyone. There are not weighing bad points, just good and beautiful thing. I didn’t know this brand before but now I want test more of their products because it is one of the most worthy brand on the market right now. Low price and high performances. I hope they will allows me to show to the world their products!