Fstoppers Evaluations the Akaso v50 Elite: a GoPro Competitor at an Wonderful Value.

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With the present era of the GoPro Hero 7 at $329USD and the upcoming HERO8 seeking to be much more, a variety of us which can be extra finances minded could also be searching for another, and the Akaso V50 Elite could be that various.

Do not let the looks of “yet one more GoPro Clone” idiot you, at $143 USD the Akaso it is truly actually nice. This can be a digital camera I am including to my package for BTS instantly. There are two main gripes with this digital camera for me, the shortage of climate sealing with out the case, and the 4K/60 irremovable branding on the entrance. I want this have been a sticker that got here off however, alas, it is not. 

What Is It?

The Akaso V50 Elite is an motion digital camera, it shoots at 4K/60FPS with options like video time-lapse (taking pictures video after which dashing it up), stills time-lapse (taking pictures stills so that you can make right into a 20MP video later), digital picture stabilization, in-built lens correction, and so forth.. In the event you drop all the way down to 1080p  you possibly can shoot at 120FPS and 240FPS at 720p if you’re in a pinch. I want it shot in 24FPS however… possibly they will launch a firmware replace.

With a touchscreen on the again and a cell app it makes navigating and utilizing the digital camera simpler than burning toast, getting precisely the settings and framing you need! There’s even ISO management for some semblance of handbook operation, although I want this was shutter pace as a substitute.

Battery 

The battery on that is high quality, although I would not say it is something to write down dwelling about. I get about an hour and a half of straight taking pictures, fortunately you can cost on the go along with an exterior battery, and it comes with two batteries, and the charger is USB so you possibly can cost one in your bag with a USB charger when you shoot with the opposite. Very handy.

Sturdiness

The Akaso is extraordinarily sturdy feeling. Whereas I am not about to throw it off of my balcony to check it, I am about 90% positive it will survive the autumn. I do not deal with my belongings preciously — they’re instruments in spite of everything. however the Akaso v50 Elite appears like it could possibly take a beating and carry on kicking.

Picture high quality

Picture high quality is sweet, however not superb. Low gentle leaves so much to be desired, however should you’re utilizing it as a B-cam you might wish to watch out when matching cameras. Not a lot to say right here besides it is an ideal competitor to the GoPro and even shoots in H.265/HEVC which will get you that further little bit of sharpness and high quality with out sacrificing an excessive amount of house in your microSD card. My solely actual gripe with the picture high quality is the shortage of 24 FPS and the truth that the white stability appears to skew blue at instances, however that’s a simple repair in publish manufacturing.

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A 100% crop of a picture. The a7S II this isn’t.

The App

Akaso has created an app, much like GoPro’s, that means that you can simply management each part of the menus from controlling distortion to framerates to the digital picture stabilization.

Audio

The audio might be the worst a part of this digital camera: it’s quiet, muffled, and throughout simply mediocre. If you wish to purchase this as a vlogging digital camera my phrase of recommendation is to, properly, not. As a B-camera for one thing extra cinematic this digital camera is nice, nevertheless.

What I Appreciated

  • The worth
  • The scale
  • Quantity of equipment that come within the package deal — two batteries, charger, distant, and each mount you possibly can consider
  • 4K/60 for beneath $200

What I Did not Like

  • Appears like a GoPro ripoff when it could possibly in all probability stand by itself
  • Audio high quality is fairly horrible
  • Lack of water resistance with out the case
  • White stability skews blue