After setting our self the goal of reviewing as many of the action cameras available on the market right now about six months back, we have been steadily working our way through the more popular products on the market. Today we are ticking another action camera off our list by publishing our ultimate Akaso v50 review.
With the Akaso brand growing in reputation at an almost exponential rate right now, it is no surprise that so many action sports enthusiasts are asking for reviews or opinions on the Akaso v50.
Although we will be going over our opinion of the action cam in this article, many people who use the v50 as their go-to action camera of choice have decided to post their own reviews online (Click here to check for product prices and availability) that are definitely worth reading. These independent reviews have been written by people who have used the v50 over an extended period of time and have a ton of experience with the camera allowing them to offer an excellent insight into its performance.
User Interface And Control System
The photograph above shows the interface menu for the Akaso v50 action cam as well as its LCD touch screen that you use to navigate the camera’s menu. The touch screen technology in the v50 really is excellent considering the price tag that the camera has and it allows you to quickly and easily navigate through the menu system even if your sport of choice results in your fingers being cold or wet.
This means that no matter the situation, you are able to quickly and easily tweak the settings on your v50 to get optimal performance from the camera and capture the best possible footage and photos while out on your adventures. The LCD screen is also extremely bright ensure that you can easily see if in low light conditions too and accurately navigate to the settings you require.
Akaso has chosen to stick with their tried and tested navigation menu that they have used on their previous action cams that have proven a hit with their customer base. If you are simply upgrading to the v50 from an older Akaso model then you will see many similarities in the navigation menu. That said, if you are coming from a different brand or are new to using action cameras then we feel you will easily pick the system up anyway as it has been designed to be as simple to use as possible.
Performance And Functionality
Our favorite thing about the Akaso V50 is the number of features that it boasts to allow you to customize its performance for any situation you find yourself in. To be able to do this at this price point while still providing excellent video and image quality is rare with very few of the competing products actually being able to do it.
Rather than go in-depth for the full feature list, we have decided to make the bullet point list below going over a number of the features that we feel the majority of people who pick the v50 up will be using on a regular basis:-
- High-end video quality including 4k@60fps, 4k@30fps, 2.7k@60fps, 2.7K@30fps, 1080P@120fps, 720P@240fps.
- High-resolution photographs up to 20MP.
- Full integrated voice control systems.
- Integrated and effective digital image stabilization with advanced electronics image stabilization.
- Adjustable view angles of wide, medium, and narrow.
- Effective distortion calibration.
- Fully waterproof down to 131 feet when in its waterproof case.
- Remote control compatible via wireless functionality or Bluetooth via the smartphone app.
- Improved battery life that lasts more than double the duration of previous generations of action cam.
As you can see, Akaso have smashed it out the part when it comes the quality you are able to capture when using the v50. As we mentioned earlier in the article, the navigation menu is really quick and simple allowing you to change your video quality within seconds. This comes in very handy when you are changing the pace of your sport.
For example, say you are going Snowboarding and are wanting to capture some of the beautiful landscape views in your footage at the top of a mountain. You will probably want to use the 4k@60fps video quality to get the best possible resolution but then you start to quickly snowboard down the mountain. Although you can stick with the 4k@60fps setting, it will eat through your battery life and the 60fps can be a little limiting if you are going at high speeds.
A better option would be to quickly switch the camera from 4k@60fps to 1080P@120fps via the smartphone app just before you start snowboarding down the mountain. This will improve your battery life while helping to provide high-quality smooth video footage due to its 120fps rate. 1080p is still full HD so the quality of your video footage will still be high and look great on sites like YouTube.
The video below was recorded using nothing but the Akaso V50 to show the kind of video quality that you are able to produce when using the action camera. As you can see, it does an excellent job and easily beats the majority of competing actions cams at this price point in the market right now.
Just like the vast majority of sports cameras on the market right now, the build quality of the Akaso V50 really is excellent. Akaso has ensured the camera is made from the highest possible materials with the majority of the camera body having been made from high-quality plastic to keep the weight of the camera low while the robustness as high as possible.
The technology inside the camera body is all modern meaning that it is as small and lightweight as possible to produce the best possible performance without having to add much to the size of weight of the camera. In all honesty, if it wasn’t for the LCD screen size, we really do think that Akaso could have made the v50 even smaller while still being able to capture great video footage similar to the GoPro session.
There really isn’t much more to say for our Akaso v50 review, the action cam is excellent and its reputation amongst the community speaks for itself. Its low price tag pushes it way ahead of the competing products on the market right now and the video and image quality it provides allows it to compeate with cameras at much higher price points in the market.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Akaso V50 to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.