ThiEYE T5 Edge: 4K Action Camera with Voice Controls
ThiEYE is an experienced action and car cameras manufacturer from Shenzen, that might be the biggest competitor to the American GoPro, because it offers really good 4K cameras at the lowest price possible. Is the latest ThiEYE T5 Edge action camera as successful as previous models? See for yourself!
|Resolution||From 4K 30 fps to 720p 120 fps|
|Display||2 inch LCD Ultra-HD IPS|
|Internal Memory||MicroSD cards up to 128 GB|
|Interface||HDMI, MicroUSB, WiFi|
|Waterproofing||Up to 60 m|
|Size||60 x 42 x 23 mm|
|Box contents||1 x Action Camera with Waterproof Case ( built-in battery ), 1 x Transparent Backdoor, 2 x Helmet Mount, 1 x USB Data Cable ( 92cm ), 1 x Cleaning Cloth, 1 x English User Manual, 2 x Adhesive Sticker, 1 x Remote Control, 1 x 360-degree Rotating Quick Release Buckle, 1 x 360-degree Vertical Quick Release Buckle, 2 x Anti-Fog Insert, 1 x Cloth Bag|
Pros and Cons
- Awesome 4K image quality with EIS gyro stabilizer
- Innovative remote control with voice control
- Really small, can be mounted anywhere
- Unparalleled 60 m water resistance
- WiFi for fast file transfer
- Plenty of accessories in the box
- Available at a tiny fraction of GoPro price
- ThiEYE app is a bit buggy
4K movies shot with T5 Edge look simply stunning: the details are perfectly defined, the images look amazingly vivid and you can almost feel like you are there. Gyroscope image stabilization reduces blur caused by rapid movements of the camera, and the distortion correction improves errors in image geometry resulting from circular shape of the lens. 4K resolution produced here is of course native and not artificially inflated by interlacing, as in many cheap action cameras. You can also set the recording settings to lower resolution, so your videos will take up less space on the memory card and power consumption will be reduced. 170 degree recording angle makes it possible to get wide-angle panoramic shots.
Slow Motion mode lets you record movies at 720p / 120fps, making it easy to capture a fast-moving action to make a slo-mo footage. The Time Lapse movie mode allows you to record individual frames in an offset of a 3 to 60 seconds, which is useful to record a flower blooming or sunset at dusk.
This camera also allows you to take individual photos at 14MP resolution, which is especially easy because you can use voice remote control for easy and fast shots. Among few modes at your disposal, you can take single photo, a series of picture (up to 30 photos with one click), a delayed selfie (maximum delay 20 seconds) and a timelapse that takes pictures every 3 to 60 seconds.
Control and interface
Camera is operated using the buttons on the case, and the movie preview is available on a two-inch 320 x 240 LCD screen. The most interesting method of control is however voice control. This allows you to issue commands like “Start recording”, “Stop recording” or “Take a picture”, so you don’t have to use your hands for handling camera, which is especially useful during cycling, driving or swimming.
High-speed WiFi connection allows you to transfer files to your computer or tablet instantly, and the HDMI output allows direct playback on the TV screen. In addition, the ThiEYE app available for both iOS and Android, allows you to remote control by a smartphone and tweak additional settings. You can also easily share your recordings through app on social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube, to broadcast it to the world.
Waterproofing and additional accessories
T5 Edge is the first ThiEYE camera with 60 meters water resistance, which allows you to deep dive and record your underwater adventures. This case completely protects the electronics not only against water, but also dust, mud, snow and even shock, so you can safely ride a skateboard, play parkour or skydive without worrying about fragile electronics. This camera even has a special Aqua Mode for underwater recording that sharpens images and saturates color.
In addition to waterproof case, there is pleny of accessories in the box to choose from, so you do not need to buy additional mounts or cables. Two rotatable handles allow 360 degree rotation in X/Y axis, and a standardized 1/4 inch diameter socket allows you to attach it to a tripod or a selfie stick. The battery allows about 80 minutes of recording in 4K quality.
In terms of recording capability, T5 Edge can be compared to GoPro Hero 6 camera. Not only is the comparison more advantageous in terms of 4K video quality in favor of ThiEYE camera, but T5 Edge is almost four times cheaper than its American counterpart, which is priced at about $400. ThiEYE T5 Edge is without a doubt the most cost-effective equipment that you can buy among action cameras and we highly recommend it.