If you’re in search of a low-budget action camera, AKASO might have designed one for you. This company is known for its relatively well-priced action cameras, perfect if you have got a limited amount to spend, and limited time to think.
Akaso EK7000 camera review
One of the latest action cameras by AKASO is the EK7000 Pro, and the best part is, that this is widely available for sale on popular shopping sites like Amazon and eBay, meaning there are high chances you can quickly get it in your country. If you know about action cameras, then, at first sight, you may be able to tell that this camera, and its packaging, somewhat resembles that of the GoPro Hero Action Camera.
And that brings us to perhaps one of the best features of this camera, that is, it’s a touch screen. Everything as two sides to it, and so does this touch screen feature. It cannot be accessed when caged in the waterproof case that comes in the box.
Coming to the main point, that is, the video quality, let me rate it as average. In low, and even medium light, it does not capture the best picture; however, in bright light, a good quality image is produced. Keeping in mind all these points, the AKASO EK7000 Pro fails to outstand some other comparatively better cameras that lie in roughly the same price range.
The three significant features of this camera are, of course, the touch screen, 4K video, and Electronic Image Stabilization. And the touch screen makes the camera superior to many others, which do support 4K and EIS but do not have a touch screen.
You also get functional quality accessories in the box, which reason for the price. Talking about other features, the camera produces a 4K video at 25 frames per second, a 2.7K video at 30 frames per second, and a 1080p video at 60 frames per second. The magnificent touch screen is a full 2-inch ultra-clear IPS color screen, which eases navigating and changing settings. EIS is essential for any camera’s marketing, especially after GoPro’s HyperSmooth was loved by users.
The AKASO EK7000 Pro`s EIS is not exceptionally good, to be honest. Sample videos prove that the camera produces a video with more or less the same quality with or without EIS enabled, meaning, handshaking, and movement still leads to fairly unsmooth videos. Next, the waterproof case, which is waterproof up to 131 feet underwater, is an updated version of that in the previous generation.
This camera also features an adjustable view angle that can be set between narrow, medium, comprehensive, and super-wide, perfect for vlogging! Last but not least, the size and weight of this camera are 6 x 4 x 3.3 cm and 115 grams, respectively, again, factors that make it similar to GoPro.
The AKASO EK7000 Pro is pretty well-built and well-designed, which shows how designers have given the most of their potentials to make the camera not look cheap. For example, the lightweight plastic is covered by textures.
The image quality shows that most of the manufacturing cost has been spent on the lens, and the same goes for the screen, which is perfect in size, is bright like an action camera should be, and does the job when it comes to sensitivity. Commonly, action cameras that retail at this price do not have a screen at the back of the camera! Hence, we can say this one is quite reasonable.
Now let’s shed some light on the waterproof case. It is of reasonably good quality and tightly locks the camera inside it. A plus point is that the back door of the camera has two rubber strips, so vibrations are prevented. However, rattling still occurs as the space around the place where the lens fit has no padding, causing light vibrations.
Anyway, the good tight fit makes the case worth it. When it comes to protecting the camera from water, the case is excellent, but having the case on can get pretty annoying when you want to access the touch screen, in case you want to change the settings, or you don’t have your remote control, or whatsoever.
This old styled waterproof case restricts usability, by not permitting you to access the touch screen. Furthermore, the case still has the same old spring-loaded metal buttons that work when exposed to dust, but stop working when they get covered with mud. Also, when you are wearing gloves, they are difficult to access, and you might end up getting your fingers hurt.
Still, when it comes to using the casing, it fully allows you to alter the settings and do other things you would otherwise use the touch screen directly for. The menu system can be easily navigated with the case, but still, the housing could have been designed more efficiently to make the experience of navigation easier.
To start the recording, you have to push the shutter button hardly, which unfortunately also shifts the composition every time. One would prefer to prop the camera out of the case, use the touch screen to adjust the settings, hitting record, and popping the camera back in the case rather than using the housing buttons to change the options.
However, using it as an action camera is easier as then you may use your smartphone to operate it. The potential of the camera as an action camera is ruined when it’s put inside the waterproof housing. When the camera is popped out of the casing, everything changes for the better!
The touch screen allows heavenly responsive access, with a clear and bright screen while checking the footage. With this, we can conclude that the waterproof housing does its job but highly restricts the features of the camera and easy access to it.
Just like the significant split between the excellent touch screen and old-school waterproof casing, there is another split between the 4K and the 1080p video footage. The AKASO EK7000 Pro does not feature a bad 4K video, but a drawback is the frame rate of 25 frames per second, which makes the camera only suitable for vlogging or scene-setting.
If you drop the resolution down to 1080p, the footage shows details, but you will notice a vivid negative difference in terms of color and contrast. Another drawback is that the camera fails to perform well with quickly changing brightness. Your footage is likely to have pixeled visuals in such conditions.
Unless the light is beautiful and bright, and the scenery doesn’t move, the camera performs well. Next, when you turn on the image stabilization, you may notice a difference, but with side effects, which will make you feel like the camera performs better with the electronic image stabilization turned off. Talking about the app, it is not complex at all, so you can use it easily. Connect it to the camera and enjoy recording easily.
Here’s a video review by Alex from Redskull YouTube Channel, so you’ll be able to fully understand this action camera’s characteristics:
- Remote Control
- Dual Battery Charger
- 2 x Batteries (1050 mA)
- Waterproof Case
- 3 x Standoffs
- 2 x Brackets
- Skeleton Case
- Backpack clip
- Budget oriented
- Touch Screen
- Full HD action camera
- 1080p having electronic image stabilization
- Exposure adjustment
- Smartphone application available
- Not suitable to use as a primary 4k shooting device
- Only has stabilization in full HD
- Not so great battery life
- Slow-motion in 720p looks pretty bad
- Waterproof case doesn’t allow access to the touch screen
Final Verdict for Akaso EK7000:
The AKASO EK7000 Pro is budget-friendly, yet offers a lot of features. Keep in mind that the provision does not entirely meet what was provided. For what you get, you should have gotten it for a little less money. No doubt that the touch screen is a fantastic feature, but a significant drawback is the imperfect video quality.
The condition for clear footage with this camera is a bright sunny day. Otherwise, you are unlikely to be fully satisfied with the quality of the footage. Even in bright light, if the subject is moving, the camera struggles to keep up. The excellent quality touch screen cannot cover up for the footage quality that is entirely below what you expect it to be.
Plus, paying this much for more or less the same old school waterproof housing that restricts the use of perhaps the only outstanding feature, the touch screen, is a little unpleasant. In addition to that, another major feature that attracts buyers towards the camera, that is, electronic image stabilization does not stabilize your image in the best way and bizarrely impacts your footage, which again is a significant pullback.
So, for the verdict, this camera is worth buying if you are looking for an inexpensive and budget-friendly camera to capture family or friend moments, and the best part is, you do not need to be a professional to know how to use the camera as it is designed simply.
You might have trouble with the housing. Nonetheless, it does its job by protecting your camera against water up to 131 feet, and dust. Plus, you get a lot of cool good quality accessories.
As per action, the camera is not pro at it, and so you might be paying a little extra than you should, but if you are looking for a camera for capturing memories with family and friends, in good light, the camera does a promising job. In my opinion, it does a good job, but not, it is not the best action camera.