The Apeman A80 action camera is one of the best offered by the manufacturers. It has more than what an entry-level photographer or an adventurer expects from an action camera within this price range.
The Apeman action cameras are top-rated among adventurers and action photographers as entry-level action cameras. One of the core reasons behind this is Apeman capable everyone to purchase a nifty action camera without spending some 300$ or 400$.
It is a brilliant tiny gadget with 4k video resolution, 170° Wide-angle Lens, 20MP images resolution, multiple photo/video modes, connectivity features, electronic stabilization, long battery life, ergonomic durable built, and much more.
Salient features of Apeman A80:
Design and built
Strong built is one of the prominent features of Apeman’s action cameras. A80 weighs only 61 grams, but it is strong enough to take usual bumps and falls without external or internal damage. It is a small camera that can easily fit in the palm of a hand or pocket with the physical dimensions of 60 x 30 x 41 mm (L x W x H).
The whole body of A80 is made up of high-quality plastic. The camera’s design is so elegant, and the controls are rather simple, which makes it the best choice for beginners.
The A80 has a 2 inches LCD screen, few buttons, and ports about the physical features. A plain LCD screen shows vibrant colors, and it is very clear. All settings and live videos are displayed on it. It is a cheap camera, but not a single aspect of this one feels cheap.
Take, for example, buttons. Cheap-camera manufacturers usually compromise the quality, but Apeman didn’t do so. Buttons are easy to press and do not stick. On the front of the camera, there is a lens and power button. LCD screen at the backside.
Recording button on the top. Micro USB slot, Micro SD slot, and HDMI port on the left side. And Wi-Fi and speakers buttons are on the right side.
Apeman A80 is waterproof up to 40 meters or 131.2ft once placed in a waterproof casing. GoPro and high-end cameras offer waterproofing without any casing but keeping the price of the camera in mind. It isn’t a drawback. This waterproof case can also provide the camera with additional protection from dust, dents, scratches, et cetera.
Camera specifications say that A80 is capable of capturing 4k videos, but in reality, it isn’t the true resolution. The actual recording is in 2k resolution (2880 x 2160), then interpolated to 4k by the camera.
The digital processes upgrade the actual 2k video to meet the standards of video with 4k resolution. Despite this, it produces super clear images. All thanks to Novatek 96660 processor and the popular Sony IMX078 sensor.
At 4k resolution, fps is 24. Resolutions below this support the higher frame rates per second (fps). The resolution and fps of this camera are:
Take high-quality, clear, and vibrant images up to 20MP with Apeman A80. Lower resolutions up to 3Mp are also supported. All the images are taken with the widest field of view (FOV) of the lens of 170 degrees. It is good for the outdoors, but the con about it is that it cannot be changed.
Also, images cannot be stored in RAW format. Only JPG image format is supported.
To avoid the blurry footages caused by shakes and jolts, there is electronic Gyro Stabilization. It comes in handy in adventurous situations and action photography. It is the improved version of stabilization compared to predecessors, yet it only works for video shooting at Full HD resolution or below, not 4K or QHD.
For still photography, there is an anti-shaking mode that works from all resolutions from 3MP to 20MP.
Performance in low-light situations
Apeman A80 is the best camera for outdoors, but when it comes to low-light performance in either outdoors or indoors, the results aren’t copasetic.
Numerous modes and options are offered by the camera to make the experience even better. Some of these odes are loop recording, anti-shake mode, WDR, Driving Mode, Night Scene, Self-Timer, Image Size, Quality, Sharpness, Motion Detection, Record Audio, Data Stamp, White Balance, Color, ISO, and EV Exposure Value.
All these are easy to use but make images a lot better and artistic.
The camera’s price offers the best battery life compared to action cameras of a similar price category. It uses the 1050mAh lithium-ion battery, which provides around 60 minutes in 4k shooting and 120 minutes* for 1080 p shooting.
*This battery time is for an ideal situation, i.e., when screen and connectivity features are off. In other cases, this battery time can be quite less as compared to these ideal timings.
Apeman A80 supports Wi-Fi connections. It can establish a stable connection with both iOS and Android smartphones.
To access the Wi-Fi, it is necessary to install Apeman’s OKCam app on your smartphone first. It is available on the play store and apple store for free of cost. With this, you can control the camera through a smartphone and transfer footages instantly to a mobile phone for quick sharing on social media and with friends and family.
It sounds like a dandy feature, but reviews about it aren’t excellent. Many users complain that either the app takes ages to connect with the smartphone or connect with it at all.
Apeman A80 Specs:
- Camera Size: L x W x H: 60 x 30 x 41 mm
- Weight: 61g (with battery)
- Video Resolution: 4K@24fps, 1440P@30fps, 1080P@30fps/60fps, 720P@30fps/60fps/120fps
- Image Resolution: 20M; 16M; 12M; 10M; 8M; 5M; 3M
- Screen: 2 inches LCD Screen
- Lens: 170° Wide-angle Lens (Adjustable)
- Lens type: 6 layer glass lens with an IR filter
- Video Format/Compression Format: MP4/H.264
- Image Format: JPG
- Chipset: Novatek 96660
- Sensor: Sony IMX078
- ISO: Auto 100-400
- Camera stabilization: Yes. Ice and Gyro Stabilization
- Modes: Single Shot, Burst, Time-Lapse, FPV output, Motion Detection, Diving
- Wi-Fi Connection: available. Android/IOS Supported
- Wi-Fi app: OKCam
- SD Card Class: 10 Micro SD Card up to 64G (not included in the package)
- Ports: Micro USB, Micro HDMI, Micro SD card slot
- Charging Time: About 3 hours
- Recording Time: 120 minutes (1080P) or 60 minutes (4K)
- Battery: Rechargeable 1050mAh Li-ion Battery
- Power Input: 5V/1A
- Waterproof Case Depth Rating: 40 meters or 131.2ft
Inside the package:
- APEMAN A80
- 1050 mAh Battery
- Waterproof Housing up to 40 m / 130 ft.
- Bicycle stand
- Helmet mount
- Fixed base
- 2x base
- Clip, ribbon, bandage, adhesive tape
- MicroUSB to USB cable
- A reliable performer
- Offers the best value of money
- Durable built
- 4k video and stabilization for blur-free results
- 20MP images
- Numerous accessories and mounts come with the package
- 4k isn’t the true one
- Requires a water casing to be fully waterproof
- Low-light results are disappointing at times
- Smartphone connectivity doesn’t always work
Though there are few cons, by all means, it is a highly recommended camera. No competitor of Apeman A80 is offering as much value of money as it is. If you are looking for a durable, easy-to-use, and with all the features of a modern camera without spending a handful of currency notes, Apeman A80 might be the best for you!