In the category of reasonably priced action cameras, no brand is offering better than Apeman.
Apeman action cameras are considered the best available alternative to GoPros.
The recently released Apeman A100 with 4k at 50fps is an excellent camera with all the specifications which were once considered as the specialty of GoPros.
Engineering nifty cameras like A100 are among the reasons behind this brand being so popular among sports enthusiasts and adventurers.
Apeman A100 Trawo Review
Trawo A100 features native 4k at 50 frames per second. Many other cameras in this price range offer the 4k, but it is neither native, nor their results are as good as A100.
It hosts numerous other quality features too. It has up to date electronic image stabilization to ensure the smoothest and ultra-high-definition footages no matter how shaky the shooting situation is.
Multiple shooting modes, accessories, Wi-Fi, remote control, voice control, and some auto setting ensure ease of use, especially for beginners.
A100 lets you capture the wonders inside deep water with its 40 meters of waterproofing inside the case.
Two batteries are sent with the package, and each battery offers up to 60 minutes of shooting time in 4k mode, making sure that you have the best and interrupted experience outdoors.
All the features collectively deliver the professional level performance unusual for the action cameras falling in this device’s price range.
Here are details about the salient features of Apeman A100 and their performance:
With Hisilicon Hi3559 chip and sensitive SONY IMX458 sensor, the TRAWO offers 4K at 50fps and 4K at 30fps.
Today when every other brand is offering 4k, what makes this feature so special in A100? The answer is two things.
Firstly, the resolution offered by Apeman A100 is native. Native resolution is when the video is both captured and displayed in 4k resolution, unlike low-end cameras.
Those cameras offer the interpolated resolution in which the videos are captured in a much lower resolution of 2k. Internally, the sensor of the camera interpolated and upgraded the output into the 4k.
Those videos are 4k but false 4k, and any camera expert or professional can easily identify it because of the difference in smoothness and quality in native 4k and false 4k.
Secondly, this 4k resolution is offered with 50fps. Other brands in the middle-priced category are still limited to 15fps or 30fps.
Higher the frame rate, the higher the smoothness, especially in action photography and handheld shoots.
All video resolutions are 4K @ 50fps; 4K @ 30fps; 2.7K @ 30fps; 1440P @3 0fps/60fps; 1080P @ 30fps and 60fps; 720P @ 60fps and 120fps. All videos are stored in .mp4 format.
Overall, the video performance is an outstanding and strongest feature of the device.
There are several video modes to enhance the video shooting experience, i.e., single shooting mode, time-lapse mode, slow motion, aqua mode, long exposure, and automated distortion correction.
Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS)
To ensure the smoothest footages in all situations, Trawo A100 uses built-in Electronic Image Stabilization.
This feature perfectly complements the feature of 4k and other video resolutions with higher frames per second.
EIS works with the help of a super-accurate motion sensor. Motions and blurs’ motion information is integrated with the framerate of shooting resolution to compensate for unwanted effects of motion.
This technique reduces distracting vibrations from videos by smoothing the transition from one frame to another.
EIS of A100 works fine, but if you are looking forward to shooting extreme sports activities, I recommend using the gimbal.
It will ensure that no-way you face any blur or any similar sort of problem.
Foe still images, resolutions offered by Apeman A100 are:
- 20MP (4928×3264)
- 14MP (4320×3240)
- 10MP (3648×2736)
- 8MP (3264×2448)
- 5MP (2592×1944)
- 2MP (1600×1200)
Many automated and changeable settings make the quality of results outstanding. ISO and Exposure settings can be fixed.
Four Diversified scene modes named people, diving, scenery, remove the fog are also there to let photographer artistic effects without going through the pain of changing different settings.
Images are stored in JPG format. Many new and updated features are integrated into A100, but shame that a basic feature as RAW images format is absent.
Anyhow, this con isn’t considerable compared to the bundle of features in the bracket of pros.
Low light performance
Low-light results are not the strong side of any Apeman camera.
Unfortunately, for A100, the footage results for low-light shooting aren’t extraordinary the way results of 4k, and 20MP camera are.
Sometimes, a grainy effect is visible.
The Apeman A100 is best for outdoor use.
You can take down Apeman A100 deep down in water up to 40 meters inside the waterproof cover.
Without this cover, this camera is just a regular camera, pretty vulnerable to water.
But to date, no middle-range or low-range action camera offers a waterproof body without any cover, so it is not considered a con.
The feature of 40-meter waterproofing by Apeman A100 is equivalent to the underwater limit offered by an expensive brand.
Place your device inside the transparent cover and capture the underwater world with the 4k eye, yet there is a major flaw.
As mentioned prior, the camera operates via touch – there is no other way to change settings except using a touch screen.
There is no way you can change shooting mode or any other setting once the camera is underwater.
Built and Design
The built quality of A100 is high-quality and durable thaa. Regular action camera users might not even guess that it is a middle-level action camera.
It is made up of premium quality plastic. The body is black with a slight touch of orange, whereas the waterproof is completely transparent.
This cover protects the camera underwater and comes in handy in several other conditions, i.e., during rain and windy or dusty conditions, place the camera in this casing. No way any dust particles can go inside the camera.
Physical dimensions of A100 are only 61 mm x 30 mm x 45 mm (L x W x H), whereas it weighs only 76 grams with a battery.
On the front, the most prominent feature is two LEDs. On the upper side, there is the start recording button similar to predecessors of A100.
On the left side, there is the micro-SD compartment (SD card is not included in the package) slot and the settings button and on the right side.
On the backside, the prominent feature is the 2.0’’ IPS High Sensor Touch Screen.
This screen is very responsive, and the displayed results are also highly defined. Using the screen, you can preview and changed settings, see battery level and shooting mode.
Overall screen performance is satisfactory, but as mentioned in the waterproofing heading, the problem is when you have to use a camera inside the cover.
There’s no other way possible to change the settings. Though the camera can be remote and voice-controlled, these features work only for basic operations.
The lens is also at the front of the camera. It is a 7-layered glass lens with 170 degrees adjustable angle of view with a fishy-eye look.
The default wide-angle setting of the lens can be adjusted to medium and narrow. The aperture is F/1.8 Wide.
Battery Life and Some Other Features
Apeman A100 is powered via a 1350 mAh li-ion battery. This battery takes up to 3 hours for charging and provides 120 minutes of continuous shooting time in 1080p format and 60 minutes straight-shooting time 4k resolution.
And there’s more! Two batteries are sent with the package so you can have the optimum shooting experience.
A 2.4G wrist remote control is sent with the device. It isn’t waterproof, just like the camera body.
Both voice control and wrist remote control features can perform the basic functions such as start and stop of shooting.
Trawo A100 supports a Class 10 or higher Micro SD Memory Card. This memory card can be up to 128 GB starting from 16GB.
The camera doesn’t have built-in storage, so it is necessary to insert the card to save the footage.
Using the Wi-Fi feature, footage can easily be transferred to the smartphone and shared with family and friends instantly.
To use this connectivity feature, it is necessary to download the YUTUPRO app on a smartphone from the apple store or play store.
Unfortunately, the Wi-Fi feature doesn’t work if the connection/signals are not strong. In that case, data can be transferred using USB or HDMI.
Multiple accessories are sent with the package. These accessories are compatible with many other action cameras, including some models of GoPro.
A100 Trawo Specifications:
- Manufacturer: Apeman
- Camera name: TRAWO A100
- Camera type: Action Camera
- Physical dimensions: 61 mm x 30 mm x 45 mm (L x W x H)
- Weight: 76g (with battery)
- Camera screen: 2.0’’ IPS High Sensor Touch Screen
- Chip: Hisilicon Hi3559
- Sensor: SONY IMX458
- Video resolutions: 4K @ 50fps; 4K @ 30fps; 2.7K @ 30fps; 1440P @3 0fps/60fps; 1080P @ 30fps and 60fps; 720P @ 60fps and 120fps
- Video (compression) format: MP4, H.264, H.265
- Still images Resolution: 20M; 16M; 12M; 10M; 8M; 5M; 3M
- Images Format: JPG (no RAW)
- Footages stabilization: Via Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS)
- Lens type: 7 layered glass lens
- Lens Aperture: F/1.8 Wide
- Lens angle: 170° and adjustable
- Slo-mo video resolutions: 1440P at 60fps, 1080P at 60fps, 720P at 60fps
- Battery type: Rechargeable 1350mAh Li-ion Battery
- Power Input: 5V / 1A
- Charging time: Up to 3 hours
- Recording time: 120 minutes (1080P), 60 minutes (4K)
- Waterproof Case Depth Rating: Up to 40 meters or 131.2ft
- Exposure control: Yes
- Exposure value: -2.0 to +2.0
- ISO: Yes (Auto / 100-1600)
- White balance effects: Yes (5 options)
- Shooting modes: Time-lapse, boot recording, Timer shooting, burst shooting, Diversifies scene modes (people, diving, scenery, remove the fog)
- Remote controlled: Yes
- Remote type: 2.4 G
- Wi-Fi connections: Android/IOS Supported
- Storage: Class 10 Micro SD Card up to 128G (not included)
- Accessories: included in the package
- Reasonable price
- Good footages quality – both videos and images
- 4k at 50fps and 20MP
- Electronic image stabilization
- Voice and remote control
- Deep underwater shooting up to 40m (130ft) with the waterproof case
- Batteries can last up to 180 minutes in ideal situations
- Various images/videos modes and built-in settings for exposure control and IOS
- Settings are accessible only using the touchscreen. Impossible to change the settings inside the waterproof casing
- No casing to hold the accessories like the predecessors
- No way to adjust or change the focus
- Smartphone app keeps on crashing
Our verdict on Apeman A100
Summing up the review – you get more from Apeman A100 then what you pay for!
Certain incredible features in Apeman 100 makes it worthy for any sports enthusiast or adventurer to spend money on it.
4k videos at 50 frames per second and 20Mp still image results are surprisingly good. Electronic image stabilization, high-quality sensor, voice and remote control, Wi-Fi connectivity, several video and pictures mode, ease of use, waterproofing, better battery life, and several other functions make sure that you enjoy your shooting experience with Apeman A100.
Considering all these features, performance, and many positive customer reviews about it, Apeman A100 Trawo is one of the best available medium-budget cameras.