ThiEYE V5s 4K Action Camera Review

Today we take a quick look at the ThiEYE V5s 4K Action Camera. We’ve tested several action cameras over the years … from the standard 1080p to 2K models, and now it seems 4K is the norm. Thanks to Gearbest and ThiEYE for supplying the action camera.

ThiEYE Action Camera V5s is born with a brilliant big eye which is more than just a good look. It adapts to various filters to achieve different effects as enhance colors, reduce reflections, protect lenses.

The metallic shell in carbon fiber style makes V5s full sense of science and technology. Loads of settings to take exactly the type of footage or photos you want from your adventures.

 

 

High capacity 1180mAh rechargeable battery records up to 100 minutes of 4K/30fps video or 120 minutes of 1080P/60fps video with a single charge, there are audible signals when the battery is low.

The smartphone app has always worked well for you to avid struggling with a computer. 170° lens captures all beautiful scenes in front of you. 2-inch LCD Display helps you view your action world better than ever.

It is a compact, waterproof, versatile and mountable camera and fairly easy to use and is quite adaptable to different action situations such as surfing, diving, snorkeling, kayaking, motorcycle racing, biking, skiing, climbing, or driving.

 

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Features

Excellent 4K Image and Video Quality

Provides clear, crisp 4K/30fps, 1080p/60fps Video and 12MP photo. V5s uses a 170° super wide-angle 7G lens which gives a wide view.

Built-in 2.0 inch HD screen helps you setting up the camera and previewing video easily. And thanks to its 4x zoom, you can record moments near, far and in between to enhance the photo and video experience.

 

WiFi & APP Control

With a wifi connection to your Android or IOS smartphone using the Thieye app is quick and easy, the app shows the live view from the camera so aiming your shot is easy and it works as a remote for the camera too. Editing the videos and adding effects, BGM and transitions then sharing instantly.

 

Practical Camera with Various Lens Filters 

The detachable lens makes its possibilities are greatly expanded as it can be replaced with UV Filter and CPL Filter to improve clarity and color restoration for better deepening blue sky and highlighting white clouds.

 

197 Feet Waterproof & 360° Rotating Buckle

All attachments are sturdy and the IPX8 waterproof case is made of high-quality plastic which makes its waterproof level up to 197 feet and protects the camera from damage in normal use.

Unique designed 360° rotating buckle is universal which not only achieve flexible adjustment of shooting angles but also firmly fix the V5s camera even during violent vibration.

 

More information on ThiEYE’s website.

 

Specifications

Videos  
Resolution 4K@30fps 2.7K@30fps 1080P@60fps / 30fps 720P@120fps / 60fps
Looping Recording 2 / 3 / 5min, video auto cyclic covering
Time Lapse video 0.5 / 1 / 2 / 5 / 10 / 30 / 60 second interval
Slow Motion 1080P (1920*1080) 60fps / 720P (1280*720) 120fps
Car Mode Support
180°Turnover Support
Format MP4
Codec H.264
   
Photos  
Resolution 12M(4000*3000) / 8M(3264*2448) / 5M(2592*1936)
Photo Burst 3 / 5 / 10 frames per shooting
Self-Timer 3 / 5 / 10 / 20 second
Time Lapse Photo 3 / 10 / 15 / 20 / 30 second interval
   
Power  
Power Input 1180mAh, 3.7V
Battery 5V / 1A
   
Hardware  
LCD 2.0” built-in TFT LCD
Lens 170° super-wide angle lens
Connection WiFi (iOS & Android App), Micro USB, HDMI
Storage Micro SD / SDHC / SDXC (Support up to 128G class 10 or UHS-I, sold separately)
   
Others  
Battery Li- lithium 1180mAh
Color Black
Language English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simple Chinese

 

 

The Box and Packaging

The package comes with everything you need to get started right away. There’s even 2 lens filters included as well as carry pouch and a bike clamp included. I only wished they could have included 1 extra spare battery.

 

The ThiEYE Action Cam with waterproof casing

The waterproof casing is solid and the buttons for power, menu and selection is tight and rugged. It gives me good confidence, if I’m thinking about taking this action camera underwater.

 

A Closer Look

The ThiEYE V5s 4K Action Camera is compact and small, just like most action cameras on the market. What really stands out with this one is the large “big eye” lens. Well, it’s not the actual lens that is large but rather, the filter.

Power button is at the front side of the camera, while the menu is activated using the top button. The up and down buttons on the side are used for making the selection on the menu system. You’ll also find a micro HDMI output, micro USB port and a SD card slot.

The battery compartment is located on the under side of the camera, along with a standard camera mount.

 

Photos 12MP

Still photo shots were surprisingly very good. Photos turned out to be quite sharp and very detailed, without “fish-eye” effect. This is all thanks to the large 12MP sensor.

 

Video Footage

Here’s our full unboxing video filmed at our new studio … 

 

 

UHD 4K @ 30fps (click on image below to view the footage)

 

1080p @ 60fps (click on image below to view the footage)

 

1080p @ 60fps – low light (click on image below to view the footage)

 

Slow motion at 720p @ 120fps (click on image below to view the footage)

 

Timelase 1080p (click on image below to view the footage)

 

Underwater Recording @ 1080p (click on image below to view the footage)

 

Verdict and Conclusion

I was surprised with the quality of the video footage I managed to get. Low light was ok, but not great, but the timelapse and slow motion was super cool. Daytime recording on both 1080p and 4K was also very good. I do like the fact that ThiEYE gives you 2 lens filters, which I think is an added bonus.

The menu system on the ThiEYE V5s is easy to use and  navigate. So no complaints here. I only wished they have the option to remove the “fish-eye” effect of the video recording, which is pretty standard on all action cameras … but is that too much to ask 😛

Just take a look at all the features below. You can’t go wrong for only $84.00.

 

Pros:

  • 12MP Photos – Single shooting, Time-lapse photo, Self-timer, Photo burst
  • Waterproof level is up to 197 feet (60 meters)
  • 4K recording @ 30fps
  • 1080p recording @ 60fps
  • Wifi connectivity using mobile App
  • Timelpse at intervals of 0.5/1/2/5/10/30/60 second
  • Slow motion at 1080p 60fps / 720p 120fps

Cons:

  • Not great in low light

 

If you want an affordable action camera that does 4K recording with wifi functionality, then take a serious look at the ThiEYE V5s 4K Action Camera. It’s one of the better action cameras you can get on the market (for the price).

 

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