If you have experienced the frustration of missing proud moments in your children’s athletic history or your hobbies involve quick moving items, you might wish to consider an action sports camera. In this Akaso EK5000 review, we highlight the features that make this a suitable tool for immortalizing those wonderful moments or scenes.
As to you read our take on the Akaso EK5000, understand what features can make this a smart choice for an action sports camera for you.
Akaso EK5000 Specs
Type: 1080p HD with WiFi
Video Resolution: 1080p-30; 720p-30
Photo Resolution: 12MP
Shutter Speed: N/A
Continuous Shooting Rate:
Size: 2.3 in. x 1.65 in. x 1.22 in. (6 x 4.2 x 3.1 cm)
Weight: 1.19 lb (540 g)
Media Storage: MicroSD Card, Micro SDHC, Micro SDXC Class 10, UHS-I
The Akaso EK5000 features a 170-degree wide-angle lens providing extensive views. As we discuss more fully in this Akaso EK5000 review, this camera affords you numerous options for image resolution, time lapse photography, and video playback.
Other features include WiFi for uploading content, a waterproof casing that protects the camera for up to 30 meters deep, 19 mounts and accessories, a 2-in LCD screen and an HDMI output for display on HD devices.
Absent from this model is 4K video, but the Akaso EK7000 has this feature.
Image Quality & Performance
With the Akaso EK5000 comes a video resolution 1080p, or full high-definition, at its maximum. This means your camera displays videos in 1920 horizontal pixels by 1080 vertical pixels. You also have HD, however to a lesser extent, with 1280 pixels by 720 pixels. In the Akaso EK7000 model the 4K option affords you 4096 pixels at horizontal resolution.
The resolution for photograph images ranges from 200W to as high as 1200W. You also have options to view at 500W and 800W. The maximum 1200W, or 12 mega pixels, affords very high quality prints, especially if you are printing large ones. You might opt for the lower resolution photograph settings if you’re using email that has limited capacity can handle memory.
Design & Controls
If you want underwater shots, the Akaso EK5000 is waterproof up to 30 m, or 98 ft, under water.
You have at your disposal a number of photo modes for those action shots. The “Burst” mode takes three photos in 1.5 seconds. In the time-lapse mode, you can program the camera to automatically shoot in intervals of two, three, five, ten, twenty, thirty or sixty seconds. Of course, you can also take a single photograph for still scenes rather than action.
For storage of your videos and images, the manufacturer recommends a Class 10 SD card. The Akaso EK5000 is compatible with memory SD cards up to a maximum storage of 32GB. While this seems a lot and generally is standard among action cameras, it is less memory than some other products. For example, the GoPro HERO 6 comes with 64GB SD card compatibility.
With the two-inch LCD screen, you can view images and videos. You can also call this camera the Akaso EK5000 WiFi, as it can transmit a WiFi signal up to ten meters away. You will need to, as the manual says, download the iSmartDV app on your tablet or smartphone to use the WiFi. Note that the Akaso EK5000 WiFi feature facilitates uploads only to devices with the app, not to a cloud.
The Akaso EK5000 comes with many attributes that allow you to capture those active moments:
- A burst setting that generates three photos in 1.5 seconds
- Seven time-lapse options, ranging from two seconds to one minute
- Megapixel settings from two to 12 for flexibility of uses, such as emailing or printing high quality large photos
- Full high-definition resolution for viewing photos and videos
- Wi-Fi for uploading photographs
- Ability to fit into a pocket
- 19 camera mounts and accessories
- Affordable price for HD action cameras
The Akaso EK5000 does have some drawbacks, as reflected by Akaso EK5000 review comments from international Amazon sites and from Akaso’s information:
- Batteries last, in some cases, less than one hour
- No 4K resolution
- WiFi does not upload content to cloud-based storage
The Akaso EK5000 seems best suited for individuals or families wanting to preserve memories and those who want to capture nature especially for hobby or personal use. The burst and multiple time lapse settings come in handy for capturing touchdowns, baskets, soccer or hockey goals and other hard to photograph actions. Proud parents may find this especially attractive or reassuring. Experienced swimmers and scuba divers can get shots of aquatic environments and life by being able to plunge up to 98 feet into the water.
Professional photographers or videographers of sports or fast-moving animals may similarly benefit from these action settings. However, the Akaso EK5000 has a maximum of 12MP and no 4K. As there are models that have more than 12 megapixels, professional still photography may not prove optimal with this model. While 12 megapixels can provide clarity for large photos, you may get even more vibrant and clearer printouts with 14 and 16 megapixel cameras. Further, the lack of 4K may cause you to miss out on the ability to draw those interested in the highest-resolution displays.
If you’re looking for something with more clarity, consider the EKEN H6 Ultra HD. It comes with 14 megapixels and 4K video, unlike the Akaso EK5000. Without detracting from the Akaso EK5000 burst mode, the EKEN boasts a burst mode that yields three photographs in a second, seven in two seconds, 15 photos in four seconds, and 30 photos in eight seconds. The YI Lite Action Camera comes with 16 MP capability and 4K. Another 16MP option comes from the Polaroid XS 100 Extreme Edition.
If you wish to stay in the Akaso brand, consider the Brave 4 4K, which comes with 20MP. Akaso’s EK7000 has many of the features as the EK5000, but notably adds the 4K resolution that doesn’t come with the EK5000.
In this Akaso EK5000 review we’ve highlighted the features that promise high quality and the ability to get shots of actions and other sudden and quick movements. We have considered the manuals and information from the manufacturer and reviews by international purchasers of the Akaso EK5000.
Taking all of this into account we conclude that the Akaso EK5000 affords a very good value especially for those interested in capturing family moments or who want to photograph natural habitats as a hobby. Other models may prove more effective if you have designs for professional photography or display.