ThiEye T5e Action Camera Complete Review

By Jun 07,2017 11:58 am

It is quite difficult to think about buying 4K action camera with lower price range. When you have lesser money to spend then you can expect limited performance. While, in this article, we will review the ThiEye T5e, which has a small price tag with 4k capacity.

Currently ThiEye T5 series 4k action cameras are available in two versions: you can either pick T5 or go for T5e. Note that the major difference between these cameras is just the packaging, all specifications are same. With a low price range, T5e can provide you 4k shooting ability at 30 fps; this is not enough to say; the article below contains other impressive details about this feature rich camera unit.

Specifications:

Item

ThiEye T5e

Review Price $179.99

Hardware

Chipset Ambarella A12S Processor
Image Sensor 12MP 1/2.3″ COMS Sony IMX117 Sensor 
LCD Display 2.0'' built-in TFT LCD
Lens 170° super-wide view, 7G lens
Connectivity & Ports WiFi (iOS & Android App), Micro USB, HDMI,
Storage Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC (Support up to 64G class 10 or UHS-I)
Waterproof 60m (197 feet) with case
Battery 1100mAh, 3.7V, 4K video about 80min 
Weight Camera(78.2g), Camera with waterproof housing (165.4g)
Dimension 61 x 42 x 23mm(L x W x D)
Color Black, Silver

Video

Video Resolution 4K 30fps, 2.8K 30fps, 2.5K 60fps, 1440P 60fps, 1080P 120/60/30fps, 720P 240 /120fps
Looping Recording 1/2/3/5min, video auto cyclic covering
Timelapse Video 1/2/5/10/30/60 second interval
Video Format MP4 H.264

Photo

Image Resolution 16M(4608*3456) /14M(4254*3264) /12M(4000*3000) /8.3M(3840*2160) /5M(2560*1920) /3M(2048*1536)
Photo Burst 3/5/10 frames per shooting
Self-Timer 2/3/5/10/20/30/60 s
Time Lapse Photo 3/5/10/30/60 second interval
Pros Cons
It offers small format with attractive design. Few basic accessories included. You may have to make additional expenses to get the desired supports.
Solid body and very comprehensive feature menu You can capture audio information only with mono channel as it does not support stereo mode.
Batteries keep their performance appreciable with full charge. The invert image option is missing
The tripod connection arrangement is designed right below optical axis hence it ensures perfect detailing without additional skeleton type mounts.

Design and Usability:

 Thieye T5 Design

This ThiEye T5e is having overall dimension of 61x42x23mm and its fine body texture make it easier to handle. You will find one 2” LCD screen on this device that assists in easy settings during shoots; further it can also allows you to preview videos at the time of recording.

You will find one Mode/Power button at front side of the camera unit whereas the top portion possess Select/Shutter button. At one side of the structure, there are ports to allow connections with external world; they are micro USB port, MicroHDMI and MicroSD card slots. The navigation menu can be controlled with the buttons available on another side of camera unit with up/down assignment. These buttons can easily handle all the control commands; however, you may have to increase the pressing force when camera is covered with protective housing. Note that, the ThiEye T5e can provide crystal clear shoots under water with its additional water proof housing arrangement that is designed with a 360 degree rotating buckle. This additional housing is capable enough to protect camera from shock and dust if you commonly prefer to shoot outdoors.

Accessories in the Box:

Most of you might be curious to know about what surprises are hidden within the box. Don’t worry! Below are the details about accessories in the box:

  • ThiEye T5e action camera
  • Waterproof Housing,
  • Micro USB Cable
  • 1100mAh Rechargeable Battery x2
  • Wiper
  • 360º Quick Release Buckle
  • Flat Adhesive Mount
  • Adhensive Stickers x2
  • Quick Start Guide

All these accessories make assists in easy usability of T5e. The included accessories in not plentiful, so you may need to buy some extra action camera accessories to explore the world.

Video Quality:

As we already know, ThiEye T5e is capable enough to capture videos with 4K resolution at 30 fps frame rate. You can switch between 16:9 and 3:4 settings. If you want to capture slow motion videos, then simply go to 720p/240fps. Watch the slow motion video below to get more informaiton. On the other side, you can process 1080p resolution files with 120 frame rate. You can also make Timelapse videos with the Timelapse function, which has an intervals from 1 to 60 sec. You can also make a timelapse video with the post processing tool after shooting. This camera can capture good details in normal day light as well as during night or low light conditions.

When we talk about sound of T5e action camera unit then it limits its recording abilities to mono mode only. You will find slot for Mic connectivity on top portion of camera unit where as a tiny speaker module is attached to side walls of camera.

Image Quality:

You can capture photos with variable size ranges using different resolution settings. It can vary from 12 MP to 3 MP and the photo quality can be categorized as three different levels: normal, fine and superfine. There are so many options for capturing stills with finest details; one can switch between wide collection of scene modes like sunset, portrait, landscape, sports, night, flash and normal etc. The list of special effects include Vivid, negative, art and normal etc. The wide angle lens offers wider focus with high quality shots.

Image Stabilization:

Even if you want to record videos at moving conditions, T5e has abilities to minimize the shakiness with its advanced Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) feature. This EIS feature has better control on pixel alignment during all kind of recordings but it provides services only up to 1080p; you cannot control the shaky effects in 4K videos. If you want to record videos during adventure sports activities then you can adjust your camera on supplied mounts. What's more, you can stabilize your video footage with some video editing software.

Battery and Storage:

You will find two batteries with 100mAh rating inside T5e box. One battery can serve users up to 70 minutes when camera is switched to 4K resolution with 30 fps frame settings. Whereas if you prefer to work upon 1080p and use frame rate value equal to 60 fps then its performance can be increased up to 100 minutes. One thing is important to know that T5e batteries have unique design; they are not compatible with any other brand.

On the other side, if we talk about storage capacity then T5e is designed to serve buyers with high storage space. You can connect external microSD Cards via available slot and the maximum storage can be enhanced up to 64G. Prefer to use specially designed class 10 MicroSD cards to ensure high speed performance.

APP:

You will be glad to know that T5e is designed with advanced app control. You can easily manage various operations like share, edit and control from your smartphone after downloading ThyEye HD application. It is designed with impressive feature rich controls and library tool contains numbers of video editing options along with unique editing effects. It is also possible to work upon music as well as transitions using this advanced smartphone application. The best part is that once your videos gets edited and reaches final production step they can be easily shared on popular social media networks within seconds. You can showcase your creativity to whole world with few simple steps.

Conclusion:

Looking at the price and comparing it with lots of incredible features, buyers can definitely make decision to buy T5e 4k action camera. It offers great results even at 1080p with 120 fps frame rate. There are so many fancy control options inside that make this action camera stand out against so many potential competitors in the market. Although, you will find limited accessories with this device but the great battery life and high quality video shooting proves it one of the best choice for adventure sports lovers.

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