AKASO produces some of the better quality budget action cameras in the market. A little while back we reviewed the AKASO Brave 4 and we were impressed by most of it although some features were lacking. Today, we get our hands dirty and review the AKASO V50 Pro Native.
AKASO Tech is considered the affordable alternative to GoPro, a brand most of us are familiar with. As well as action cameras, the company specializes in consumer electronics, such as drones and fitness trackers, as well as winter sports equipment.
The Pro Native model is from AKASO's V50 range. The range includes the X, Pro, Pro SE, and Elite. The Pro stands in the middle of this range.
I have to say, there is much to be desired about the design of the V50 series. It's a breath of fresh air when you compare to many other budget cameras out there that seem to share too similar characteristics and aesthetics.
The build quality is not bad on the V50 Pro either, made mostly of plastic, granted, but it certainly doesn't feel cheap.
The V50 Pro comes with some great features. The one feature that stands out is the 2 inch responsive IPS touch screen. This makes for navigating around the on-screen options easy, and without the need for clunky buttons, it makes the design of the camera look even cleaner.
There is a power/mode button and shutter/select button at the top of the camera, and also a Mic and WiFi indicator too. One other notable feature is the support for an external microphone with clip-mic.
On the bottom of the camera features the battery door compartment and tripod hole.
The camera lens sticks out a bit, I guess like a lot of these action cams, and on the side just left of the touch screen is the operating indicator.
OK, so the internal features include -
The modes include diving, time-lapse, fast motion, slow motion, photo burst, long-exposure, and delay timer.
The V50 Pro captures quality video in 4K at 30FPS, which is the default, but also at 2.7K, 1080P at 60FPS, and 720P at 120FPS.
The cameral also takes beautiful 20MP images. The advanced EIS is exceptional on this particular model and provides very good video stabilization and jitter-free image quality.
There is also a dedicated HDMI output which means you can hook up your camera to your TV and watch/share your footage or view your images.
As for ISO, the default is set to automatic with options to adjust to 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, and 1600.
The same with white balancing, it is set to auto with options including daylight, shade, tungsten light, and white fluorescent.
Filters include -
There are two rechargeable batteries that come with the V50 Pro, including a charger.
As we like to say, no budget action camera is complete without some nice accessories, and the AKASO V50 Pro comes with a nice set that is also compatible with GoPro action cams.
The AKASO V50 Pro does not come with a memory card, however, the recommended SD card to be used is either a micro SD, micro SDHC, or micro SDXC at Class 10 or UHS-III rating. The maximum capacity is 64GB (FAT32).
OK, so let's finish off with the pros and cons. What do we like and what do we not like about the AKASO V50 Pro?
And the Cons?
As I said at the beginning of this review, AKASO makes better quality action cameras that are affordable. Not to say all the other makes of budget cams are not great, but if you're looking for the best alternative to a GoPro, you can't go much wrong with AKASO.
Yes, it's a little more expensive than others in this range, but considering what you get in terms of features, modes, accessories, I don't think it's priced crazily too high. In fact, you're getting a bargain.
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