AKASO V50 Pro Native Review: Action Camera with EIS + Specs

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November 29, 2019
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AKASO manufactures some great budget action cameras. In this AKASO V50 Pro Native Review, we check out the specs, features, and more.

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.

What is the V50 Pro Native

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.

Akaso V50 Pro Native review
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Design And Build Quality

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.

Key Features

External Features

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.

Internal Features

OK, so the internal features include -

  1. Native 4K recording at 30FPS.
  2. 20 MP camera.
  3. Adjustable field of view for wide-angle shots.
  4. Advanced EIS (Image stabilization).
  5. Distortion calibration.
  6. WiFi.
  7. Remote control. The remote is not waterproof, by the way.

Modes

The modes include diving, time-lapse, fast motion, slow motion, photo burst, long-exposure, and delay timer.

Video And Image

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 -

  • Black & White
  • Sepia
  • Vivid
  • Natural
  • Negative
  • Warm
  • Cool
  • Red
  • Green
  • Blue

Batteries

There are two rechargeable batteries that come with the V50 Pro, including a charger.

Accessories

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.

Memory Card

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).

Pros & Cons

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?

Pros

  1. Super affordable and the best alternative to a GoPro.
  2. Records decent 4K video quality and takes great photos.
  3. 6-Axis Advanced EIS (Stabilization) built-in.
  4. Beautiful external design.
  5. Stunning 2-inch touch-screen display with easy-to-use on-screen options.
  6. External microphone support.
  7. Adjustable FOV.
  8. Filters.
  9. Nice bunch of accessories that are GoPro compatible.
  10. 2 X Batteries (Rechargeable).
  11. HDMI output.
  12. Remote control.
  13. Waterproof housing up to 30 meters.

And the Cons?

  1. On-screen options and UI good, but could be improved.
  2. No protection cover for SD card slot or ports when camera is out of waterproof housing.
  3. Not able to record audio when in the waterproof housing.
  4. No carry-case.
  5. No charging base, lead only.

AKASO V50 Pro Native Review Verdict

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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