Today, we are going to go to review a 4K action camera, the ThiEye T5e.
However, I can definitely say this has real 4K output and also is something that I feel is really worth and cheap for how much it is offering especially with the image sensor too, which I am going to elaborate more on below.
At first looks, this camera looks really sleek and attractive because of the lights and the matte finishing of the body. This also honestly looks better than many of the action cameras out there in the market as there are a lot of lights around the camera body, making it look very futuristic. Not mentioning the packaging of the box too.
Also, another thing is that despite the looks, the camera feels extremely sturdy and solid because the body is pretty hard. Also, the battery cover is opened by a spring and definitely does not feel cheap. The accessories provided also felt less ‘plastic’ than what other manufacturers offer. The buttons also definitely feel like well-made buttons because there were well defined and precise clicks whenever pressed.
1/4″ Tripod Bush
This is one of the very few cameras that have this feature and it is really useful in my opinion. This standard tripod screw bush is able to be attached to the tripod directly without any extra mounts, case or frame.
Electronic Image Stabilization
This feature allows the camera’s video and photo to be more smooth than what is captured on a raw camera. Although this is only available for video resolution of up to 1080p at 60fps, I feel it is really good to have and makes your footage much smoother. If you want a camera that is able to stabilize 4K, you can check either the Revl Arc or Sony’s FDR-X3000.
Now, we will be moving on to the app, which is one of the important factors for many users.
The app called ThiEYE HD and is available for both Android and IOS and is done by connecting through the camera’s Wi-Fi. The app to me feels pretty average as you are able to change some of the settings of the camera like the resolution, ISO, exposure, etc.
However, I mainly use it as a remote control to take pictures and to view my photos and videos because the screen on the camera isn’t exactly very big.
You are also able to edit the photos and videos by adding effects, transitions but I am not a big fan on editing on a phone.
You can also see the available storage on your SD card and share your content in your social media directly using the app.
Next, we will move on to the product specifications.
Ambarella A12. Similar to SJCAM S7S Star and Eken H8 Pro.
Sony IMX117 Image Sensor (similar to GoPro Hero 4, Eken H8 and H9 Plus)
4K – 30fps
1080p – 120fps
1440p – 240fps
720p – 240fps
These are just the main frame rate for each of the resolution. If you want to see all, you can check the product description page here.
Max 12MP Native Resolution.
2 Inch TFT LCD
60m / 197 ft. Can be used for most water activity, including diving.
Support up to 64GB Class 10 or UHS-I
75 mins at 4K for each battery
Ports and Connectivity:
HDMI and Micro-USB
Size (LxWxD) and Weight:
61 x 42 x 23 mm
Without Waterproof Housing: 78.2g/2.2 oz
With Waterproof housing: 165.4g/5.83 oz
What it comes with:
- Waterproof Housing
- 2 x 1100mAh Battery
- 1 Quick Start Guide
- 1 Wiping Cloth
- 1 x Rotatable Mount
Although it doesn’t come with a wide range of accessories, as compared to what other manufacturers offer, I still feel it is enough for a normal simple user for travelling as there is a rotatable mount that is fitted with the waterproof case which is provided and an extra battery is also included (2 altogether).
Another thing to note about the rotating buckle connector is that it will not be able to fit into mounts made by other manufacturers like GoPro or SJCAM due to the slight difference in size. Sigh…
ThiEYE T5e or ThiEYE T5?
*Prices may be subjected to changes, thus please check before buying.
Overall, I felt that the ThiEYE T5e as far as the physical quality wise, was very good and it does not feel cheap with all the lights, the solid clicking of buttons, spring-loaded battery cover. Its design is also quite nice in my opinion. Another thing I liked about it was the lens of the camera which is sapphire, making it resistant to scratches.
Also, there is a tripod screw bush directly under the camera which I liked about because the camera would be mounted upright on tripods or monopods which is much better when compared to when you connect the tripod to the casing which might cause the camera to slant and not be perfectly upright.
However, on the other side, the accessories offered was a little disappointing because despite the good quality and build, I felt it was not enough and furthermore, the rotating buckle connector can’t be compatible with other bigger manufacturers which limits greatly as far as the mounting goes. Having said that, the connecting swivel at the bottom of the waterproof case is able to be used with mounts from other manufacturers, thus it isn’t too bad either.
Overall, I feel it is a really worth camera because it is able to offer 4K at 30fps and even if you don’t use it, you can still use 1080p at 120fps to film really clear and smooth footage. It offers the same chipset and image sensor as the GoPro Hero 4 Black at a quarter of the price and if you do not need features like GPS, voice control, etc, I feel this is really a cheaper and better alternative for the GoPro Hero 4 Black/Silver.
Oh and if you want more accessories but not that extra battery, you can consider the Andoer AN7000, which mostly has the same specs and is also at the same price point.
Last thing, I do not own the camera but I wrote this review with help from a friend of mine who owns a camera shop.
This is the section where I put some of the user feedback into.
I found out that you have to update the camera in the beginning because many users have reported that their settings will not be saved after it is shut down. To learn more on updating your T5e, click here.
If you have any questions about the ThiEYE T5e or facing any problems with it, please feel free to drop a comment down below and I’ll be sure to answer it! 🙂