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Today, we are going to go to review a 4K action camera, the ThiEye T5e.

ThiEye T5 ReviewThis camera by ThiEye is unique and feature a true 4K video output.

Many cameras by manufacturers have made fake 4k resolution for their cameras to attract more people. I wrote a post about what is fake and real 4K here.

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.

Product Features

Build Quality

ThiEye T5e ReviewAt 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

ThiEye T5e Tripod Screw Bush found in cameraThis 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

THIEYE T5e EISThis 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.

Smartphone App

ThiEYE HD Android IOS

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.

Product Specs

Next, we will move on to the product specifications.

Thieye-T5e-Image-Sensor-And-ChipsetChipset:

Ambarella A12. Similar to SJCAM S7S Star and Eken H8 Pro.

Image Sensor:

Sony IMX117 Image Sensor (similar to GoPro Hero 4, Eken H8 and H9 Plus)

Video Resolution:

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.

Image Resolution:

Max 12MP Native Resolution.

Screen Size:

2 Inch TFT LCD

Lens:

170˚

f=3mm, f/2.5

Waterproof:

60m / 197 ft. Can be used for most water activity, including diving.

Storage:

Support up to 64GB Class 10 or UHS-I

Battery Life:

1100mAh Battery

75 mins at 4K for each battery

Ports and Connectivity:

Wi-Fi

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:

  • Camera
  • 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?

ThiEYE T5e or ThiEYE T5?To say it simply, they both are the same as far as specs wise go. However, the only difference is the packaging as you can see from the image above.

Best Buy

GearBest – USD 115.99 (Promo Code: thieyet5e) GearBest – USD 89.99 (Promo Code: GBT5E912

GeekBuying – USD 139.99

Banggood – USD 135.99

*Prices may be subjected to changes, thus please check before buying.

Summary

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.

**Miscellaneous

This is the section where I put some of the user feedback into.

Update

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.


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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! 🙂

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12 Comments

  1. I have been looking for a good Action Camera for a while. I have gotten myself a cheap China made one online but it doesn’t serve me well with many defects after 2 short weeks of usage. The ThiEYE T5 series is slightly more expensive than the ones I got but it definitely looks much worthy for the pricing. Affordable and nice, thats how products should be!

    1. Hi Leo! I totally agree with you that products should be affordable yet nice and that’s why I have made this website to let people see which products are actually valuable and worth for their price! Anyways, thanks for leaving a comment and dropping by!

  2. Thieye is now my next must have item ! Its going going to be fantastic for me to take pictures of me little in beca because of its compact and light weight features i was genuinely impressed by your review. I found it very thorough and precise information I needed to make up my mind I have one quiery though, due to the fact my smart phone is currently out if action with a repair date unsure I am unable to take selfies with my little one . that’s why I think the tripod optio. Wull be perfect for me but dose this camera have a timer option ? Thank you

    1. Hi Bekki! This camera will be indeed be a very good investment. The camera has a timer option in case you were wondering. anyways, thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment! 🙂

  3. Hello! Thanks for the nice review.
    I have one question:
    Do I have the ability to customise the field of view of the camera? (wide, medium and narrow?)
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Leonidas,
      The Thieye T5e does not have the ability to customise the field of view of the camera.
      If you want an action camera which can do that, my best recommendation would be the Git2, which has 2 field of view settings, wide (170˚) and narrow (120˚).
      Hope this helps! 🙂

  4. Hi Kai, is this really the only real 4k camera that is cheap?

    I’m looking for one to use on my drone, so one with good image stabilization. Does the Thieye do that?

    1. Hi! This is only one of the many 4K camera that is cheap.
      How much is your budget and is there any features other than good image stabilisation are you looking for?
      Maybe I can recommend you some other 4K action cams then?
      Looking forward to your reply! 🙂

  5. Hi,
    can you recommend a camera with anti-distortion?
    and does it do a good job or is it better to buy a cam with 90 degree FOV?
    thanks,
    george

    1. Hi george, what is your budget and main uses for it?

  6. Thanks for great review.
    Please let me know what your choice if you want: great image and sound, real 4K, no distortion (fisheye), and higher bitrates. Give me unless 2 options, my budget range $100 – $130.
    Best Wishes!

    1. Hi Bruno, these are my recommendations:
      Thieye T5e, Mijia 4K, Explorer 3 & Thieye T5 edge.

      Check out my overview of them here: best cheap action camera 2018

      Hope this helps!

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