Today, we’ll be taking a close look at the Thieye T5 Edge, which is a new budget 4K action camera from Thieye which has garnered a really good reputation after releasing the T5e.
The T5 edge promises a lot of things for a very competitive price and it really does seem a little too good to be true. But is it actually that case, let’s find out!
Content of review:
- Unique Features (Live Streaming New Feature!)
- Smartphone App
- Image Quality (Photo & Video)
- Comparison With A Similar Action Cam – Thieye T5e
Specs (Move On To Next Section: Accessories)
What It Comes With (Move On To Next Section: Body)
The T5 Edge comes with a basic set of accessories and because the accessories are made by their own native brand, it is really good quality and feels very solid.
The accessories used are universal so it can be interchanged with say GoPro or SJCAM accessories if you were thinking of buying extra accessories.
One thing that I don’t see very often is that it comes with anti-fog inserts which you can insert into the waterproof case to prevent any blur. Really nice to have in cold or humid climates to prevent any fogs from building up.
It also comes with Thieye’s signature 360-degree swivel mounts which I have to say are really useful and one of my favourite mounts to use. I’m sure you’ll immediately notice the versatility and flexibility when using this compared to traditional mounts.
As for the remote, we’ll be covering more in-depth here.
Also, if you’re interested, you can read the manual here.
Body (Move On To Next Section: Interface)
On the first touch, I can say the body certainly feels solid and well-built, buttons are responsive and the rubber finish to it makes it easy to grip and hold.
The shape of the T5 edge is identical to the T5e in terms of dimensions and therefore accessories can be interchanged without an issue.
Although the shape is similar to many action cams out there, it doesn’t work with other waterproof cases.
On the front, you have this 4K wifi sticker that frankly looks a little weird to be there which I originally thought was a button of some sort, lol.
On the bottom, you have a battery cover, and a ¼” standard tripod threat to easily mount it onto your selfie sticks or tripods.
At the side, you’ll have your typical ports for charging, data transfer, etc: micro-sd, micro-USB and mini-HDMI ports.
The indicators on this thing are outright nice because there are 4, located on every side.
Hence, no matter where you are looking at it, you will always know whether it’s filming or on standby. Not to mention, it makes the camera look more aesthetically pleasing than many other action cams out there, especially with the top illuminating button.
There are 4 buttons and each one has a secondary purpose as well:
Shutter Button: Turn WiFi On/Off By Pressing & Holding for 3s
Up Button: Quick access to settings
Down Button: Quick access to playback (gallery)
Interface (Move On To Next Section: Unique Features)
I found the interface to be very easy to navigate around despite not having a touchscreen as the buttons were very intuitive to use and the settings are also very neatly categorised into 3 groups, video, photo and camera (general).
If I say so myself, this categorization is definitely better than lumping all into one big list such as the one found in T5e.
Note: I’d just highlight the important few that’s confusing or unique to this cam.
Image Stabilization: Works with all resolution except 1080p 30fps (not sure why)
Fast Motion Movie: Similar to ‘time-lapse’ effect except it measures it in speed instead of a time interval
Wind Noise Reduction: weird bug: when switched on, the icon isn’t there the screen but when switched off, it’s there (update: firmware update fixed it)
ISO: Up to 3200 (typical is 1600 for action cam), thus it can take darker shots way better
Scene Mode: Shoots in the preset exposure and shutter speed for a particular use: Manual, Portrait, Landscape, Outdoors, Night
Exposure: Up to 60s which is very high for an action cam, really good for night photography, and movement shots such as waterfalls, traffic, etc.
Distortion Correction: On/off; nice feature to have to remove fisheye effect
Remote Pair: On/off; to connect to the remote control (below).
Unique Features (Move On To Next Section: Smartphone App)
Wind Noise Reduction
Because the camera is equipped with 2 microphones, it allows for wind noise reduction to work.
How It Works:
It works by having a 2nd microphone and using information from it, the camera is possible to distinguish sounds from different directions, thereby being able to detect and hence remove the wind noise.
This feature is especially useful in almost all outdoor situations so that what you want to be heard will be heard and wind noises and ambient sounds will be kept to a minimum.
Listen for yourself here:
Overall, a really nice and well-needed addition to action cameras in my opinion.
Note: You might need to update the firmware in order to use it properly because
This feature is very useful to have to remove the fisheye distortion, which is something present in many action cameras.
The reason why there is this distortion in the first place is due to the shape of the lens.
Hence, when switched on, it digitally ‘unwarps’ the footage so you will end up with a narrower shot that’s more ‘straight’.
Not something super common so it’s nice & useful to have.
Remote Control With Voice Command
The remote control has 3 buttons, power, video and photo.
I especially like it since they implemented indicators on the remote so you’ll know whether the camera is shooting directly from the remote rather than having to see from the camera.
There are 2 remotes released by Thieye, of which the only difference is one has voice command and the other doesn’t. However, for connectivity wise, both remotes will work fine with the T5 edge.
Connecting To Camera
You would have to go to Camera settings>Remote Pair>On.
The connection works quite reliably and most importantly easily because once you configure for the first time, it will automatically connect together again.
The voice commands features are especially rare in action cameras and the only one that I can think of from the top of my head is GoPro action cams and Yi 4K but that’s probably not the price point we are looking for. Other than that, I can’t really remember any other off the top of my head. However, this is also not entirely the same as it’s done from the remote rather than from the camera in GoPros and Yi cameras.
There are 4 voice commands which only supports English:
Action Start Video – to start video recording
Action Stop Shooting – to stop video recording
Action Photo – to take a photo
Camera Turn Off – to switch the camera off
How does it fare?
After testing it out for a while, it worked about 90% of the time, which I have to say is quite good but that was provided you speak directly towards it. Also, it was still able to pick my commands up even in a noisy environment.
Frankly speaking, I thought this was a gimmick in the beginning before reviewing this but after doing so, it really does work and I’m really impressed by it!
The newest feature of all is the live streaming update!
I know the most of you wouldn’t be hyped about this feature as you aren’t planning on using the live streaming feature but it’s a really great tool to let your family and friends watch what you’re up in real time during your once in a lifetime moment!
Smartphone App (Thieye Cam – IOS & Android) (Skip To Next Section: Image Quality)
You’ll first need to turn the camera’s WiFi. To do this, press and hold the shutter/wifi button and it should show this:
Afterwards, you’ll need to connect it using your phone.
Android/Older IOS Devices
For Android or older IOS devices, this feature has not been implemented so you would have to do it the traditional way of going to your WiFi settings and manually connecting to the camera’s wifi.
Newer IOS Devices (IOS>=11)
If you have an IOS (IOS 11 & above only) device, there is actually a quick and nifty way to connect it.
All you have to do is scan the QR code on the camera’s screen (default app) and press connect when the prompt appears to connect camera’s wifi.
The app is really neat and organised and most importantly really easy to use.
From the app, you will be able to do just about everything you can do with the camera such as starting or stopping shooting, taking photos and customising your settings (does not include everything.)
Apart from this, you can also directly download the footages to your device, which will come in handy when you’re on holidays where you don’t have your computer with you but you want to share it on your social media.
Also, there are several editing features if you want to quickly edit your videos and share it on your social media.
The only issue I had with it is that not all the settings on the camera are on the app so it made it a little inconvenient to adjust those specific settings. However, all in all, I think the app’s pretty good compared to many other action camera apps as it’s easier to use and the quick connection (QR code) is something really nice to have.
Image Quality (Skip to Next Section: Comparison With Other Cams)
The T5 Edge is able to take up to 4K 30fps, but as it takes up quite a lot of space, I have used mostly 2.7K for shooting most samples.
As you can see, I felt the footage to be really great it has a wide dynamic range (high bright and dark contrast), colours were saturated, details were also sharp (2.7K & 4K).
The only caveat of video shooting is that its 1080p resolution kind of looks like it’s stretched from 720p, is honestly really bad. I’m not sure why but this phenomenon is actually quite common especially in cheaper 4K action cameras. Hence, if you’re planning to mainly shoot in 1080p, you might want to either consider filming in 2.7/4K or get the T5e. But otherwise, everything is really good.
Video Comparisons (T5 Edge Vs Hero 6 Black Vs Yi 4K)
This is a sample released on the Thieye website. From this, we can immediately see that T5 edge’s quality is on par with both of the flagship action cameras, the Yi 4K+ and GoPro Hero 6 Black. But I’m not really sure whether there’s any post-processing to make the T5 edge look any better as it’s produced by Thieye after all.
Comparison with Similar Action Cams (T5e, E7) (Skip to Last Section: Verdict)
T5 Edge VS Thieye T5e
The Thieye T5 edge is in many ways an upgrade to the former T5e (wind noise reduction, neater interface, voice-controlled remote, 4K stabilization, 2.7K and 4K), however, it still falls short in a few areas such as 1080p shooting, audio quality and high frame rate shooting.
T5 Edge VS Thieye E7
This comparison is way harder because I have not tested the E7 yet, but if you compare these 2 cameras directly from the specs, it really looks entirely the same, it can take 4K stabilized videos, shoots 14MP photos and everything on the T5 edge is there on the E7 except for the wind noise reduction.
Another thing is it doesn’t come with the voice-controlled remote control so it’s slightly cheaper.
Other than that, both these cameras are identical, even down to the chipset and image sensor.
Here is a quick video comparison of them:
All in all, the T5 edge is a really great all-around budget 4K action camera and in my opinion an upgrade to the Thieye T5e which was one of my favourite budget action cam.
It has solid build quality from the accessories all the way to the camera, image quality is superb as well with its wide dynamic range, stabilization works up to 4K.
The remote control is also very useful to have especially during holidays because you can simply mount it on your selfie stick and never have to touch it again.
Should You Buy It?
If you’re looking for a budget 4K action camera, I’m definitely recommending the T5 edge as you really can’t go wrong with it.
The T5 edge in whole is really nice to use and also comes with everything you’ll need for your next vacation (mounts, case, pouch, etc) so you don’t have to buy anything else, except for a micro-sd memory card if you don’t already have one.
This comes to the end of this review!
I will be doing a complete comparison with other action cams soon to determine the best action camera at the price range of about $130, including Mijia 4K, Explorer K and Explorer 3, so be sure to stay tuned!
If you’re in doubt for which action camera to buy or have any questions or would like me to make a comparison, review, tutorial, please feel free to leave a comment down below!
Till next time, thanks for dropping by and have a great one! 🙂
Thieye T5 Edge145 USD
Bang For Your Money9.0/10
- Appealing Design
- Very High Exposure And ISO Settings
- Bright & Clear Indicators
- Reliable and user-friendly smartphone app
- Neat Categorisation & Interface
- Awesome Remote Control
- Nice Voice Commands Feature
- Good Stabilization and Wind Noise Reduction
- Poor 1080p footage
- Muffy & Soft Audio
- Not Very Sharp Photos