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ThiEye E7 True 4K action camera [REVIEW]: a good camera doesn’t have to be expensive!

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ThiEye E7 True 4K action camera [REVIEW]: a good camera doesn’t have to be expensive!

Pros

  • native 4K
  • image stabilization at 4K
  • decent battery life
  • quality components
  • accessories

Cons

  • no touch screen
  • audio quality

 

Rating:

(4.6 / 5)

Full Specification

  • General: Brand: Thieye Model: E7 Type: Sports Camera Type of Camera: 4K Chipset: ICatch V50 Sensor: Panasonic 34112 Application: Extreme Sports,Ski,Underwater
  • Image: Type: 1/2.3″ CMOS 14MP (MN34112) Effective Pixels: Approx. 14 Mega Pixels (4320 * 3240)
  • Sensor: Output Pixels: Approx. 14 Mega Pixels Focal Length: Lens f= 3mm
  • Lens: F No.: F= 2.8 F.O.V(D): 170°(H=120° V=89°)
  • Display: 2” 320*240 dots matrix IPS LCD
  • Focusing: Type: Fixed Control: Programmed AE
  • Exposure: Compensation: ±2EV (1 EV steps) ISO Equivalent: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600,3200
  • White Balance: Modes: Auto / Daylight / Shade / Tungsten Light / White Fluorescent / Underwater
  • Shooting: till Image: Single Image up to 14M Video: 4k:3840×2160 30 fps; 2.7K:2720×1520 30 fps; 1080P: 1920*1080P 60/30 fps; 720P: 1280x720p 120/60/30

ThiEye is among the companies which are able to disrupt the market. After the huge success with 2017’s T5e, the Chinese company is ready with its next awesome models. Recently they’ve launched both the T5 Edge and the E7.
The latter one looks more like a successor to the T5e.

Unboxing and accessories

I’m afraid we don’t have the spectacular box from last year’s model and everything is packed in just cardboard box. Not that this is bad, not at all. The E7 is gently lying surrounded by foam and there is a smaller box carrying the accessories. Among them you will find vertical release buckle, flat adhesives, a spare backdoor for the waterproof housing, curved mount, anti-fog inserts. And of course the battery. Tradition for ThiEye is to keep the battery and the camera apart.

Build quality and features

Once you take the E7 out of the waterproof housing, you will realize it is a lot like the T5e. Covered with rubberized texture the body is made out of plastic, but feels comfortable and feeling is comparable with what you get from much more expensive products.
I like the discreet LEDs on the front – and they give you status about WiFi and recording operations. And are well visible even on direct sunlight. As for hardware details – the image is processed by iCatch v50, and captured via Panasonic 34112 sensor. On this side you have navigation buttons, and on the other side – mini HDMI, micro USBand microSD slot. Battery inside is 1100mah, and based on recent shooting experience – you may expect even greater than the announced 1 hour of recording time.

Menus and navigation

While many of the latest action-cam models come with a touch-screen, ThiEye play it safe (or budget-oriented!) here. I so much prefer good button navigation than a cheap touch panel with poor options. In fact the navigation here is quite a step up from the T5e menus. Everything is meaningfully grouped and after practicing for a while it was taking me just seconds to find what I am looking for. There’s a wide variety of video resolutions, with only 120fps full HD missing compared to the bigger T5E brother. But we have stabilization even in 4K mode. There even are some innovative functions like Fast Motion movie and wind noise reduction. And – car mode! I couldn’t believe I am seeing this on a ThiEye camera.
Photo settings cover the supported resolutions. Maximum is 14MP, which is the best possible achievement of the sensor. ISO goes up to the impressive 3200, and you can also count on burst and time lapse photos.
The camera general settings are brought to their own menu, with control over sounds, white balance, date, screensaver and some others.
An important note about the firmware – if you are running the TI/UN8-171102-V5.0 you may experience sudden freezes when using the up navigation key. The solution with a fix is to update to the latest one. And that is the only real complaint I have about the camera.

 

VideoSetting:
Video Resolution: 3840x2160p/30fps, 2720x1520p@30fps, 1920x1080p/60fps, 1920x1080p/30fps, 1280x720p/120fps, 1280x720p/60fps, 1280x720p/30fps

Image stabilization: On/Off
Time Lapse Video: Off, 1 sec, 3 sec, 5 sec, 10 Sec, 30 Sec, 60 Sec
Loop Recording: Unlimited, 2 Min, 3 Min, 5 Min
Recording Time
Slow Motion Movie
Fast Motion Movie: Off, 2x, 4x, 6x, 10x
Wind Noise Reduction
Sound Record: On Off
Drive Mode: On, Off
Auto Low Light

Photo Settings:
Resolution: 14MP (4320:3240), 10MP (4320:2430), 8MP (3840:2160), 5MP (2592:1944), 2MP (1920:1080)
ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Time Lapse Photo
Shooting time
Photo Burst
Picture Quality

CameraSetting:
Power Frequency: 50Hz, 60 Hz
Sounds: Shutter, Boot-Up, Beep, Volume
White Balance
EV
LDC
BT
Reset WiFi Setting
Language
Format Card
System: Default Settings, System Info, Card Info

 

 

Footage is excellent – sharp, with balanced saturation and accurate colors. Even challenging environments like snowy areas are not a problem. I still have to explore into detail the low light performance and it all looks very promising so far.

Useful links ◕‿◕ :

✔ Thieye E7 (SALE!)
iCatch V50 more information: http://www.icatchtek.com/product/index/4

 

As usual we have prepared an unboxing video including detailed specification review as well as many samples:

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