Ever since I bought my sweet Vanmoof Electrified S, I’ve wanted a GoPro action cam to document my nine mile bike commute to work. But I wasn’t keen on shelling out $200-400 for a new camera. In fact, I’d use my old smartphone camera for the next twenty years if I could.
But then I got to researching and found a whole boatload of budget action cameras, many that seemed on par with an actual GoPro (according to customer reviews). So after some extensive reading and comparing, I landed on the AKASO EK7000,* a camera capable of 4K video recording. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of this cool gadget:
- Does exactly what I want – 1080p recording at 60 fps.
- Costs $84 from Amazon.**
- Comes with an entire set of accessories (including waterproof case and mounts).
- Looks just like a GoPro and works with GoPro mounts.
- Offers a reward incentive for leaving an Amazon review (choice of (a) 32 GB SD Card, (b) additional accessories or (c) extra batteries and wall charger).
- Battery life isn’t amazing (a little over an hour).
- Time stamp needs to be reset each time the battery is changed.
- 4K video is only available at 25 fps.
But since I don’t have much experience with an actual GoPro, I’ve included a a few videos from my AKASO so that you can decide for yourself:
Front view from a handlebar mount.
Side view out of a car window.
Underwater view inside a koi pond.
And here’re some pictures of the camera out of the box:
Camera and waterproof case.
Various mounts and accessories.
Camera mounted to a bike helmet.
Overall, I’m highly satisfied with my camera. Like I said, I’m not too familiar with GoPro action cams, but thanks to the AKASO EK7000, I won’t need to buy one.
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**There’s also an older and less expensive version of the camera on the AKASO website. I’ve never tried this one though so buy at your own risk.