An Experiment with Budget Action Cameras (AKASO EK7000 Review)

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:

Pros:

  • 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).

Cons:

  • 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.  

Verdict:

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.

*Note that if you happen to purchase through any of the links on this page, I’ll get a commission so thanks for supporting the blog!

**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. 



3 thoughts on “An Experiment with Budget Action Cameras (AKASO EK7000 Review)

  1. Wow! That’s actually not bad at all. I have a friend who owns a GoPro and I honestly can’t tell the difference. The only issues I would have would be the battery life, but for $84 I bet most people would be ok with that lol!

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