ThiEYE T5e Action camera: hands on review and first impressions
The ThiEYE T5e is one of the leading action cameras causing a stir online, as its specification aren’t just close to, but match the GoPro Hero4 Black. Ok we’ve seen the release of the Hero5 Black and the Hero4 might be last year’s, or even the year before’s news, but the quality of footage is still exceptional. Although the Hero5 Black has changed everything when it comes to action camera features, packing in voice activation, GPS and motion sensors, when it comes to actual image quality the specifications of resolution and framerate differ little between the Hero5 and Hero4. If you’re not one for the latest features then it’s well worth taking a look around and seeing what other action cameras are out there. If you have already then more than likely you’ll have come cross the ThiEYE T5e. The list of specifications is quite incredible. 4K resolution at 30 frames per second, 1080p at 120 frames per second and 720p at 240 fps, this all sounds familiar, and in almost every other specification and way the ThiEYE T5e matches the GoPro Hero4 Black like-for-like. The specifications of the ThiEYE don’t just match the Hero4, they go some way to beating it. At the heart of the camera we have the processor and sensor. AnAmbarella A12LS75 processor and the sensor is a½.3” CMOS 16MP (Sony IMX117) Image sensor, these are latest generation and are far higher spec’d than in the Hero4. On the front on the camera there’s the 3mm f/2.8 lens with 170º field-of-view, and on the back a 2-inch LCD and Wifi built in just to finish off those headline features. This manufacturer combination of processor and sensor has proved itself in the GoPro and Yi cameras, and shows that the ThiEYE T5e action camera really does have the pedigree to rival the Hero4. Really it just comes down to how the engineers deal with the firmware, user interface, app and of course the build quality. budget cameras. This quality sets a level of expectation, ignoring the price, I’m now expecting this camera to work as well as the GoPro Hero4 Black. A tall order for a camera that is well under half the price of the Hero4 even with it’s recent huge discount. General design is along the GoPro Hero box style with the small lens on the front giving a fish-eye perspective of the world. There’s also the usual array of buttons around the body. The camera is self is protected within a waterproof housing with the GoPro style mount at its base.