AKASO is one of the most popular GoPro alternatives that we can find in the market with a very affordable price compared to those high-end action cameras. AKASO V50 Pro vs Elite are two ideal pick if you want to spend less but still need a reliable camera to work with especially for native 4K recordings but, since these two brothers are very similar to each other, go check our article below to see what exactly set them apart and pick the one that fits you the most.
In this article, we are going to give you information about:
- Do you need an Action Camera
- How to Choose an Action Camera
- What are AKASO V50 Pro and Elite
- What AKASO V50 Pro and Elite Look like
- How are the Camera in AKASO V50 Pro and Elite
- What else AKASO V50 Pro and Elite can offer
- How are the Performance of AKASO V50 Pro and Elite
- AKASO V50 Pro vs Elite
There are so many trendy devices today which is getting so much coverage in various media and then end up as a mainstream go to for many people. Today we are talking about action camera that in the last several years has gained so many fans and users all around the world for the benefit of taking beautiful footage in almost any condition. With the widespread use of personal blogs and social media, the enthusiast and the device are also more well-known in our society.
Action camera itself is not a new thing because Woodman Lab which now becomes GoPro has market this device since 2004 but the public knowledge of the camera was very limited back then despite the internet was already a common thing. There is no clear information as well on when people invent the device for the first time yet, if it is about attaching compact or small cameras on various objects, prominently helmet, it has been done decades ago so the idea is not actually fresh.
Action camera itself defined as a camera with a purpose of taking pictures and footage of various “action” activities or situations in which it is hard or even not possible to mount and use any other type of camera with the same capability and function. Basically, it is a compact digital camera which is very small and sturdy; with or without casing that can be mounted on different types of media. We love them because it is versatile, can give amazing video quality, and easy to carry anywhere.
Choosing an Action Camera
Action camera market has been flooded with so many different brands from those we have known so far such as GoPro and Sony to fairly new name like DJI and Yi. They can be very expensive and affordable as you want but the product’s quality will be mostly mirrored by the price range and we should not expect too much from cheaper models yet, there are also many of them with reliable capabilities to allow you record a nice footage and still image.
When looking for camera including action camera, what you need to know is the camera specification because it can be roughly translated to the image and footage quality such as sensor, chipset, and the effective pixel. If your main purpose is using them with various sport activity and similar adventures, the product’s rigidness and the mounting system will be an important part as well because it will help supporting the image capturing and recording process especially those with native waterproof body.
About AKASO V50 Pro and Elite
If you are here, chances are you also want to look for expensive brands alternative and it is great because who doesn’t love affordable models with a similar capabilities to those in a higher budget range. For action camera, while GoPro has been and probably will still be a synonym for the device, it doesn’t mean that we can’t get similarly reliable device with more affordable price or even better features and AKASO is one of the best alternatives to look at out there.
Not many people are familiar with this brand because they are fairly new and only becomes exposed when offering action cameras which price range are friendlier to many people and the performance are very much suit each of its marketed point. They also have a lot of models to offer to allow the consumer to pick camera fitting their needs and budget the most. For example, the EK7000 that you can check on our AKASO EK7000 Vs GoPro Hero 5 which is very affordable and sold below $100 today.
It makes almost everybody can have action camera now but, since it is a basic model, it won’t give you a nice performance as the big brother and especially for those who activity require native 4K and EIS, the new AKASO V50 Pro and Elite are two nice options to consider. The original V50 has been around before but now the site doesn’t featured the unit anymore and replacing it with V50X and today, there are V50X, V50 Pro, V50 Pro SE, and V50 Elite.
The V50X and V50 Pro are very similar to each other and probably only different on the effective pixel side while the Pro and Elite are also the same because the whole family actually share many identical specifications yet, the difference on the latter is its frame per seconds since it is higher and actually more comparable to the new flagship from GoPro, Hero 7.
AKASO V50 Pro and Elite Design
As far as the design goes, these two close brothers are very similar but also different because despite having the same size, their fashion especially on the outer part is different. As you can see on the sample picture above, the V50 Pro has a plastic body with rubber coating but all of the surface is smooth and there is lack of gritty texture that we can see on V50 Elite camera. The latter still retain the button placement of AKASO’s many other lower budget cameras while the other one is rearranging it a bit.
We do hope to see that finally, the V50 Elite is waterproof without the casing and it is eventually still not supported because none of them are waterproof without the case. Comparing the rear part they have around 2-inch touch screen display to control the mode and viewing your footage which sensitivity and UI are intuitive and easy to get used to.
AKASO V50 Pro and Elite Camera
From the camera specification, both of AKASO V50 Pro and Elite are still very similar because they are using CMOS sensors and have the effective pixel of 20MP which is nice to take still images and will provide quite the details out there. Their maximum video resolution is 4K and it is native so we are getting the real quality of UHD with any of them yet, it is also slightly different because V50 Elite is already recording at 60fps while the little brother has to be sufficient with 30fps.
This difference can result in how your footage perform later and the higher it goes, the smoother the result as well. The lower resolution however, stay the same because we can still choose the 2K, 1080p, or 720p with Elite being higher in frames per second. As for the field of view, we can shoot at 170-degree but this setting can be adjusted in several settings in V50 Pro to give you a different view of a subject.
AKASO V50 Elite on the other hand is featured with adjustable angle options to allow the user to pick the best view of an object from their camera. In addition, this model supports digital zoom up to 8 times in case you want to crop the image and see closer.
AKASO V50 Pro and Elite Features
Moving to the features part, in our opinion, the best one we have in an action camera is image stabilizer and both of AKASO V50 Pro and Elite have electronic image stabilization which is great to help reduce those shakiness. The latter however, is claimed to have the advanced version of their electronic stabilization but we’ll see it later on performance. However, the Elite version also have voice control like the one in GoPro and many other high-end cameras for better convenience.
AKASO V50 Pro and Elite Performance
From the performance part, either of them are hard to use because the menu on the camera is very simple but the app does need more upgrade to let us enjoy the more convenient recording even better. In terms of image quality, both of them are identical to each other and the quality is amazing yet, when you try GoPro, we can also say that it is less natural and not as “popping”. As for the video recording, 4K at 120 is smoother and the EIS somehow slightly better in Elite.
It is not nearly reaching the level of HyperSmooth in Hero 7 but it is better than many other similar inexpensive cameras out there. The audio quality is still acceptable but it is not the best and overall, we do recommend using them for outdoor activities with the proper amount of light since details can be a problem in darker situations.
These two brothers are too identical and our guess is the Elite made as an “another option” to justify the price point. It indeed has higher frames per second so it can give a different level of experience to your footage and the voice control can be useful as well, though some of us probably not as fond of using it. It also has an adjustable angle in which V50 Pro has adjustable FOV but none of them are safe in water without the case.
AKASO V50 Pro vs Elite
It is quite hard to decide between the two because the pros of Elite is not very tempting in our eyes and the cost difference of $20 can be seen as worth or not depends on you. However, if we are to choose, we will just stick with AKASO V50 Pro and upgrade later to a far more capable model when needed.