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AKASO V50X Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.7
Reviewed Mar 24, 2021 at 08:25 am
AKASO V50X Picture
3.7
Travel Photography
6.4
Landscape Photography
4.3
Sport & Wildlife Photography
6.0
Vlogging
5.5
Studio Video
6.4
Action Video
Body Type
Action Cam
Mirrorless
Yes
Sensor Size
Unspecified
Tested Lens
Built-In Lens

The AKASO V50X is a compact camera designed for action video. It comes with a clear plastic case advertised to render it waterproof and impact-resistant, though we don't currently test for that, and comes with a variety of accessories that allow it to be mounted to a helmet or a chest rig. It can also record in FHD and 4k without a crop, which is handy. Its video stabilization feature is also amazingly effective, so action footage shouldn't look too shaky. Unfortunately, recorded video has a somewhat grainy, soft quality. It's also a poor fit for photography, as it lacks an autofocus system, has a fixed wide-angle zoom lens, and doesn't allow you to change aperture or shutter speed manually.

Our Verdict

3.7 Travel Photography

The AKASO V50X is bad for travel photography, though it isn't designed for this purpose. You can adjust camera ISO manually, but not aperture or shutter speed. There's also no autofocus system, making it difficult to capture clear images of moving subjects. It also isn't especially comfortable to use in a handheld configuration, and you have no way of adjusting the built-in lens' focal length. That said, depending on your usage patterns and settings, it does offer a fairly long battery life.

Pros
  • Compact design with sturdy outer case.
  • Good battery life.
Cons
  • Shutter speed and aperture can't be changed manually.
  • No autofocus system.
  • Fixed focal length.
  • Uncomfortable to use handheld.
6.4 Landscape Photography

The AKASO V50X is unremarkable for landscape photography, though it should be mentioned that this isn't its intended use. You can't adjust shutter speed or aperture manually, and changing camera ISO only really makes your images over or under-exposed. It also only has a fixed wide-angle lens and isn't especially comfortable to operate. Thankfully, it feels reasonably sturdy, and putting it inside its clear plastic protective case should make it water and impact-resistant, though we don't test for that.

Pros
  • Compact design with sturdy outer case.
  • Good battery life.
  • Screen is bright.
  • Lens lets in a lot of light.
Cons
  • Shutter speed and aperture can't be changed manually.
  • No autofocus system.
  • Fixed focal length.
  • Uncomfortable to use handheld.
4.3 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The AKASO V50X is poor for sports and wildlife photography, but it isn't designed for this use. You can only shoot continuously in 10-shot bursts, and you can't adjust the shutter speed manually. It also lacks an autofocus system to help make it easier to capture clear images of moving subjects. Also, its fixed lens focal length isn't sufficient to capture clear photos of far-away subjects.

Pros
  • Compact design with sturdy outer case.
Cons
  • Shutter speed and aperture can't be changed manually.
  • No autofocus system.
  • Fixed focal length.
  • Uncomfortable to use handheld.
6.0 Vlogging

The AKASO V50X is passable for vlogging. It's small and lightweight, making it easy to carry around for extended periods, and does an excellent job of smoothing out camera shake in handheld footage. That said, you can't pivot its screen to see it when the camera is pointed at you, and video quality in both FHD and 4k is middling overall, particularly in dark environments.

Pros
  • Compact design with sturdy outer case.
  • Excellent video stabilization performance.
Cons
  • No autofocus system.
  • Middling video quality in FHD and 4k.
5.5 Studio Video

The AKASO V50X is inadequate for studio video, but this isn't its intended use case. Its selection of ports and inputs is somewhat limited, so you can't affix an external mic or a pair of headphones. It also lacks an autofocus system to track and maintain focus on moving subjects. Video recording quality is also sub-par in 4k and FHD, with a particularly grainy quality in dimly-lit environments.

Pros
  • Good battery life.
Cons
  • No autofocus system.
  • Middling video quality in FHD and 4k.
6.4 Action Video

The AKASO V50X is an acceptable choice for action video. It can record 4k video at 30 fps without a crop, which is fair but doesn't allow for smooth slow-motion video. Its selection of frame rates in FHD is somewhat limited, as it's incapable of recording above 90 fps in this resolution. That said, it comes with a variety of accessories that make it simple to mount it to a helmet or a bike's handlebars, and its clear plastic case is advertised to render it water-resistant and rugged, though we don't currently test for this.

Pros
  • Compact design with sturdy outer case.
  • Excellent video stabilization performance.
Cons
  • No autofocus system.
  • Middling video quality in FHD and 4k.
  • 3.7 Travel Photography
  • 6.4 Landscape Photography
  • 4.3 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 6.0 Vlogging
  • 5.5 Studio Video
  • 6.4 Action Video
  1. Updated Jul 30, 2021: Added sample photos to the 'Image Quality' box.
  2. Updated Mar 24, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated Mar 22, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
9.8
Design
Portability
Height 1.6" (4.1 cm)
Width 2.4" (6.0 cm)
Depth 1.3" (3.2 cm)
Volume
4.8 in³ (78.7 cm³)
Weight
0.15 lbs (0.07 kg)
Weight With Lens
0.15 lbs (0.07 kg)
7.0
Design
Build Quality

  • Solid-feeling plastic body has a soft coating that provides a slightly more secure grip
  • Battery compartment is covered by a hinged door
  • No cover for input or SD card compartment
  • Screen has a glass-like feel
  • The camera is only rated for water resistance while using the included case, though we don't currently test for that

Design
Body
Water Resistance
Waterproof, with included case
Rugged
Yes, with included case
Hot Shoe
No
Customizable Button
No
Command Dial
0
Tripod Mount
Yes
Lens Mount
No Lens Mount
Built-In Flash
No
Design
In The Box

  • AKASO V50X camera body
  • Clear protective camera case
  • Quick start guide
  • AKASOGO Club card
  • Micro USB cable
  • 2x Batteries
  • Battery charging cradle
  • Remote
  • Metal cable
  • Zip ties
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Helmet mount accessory
  • Handlebar mount accessories

6.0
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
No Hand Grip
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
No Hand Grip
Hand Grip: Large Hand
No Hand Grip
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
No Hand Grip

  • Not intended to be used as a handheld camera for taking pictures and recording video
  • Camera ISO can be adjusted using the touchscreen, but aperture and shutter speed can't be changed manually
  • Alternating between accessories can be cumbersome

8.5
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
No
App Name
AKASO GO

  • Menu is simple and easy to navigate with the touchscreen
  • Can't be used to change aperture or shutter speed

Design
Viewfinder
Type
No Viewfinder
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Resolution
N/A
Advertised Magnification
N/A
3.8
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
No Articulation (Fixed Screen)
Screen Max Brightness
575 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
N/A
Size
2.0" (5.2 cm)
Touchscreen
Yes
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
Unspecified
Advertised Effective Pixels
20 MP
Processor
Unspecified
Extended ISO Minimum
N/A
ISO Minimum
100
ISO Maximum
4,000
Tested Firmware
V50X-FX-20201104-V3.0
7.8
Design
Battery
Battery Type
Unspecified
USB Charging
Yes
Use When Charging
Yes
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
N/A
Tested Battery Life In Video
90 min
7.3
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Built-in
Maximum Aperture
5.6
Max Aperture (Full Frame Equivalent)
N/A
Minimum Focal Length
N/A
Maximum Focal Length
N/A
Max Focal Length (Full Frame Equivalent)
N/A
Luminance
95.6%
Light Falloff
44%
Photo
Photo
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
RAW File Format
DNG
Shutter
Electronic
Minimum Shutter Speed
30 s
Maximum Shutter Speed
1/120 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Focus Peaking
No
Zebra Pattern
No
Histogram
No
Time Lapse
Yes
7.6
Photo
Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
3 fps
High Speed Continuous
10 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
10 fps
Raw Buffer Size
10 RAW Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
10 JPG Photos
Buffer Empty Time
5 s
0
Photo
Autofocus
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Focus Points
N/A
Manual Focus Assistance
No
Face Detection Distance
N/A
Eye Detection
No
Face Tracking Success Rate
N/A
Object Tracking Success Rate
N/A
not tested
Photo
Image Stabilization
In Body Image Stabilization
No
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
N/A
not tested
Photo
Image Quality
Dynamic Range At ISO 100
N/A
Color Accuracy (dE2000)
N/A
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 800
N/A
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 800
N/A
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 1600
N/A
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 1600
N/A
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 3200
N/A
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 3200
N/A

Update 07/30/2021: You can adjust this camera's ISO between 400 and 3200, so we've uploaded sample photos. However, we couldn't extract the data to properly score image quality because the photos are overexposed due to the shutter speed, which adjusts automatically but not enough to balance out the exposure.

ISO Setting Sample Photo
ISO 400 Photo
ISO 800 Photo
ISO 1600 Photo
ISO 3200 Photo

0
Photo
Luminance Noise
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 100 N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200 N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400 N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800 N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600 N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200 N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400 N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800 N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600 N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200 N/A
Sample Gallery
Sample Gallery
The Skate Park

Format Link
JPEG Photo

Sample Gallery
The Polish Church

Format Link
JPEG Photo

Sample Gallery
The Studio

Format Link
JPEG Photo

Sample Gallery
The Stairway

Format Link
JPEG Photo

General Video
General Video
Video Feature
Full HD Video
Yes
4k Video
Yes
6k Video
No
Clean HDMI Output
Yes
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
Not Advertised
Advertised Max Bit Depth Over HDMI
N/A
Log Picture Profile
No
Recording Light
Yes
General Video
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
No
General Video
Video Exposure Assistant
Zebra Line
No
Histogram
No
Waveform
No
General Video
Recording Format And Compression
MP4 H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MP4 H.265 / HEVC
Yes
MOV H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
MOV H.265 / HEVC
No
AVCHD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
All-I Compression
No
4k Video
4.5
4k Video
4k Frame Rate
240 fps In 4k
No
120 fps In 4k
No
60 fps In 4k
No
30 fps In 4k
Yes
24 fps In 4k
No
Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
0
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In 4k
No
Face Detection In 4k
No
Face Tracking In 4k
N/A
Object Tracking In 4k
N/A
8.8
4k Video
4k Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In 4k
No
Walking Test In 4k
3.37 pixels/frames
Running Test In 4k
5.89 pixels/frames
Crop
1.3 x
7.4
4k Video
4k Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
50 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
50 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In 4k
4:2:0
Bit Depth In 4k
8 bits
Record Time Limit N/A
Overheat Recording Interruption
No
6.0
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
5.0
Test Scene Extract In 4k
6.5
4k Rolling Shutter
3.74°
Full HD Video
5.5
Full HD Video
FHD Frame Rate
240 fps In FHD
No
120 fps In FHD
No
60 fps In FHD
Yes
30 fps In FHD
Yes
24 fps In FHD
No
Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
0
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In FHD
No
Face Detection In FHD
No
Face Tracking In FHD
N/A
Object Tracking In FHD
N/A
8.9
Full HD Video
FHD Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In FHD
No
Walking Test In FHD
1.92 pixels/frames
Running Test In FHD
4.28 pixels/frames
Crop
1.3
8.1
Full HD Video
FHD Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
40 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
20 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:0
Bit Depth In FHD
8
Record Time Limit N/A
5.7
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
4.0
Test Scene Extract In FHD
5.2
FHD Rolling Shutter
0.15°
Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
Unspecified
Card 2 Slot
No 2nd Card Slot
4.8
Storage And Connectivity
Input / Outputs
USB
Micro USB
HDMI
Micro (Type D)
Headphones
No
Microphone
No Microphone input
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
No

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The AKASO V50X is only available in one color variant: 'Black', and you can see its label here.

If you come across another variant of this camera, let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

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