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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.