Video recording has advanced a lot in the last few years. Only two decades ago, most people used specialized video cameras for filming but they weren’t exactly convenient. After that, everything went digital. Now, photo cameras and even smartphones can record amazing videos.
But even that isn’t the best option nowadays. Because we are often on the go, we need something more suitable for our needs. That’s why we have action cameras – compact devices capable of filming high-quality videos in difficult conditions. On the market today, you can find many of these devices, even for a quite reasonable price, and we’ve done just that. We received a sample of a great Real 4K Action Camera – EKEN H9R. Here’s the review.
Once you open the box, you can see that Eken cares a lot about its customers because the set consists of many items. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves and start with the camera itself. Eken H9R camera doesn’t look that different from SJCAM or GoPro. It’s rather compact and ideal for carrying around. The top, bottom and left sides are covered with a soft-touch material, so it doesn’t collect fingerprints if you use the camera too much. The texture of the material is very nice, not slippery and pleasant to touch. Apart from that, there are three ports on one left side: USB, HDMI and microSD slot. On the right side, you’ll find two buttons for regulating the sound volume. As for the back side, we have a 2-inch LCD display for video playback. Overall, Eken H9R is perfectly sized for travelling and has a simple design.
The display, of course, shows you everything that you film. And in terms of filming, Eken H9R is more than impressive. The camera supports many resolutions: 4K with 25fps (not the best but good for its price), 2.7K with 30fps, 1080p with 60/30fps or 720p with 120fps. Using the suitable resolution, you can create a wonderful video about your adventures. Furthermore, you can spice things up with time lapses (duration from 2 to 60 seconds), loop recording or the burst mode. In any situation, the high-quality 170-degree wide-angle lens captures everything that you want in your video. All footage is stored on a microSD card (not included), preferably with 32GB storage. All videos modes work smoothly delivering colourful results in any environment. At the same time, Eken H9R can take photos as well with maximum resolution of 12MP.
All your video and photo creations can be instantly shared on social media using the EZ iCam mobile app. The camera connects to smartphone via built-in Wi-Fi with the 10m range, so there are no problems with connection. Videos and photos can be seen in the app too. However, if you’d like to witness everything on a bigger screen, the camera has an HDMI output. It means that you can watch videos and see real-time footage on a TV with an HDMI cable.
Eken H9R has another advantage compared to other action cameras – an incredibly versatile set in the box. Along with the camera, you practically get a professional set for video recording on the go. There are 2 helmet mounts for hikers or rock climbers, a handlebar mount for cyclists, a tripod for stable recording and 5 other mounts for other purposes. Moreover, there is a waterproof housing designed for extreme conditions in 30m depths. All mounts are installed without any difficulties holding the camera very securely. Finally, Eken H9R has a 2.4G remote control which you can wear as a band on your wrist. With a splashproof case and 10m range, the remote serves nicely especially if your hands are busy.
Nevertheless, it wouldn’t be a proper review if we didn’t point out a couple of problems. The biggest one is battery time – the camera works for 1.5 hours with 1080p shooting or 50 minutes with 4K shooting. On the other hand, there are 2 included extra batteries in case you run out of charge too quickly. The other one is the lack of video stabilization. Yes, we shouldn’t expect all features in the camera of this price range but stabilization would be nice surprise.
All in all, Eken H9R might be the one of the best choices on the market considering its value for money. Of course, it does have a few drawbacks but they aren’t deal-breakers. Instead, you should look on the bright side – the camera has great video quality, plenty of modes and a lot of additional items in the package including the remote control and several mounts. For all these reasons, Eken H9R Action Camera is a pearl among budgets action cameras, especially if you like being active.
EKEN H9R Waterproof Sports Action Camera Real 4K, WiFi,
Full HD 4K 25fps / 2.7K 30fps / 1080P 60fps / 720P 120fps Video Camera
12MP Photo and 170 Wide Angle Lens
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