The 4K action camera market heats up with cool new arrivals from Ezviz
Stephan Jukic – March 05, 2016
Ezviz, a manufacturer of what are mostly home security cameras, is now also releasing two new action camera shooters into the arguably saturated market for these compact, powerful devices. In an effort that will bring this company into direct competition with market dominator GoPro and its Hero lines of 4K cameras, Ezviz will be focusing on what are definitely non-generic photo/video recorders, with an emphasis on high quality components and specs that are in many ways similar or identical to those of GoPro’s Hero 4 versions.
The two new action cameras are called the Ezviz Five+ and the Ezviz Five, and both share similar body designs that weight about 2.5 ounces and measure roughly 1.2 x 2.3 x 0.9 inches, which makes them just slightly smaller and lighter than either of GoPro’s two main shooters, the Hero 4 black and Silver.
Furthermore, both the Five and Five+ offer up a high quality ½.33-inch Progressive Scan CMOS sensor from Sony’s own cameras and a 3mm f/2.8 lens that offers a 158 degree field of view with WiFi and Bluetooth included in the designs of both cameras. The Five+ offers up slightly more advanced Bluetooth 4.1 and WiFi 802.11b/g/n/ac specs than the Five, which comes with Bluetooth 4.0 and the weaker /g/n version of WiFi technology.
Additional connectivity in the Five+ and Five consists of ports for micro USB and micro HDMI along with an accompanying mobile app for editing and sharing photos and videos. We also like the 2-inch IPS touchscreen in both action cameras, with a resolution of 480 x 320 in the Five+ and 320 x 240 in the Five.
Both cameras also offer support for MicroSD cards of up to 128GB and are water resistant down to a depth of well below 100 feet, bottoming out at 131 feet. Some of these specs are in fact superior to those of GoPro’s Hero 4 shooters, which can only support 64GB Micros SD cards.
In basic terms, the Ezviz Five+, the superior of the two cameras is a sort of direct competition with GoPro’s Hero 4 Black flagship action cam while the Five is the rough competitor to the Hero 4 Silver. In the Five+’s case, we also get an Ambarella A9 chipset that’s rumored to be the same as that used in the Hero 4 Black and which is definitely capable of 4K video capture. According to Ezviz, the Five+ can shoot 4K video at 30 frames per second and has a battery that can manage this level of recording resolution intensity for a hefty 90 minutes, which beats the roughly 40 minutes that the Hero 4 Black is capable of when shooting in 4K.
The Five+ does however manage the same photo capture resolution of 12 megapixels and offers powerful, Hero 4-like burst and time-lapse modes, one of which is usable for night time-lapse shooting.
As for the Five from Ezviz, it can also handle 4K video but only at 15fps, much like the Hero 4 Silver bt with fewer other resolution options which don’t include a comparable equivalent of GoPro’s SuperView technology. Also, the battery of the regular Five is a smaller 900mAh power unit than the 1200mAh of the Five+.
Both new Ezviz cameras are coming out on sale in the coming weeks and will be available in a range of color options, with amber gold and black designs for the Five+ and choices of gunmetal grey, red, blue and pale gold for the regular Five action camera.
Ezviz will also be offering a selection of accessories like mounts, remote control devices for Bluetooth and external cases for further resistance to the elements. Both of these new cameras will also cost about $100 less than their respective GoPro Hero 4 counterparts and as for their practical performance capacities under live, rugged conditions, we’ll just have to wait and see when we can get a chance to review both the Ezviz Five+ and Five.
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