Recently, the quality of Chinese budget-friendly gadgets is improving dramatically, day by day. Maybe that’s why the world’s point of view about Chinese products is changing in the past years. Now we’re thrilled to enjoy any technology for a reasonable price. So looking at this, we present you our today’s protagonist ‘Thieye i60′ Action Camera – A ditto copy of GoPro Hero with the specifications to match but at a price which is five times less than GoPro.
Thieye i60 is a Chinese sports camera which features some breathtaking features for a price of only $80. That’s why we decided to write a review on it, as it’s worth of having one. So, here’s a review, starting from the specs:
Specifications Sheet of Thieye i60
|Screen||TFT screen of 1.5 inches|
|Internal memory||Micro SD slot for up to 32 Gb|
|Camera Specs||6G Sony CMOS lens with focal aperture 2.8 large aperture and wide-angle view angle of 152º|
|Connectivity||Wifi with a maximum range of 15 meters – Micro USB – MicroSD up to 32 GB and Micro HDMI Type D|
|Other features||G-Sensor – Includes lots of accessories for installation in virtually anywhere besides coming with waterproof housing waterproof to 40 meters and IP68 certification|
|Video recording modes||4K 25 FPS – 2.7K 30 FPS – 1440 30 FPS – 60 FPS 1080p – 1080p 30 FPS – 720,120 FPS – FPS 720 60 – 720 30 FPS – Video encoding recording format .MOV H264 – Slow Motion – Time Lapse – Photo Brush – Ring mode|
|Pictures resolution||12 mp or 8 mp or 4 mp in .jpg format|
|Dimensions||58 x 40 x 29 mm|
Design & Appearance
Talking about the design first, Thieye i60 molds with rugged plastic which allows the user to have a perfect grip on it without slipping and the characteristic of lightness. Still, that plastic embedment appears to be somewhat shoddy, but the rugged pattern on it saves the day by defining the product as a sports camera. We have three colors of i60 to select: Golden, Silver, and Black.
Like we said that Thieye i60 is almost a perfect clone of GoPro Hero, and the most clear-cut similarity can be seen with the design. But there are some differences. The first one is the at the front, only a lens with a Sony sensor CMOS 1/4 inchesand the off button which also serves as a button to access different video modes and photo or even enter the camera settings
Screen & Display.
On the rear, we have a TFT LCD 1.5 inch screen with an excellent brightness level (perfect for outdoor games). Sadly, the screen isn’t capacitive, but it’s okay for that price. Since it’s a TFT screen don’t expect much from it, the actual picture quality is vivid on the external display (e.g., Monitor, TV or laptop). So, we instruct the users not to rely on the screen of Thieye i60.
Even the thick boundaries also limit the charm of the terminal. There was plenty of spacing between the edges and the display. They may have increased the screen size but still the pricing is the ultimate problem. We won’t be able to get a camera under $80. In addition to the screen, we also have LED that flashes while recording.
On the right side of the Thieye i60, if viewed from the rear of the TFT display, we can find two buttons to zoom or navigation through menus and configuration options as well as helping us to enable wireless network. At last, on the same side, we find the connectivity options which includes an HDMI port and Micro-USB port.
However, images and videos can be stored in a memory card (up to 32 GB, class 10). The camera is dependent on the card, as it has no internal storage memory. Make sure that you already have one or buy it.
Picture Quality and Formats
Have you ever thought of having a 4K video recording camera with that price? Well, as far as Thieye i60 is concerned, we are dealing with the camera that is capable of recording 4K videos at 25 fps. And under a good light, it makes perfect videos. Even at night, the quality is acceptable when compared to other cameras having no LED flash. Here’s a sample of Thieye i60:
The same goes for the pictures shot by i60, excellent in daylight and worst at night. The following shows a comparison of i60 with GoPro Hero:
The sound quality of the product is what which delights us. Mentioning the truth, it records audio which is hundred percent better than any low-cost camera on the market.
Sadly, the sound will diminish when attached to the hard plastic case to attach it to a selfie stick, helmet or any vehicle. We will have to attach it tightly as possible because there’s no anchor in the body. Here’s a video recording sample:
Price & Availability
We any of our readers is interested in purchasing Thieye i60, he/she can buy it from Gearbest for a price of $78.79.