Eken H9 is a WiFi enabled action camera with a maximum supported resolution of 4k Ultra HD @ 30 FPS. It is arguably the poor man’s action camera, loaded with features and generously provided accessories. We have been playing with the Eken H9 for a week or so. We like the Camera so far, and in this post, we do an Eken H9 Ultra HD Action Camera Review.
Eken H9 Ultra HD Action Camera Review
It took about a month’s time to receive our order from China. The camera is mostly sold through online retailers like Amazon, Aliexpress, Gearbest, etc. A standard Go-Pro silver edition would cost many times more than that of a regular Eken H9. There are many bundled options available with the camera. We went with the default package, and that came with a lot of generously provided accessories. Here is a list of all the box contents that we received:
- Eken H9 Camera
- Waterproof housing (Up to 30 meters)
- Seven different mounts
- Clips and Bandages
- 1 1050 MaH Battery
- USB Cables
Eken H9 Ultra HD Action Camera Review Product Images
Eken H9 Specifications:
|Price||Check Price & Availability on Marketplace|
|Photo & Video||Video: 4K 25 fps 2.7K 30 fps 1080p 60 fps 720p 120 fps |
Photo: 12 MP, 8 MP, 5MP & 4MP
|Processor||SOC: Sunplus 6350 Chipset: OV4689|
|SD Card Support||Micro SD card of up to 32 GB|
|LCD||2.0″ Display with resolution of 320×240|
|Camera Lens||Fish Eye: 17 mm 170 degree wide angle|
|Battery Capacity||1050 mAh li-on battery, 1.5 hours Shooting|
|Connectivity||1 Micro HDMI,1 Micro Card Slot, 1 Micro USB|
|Warranty||1 year of manufacturer warranty and 6 months of supplier warranty on in-box accessories|
Eken H9 Ultra HD Action Camera Review Sample
We found out that the Eken H9 works best with 1080p @ 60 FPS (1920*1080 resolution). The 4k videos captured are basically upscaled version of a 1080p video taking extra space. A micro-sd card was not provided in the box we had to use our own. A Sandisk 32 gb Class 10 micro-sd card was used for the tests that supported 4k video captures. The video quality was not as good as a GoPro or a Xiaomi Yi action camera. However, it was satiesfactory, considering its price point.
Eken H9 Ultra HD Action Camera Review Sample Images
The camera can capture images with up to 12 MP resolution. In our tests, we found that the best image quality came when captured with 4MP, 5MP or 8 MP. We suspect that this might be due to upscale of images as well. The camera lens does provide a depth of field/bokeh effect, but the focus is far from accurate.
Here are some sample images:
You can also use the Eken H9 as a dashcam. The menu system supports looped video and time-lapse. You can setup custom intervals for time-lapse video/image capture.
Connecting the Eken H9 to WiFi
By turning On the Camera and pressing the down key on its side instantly activates the WiFi feature. You can use the Android companion app to connect to the device directly over WiFi. The WiFi performance is good, and lagging was minimal. However, the App is buggy and badly needs an update. While testing we encountered frequent crashing and the only way to avoid it is to follow the steps below:
- Ensure to turn off the Mobile Data on your phone before connecting
- Ensure that the Camera is loaded with a micro-sd card
- Avoid pressing the shutter button continuously on the app
If you do not follow the above steps, the camera will hang, and the only way to resolve this is to remove the battery. You can download Ez iCam from the Google Play store to get started.
Overall, this camera is featured packed with some hits and misses.
What you will like
- Cost effective 4K action camera
- Free waterproof case and WiFi support
- Charging over standard micro-USB cable
- Can we used as a Dashcam
What you will not like
- Poor Battery performance (30 minutes – 45 minutes per charge)
- The Android App is buggy
- Video quality @4K is not good
- Inaccurate focusing
To conclude, this camera is a starter camera for anyone who is willing to take the plunge into shooting sports videos. If you are in the market for one but don’t have the budget for a Go-Pro, go ahead and try the Eken H9.
We hope you like our Eken H9 Ultra HD Action Camera Review. Comments and suggestions are welcome in the comment section below.