ThiEYE T5e (T5) Test - True 4K Action Cam

by 4th of June 2017
At the end of 2016, Chinese action cam producer "ThiEYE" has released its first natively 4K-absorbing action cam, "ThiEYE T5e". Meanwhile, we could also take a picture of this camera. Whether the Action Cam convinced us, more in this review!



ThiEYE T5e (T5)


Image processor: Ambarella A12LS75
Image sensor: Sony IMX117
Display: 2 inch LCD
Outputs: Mini USB, Micro HDMI
SD card: SDHC / SDXC up to 128 GB
Battery: 1100mAh

video Resolution
3840x2160 @ 30p @ 25p - 16: 9 / SuperView
2880x2160@30p - 4:3
2704x2028@30p - 4:3
2704x1520 @ 30p - 16: 9 / SuperView
2560x1440@60p@30p - 16:9
1920x1440@60p@30p - 4:3
1920x1080 @ 120p @ 100p @ 60p @ 30p - 16: 9 / SuperView
1280x720@240p@200p@120p@60p@30p -16:9 / SuperView

16M (4608x3456 - 4: 3)
14M (4254x3264 - 4: 3)
12M (4000x3000 - 4: 3)
8.3M (3840x2160 - 16: 9)
5M (2560x1920 - 4: 3)
3M (2048x1536 - 4: 3)

* WiFi, Bluetooth and App
*Time lapse
* Self-timer
* Loop Recording
* App-Control
* Motion Detection

What's in the box

1x ThiEYE T5e
1x housing
1x bracket
1x bracket clip
2x adhesive pad
2x battery
1x charging cable
1x cleaning cloth
1x user manual

First impression of the ThiEYE T5e

What's in the box

Since the ThiEYE V5e, which we were also already allowed to test, the manufacturer has significantly reduced the supplied accessories. Nevertheless, the scope of delivery around the ThiEYE T5e should not be underestimated. In addition to one waterproof housing are the same 2 batteries at. You just have to do without an extensive set of brackets. Included is only one Housing holder with matching clip and adhesive pad. Furthermore, the scope of delivery two more, loose adhesive pads, cleaning cloth, Micro USB charging cable as well as a multilingual one Manual at.

ThiEYE T5e (T5) Action Cam Review / Test - Part 1 | Unboxing + 1080p sample

The Action Cam is available under two product names. In addition to the ThiEYE T5e, there is also the model ThiEYE T5. There are only differences in the packaging. The entire scope of delivery, as well as the camera are identical!

Design and workmanship

ThiEYE remains true to the typical "SJ4000 design", which has just prevailed at China Action Cams. Due to slight design adjustments such as the shimmering front with manufacturer logo, ThiEYE T5e can stand out from other manufacturers' products.

On the front are the power button and two indicator LEDs. Right next to it is the 170 ° wide-angle lens with F2.8 lens, The frame is rubberized. On the top is the illuminated confirmation button. On one of the sides of the housing are the exposed ones connection optionsConsisting of a micro USB socket, a micro HDMI socket accommodated a micro SD memory card slot. The opposite side of the housing is equipped with two additional control buttons. These serve the menu guidance. On the back are a 2 inch large LCD color display as well as two further indication LEDs. The battery bay was placed on the bottom of the case. This can be opened by a spring mechanism, which at the same time prevents the loss of the battery cover. Unintentional opening of the battery compartment is protected by a lock function. Another interesting addition is the ¼ inch tripod thread, which is located directly next to the battery compartment. An additional notice LED was also placed on the bottom of the housing.

The processing of the ThiEYE T5e, as well as the accessories is not to be criticized. The camera body is clean and without gaps. The same applies to the enclosed waterproof housing.

Commissioning and user interface

To use the camera, you only need to insert one of the batteries and a micro SD memory card. The manufacturer recommends memory cards with a maximum 64GB capacity. In the test, an 128GB U3 memory card was easily detected.

The user interface of Action Cam is clearly structured. After switching on the ThiEYE T5e you are already in video mode. About the Live image output you get extensive information about the recording settings. In addition to the resolution, the aspect ratio and the number of images per second, you also get information about the battery charge level, whether the microphone is active, how much storage capacity is available, as well as date and time.

Use the power button to change the recording mode. Next to the Video mode, there is also a photo modewhich also includes the information already mentioned above. One click further and you end up in the Gallery, Here, the shot video and image recordings can be played directly on the 2 inch large screen. In addition, recordings can be deleted via the gallery.

Settings can be in settings menu down to the smallest detail. In addition to specific shooting settings, such as resolution, image stabilization, AWB, exposure, or ISO, there are also settings for advanced shooting modes, such as scene modes, time-lapse mode, or burst mode.

But there are also general settings for WiFi, The device, the microphone, the language or the date and time. Here is an overview of the possible resolutions that can be selected. Alone here you can already see how extensive the settings menu fails.

Video resolution: 3840x2160 @ 30p - 16: 9, 3840x2160 @ 25p - SuperView, 2880x2160 @ 30p - 4: 3, 2704x2028 @ 30p - 4: 3, 2704x1520 @ 30p - SuperView, 2704x1520 @ 30p - 16: 9, 2560x1440p @ 60p - 16: 9, 2560x1440p @ 30p - 16: 9, 1920x1440 @ 60p - 4: 3, 1920x1440 @ 30p - 4: 3, 1920x1080 @ 120p - 16: 9, 1920x1080 @ 100p - 16: 9, 1920x1080 @ 60p - 16: 9, 1920x1080 @ 30p - 16: 9, 1920x1080 @ 60p - SuperView, 1920x1080 @ 30p SuperView, 1280x960 @ 120p - 4: 3, 1280x960 @ 60p - 4: 3 , 1280x960 @ 30p - 4: 3, 1280x720 @ 240p -16: 9, 1280x720 @ 200p - 16: 9, 1280x720 @ 120p - 16: 9, 1280x720 @ 60p - 16: 9, 1280x720 @ 30p - 16: 9, 1280x720 @ 120p - SuperView, 1280x720 @ 30p - SuperView

Image Resolution: 16M (4608x3456 - 4: 3), 14M (4254x3264 - 4: 3), 12M (4000x3000 - 4: 3), 8.3M (3840x2160 - 16: 9), 5M (2560x1920 - 4: 3) , 3M (2048x1536 - 4: 3)


For wireless connection, the ThiEYE T5e is equipped with Bluetooth and WiFi. The connection to ThiEYE HD App is built up via the WLAN of the camera. This can be activated via the settings menu. For the sake of security, the camera's SSID and password can be set individually.

Before the app can be used, you have to connect with the smartphone or tablet to the WLAN of the camera. If you start the app, a connection to the action cam is automatically established. The app should now display the live image of the camera. In the test, it was not possible despite stable connection to get the live image of the camera displayed. Even with a connection to another Android smartphone, the live image output did not work.

Camera settings made via the app are detected by the camera. It is also possible to access the inserted SD memory card. The different recording modes can be selected directly via the app. Overall, the app is clearly designed and would be a working feature with live live image output a nice feature for remote recordings.

Video, picture and sound quality

We come to the most important point - the recording quality. The ThiEYE T5e is with one 12 megapixel Sony IMX117 image sensor and a Ambarella A12LS75 image processor fitted. The image sensor used here is also used in the GoPro Hero 4. Videos takes the camera natively with maximum 4K resolution.

ThiEYE T5e (T5) Action Cam Review / Test - Part 2 | 4K video sample

The video quality can be described in a few words as good and comes close to the quality of a GoPro Hero 4. Compared to a GoPro Hero 5 or Yi 4K, the ThiEYE T5e lags slightly behind in terms of features and recording quality. Recorded video convinced by strong colors, One pleasant sharpness and one high degree of detail. sound Quality is less convincing. Although the microphone is well tuned, which also far away noises are well captured, but all sound recordings are covered by a slight noise.

Again the selection is positive Effect Filterthat can be placed directly over the picture. In addition to various art filters, there is also the option to record videos and pictures in black and white and as a negative. Videos are in the Format MP4 with the h.264 codec (LV4.2) added. The picture quality is also convincing. Only in low light conditions is a loss of detail recognizable.


The battery of the ThiEYE T5e has one Capacity of 1100 mAh, Unfortunately, the battery does not have a typical size, which is why, for example, a battery of a SJCAM does not fit into the ThiEYE Action Cam. Not to buy batteries directly from the manufacturer could be so difficult! However, it is gratifying that ThiEYE includes two batteries in the delivery.

The battery life is average. At a 4K resolution the battery kept exactly 58 Minutes, On 1080p was a recording time of 83 Minutes possible. The charging time is 2 ½ hours.

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Final Words


Good workmanship
Two batteries included
WiFi and Bluetooth
Extensive setting options
Native 4K recording possibility
Good picture and video quality
Scene modes and effects
Microphone range


Battery life
Noise in video recordings
Faulty app

First impression
User Interface
video quality
picture quality
Battery life

The ThiEYE T5e impresses with a good recording quality, which comes very close to a GoPro Hero 4 Black. The user interface shines through numerous adjustment and recording options. On the other hand, the ThiEYE HD app, which can not be fully used due to faulty live image output, was less convincing. The low battery life is criticized.

If you can do without the extensive functions of a GoPro Hero 5 or Yi 4K and are looking for an inexpensive action cam with decent recording quality, you should also take a look at the ThiEYE T5e.

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Thanks for the review! I am very well located. I'm looking for an action cam to 120 € and got stuck on the T5e. I hope you can help me with my decision. Here are my questions. What is the quality compared to the more expensive Yi 4K? Do I have to buy special mounts for the T5e? What memory card do I need for 4K? I hope you can help me. I need the camera in three weeks and wanted to order the day after tomorrow at the latest!

Mr. Bert
Mr. Bert

Hey! What about an external microphone? My current Git2 supports this, is that also the case with the T5e?


A pretty successful review! Thanks for that!

By accident I landed here. I really want to put that app at the latest since the 8. April (since then I have the T5e available) shows a live image - I succeed without exception and without a problem. The delay is estimated 0,5 seconds; you can live with that.

The various settings are truly enormous. Unfortunately, the Quick Start Guide does not really do much. Is there a "real" user manual (German or English), which deals with the numerous adjustment options? For evidence, I would be very grateful!

So far, I'm very happy with the T5e!


Hi all.
I bought the action cam and was very satisfied. Unfortunately, after the second use the screen does not start anymore. The "ON button" lights up blue and the cam goes on, but unfortunately this only shows a black screen. Can someone help me?