ThiEye i60+ Samples and Review
This ThiEye i60+ review takes a look at the video and photo modes of the ThiEye i60+. It includes ThiEye i60+ samples with video footage and still photo comparisons. It also gives a general review of the ThiEye i60+ features, settings, and usability.
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Before purchasing the ThiEye i60+ Action Cam I did a lot of research on underwater cameras. I wanted something that could take better photos for this website. Up until now, I have been using my camera phone. I also wanted decent video capability to upload to youtube. One critical feature I wanted was the ability to take it underwater. I actually had my heart set on the Olympus Tough TG-5 but was unable to find it in Cartagena or Santa Marta. I bought the ThiEye i60+ Action Cam as a cheap alternative until I can get my hands on an Olympus TG-5.
ThiEye i60+ Samples and Review
I took all these ThiEye i60+ Action Cam samples in Taganga, where I lived whilst in Santa Marta (Colombia). Unless stated, the samples are un-edited.
Contents and Accessories
Here’s what you get with the ThiEye i60+. An * means that item does not come with the i60e. Other than that the two models seem to be identical.
- Waterproof and Shockproof housing. Waterproof up to 60 meters.
- ThiEye i60+ Action Cam
- *Skelton Backdoor. Not waterproof, but allows for better sound recording when using the housing.
- 2 x Batteries
- 360º rotating quick release buckle
- *360º rotating vertical release buckle
- Flat adhesive mounts
- 2 x Adhesive stickers
- *2 x Anti-fog inserts
- USB Cable
- Quick Start Guide
- *Wiper (lens cleaner)
- *Cloth bag
Optional Accessories, not included or not pictured. Bike mount, floating hand grip, chest harness, wrist strap.
Operation and Ease of Use
I found the ThiEye i60+ easy to use. There are only four buttons so remembering which does what is a piece of cake. The buttons work well. Even in the waterproof casing, it was easy to go through the modes and change settings.
- Power/Mode. On the front. Hold it down to turn the camera on/off or press and release to scroll through the different modes.
- Shutter/Select. On the top. Press this to activate whatever mode your selected.
- Up/Wifi. The top button on the side. Triples as a quick button for wifi, an up button for menu selection and you can hold it down to zoom in. The zoom works while recording also.
- Down Button. The bottom button on the side. Doubles as a down button for menu selection and you can hold it down to zoom out.
- Viewfinder. 2 inches. I was happy with how easy it is to see even when the sun was in it. Not much glare, unlike my phone which I have to put under my t-shirt to see.
- Micro HDMI Port (D Type).
- USB 2.0.
- Micro SD port. Supports up to 128GB. Class 10 or UHS-I required (not included).
- 170º wide angle lens.
You can connect your iOS and Android phones and tablets to the i60+ via wifi. It worked fine for me, although I never found a use for it other than testing. For me, it wasn’t any easier than doing things from the camera.
For those that like to take selfies, it would be good as it can turn your phone/tablet into a remote control. The other benefit is transferring from the camera to your device, no need to use a cable. If it connected to Macs and PC’s it would be great.
The ThiEye i60+ Action Cam can shoot video in 4K 30fps, 2.7K 30fps, 1080P 60fps or 30fps, and 720P 120fps or 60fps. You can choose whether you want to record sound or not in the settings.
The first thing I wanted to see was the difference between 4K, 2.7K, and 1080 60fps in optimal conditions. I took some samples on a nice bright day without any fast moving objects.
Bright, 4K 30fps Sample Video
Bright, 2.7K 30fps Sample Video
Bright, 1080P 60fps Sample Video
To me, there isn’t much difference in video quality between these three. I suppose comparing the 4K to 1080 there is a little difference. Not enough to warrant the doubling of file size. For me, uploading short videos to youtube, 1080P will be fine. I was happy that a fast boat came through in the 1080P sample also. I felt it handled it well with smooth movement.
720 120fps Slow Motion Sample Video
The ThiEye i60+ can shoot slow motion in 1080 60fps or 720 120fps. From what I understand, faster frames makes for better slow motion, so I only took a sample with 720 120fps.
I don’t see myself taking much slow motion video, but I was happy with the results. It’s fair to say the 4x optical zoom is not worth using in any circumstance.
1080 60fps Underwater Sample Video
The primary reason I bought an action cam was so I could take videos while snorkeling. To capture fast-moving fish it is better to use high fps so I took all underwater video with 1080 60fps. I don’t have a filter so this is straight through the lens.
720 120fps Slow Motion Underwater Sample Video
I also tested out the slow-motion underwater.
The ThiEye i60+ does time lapses in either video or photo mode.
Photo Time Lapse Sample
Photo time-lapse options include 3, 10, 15, 20, and 30-second intervals. From what I read, photo time-lapse is better quality than video time-lapse. Especially for changing light such as sunset. The downsides are that you need to stitch it together yourself and the file size is larger.
When you take still photo in photo mode with the ThiEye i60+ it makes a small beeping sound. There is no option to turn this off. This is also true for the start-up and shut-down sounds. This beeping sound isn’t loud so usually, it isn’t a problem. When you take a time lapse in photo mode, it beeps every time it takes a photo. A bit annoying.
For this time lapse, I set it to take every 3 seconds and let it run for about 5 minutes. I used iMovie to put all the photos together and saved it in 720P quality. I could have saved it in 1080P but it would have doubled the file size.
Video Time Lapse Sample
Video timelapse options include 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, or 60 second intervals. I set it to 2-second intervals and let it run for about 5 minutes. This video is direct from the ThiEye i60+. It didn’t need any editing and it was about the same file size as the photo time-lapse, despite being in 1080P.
The ThiEye i60+ Action Cam can take still photos in 12MP, 8MP, or 5MP. I only used 12MP. You can set a self-timer for 3, 5, 10, or 20 seconds. It also does photo burst at 3, 5, or 10 frames.
You can adjust the exposure from -3 to +3 and it also has white balance settings. Auto, sunny, cloudy, incandescent, and fluorescent.
Sunny Exposure Sample
Here are three pictures. First is auto exposure. Second is with the sunny exposure setting. The third is auto exposure edited with a one-click auto enhance on my computer.
Auto Explosure with Auto Enhance Editing
Cloudy Exposure Sample
I decided to test the cloudy exposure setting also. The first is auto, the second is with the cloudy setting.
Auto vs Cloudy Exposure Video Sample
The exposure setting is universal, so it works in video mode also.
After seeing the differences with exposure settings I decided to stick with auto. I don’t like having to change settings all the time and I usually do a quick post editing process anyway.
Still Mode vs Still from Video
The first photo is a still from the camera mode. I took the second in video mode by holding down the shutter button for a couple of seconds. You can’t take a photo while recording video. It is when you are in video mode, but not actually recording.
Still From Camera Mode
Still From Video Mode
When taking a photo in video mode you get a wider shot, but it distorts it in a way I don’t like. I guess an advantage is that you don’t have to switch modes to take a photo.
Trying to capture anything very close with the ThiEye i60+ Action Cam is useless. The first picture is by zooming in. Same results as in all the zoom tests. The second is by bringing the camera very close. An attempt at macro. As you can see, you need to be at least 30 cm away from an object for it to be in focus.
4x Optical Zoom
Close-up (Macro Mimic)
Underwater stills come out ok. I compressed this but it is otherwise unedited. I am happy with it considering that when I am snorkeling I will be taking video most of the time.
Other Settings and Modes
There are a few other modes you can use with the ThiEye i60+ Action Cam. I didn’t test because I will never use them, but here is a quick explanation of each.
Car Video Mode.
You can connect the ThiEye i60+ to your car (using a normal car charger) and use it as a dash cam. It automatically starts and shuts down with the car.
Looping Record Mode.
This feature allows you to record and save videos every 2, 3, or 5 minutes. The latest video will override the oldest when the Micro SD card is full. The only use I can think of for this is a security camera, but I’m sure there are many others.
Other Random Settings
- 180º turnover. Flips the screen upside down. Good for when you are mounting it is different positions
- Power Frequency. Choose from auto, 50hz, or 60hz.
- LED Indicator. Lets you know when charging, finished charging, screen off, or shut down.
- Display off. Turns the LED screen off after 10, 20, or 30 seconds, or never.
- Auto Shutdown. Turns the camera off after 1, 3, or 5 minutes, or never.
- Date Stamp. Choose if you want to have the date showing in your footage.
- Language. Change the language between English, Russian, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Netherlands, Portuguese, Indonesian, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, and a couple of others I couldn’t decipher.
- Date and time. Change the date and time.
- Format memory. Empty the SD card.
- Restore to factory settings. Restore the camera to its original settings.
- Firmware information. Information about the firmware it uses.
For the price, the ThiEye i60+ Action Cam is a pretty good deal. The video quality is sufficient for what I want to do and it comes with the waterproof housing which is great. The photos aren’t great but they are still better than my phone camera.
For me, the biggest disappointment of the ThiEye i60+ sample is that anything close-up is terrible. Whether you zoom in or get physically closer to your subject, it just comes out grainy. Digitally zooming-in on a landscape shot from my computer shows that the picture is quite blurry. Though, from what I read, this is common with all action cams. They are not made for close-ups.
I will still get the Olympus Tough TG-5 once I leave Colombia, but for now, the ThiEye i60+ Action Cam does the job. Undoubtedly the quality from more expensive action cams are superior, but for the price, I can’t complain. I’m happy with it.
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