EKEN H9 series vs EKEN H8 series vs EKEN V8s

New EKEN cameras were recently added, here’s an overview of EKEN H8 series and EKEN H9 series cameras:

EKEN H9 vs EKEN H8 vs EKEN H8 Pro vs EKEN H8 Plus

EKEN H9 vs EKEN H8 vs EKEN H8 Pro vs EKEN H8 Plus

 

 

List of EKEN H8 series models

ModelEKEN V8sEKEN H8 PlusEKEN H8 ProEKEN H8/H8R
Sensor14 MP Panasonic
34110
12,4 MP Sony
IMX 117
12,4 MP Sony
IMX078
12,4 MP Sony
IMX078
ProcessorAmbarella A12S75Ambarella A12S75Ambarella A12S75Sunplus 6350 chip
Lens / FOV170°170°170°170°
4K Resolution
max. framerate
25fps
native (real 4K)
30fps
native (real 4K)
30fps
native (real 4K)
30fps
interpolated (not real 4K)
2,7K – Resolution
max. frame rate
30fps60fps60fps30fps
1080p –Resolution
max. frame rate
60fps120fps120fps60fps
720p Resolution
max. frame rate
-240fps200fps120fps
Display2" live view2" live view2" live view2" live view
Front DisplayDataDataDataData
Battery1050 mAh1050 mAh1050 mAh1050 mAh
WiFiyesyesyesyes
Image Stabilizationyes
up to 4K 25fps
yes
up to 1080p 30fps
nono
Remote Controlyesyesyesonly H8R
Portsmicro USB, micro HDMImicro USB, micro HDMImicro USB, micro HDMImicro USB, micro HDMI
A/V out via USBnononono
Mic in via USBnononono
Dimension (mm)59.3 x 21.4 x 41.159.3 x 21.4 x 41.159.3 x 21.4 x 41.159.3 x 21.4 x 41.1
Mounts & Caseincludedincludedincludedincluded
Aliexpress (ATPowers)
confirmed retailer
124.68 USD139.98 USD110.98 USD90.58 USD
Gearbest109.99 USD-119.99 USD-
Banggood119.99 USD
Coupon Code: EKEN20%1
129.99 USD
Coupon Code: EKEN20%1
115.99 USD
Coupon Code: EKEN20%1
79.99 USD
Coupon Code: EKEN20%1
Amazon US
(official EKEN store)
$119.99 - Out of stock Out of stock
Amazon DE
(official EKEN store)
Derzeit nicht verfügbar - Derzeit nicht verfügbar EUR 119,99
Amazon UK
(official EKEN store)
Out of stock - Out of stock Out of stock

 

Remarks:

Resolution/Frame rate:
be careful some series 8 models offer real, native 4K, some interpolated (not real) 4K.

Image Stabilization:
Eken H8 Plus and V8s are the only cameras to feature image stabilization! Non of the H9 series!

Remote Control:
The R in the product name indicates that the camera comes with a remote control: e.g. EKEN H8R. This goes only for H8, as H8 Pro,H8 Plus and V8s come with remote.

Size:
All EKEN H8 series cameras are the same size as GoPro Hero3 & Hero4 cameras.

 

List of EKEN H9 series models

Model:EKEN
H9 Plus
EKEN
H9 Pro
EKEN
H9/H9R
EKEN
H9se/H9Rse
Sensor12,4 MP Sony
IMX 117
14 MP Panasonic
34110
4 MP Omnivision
OV4689
4 MP
GC4603
ProcessorAmbarella A12S75Ambarella A12S75Sunplus 6350Sunplus 6350
Lens / FOV170°170°170°150°
4K Resolution
max. framerate
30fps
native (real 4K)
30fps
native (real 4K)
25fps
interpolated
25fps
interpolated
2,7K – Resolution
max. frame rate
60fps30fps30fps30fps
1080p –Resolution
max. frame rate
120fps60fps60fps60fps
720p Resolution
max. frame rate
240fps120fps120fpsno
Display2" live view2" live view2" live view2" live view
Front Displaynononono
Battery1050 mAh1050 mAh1050 mAh1050 mAh
WiFiyesyesyesyes
Image Stabilizationnononono
Remote Controlyesyesonly H9Ronly H9Rse
Portsmicro USB, micro HDMImicro USB, micro HDMImicro USB, micro HDMImicro USB, micro HDMI
A/V out via USBnononono
Mic in via USBnononono
Dimension (mm)59.3 x 21.4 x 41.1
same as GoPro
59.3 x 21.4 x 41.1
same as GoPro
59.3 x 24.6 x 41.1
same as SJCAM
59.3 x 24.6 x 41.1
same as SJCAM
Mounts & Caseincludedincludedincludedincluded
Aliexpress (ATPowers)
confirmed retailer
n/an/a39.99 USDn/a
Gearbestn/a119.99 USDn/an/a
Banggood99.99 USD
coupon code: EKEN20%
129.89 USDEKEN H9:
41.99 USD
EKEN H9R:
54.99 USD
EKEN H9Rse: 49.99 USD
Amazon US
(official EKEN store)
n/an/a $69.49 n/a
Amazon DE
(official EKEN store)
n/an/a EUR 79,99 n/a
Amazon UK
(official EKEN store)
n/an/a Out of stock n/a

 

Remarks:

Sensor:
There is a huge difference in H9 sensors: H9 Pro & Plus feature large (12 & 14 MP sensors) – while H9/H9R and H9Rse only feature a 4MP sensor. Biggest difference will be seen in photos!

Processor:
EKEN H9 Plus and H9 Pro feature an Ambarella A12 chip, whereas H9 and H9se feature a Sunplus 6350 chip.

Resolution/Frame rate:
EKEN H9 Pro & H9 Plus are native (real) 4K cameras, whereas H9 & H9se only achieve 4K by interpolating the image from a lower resolution.

Image Stabilization:
Non of the EKEN H9 series cameras offer image stabilization!

Remote Control:
The R in the product name indicates that the camera comes with a remote control: e.g. EKEN H9R. This goes only for H9 and H9se, as H9 Pro and H9 Plus come with remote.

Size:
EKEN H9 Plus & H9 Pro are the same size as GoPro Hero3 & Hero4 compared to H9 & H9se which are the same size as SJCAM series 4000 & 5000 cameras.

Other models:
Be aware that H9 Plus is NOT H9+. H9+ was a renamed H2se camera which is not offered anymore.

EKEN H9se:
This model does not feature 720p resolution and can’t be upgraded!

 

Retailer

Amazon
EKEN suggests buying via Amazon, which is their official platform. They offer their products on the various local Amazon sites:

 

Aliexpress
Aliexpress is a reseller platform. They sales are done by individual stores and not Aliexpress themselves!
Here’s a lest of Aliexpress stores which are confirmed to ship original cameras:

 

Gearbest
Carful this is the offer for original EKEN H9 – this is the offer for H9 camera – it’s a different camera!
The EKEN H8 Pro offer on Gearbest is confirmed to be original EKEN camera, same as H8 Plus.

 

Conclusion

My opinion on the EKEN series cameras:

If your budget is around 50 USD: Get the EKEN H9 (or EKEN H9R). The value is great for the price and there is hardly competition achieving this quality for that price.

If your budget is around 100 USD: Get EKEN H8 Plus, to me the best EKEN camera. Of course the quality is way better than EKEN H9. In this area there is a lot of competition with similar cameras that also got other features (like external mic). E.g. take a look at Firefly 8S or Thieye T5. If you don’t need 4K, take a look at Git2.

(If you Budget is in-between you can take a look at EKEN H8 or EKEN H8R, or take a look at Firefly 7s.)

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