EKEN Action Camera Comparison

EKEN H5s Plus - EKEN H6s - EKEN H8 - EKEN H9

EKEN H5s Plus – EKEN H6s – EKEN H8 – EKEN H9

New EKEN cameras were recently added, here’s an overview of currently available cameras. Besides the enduring popular EKEN H9 and EKEN H8 recently new models ware introduced: EKEN H5s Plus and EKEN H6s.

ModelEKEN H5s PlusEKEN H5sEKEN H6sEKEN H8/H8R/H8sEKEN H9/H9R/H9sEKEN H9R Plus
EKEN H5s Plus

EKEN H5s Plus

EKEN H5s

EKEN H5s

EKEN H6s

EKEN H6s

EKEN H8s

EKEN H8s

EKEN H9s

EKEN H9s

EKEN H9R Plus

EKEN H9R Plus

Remarkskull designout of production(to be confirmed)
Sensor12,4 MP
Sony IMX 078
12,4 MP
Sony IMX 078
14 MP
Panasonic 34110
12,4 MP
Sony IMX078
4 MP
Omnivision OV4689
14 MP
Panasonic 34112
ProcessorAmbarella A12S75Ambarella A12S75Ambarella A12S75Sunplus 6350 chipSunplus 6350 chip Ambarella A12
Lens / FOV170°170°170°170°170°170°
4K Resolution
max. framerate
30fps
native (real 4K)
30fps
native (real 4K)
30fps
native (real 4K)
30fps
interpolated (not real 4K)
25fps
interpolated (not real 4K)
30fps
interpolated (not real 4K)
2,7K – Resolution
max. frame rate
60fps60fps30fps30fps30fps30fps
1080p –Resolution
max. frame rate
100fps100fps60fps60fps60fps60fps
720p Resolution
max. frame rate
200fps200fps-120fps120fps120fps
Image Stabilizationyes
up to 4K 30fps
yes
up to 2.7K 30fps
yes
up to 4K 25fps
nonono
Photo Resolution
(native - unscaled)
12 MP12 MP14 MP12 MP4 MP14 MP
Display2" touchscreen2" touchscreen2" live view2" live view2" live view2" touchscreen
Front Displayyesnoyesyesnono
Facebook Livenononoonly H8sonly H9sno
Battery1050 mAh1050 mAh1050 mAh1050 mAh1050 mAh1050 mAh
WiFiyesyesyesyesyesyes
Remote Controlyesyesyesonly H8R & H8sonly H9R & H9syes
Portsmicro USB, micro HDMImicro USB, micro HDMImicro USB, micro HDMImicro USB, micro HDMImicro USB, micro HDMImicro USB, micro HDMI
A/V out via USBnononononono
Mic in via USBnononononono
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 41.159.3 x 24.6 x 41.1?
Mounts & Caseincludedincludedincludedincludedincludedincluded
Aliexpress (ATPowers)
confirmed retailer
n/an/a$ 86.00n/aEKEN H9:$ 39.99
EKEN H9R:$ 47.99
$ 73.99
Banggood$ 119.99$ 119.99$ 89.99$ 73.99H9: $ 39.99
H9R: $ 49.99
$ 89.99
Gearbest:-$ 98.99$ 97.99-H9R: $ 49.99-
Amazon US
(official EKEN store)
Out of stock-$109.99Out of stockEKEN H9R:
$54.99
EKEN H9s:
$61.99
$79.99
Amazon DE
(official EKEN store)
--Derzeit nicht verfügbarDerzeit nicht verfügbarEKEN H9R:
Derzeit nicht verfügbar
EKEN H9s:
EUR 63,00
-
ReviewReviewReviewReview-

 

Remarks:

Resolution/Frame rate:
not all EKEN cameras that are labelled 4K offer native 4K resolution. Another method to achieve 4K is to upscale the video from a lower resolution, called interpolating. E.g. EKEN H9 doesn’t offer real 4K; easy to check: 4K resolution equals 8 MP and EKEN H9 only has a 4 MP sensor. But that’s not the only criteria to check, if you want more info on that topic, check out my real vs fake 4K article.

Image Stabilization:
EKEN H5s plus, H5s and H6s offer electronic image stabilisation (EIS). In the list you can see the highest resolution available with EIS. How more info which other resolutions are available and if you can turn it on / off manually, please see respective review.

Remote Control:
Be careful if the remote controller is included with your camera when you need it. You can’t upgrade the camera if it comes without. If you want a remote with your H9 you need to go for EKEN H9R or EKEN H9s.
Note: For convenience some retailer ship a H9R without remote when you order a H9. Only in that case you can get remote separately. You can check if the camera runs on a H9R firmware. You can’t upgrade a H9 with a H9R firmware. And you can’t rely on getting a H9R wen ordering H9.

 

List of EKEN H9 series models

Here’s the list of EKEN H9 model cameras. Over the years many different versions were available. H9 Pro and H9 Plus offered sensors with more MP. Now these cameras have different names and only the base models: H9 – H9R (with remote) – H9s (with remote and livestream) are available:

Model:EKEN
H9 / H9R
EKEN
H9s
EKEN
H9se
EKEN
H9 Plus
EKEN
H9 Pro
Remark:out of productionout of production
Sensor4 MP Omnivision
OV4689
4 MP Omnivision
OV4689
4 MP
GC4603
12,4 MP Sony
IMX 117
14 MP Panasonic
34110
ProcessorSunplus 6350Sunplus 6350Sunplus 6350Ambarella A12S75Ambarella A12S75
Lens / FOV170°170°150°170°170°
4K Resolution
max. framerate
25fps
interpolated
25fps
interpolated
25fps
interpolated
30fps
native (real 4K)
30fps
native (real 4K)
2,7K – Resolution
max. frame rate
30fps30fps30fps60fps30fps
1080p –Resolution
max. frame rate
60fps60fps60fps120fps60fps
720p Resolution
max. frame rate
120fps120fpsno240fps120fps
Display2" live view2" live view2" live view2" live view2" live view
Front Displaynonononono
Battery1050 mAh1050 mAh1050 mAh1050 mAh1050 mAh
WiFiyesyesyesyesyes
Image Stabilizationnonononono
Live Streamnoyesnonono
Remote Controlonly H9Ryesonly H9Rseyesyes
Portsmicro USB, micro HDMImicro USB, micro HDMImicro USB, micro HDMImicro USB, micro HDMImicro USB, micro HDMI
A/V out via USBnonononono
Mic in via USBnonononono
Dimension (mm)59.3 x 24.6 x 41.1
same as SJCAM
59.3 x 24.6 x 41.1
same as SJCAM
59.3 x 24.6 x 41.1
same as SJCAM
59.3 x 21.4 x 41.1
same as GoPro
59.3 x 21.4 x 41.1
same as GoPro
Mounts & Caseincludedincludedincludedincludedincluded
Aliexpress (ATPowers)
confirmed retailer
39.99 USDn/an/an/an/a
GearbestEKEN H9:
n/a
EKEN H9R:
40.99 USD
n/an/an/an/a
BanggoodEKEN H9:
35.19 USD
EKEN H9R:
38.19 USD
Coupon Code: c7b421
EKEN H9:
43.19 USD
Coupon Code: c7b421
EKEN H9Rse: n/a109.99 USD
coupon code: EKEN20%3
99.99 USD
Coupon Code: EKEN20%3
Amazon US
(official EKEN store)
$54.99n/an/an/a
Amazon DE
(official EKEN store)
Derzeit nicht verfügbarEUR 63,00n/an/an/a
Amazon UK
(official EKEN store)
Out of stockn/an/an/a

 

Remarks:

Sensor:
There is a huge difference in H9 sensors: H9 Pro & Plus feature large (12 & 14 MP sensors) – while H9/H9R/H9s 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 the others 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:
EKEN H9 doesn’t come with remote control and can’t be upgraded later on!

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

 

Official Retailer – How to avoid getting fake EKEN cameras:

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 list of Aliexpress stores which are confirmed to ship original cameras:

Banggood
was confirmed by EKEN to sell original products! 

Gearbest
EKEN is back on Gearbest! (confirmed by EKEN)

But be aware! On Gearbest you can also find a “H9 camera” which is NOT a “EKEN H9“!

  • e.g.: EKEN H9R: 50.99 USD
  • to compare: H9 camera – not EKEN ! – it’s a different camera!

 

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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