Review: Amkov AMK7000S 4K Ultra HD WiFi Sports Action Camera (Gearbest)

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Thank you @GearBest for providing Amkov AMK7000S action camera for review.
Amkov AMK7000S is available for $99.99 (or less when on sale) at Gearbest here: ***************************************************
Review Summary: Pretty good action camera for the price.
Daytime video quality is very good.
Night video is not that great with grainy yellow patches but not too bad and is enough to show objects.
I think it overexposes night to have better visibility and thus also brings in those grains and yellow patches.

4K is only 10fps so not much benefit but 2.7k @ 15fps and 1080p @ 60fps work very good.
There is anti shake option in the settings.
As a dashcam, you can't use this because of no looping option.
There is "Video Seamlapse Duration" in Wi-Fi app but even that doesn't make it loop.
I got card full error and had to format it to record further.

Audio is pretty good.
Wrist Watch remote works good but only from the front as that's where the RF receiver is.
Haven't tested underwater but I expect it to work fine with the waterproof housing.
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Quick Links:
Daytime video screenshots
Daytime videos1 Daytime videos2
Night video screenshots
Night videos1 Night videos2
Wi-Fi App

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Description:
AMK7000S is based on Sunplus 6350M SPCA6350 chipset and OV4689 image sensor.
It has built-in Wi-Fi and can record 4K resolution at 10 fps.
Video resolution: 4K (3840 x 2160) 10fps, 2.7K (2704 x 1524) 15fps, 1080P 60fps / 30fps, 720P 120fps / 60fps, VGA (672 x 380) 240fps
Removable 1150mAh battery, providing up to 90 minutes recording time.
IP68 waterproof housing for up to 40 meters underwater.
Other features are pretty standard with action cameras.
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Quick unboxing video:
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Package Contents:
  1. AMK7000S Sports Action Camera.
  2. Waterproof housing (IP68: 40m).
  3. Micro USB Cable.
  4. Sticky tape mounts.
  5. Strap mount.
  6. Wrist watch style remote.
  7. Dashcam/drone frame.
  8. Product manual.
  9. Several standard mounts.
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Amkov AMK7000S product box side by side with Mini 0826 box:
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Amkov 7000S side by side with Firefly 6S, Mini 0826, G1WH.
Front view:
Power button, small screen and few LED status lights.
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Bottom view: Battery door.
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Left Side: Micro SD, micro USB, micro HDMI ports.
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Top: OK/shutter button, status LED light, heat ventilation holes.
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Right side: Wi-Fi button and LED status light.
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Back: 2" LCD screen and LED status light.
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Folders and Files:
SD card has CAR, JPG and VIDEO files.
CAR is probably for car mode with loop files but I just tested it in default settings so the files are under VIDEO folder.
Files have date/time so easy to find particular file.

Overall VBR for 1080p 60fps is 28.2 mbps.
Video 28.1 mbps and audio 128kbps.
Amkov AMK7000S Folders and VBR.jpg


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Tests to follow soon...
 
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Daytime Video Screenshots:
These videos are 1080p @ 60fps.
Video quality is very good with all areas are in focus.
Few screenshots of the same street that I usually drive so can be compared with other dashcam reviews.

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Videos and more resolution tests coming soon...
 
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Daytime Videos, 1080p @ 60fps:
Video quality is great.
Audio is also good but audio replaced due to family in the vehicle... will upload audio sample video later.

My usual residential street:

My usual highway alongside mountain and frozen lakes:
Prius driving horribly slow and the Honda Ridgeline lost patience and passed us narrowly.


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One thing about the dashcam frame.
Looks like it's not made for this camera.
It has holes for most things but not for micro USB so can't power when using as a dashcam.
It has access to micro HDMI but not micro USB.
Maybe micro HDMI is for video out for drones' FPV. :confused:

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Amkov AMK700S video samples at different resolutions:

Some videos are still processing so high quality may not be available...
1. 4K @ 10fps: Pretty good for 10fps. Audio at the end is baby talking in her language. :D

2. 2.7K @ 15fps

To compare the above video against Mini 0826, CLICK HERE.

3. 720p Slow Motion @ 120fps
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Night/low light video screenshots:
Evening 1:
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Evening 2:
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Evening 3:

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Evening 4:
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Night 1:
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Night 2:
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Night 3:
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Night 4:
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Amkov AMK7000S Night/low light videos: Audio replaced.
Evening 1:


Evening 2:

Night 1:

Night 2: Low light mode ON right after above video.
Not sure if anything changed with that mode.
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To compare same videos against mini 0826, CLICK HERE.
 
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Wi-Fi App download link: AMK iCam
The app works pretty good and has a lot of options like zoom, photo, video, settings etc... including option to set loop time.
The camera menu doesn't have loop option. :confused:
However, even setting this doesn't make videos to loop and card gets full with no overwriting.

[Note: Wifi connection is buggy. It failed several times in few occasions. Specially when the vehicle is movig, it's very hard to connect].

Few screenshots of the app:
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Photos and videos can be downloaded to the phone:
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Video Seamlapse Duration AKA loop ;)
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Resolution is only available up to 1080p 60fps, no option to select 2.7k nor 4k via wifi.
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Normal view:
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Zoomed view:
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Wrist watch remote:
Works good but only from the front.
If you try to operate the camera from the back, it won't work.

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More night videos after cleaning the screen.
The streaks on street lights are gone.
Night video is grainy but it does show objects pretty good.
License plate reading won't work while moving.


 
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Conclusion: Pretty good action camera for the price.
Daytime video quality is very good.
Night video is not that great with grainy yellow patches but not too bad and is enough to show objects.
I think it overexposes night to have better visibility and thus also brings in those grains and yellow patches.
4K is only 10fps so not much benefit but 2.7k @ 15fps and 1080p @ 60fps work very good.
There is anti shake option in the settings.
As a dashcam, you can't use this because of no looping option.
There is "Video Seamlapse Duration" in Wi-Fi app but even that doesn't make it loop.
I got card full error and had to format it to record further.

Audio is pretty good.
Wrist Watch remote works good but only from the front as that's where the RF receiver is.
Haven't tested underwater but I expect it to work fine with the waterproof housing.
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Wrist Watch remote works good but only from the front as that's where the RF receiver is.
It seems it is a IR remote control, not RF version.
 

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Sunny, have you had a chance to upgrade the firmware on this yet? I bought an AMK7000s brand new from Amazon about a week ago. I went to their webpage and found an upgrade the the firmware (1.03). I followed the instructions to the letter. There wasn't much to it, really. However, the firmware would not upgrade. In fact, the camera kept freezing up on startup. I returned it thinking it was a camera error. Because I did a lot of research and found this camera the best fit for the features I wanted and my budget, I decided to give it another try. Yesterday I received my second AMK7000s. I was very careful to follow the instructions. This camera will not allow for an upgrade of the firmware as well. Following the instructions to the letter only freezes up the camera. I have to do a battery pull to unfreeze it. Any thoughts? Thanks for any help. I really want this camera to work.
 
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Sunny, have you had a chance to upgrade the firmware on this yet? I bought an AMK7000s brand new from Amazon about a week ago. I went to their webpage and found an upgrade the the firmware (1.03). I followed the instructions to the letter. There wasn't much to it, really. However, the firmware would not upgrade. In fact, the camera kept freezing up on startup. I returned it thinking it was a camera error. Because I did a lot of research and found this camera the best fit for the features I wanted and my budget, I decided to give it another try. Yesterday I received my second AMK7000s. I was very careful to follow the instructions. This camera will not allow for an upgrade of the firmware as well. Following the instructions to the letter only freezes up the camera. I have to do a battery pull to unfreeze it. Any thoughts? Thanks for any help. I really want this camera to work.
I haven't tried firmware update.
What's new in the firmware?
 

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Sunny, thanks for the reply.

I'm not sure. When asked, AMKOV simply says "it fixes bugs". I don't mind leaving the firmware as-is. However, I just want to be sure that should I want/need to upgrade the firmware in the future, that option is available to me.
 

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I get a new camera arrived.
but I have a problem.
upper menu button is not working.
I can not access the settings menu.
I can not make video resolution settings.
I put the video below. upper button is not working.

Best to contact the company you bought the camera from.
 

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amkov 7000S brick was my camera, how do I recover.?
It does not open. : (((

 
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no light does not burn completely dead.
only charging light (blue light) lights

.elf file and firmware file is required.
How to revive the camera?

help please
 
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