Review: HawkEye Firefly 7S 4K WiFi Action Camera - 2" LCD, Gyro, NT96660 & Sony IMX078 (Gearbest)

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Thank you @GearBest for providing Firefly 7S action camera for review.
It is available at Gearbest here: **********************************************************
So what's new in 7S compared to 6S?
Most features are same as in 6S like these:
Firefly 7S has the same 12MP Sony IMX078 illuminated CMOS sensor and a Novatek 96660 chipset.
Same video resolutions as of 6S: 2160p (24fps), 2.5K (30fps) 1080p (60fps), 720p (120fps) and manual ISO adjustment and loop recording options, among others.
[Note: Wi-Fi doesn't work on 4k mode. WiFi connetion drops it to 1080p 60fps.]

The difference is, there is a 2" LCD screen now on the back of 7S
in addition to small notification screen on the front.
It makes it possible to view videos and easier access to menu settings.
Few other minor differences, battery: 1050mAh instead of 1600 in 6S, 120 degree instead of 140 in 6S.
It features a 120-degree wide-angle lens with options of LARGE, MEDIUM and SMALL FOV.
For my review of 6S, CLICK HERE.
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Conclusion: will update after tests.
PROS: Great AE against the Sun.
CONS: Right side gets slightly OOF after hot when shooting at 4k for long time.
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HawkEye Firefly 7S Unboxing video with sample dashcam video:
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Package contents:
1 x Hawkeye Firefly 7S Action Camera, 1 x Waterproof Case + Mount + Screw, 1 x English User Manual, 1 x 1050mAh Battery, 1 x Holder, 1 x J-shaped Mount, 1 x Tripod Mount + Tripod Mount Adapter, 1 x Long Connector + Screw, 2 x Short Connector + Screw, 1 x Bike Handlebar Seatpost Pole Mount, 2 x Basic Mount, 1 x USB Cable, 1 x Metal Cable Tie, 4 x Plastic Cable Tie, 1 x Cleaning Cloth, 1 x Clip, 2 x Adhesive, 2 x Belt, 1 x Hook and Loop Fastener, 1 x Pad
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Firefly-7S-Combined.jpg

Firefly-7S-back.jpg
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HawkEye Firefly 7S Folders and Files:
Root folder has 'DV' folder.
DV has following sub-folders:
Movie: For videos.
Photo: For photos.

Both videos and photos have date and time in file names. Nice!
Firefly-7S-Folders-Files.PNG

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Bit rate and file size:
4K video:
25 mbps
2.5k video: 20.5 mbps
1440p video: 20.5 mbps
1080p 60fps: 20.5 mbps
1080p 30fps: 15.2 mbps
File sizes for different modes are in the screenshot below:
Firefly-7S-bitrate.png


Photos are 4032x 3064p on 10 mp mode, maximum is 12mp.

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Daytime Screenshots from Dashcam Videos:

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Right side is slightly OOF:
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FOV modes: Notice how much of the dashboard is visible in each mode.

Small:
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Medium:
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Large:
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Daytime videos as a dashcam: All videos are using high bit rate mode.
Videos are good but not 4K good. Audio has hiss noise, specially when vehicle is still and when there is no other audio.

4K resolution:

2.5k resolution:

1440p resolution:

1080p 60fps:
 
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HawkEye Firefly 7S on a bicycle inside waterproof housing: Very good video quality in all resolutions even from inside waterproof housing.

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4k Gyro ON, Fisheye removal on.



Off...









Very good against the Sun:
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2.5k resolution:
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1920 x 1440p resolution:
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1920 x 1080p 60 fps resolution:
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1920 x 1080p 30 fps resolution:

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720p 120fps resolution:
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Few more 4K:
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HawkEye Firefly 7S Bicycle Videos: Inside waterproof housing on a bicycle. Gyro and fisheye removal off unless they are mentioned.

4K:

4k low bit rate mode:

2.5k:

1440p:

1080p 60fps:

1080p 30fps:

720p 120fps:
 
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HawkEye Firefly 7S Bicycle Videos: Gyro on vs off, fisheye removal on.
Gyro on:



Gyro Off, fisheye removal off:
 

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Few more short 4k clips from evening walk around the lake:


 

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Does the 6s have better gyro?

can someone confirm the maximum micro sd card the 7s can take is 32gb (vs 64gb for 6s)?
 
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Daytime videos as a dashcam: All videos are using high bit rate mode.
Videos are good but not 4K good. Audio has hiss noise, specially when vehicle is still and when there is no other audio.

4K resolution:

2.5k resolution:

1440p resolution:

1080p 60fps:

Any night footage??
 
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