Eken H9R / H9S vs GoPro Hero 5 / 6

by | Last updated Nov 9, 2017 | Action Cameras | 2 comments

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Today we're going to compare the Eken H9R and Eken H9S action cameras against the GoPro Hero 5 and GoPro Hero 6 in regards to features, specs, and reviews. For an in-depth look at the GoPros see our GoPro Buyer Guide.

What's the difference between the Eken H9R and Eken H9S models?

To put it simply.. we have no idea! The features, specs, and even the images used on both models appear to be the exact same for each model. We've reached out to Eken for clarification and will update this article when we receive their reply.

Update: I've been informed that the difference between the Eken H9R and H9S is that the H9S is capable of live streaming and comes with a Panasonic sensor.

Eken H9R & H9S vs GoPro Hero5 & Hero6

  • Video Resolution: The Eken H9R & H9S cameras capture video at up to 4K/25fps. The GoPro Hero5 captures video at 4K/30fps and the Hero6 at 4K/60fps.
  • Photo Resolution: The Eken H9R & H9S offer 12MP image resolution which is the same as the GoPro Hero5 and Hero6 cameras.
  • Waterproof Capabilities: The Eken H9R & H9S cameras can be taken down to 100 feet with their included waterproof cases. The GoPro Hero 5 and Hero 6 are both waterproof up to 33 feet without needing a case.
  • Storage Capacity: The Eken H9R & H9S cameras can handle up to a 64GB card versus the larger storage capacity of the GoPros which both allow up to a 128GB card.
  • Voice Control: The Eken H9R & H9S cameras do not offer voice control. Both the GoPro Hero 5 and Hero 6 have voice control capabilities
  • Outputs: TheEken H9R & H9S cameras have HDMI and WiFi outputs. The GoPro Hero5 and Hero6 do as well, plus USB and Bluetooth.
  • Display: The Eken H9R & H9S cameras have a 2″ LCD display screen which are NOT touchscreen, whereas the GoPro Hero5 and Hero6 have touchscreen displays.
  • Batteries: The Eken H9R & H9S cameras each come with 2 rechargeable 1050mAh Li-ion batteries. The GoPro Hero5 and Hero6 each come with one removable 1220mAh Lithium Ion battery.
  • Included Accessories: The Eken H9R & H9S cameras come with: the camera, waterproof case, wireless remote control, tripod, two batteries, charging cables, handlebar mount, and a selection of clips, mounts, and brackets. The GoPro Hero 5/6 come with the camera, one battery, and charging cables.

Eken H9R & H9S Action Camera Reviews: What do travelers think of these cameras?

People who have purchased either camera love how many accessories come bundled with the cameras including a tripod, handlebar mount, wireless remote, and selection of mounts and clips. With any best selling action camera, there were a handful of negative reviews indicating that the product didn't work as expected and overheated, which seem more like individual camera defects which is luck of the draw with electronics versus complaints about the camera's video/photo quality – of which reviews were positive.

About Eken the brand

Eken is an imaging technologies and services company based in ShenZhen, China, founded in 2006. They started in the mp3 player market and later expanded into cameras. They say on their website that they aspire to become a global brand by creating products that are high quality and affordable.

EKEN New H9R Action Camera 4K WiFi Waterproof Sports Camera Full HD 4K30 2.7K30 1080p60 720p120 Video Camera 20MP Photo and 170 Wide Angle Lens Includes 11 Mountings Kit 2 Batteries Black
  • High Resolution—4k action camera video resolution: 4K25fps 2.7K30fps 1080p60fps 720p120fps. Photo:...
  • Built-in WiFi & HDMI output—Edit and share your sports action camera actions as soon as it’s...
  • Waterproof housing up to 100 feet—The waterproof case of action camera is designed to withstand...
  • 2 inch LCD FHD Display—High quality display for video or photo playback. Get the full spectrum of...
  • Sports camera additional features—Use the 2.4G wrist remote to shift the functions between video,...

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GoPro HERO6 Black — Waterproof Digital Action Camera for Travel with Touch Screen 4K HD Video 12MP Photos
  • HERO6 black automatically sends your footage to your phone where the app turns it into a quik story...
  • With 4k60 and 1080p240 video, HERO6 black delivers 2x the performance compared to HERO5 black with...
  • With our most advanced video stabilization yet, HERO6 black captures super smooth footage, whether...
  • Now featuring touch zoom and an updated UI, the 2 inch display makes it easy to frame shots, change...
  • Featuring 5 GHZ Wi-Fi, you can copy photos and videos over to your phone 3x faster than with HERO5...
GoPro Hero5 Black — Waterproof Digital Action Camera for Travel with Touch Screen 4K HD Video 12MP Photos
  • Stunning 4k video and 12MP photos in single, burst and time lapse modes charger not included
  • Durable by design, Hero5 black is waterproof to 33 feet (10 meter) without a housing
  • Additional GoPro Hero5 black features + benefits below on item page time lapse photo intervals: 05,...
  • Preview and playback your shots, change settings and trim your footage, all on your GoPro
  • Note: Check user manual on technical specification and instruction video available before use; audio...

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  1. Cristhian Cifuentes

    Hi! Nice review, the difference between Eken H9R And H9S is basically H9S is capable to Stream live and it comes with a Panasonic sensor. ( Sorry about my English)


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