ThiEye T5 Edge Review: New Action Camera with 4K EIS

Last year (is it already 2018!), ThiEye jumped onto the action camera scene with the excellent T5E camera. Fast forward to this new year, and they've released yet another budget 4K camera: The T5 Edge. It's not the same camera - it has a different image sensor, offers Voice Control, and, perhaps most excitingly, supports Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) at not only 1080p but also 4K, 30fps. 

Yeah, that's one of my new bass lures for 2018. Expect a review soon.


Resolution 4K 30fps, 2.7K 30fps, 1080P 60 / 30fps, 720P 120 / 60 / 30fps
Distortion Correction Support
Gyro Stabilizer (EIS) Support 4K & 1080P
Auto Low Light Support 1080P 60fps, 720P 120 / 60fps
Loop Recording 2 / 3 / 5min, video auto cyclic covering
Time lapse Video 1 / 3 / 5 / 10 / 30 / 60 second interval
Slow Motion Select the slow motion mode and capture slow motion footage at 720P 120fps
Screen Off Off / 30s / 1min / 2min
Auto Shutdown Off / 1 / 2min
Format MP4
Codec H.264
Resolution 14M (4320*3240) / 10M (3648*2736) / 8M (3264*2448) / 5M (2592*1944)
Long Exposure Off / 1 / 2 / 5 / 8 / 30 / 60s
Photo Burst Off / 3 P/s / 7 P/2s / 15 P/4s / 30P/8s
Self-Timer Off / 3 / 5 / 10 / 20s
Photo format JPG
Waterproof 197 feet(60m) underwater with waterproof case
LCD Display Built-in 2.0 inch Ultra-HD IPS screen
Lens 170° super-wide view, 7G lens
Storage Micro SD / SDHC / SDXC (Support up to 128G, UHS-1 U3 required, sold separately)
Audio Input Microphone
Audio Output Speaker
Connection WiFi (iOS & Android App), Micro USB, HDM
Image Sensor MN34112

Dimension 60 * 42 * 23mm (L x W x D)
Battery 1100mAh, 3.7V
Color Black
WiFi Control Yes
Voice & Remote Control Support
Language English / Simplified Chinese / Traditional Chinese / German / Italian / Spanish / Portuguese / French / Japanese


I've used the T5 Edge in a variety of settings and it's performed well. The EIS definitely makes the footage more stable. However, the EIS could use some significant refinement - it's not at the level of GitUp or SJCam for now. Hopefully future software updates will fix this, as there was occasional shaking artifact and jello, even with EIS. 
The included waterproof case is snug and fits the camera perfectly. The menu is easy to navigate, and playback on the app or the camera itself is a breeze. The included bluetooth remote works quite well, and offers remote control features. To use the Voice Command option, you need to speak into the bluetooth remote, after its synced to the camera. Commands include "Action Start Vieo", "Action Stop Shooting", "Action Photo", "Camera Turn Off." These are only for English-and I doubt the software will pickup heavy accents very well.
There is also several of the usual accessories included with the camera, various mounts and so on.
The image sensor is the same as one of the Eken models, but different from the T5E model.

Sample photos from ThiEye T5 Edge Action Camera (unedited)

Comparison to T5E Action Camera

I really liked the T5E when I reviewed it several months back. However, the T5E doesn't have EIS, and thus I didn't use the 4K as much as I would have liked. The difference in terms of stability between no EIS and EIS on the T5Edge is quite striking - see the video below. 
Photo quality and video quality are otherwise fairly similar at 4K, but at 1080p the T5E is definitely ahead in detail. I do prefer the somewhat more saturated colors found on the ThiEye T5 Edge photos and video on stock settings over the T5E at 4K. Battery life and compatibility with the ThiEye Action Camera app are similar, no major hiccups. The Image sensor is also different on the T5 Edge. 

ThiEye T5 Edge is an upgrade over the prior T5E, mostly in terms of its EIS feature, although the EIS is far from perfect. The different image sensor on the T5 Edge seems to produce more natural, less washed out footage over the T5E, although the difference is slight in 4K. At 1080p, the T5 Edge actually lags behind the T5E. The Voice Control and Bluetooth Remote are also both nice, but not features I'll probably use that often. Overall, this is another solid action camera from ThiEye, with room to improve on the EIS feature. However, it is also probably the most affordable 4K EIS option at the moment. Take a look at the review video below and let me know your thoughts:

Important links: 

Buy ThiEye T5 Edge online: (4K EIS + remote control + voice control)

Newport Harbor Intex Kayak Fishing Trip for Bass

Back to the bay (Newport), for a fishing trip. This time, took the Intex Explorer Kayak K2 out, an inflatable kayak. It performed excellently out in the protected saltwater environment. We landed 10+ fish, all chunky spotted and calico bass on a variety of lures. The kayak was comfortable, stable, and didn't leak during the entire trip. Check the video below!

Check out that sun bathing whale of a seal!

Creekin' for Local Wild Trout

Hello, local wild trout stream in San Bernardino Mountains

It's been too long since we last met

Taking out my beloved el cheapo Rosewood Collapsible Fly Fishing Rod

Simply gorgeous little pool


Tiniest trout I've ever encountered at the end of my fly line

Good to have been back

Best Southern California Hiking and Wilderness Exploration Blogs: Crashed Planes, Forgotten Canyons, Hidden Ski Runs, and Lost Hikers

Exploring the wonderful outdoors through fishing trips is my primary way of seeking adventure in the local mountains and lakes. However, I also hike quite a bit, and enjoy reading about others who share a similar passion for escaping the urban sprawl of Southern California through wilderness treks. When I come across a good outside blog or similar site, I will often keep coming back to it, pouring through pages of remote hikes and discoveries with eagerness. Some of my favorite, non-fishing blogs and websites to peruse are below for you to enjoy as well:

Joe Idoni hikes to all sorts of airplane and helicopter crash sites. His writeups have intriguing backstories, information on on the particular planes involved (often Cold War relics), and fantastic photos with wreckage starkly contrasted to harsh, desert environments. I've hiked to the crashed plane in Vincent Gulch (video here) but otherwise can only dream of seeing these tragic wrecks on remote hikes. Highly recommended! 

Like it? Check out the Wreck Chasing community:

Ever spotted a distant slope that looked perfect for a ski run, but it appeared to be completely accessible, in the local mountains? I've seen plenty, and while I don't ski (for now), I really enjoyed reading the excellent trips on Sierra Descents that are situated in the local Southern California mountains. Check out one of my favorite trip report(s) here, and hold as Andy Lewicky takes you into the San Gabriel back country to a truly hidden gem:

Let's not forget hiking! While it may not be as adrenalin pumping as dropping into a near vertical, virgin ski slope (couloir?), hiking is my passion and has its own rewards. Hikin' Jim, a helpful hiker that often posts on local hiking forums (San Gab Mt Forum, r/socalhiking), has a wealth of information tucked away on his blog. His hike into the depths of Whitewater Canyon is impressive to read and accompanied by excellent photos (as well as some of the best CalTopo maps around)

Now, I explore plenty of local canyons while looking for finned friends, but I have never dropped in using rapelling and other technical gear. The exploits of local canyoneers is awe inspiring, and one of the most talked about it Scott Swaney, a legend in such circles. He has explored many local San Gab and San Bern canyons, but his current track to conquer countless Death Valley canyons is nothing short of amazing. Read the OutsideOnline writeup, then check out his RopeWiki page about Death Valley with the map of all the places he's been. Feel like dropping into a 400ft canyon?

Unfotunately, with so much adventure to be had outside, mishaps do occur, and can be fatal. The recent case of the lost Joshua Tree hiking couple illustrates such tragedies. But what about those that are never found, year after year, seemingly swallowed by the vast expanses of desert? Tom Manhood, a veteran Search and Rescue operative, has some of the most detailed and extensive writeups about search, (often on his own) for the remains of those that society has long stopped looking for: VERY long but fascinating, and horrifying at the same time. Excellent example of how to get lost in a very, very dangerous place. Never underestimate the elements)

Lastly, have an itch for buried treasure?
All sorts of local hikers and miners post here, with their "treasures" including many from Southern California. I need a metal detector! 

Late Fall Trout Creek Exploration

Despite my familiarity with many local Southern California streams, there are countless others that I have not yet explored in detail, or even ventured to yet. Of these, I was able to fish two (loosely using the term fishing, as you'll see) just a few days ago. 

Gotta love that cold late fall sun

These particular creeks are absolutely raging in the spring during snow runoff. Both, reportedly, have a variety of trout; and I've caught trout in the lower reaches of one. Thus, I headed out with eager expectations.
Supposed to be a creek here

However, upon arrival, it was clear that fishing wasn't going to be the major player in this trip. Both creeks were dismally low, with barely a trickle of water running in the first one. Both were nearly completely covered in fall leaves, choking pools and riffles alike. In the first creek, I spotted perhaps 1-2 pools at best that might hold fish, and the largest one didn't yield a single strike.

Really a fantastic little canyon


The second creek definitely had larger pools, including a beautiful 3ft deep one with excellent cover. However, it too was barely running, and previously innudated rapids were high and dry. Made several casts with a dry fly / dropper rig, but also failed to hook anything save a couple of leaves. I spent another few minutes scanning the pool from above - also appeared lifeless.

This area had 4ft of water last time...

Southern California trout fishing, at least for wild trout, is full of highs and lows - this was a low as far as fishing is concerned, but still a successful trip in getting outside, getting a workout while bumbling around massive boulders and steep drops, and also checking off another couple of spot on my mental trout fishing list. This is par for the course while fishing in local SoCal mountains - lots of planning, "blue lining" on maps, scouting out old reports, and then finally making the trip - boom or bust!

More water, just not enough

The best part? I was outside, in beautiful, crisp, clear fall weather, high in the mountains, away from traffic and crowds. I'll take that anyday!

Micro Fishing Lures Update: Video Reviews!

Hi all! Remember the Micro Fishing Lures post from several years ago? I've added a little update to my collection of such lures, this time in the form of several videos, see above.

They still catch fish!

Fall Fishing At Fisherman's Retreat

Wanted to share a quick report from Fisherman's Retreat, in Redlands, California (San Timeteo Canyon area). It's a private lake, that is open for fishing if you drop $16 for the entrance fee. Actually, there are three lakes, two open to anyone, and the third members-only.

Bass fishing can be excellent at times, but sadly, on this trip, it wasn't. In fact, I only had perhaps one bite over 4 hours of tossing a variety of lures. However, the trout and catfish bite was hot for many other anglers - they stock these lakes heavily! It's a nice, somewhat secluded area to fish and I'm glad to have spent the afternoon out here.

Exploring San Timeteo Creek for Fishing...

Plenty of water, but very shallow. Does hold some very small fish from my observations. Possibly a location for ultralite fishing? Like Tenkara or Tanago style fishing? More to come...

Is Fishing Cruel? The Global Code of Practice for Recreational Fisheries Pseudoscience and Dangers to Fishing

One of my favorite SoCal trout streams

Recreational fishing faces many threats - loss of fish habitat, drought, radical environmentalists, increasing regulations, a public that is increasingly unfamiliar with angling, and so on. One particular threat that all anglers should be aware of has emerged from Europe (with attempts being made to enact it in Canada), in the form of fishing regulations that ban catch and release fishing for being supposedly cruel.

While this sounds absolutely insane (it is!), let me quickly explain the theory behind such regulation. Certain individuals opposed to recreational fishing believe fish feel pain in a manner similar to humans (despite evidence to the contrary), and as such, no one should fish for "sport" (defined by catch and release angling), only for food. Never mind the detrimental impact such a policy would have on isolated streams and lakes, especially in densely populated regions like California! In fact, anglers can be fined for releasing fish in some parts of Europe, particularly Germany. 

There is a very nice documentary looking into this issue, and how local anglers are dealing with it in Germany right now.

Much of this nonsense stems from a "Global Code of Practice" or "Best Management Practice" for fishing that is being pushed throughout various part of the Western world. The key fallacy behind this is man and fish simply are not the same, and attempts to equate the two, in terms of pain/suffering are intrinsically wrong. I highly encourage everyone to read the excellent writeup on this threat to angling at High County Angler's Fall 2017 edition (
The author, fisheries biologist John Nickum, rightly notes the pseudo-science behind such "Global Code of Practice for Recreational Fisheries", the agenda disguised as "science", and the stupidity of the anthropomorphisms behind such beliefs. Definitely go read it! It's on pages 46-47 in ezine. 

To really delve into the science behind fish not perceiving pain in the same manner as humans, take a look at the role of C-fibers and Adelta fibers in the nervous system. Fish have a distinctly different arrangement (or even a lack thereof) of these, rendering their nociceptors perception vastly different from humans. C-fibers, the unmyelinated fibers responsible for severe, chronic, burning pain in some cases, are either absent or severely reduced in fish. The importance of this cannot be stressed enough!

Properly done, fishing is not cruel, and catch and release fishing is certainly not cruel. In fact, catch and release fishing is vital to the health of a fishery where recreational fishing is allowed. Finally, without recreational fishing (fortunately, it's part of California's Constitution to allow fishing), many waterways would be less robust and there would be less funds and interest in caring for them. 

Thick and trouty

Outdoorsmen (and women!), be they hunters or anglers, have traditionally formed the backbone behind protecting and preserving habitat and species for future generations to continue to enjoy. Few people care as much about the health of a fishery as the anglers that spend countless hours on the water. Many wildlife sanctuaries are funded by hunters and anglers, who directly benefit from a healthy, robust ecosystem with game and fish to pursue, be it for take or (in the case of fishing), catch and release. In many situations, the goals of recreational fishing and environmental organizations do align (i.e. CalTrout and TroutUnlimited partnering with the Nature Conservancy and Environmental Defense Fund) Unfortunately, there is an element with some environmental circles, mostly from animal rights activists, that is completely opposed to any recreational fishing (and often to human life in general). Such groups should never be supported or assisted in any manner, and anglers of all stripes should be alarmed when policies such groups push become law. Remember, it's a crime to interfere with the act of legal fishing or hunting in California, be sure to report anyone doing that! 

Fall Fly Fishing in San Bernardino Mountains

The fishing was slow, but the scenery was great. 
I'm not familiar with this particular creek, only fished it once before on a different stretch. Moving a little too quickly for my gear. Next time!

Downstream (Somewhere outside of Los Angeles)

What is just around the bend? What is located just downstream (or upstream)? What secret does the next pool of crystal-clear water hold? These questions push me forward on countless trout fishing expeditions, often in the local mountain ranges, the "Saints" (San Gabriels, San Bernardinos, San Jacinto).

Earlier this year I took the plunge (literally) downstream, going further along a popular creek than I had ever ventured before. It required getting wet and scrambling along some narrow ledges for a ways, but I made it safely. Even managed to avoid the abundant poison oak along the "trail."A pair of cheap gardening gloves + frequent applications of TechNu lotion seemed to do the trick (seriously, check the TechNu lotion out, it's saved me many times)

This particular stretch of creek had two fascinating sections - a lush, forested portion with many nice pools, some teeming with trout; and a second, narrow slot canyon, exposed to the intense summer sun. The scenery was arguably amazing in both, but the slot canyon really caught me by surprise. Most SoCal creeks doesn't have this kind of topography and I hadn't seen any pictures of this part before. Google Maps sleuthing hadn't gotten me prepared for it either. Take a look:

Fishing was difficult, to say the least. I'm still getting used to trying fly-fishing only on certain trout trips, and I had more than my fair share of snags, lost flys, and tangles throughout the day. However, the scenery more than made up for it, as well as the thrill of discovery. I came across many pools with rainbows swimming idylilly around, easily spooked, but still willing to hit a dry fly. I even managed to land one, and snap off a monster of a fish in sheltered pool underneath thick cover. 
I'll definitely be back for more!

Photos taken with the Zerotech RollCap Camera. You can see video footage from the trip, and other trips, on my review of the RollCap camera here:

Unexplored Streams in the San Bernardino Mountains?

Discovering new trout streams in local mountains is my passion. I spend hours pouring over old stocking records, topographic maps, satellite imagery (Thanks, Google), outdated fishing reports, and more in my search for wild trout, both in the San Gabriels and the San Bernardino mountain ranges. I don't keep these fish - rather it's the thrill of hiking to a hidden stream and discovering wild trout that offers all the satisfaction that I need to make an epic fishing trip. I rarely share these creeks, mostly due to the devastation hordes of people have done on more well-know watersheds, like the San Gabriel River and Lytle Creek. 

However, there are several creeks that I can't seem to find any information on, let alone get to access. Some of these might end up being a trip in the far future, but some appear almost completely unrealistic to ever explore. Thus, I'm posting about these in hopes anyone who has information would be willing to let me know what these lone spots are like.

Banning Canyon
San Gorgonio River
Millard Canyon and East Millard Canyon
Wood Canyon

All of these watersheds appear difficult to access, primarily due to a lack of public roads. The first, Banning Canyon, is enormous, but really lacks all info about it online. What's back there? How can one access it? I'm all ears. 

The others, especially Millard Canyon, have access roads that go through the Morongo Reservation. It sounds like they do not offer public access to this national forest area, which is unfortunate, 

A couple of reports from others, predominately hikers, have been posted, and shed a little light on the tough situation to get back there:

The USDA Forest Service also lists several trails that access Millard Canyon in the San Bernardino National Forest, including a Bear Wallow Camp, Deer Springs Trail, Kitchen Peak Trail , but state "access trailed closed".

Interestingly, the only mentions as of late about Millard Canyon are related to the Nestle Bottled Water controversy during the drought:

Other, more disturbing mentions of Millard Canyon have also been posted:

I'd love to learn more about these canyons and creeks. Feel free to post here, or contact me at Facebook here:
Or, email me: 

Lake Arrowhead: Fishing Trip and Report

Got invited to fish the famous Lake Arrowhead - a private lake in the San Bernardino Mountains. It's deep (up to 180ft), crystal clear, and has a variety of gamefish (trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, sunfish, and reportedly even kokanee).

Fishing was not easy - I'm not used to fish steep dropoffs right at the shore! Still managed to tie into a smallmouth bass. Had a bunch of little largemouth follow all my lures around, one ended up getting foul hooked, all safely released. Fished spybaits, dropshots, crankbaits, jigs, soft plastics.