Hawkeye Firefly 8SE Action Camera Test

Average 0/5

Slightly more expensive than other action cameras but still cheaper than a GoPro, is the Hawkeye Firefly 8SE action camera.

In our opinion, its price of around 150€ is absolutely justified, as it has the fairly modern Ambarella A12S processor and also has the high-resolution imx117 sensor from the manufacturer Sony.

What else the model has to offer, we will tell you in this report.

Technical features

The price/performance ratio is definitely great, the camera offers a lot of modern technology for the money and is quite powerful. Thanks to the Ambarella A12S processor, it achieves frame speeds of up to 240 frames per second, making it great for slow-motion shooting.

Thanks to the unique architecture of the chip and 28 nm processor technology, power consumption is reduced while at the same time the technical feasible performance is significantly increased. It is not without reason that the chipset is also used for 360 degree cameras, as a lot of power is also required there.

Qualitatively you are with the Hawkeye Fireflye 8SE Action Cam in any case on the safe side. The only question is, if you want to have this performance or if a cheaper camera model is sufficient for your purposes

Design and appearance


Externally, the cam makes a very positive impression, it looks very modern and is constructed similar to the GoPro action cameras.

On the left side there are various connections, top right the release button.


The flap for the battery can be found at the bottom right and left of the tripod mount.

Image sensor, resolution and memory

The Hawkeye Fireflye 8SE Action Cam has a 5.1 cm high, very bright LCD touch display on the back and looks very modern. But what counts in the end are the inner values.

And this model can play right at the front, because the Sony imx117 sensor generates a very high photo and video quality in cooperation with the ultra-modern chipset.

The following resolution formats are available for photos:

  • 4K at 30 frames per second
  • 1080P at 120 fps
  • 2.5K at 60 fps
  • 2.7K at 30fps
  • 720P at 240fps

You can take pictures with 16 megapixels and you can also set different resolutions in the menu to create images.

Images are stored on an external TF memory card. You have to buy this externally.

Menu navigation and recording modes

Firefly action-cam

The menu is very simple and understandable for every beginner. The camera can be operated intuitively via touchscreen.

What we really like is that the Hawkeye Fireflye 8SE Action Cam is wifi-capable. You can download a free app to your iPad, Smartphone or Android Pad and control the action camera, share and view shots.

Scope of delivery

  • 1x Hawkeye Firefly Camera
  • 1x waterproof case
  • 1x bicycle stand
  • 1x J Base
  • 4x belt
  • 1x plastic tie
  • 1x long connector with screws
  • 1x Short connector with screws
  • 1x 1/4 inch adapter set
  • 2x mounting base
  • 2x adhesive tape
  • 2x metal cable ties
  • 1x cleaning cloth
  • 1x lens protection frame
  • 1x lens protective cover
  • 1x microphone
  • 1x English user manual


As you can see, everything you need to be able to use the action camera is included in the delivery.

What’s missing is the external TF memory card, you have to buy it externally.

All in all, you get a model that you can use in many different ways and with which you can create quite high resolution pictures.

You can find the current price and a very good offer here on Amazon!


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