The best action cameras are supposed to be small, simple, waterproof, and easy to use, and they can go whether other traditional cameras can’t. Naturally, GoPro will always be the first thing that’ll come to your mind when thinking of an action camera.
However, numerous other companies have been trying their best to challenge GoPro’s overall market dominance, as they are considered the industry’s gold standard for action cameras. Akaso is also bringing their A-game with their newest action camera, Brave-8. The AKASO Brave 8 is a budget-friendly action camera that packs a lot of great and useful features and also has a vast selection of accessories to enhance its performance.
AKASO Brave 8 Action Camera
The box in which the camera comes has two compartments the top one is transparent, and the bottom one is cardboard. The top section has the camera, while the second box has all the accessories and mounts that come with the device. Inside the box, you’ll find the Brave 8 action camera, camera frame, wireless remote control, two 1550 milliamp hour batteries, a USB battery charger, one handlebar/pole mount, a few adhesive mounts, and a variety of mounting hardware and tethers. Let’s get into more detail about its features and performances.
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
- Flash Memory Type: Micro SD (Max. 512 GB)
- Water Proof: 10 meters
- Battery: 1550mAh
- Sensor: 1/2” CMOS
- Lens: Equiv. 16mm f / 2.5
- Max Video Bitrate: High, Medium, Low
- Photo Formats: JPEG / JPEG + RAW
- Effective Pixels: 48M
- Meter Mode: AI Face Metering, Center Average Metering, Metering, Center Metering, Spot Metering
Build Quality and Dual Color Screens
The AKASO Brave 8 Action Camera features dual color screens, a 1.22-inch front screen, and a 2-inch touchscreen. The 2-inch rear touch screen makes it even simpler to operate, and you can switch between the back and the front for framing and monitoring views. The color front screen can accommodate your selfie needs.
Its interface and UI are very easy to use, and the touchscreen is very responsive. Overall, the build quality feels solid and rugged, thanks to its robust chassis. In-built electronic image stabilization is nice, and it also features a very good built-in mic.
You can get a superior experience from this action camera. It has a 1/2-inch 48 Megapixel CMOS sensor and a 16 mm f/2.5 lens with 9 glass elements for sharper images and improved low-light performance. Brave 8 can shoot 4K 60fps video as well as 8K time-lapse video. You can slow down ever-changing sports moments to retain every stunning second with its slo-mo features. As it’s capable of shooting up to 16x or 400 fps in “slo-mo,” which is pretty impressive. You can record your sports adventures and clearly capture life’s most vivid details. Moreover, the camera includes a remote control with a screen and stand helmet accessories, you can easily compose a picture or record video.
Its AI face metering is very good for keeping the subject in focus and sharp regardless of the lighting situation. You can switch between other metering modes, such as Center Average metering, Center Metering, Spot Metering, and more. The AI face metering mode screen will be based on the detected face spot metering, allowing for more expert portrait photography by ensuring that the face is constantly on the best exposure effect.
The Brave 8 is waterproof up to 10 meters (33 ft), and you can bump it up to 196 ft with its waterproof case. In addition, the camera’s IPX8 waterproof rating protects underwater cameras from rain, snow, and water splashes. Thus you can use this action camera while snorkeling, surfing, and swimming and not being worried about getting it damaged.
Connectivity and Battery
You can connect the Brave 8 action camera to the WiFi and easily transfer your videos and photos to your computer. Also, in the AKASO Go app, you can activate digital stabilization “Supersmooth” to make your shaky footage buttery smooth.
It comes with a 1550mAh battery that supports 4K shooting for up to 90 minutes. You’ll also get a waterproof remote to control the device in different conditions.
With AKASO Brave 8 Action Camera, you’re getting a lot of features that other higher-end action cameras provide for almost double the price. In our opinion, that’s pretty impressive and highly recommended.