In this review of the Akaso Brave 4, we are going to explore the very affordable Akaso Brave 4 camera and discuss its features which play an important rule in every kind of photography. It is one of The Brooklyn Nomad’s more popular products and with good reason.
If you are familiar with action cameras then the AKASO Brave 4 will look familiar to you. Most action cameras have a similar design. You know with a plastic rectangular shape with a ribbed texture on the side. It is a simple design that just works with action cameras. It’s easy to hold onto and apparently it’s easy to for the manufacturing companies to install the hardware into it as well. That said, AKASO Brave 4 has added some changes to spice up the normal design. They have added a small LCD screen to the top left corner of the front. This is a feature on more expensive cameras but usually it’s at the bottom corner.
The overall button layout is still pretty standard. About the only thing different is that the on/off switch is now underneath the screen. The top of the camera still has a shutter button and two navigation buttons on the side. The main 2″ IPS screen is at the back. There are also 3 ports on the right side: Micro USB, Micro HDMI and Micro SD.
The AKASO Brave 4 is simply put a budget competitor of the iconic GoPro which are priced in the $300-$400 range. The Akaso Brave 4 comes in at a much more affordable $79.99 at the time of this post on Amazon.
We all know that price play an role in choosing a camera. When you read about the festures below you will wonder why anyone pays so much more for a GoPro. Is the GoPro name really worth spending $200+ more? Assuming you’re a value-oriented shopper, you’ll want to know if this is really the best action camera under $100?
Bottom line is that GoPro is a brand which provides quality cameras with full accessories but their problem is that they are expensive. The Akaso Brave 4 has many great features and the price difference doesn’t justify spending more for a GoPro.
The AKASO Brave 4 has a Sony CMOS 20MP sensor. It also has an Allwinner V3 chipset. The output is 1080p at 60 fps. Which means that the 4K and 2K video resolutions are clearly interpolated. Which means that the Akaso Brave 4 action camera records videos at a 1080p resolution and then the internal software scales them until they fit the desired size. You’ll basically get a 4K resolution video but it won’t be near as good of a quality as a native version but at a fraction of the cost of what a real 4K camera would cost.
The AKASO Brave 4 is an action camera that really excels at underwater photography and has a number of included accessories to help with that.
One important feature in any action camera is the battery life. The AKASO Brave 4 has done a great job at making the batteries last a long time. They use an 1050 mAh Li-On battery and it lasts for around 90 minutes. That’s when you record videos at 1080p. What I really like is that the Akaso Brave 4 action camera comes with 2 batteries instead of just one.
How does the Akaso Brave 4 budget action camera compare to the competition? We think it stacks up favorably on features and performs reasonably well for the price. If you’re just interested in a video camera like a GoPro but for occasional use (or underwater) we think the Akaso Brave 4 camera is a solid bet.
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