In this review of the Akaso Brave 4 which was first posted on our sister site The Brooklyn Nomad 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. We think the Akaso Brave 4 is also a great little camera to take with you on your outdoor fitness adventures.
If you are familiar with action cameras then the AKASO Brave 4 will look pretty familiar to you. Almost all action cameras have a similar design. You know with their little plastic rectangular shape. It is a very simple design that just works well with action cameras. It’s easy to hold onto and is small and easy to operate. That said, the AKASO Brave 4 has added some design 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 but it works.
The overall button design layout is still standard. About the only thing different is that the on/off switch is now underneath the camera 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 as in most cameras. There are also 3 ports on the right side: Micro SD, Micro HDMI and Micro USB.
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 on Amazon at the time of this post.
We all know that price plays an important role when choosing a action 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 or more for? Assuming you’re a price-conscious shopper, you’ll want to know if this is really the best action camera under $100 and just as good as a GoPro?
The bottom line is that GoPro is a well respected brand which provides excellent cameras with a full compliment of accessories but their problem is that they are ultra expensive. The Akaso Brave 4 has many great features and the price difference simply doesn’t justify spending more for a GoPro.
The AKASO Brave 4 has an Allwinner V3 chipset. It also has a Sony CMOS 20MP sensor. The standard output is 1080p at 60 frames per second. Which means that the 4K and 2K video resolutions are clearly interpolated. What that means in English is 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 nearly as good a quality as a native version but it is 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. If you are into diving or snorkleing you will love the underwater pics.
One important feature in any action camera is the battery life. The AKASO Brave 4 has done a great job at extending battery life. 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. While you are using one battery you can easily be charging another for non-stop action.
How does the Akaso Brave 4 budget action camera compare to the GoPro ? 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 choice to make.
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