I have repeatedly looked and read various reviews about action cameras from the Akaso brand, but I was able to test one of their models only recently. Today I want to tell you my experience of using a new action camera model called Akaso Brave 7.
The manufacturer Akaso is not a newcomer to the production of action cameras, as more than a dozen models are credited in its history. Therefore, I was interested to know how well the device shoots compared to top brands, for example from GoPro.
In this review, you can learn not only about the appearance and design, but also I will share about all the settings, functions, and modes of operation. In addition, you can watch a few of my video examples, which were filmed with a new model of an action camera from the manufacturer Akaso.
At the moment, the price tag for Akaso Brave 7 has been pretty sweet, which has not exceeded the value of $150. If we compare the cost with top-end action camera manufacturers, then the price tag for a camera from Akaso is almost two or even more times less.
Now for the technical features that might interest you. First of all, the Brave 7 camera stands out for the presence of a dual-screen, both on the back and on the front. At the same time, the maximum video resolution was 4K and 30 frames per second. Another interesting feature is the body of the device, which is completely protected from water.
Well, in terms of technical specifications, the new camera is almost indistinguishable from its competitors. Therefore, in order to find out how it will show itself from the practical side, it is necessary to proceed with a detailed and in-depth examination.
Akaso Brave 7: Specifications
|Akaso Brave 7:||Specs|
|Chipset:||Hisilicon Hi3559 V200|
|Main Screen:||2.0 inch IPS Touchscreen|
|Max Video resolusion:||4K at 30FPS|
|Stabilisator:||Gyro Stabilisator (EIS)|
Unboxing and packaging
The appearance of the packaging of the new Akaso Brave 7 action camera is very much like a box from the sixth or seventh-generation GoPro. This is a small package that shows a picture of the camera with its main features and capabilities.
On the back of the package, there is a list of the available accessories that are supplied inside the package. Also, through the transparent plastic at the top of the box, it is possible to see directly the action camera itself. The device was packaged in a separate waterproof box.
Although, as I said, the camera has full protection from water, this box is necessary only for deep and long dives. Although if you will not dive to a depth of 5 meters and no longer than 30 minutes, then there is no need for an additional protective case.
Further, in a separate box, there are many other accessories. For example, here I can single out a large number of different mounts, both for the helmet and for the bike. In addition, the kit includes two removable batteries and a charging dock. At the same time, the docking station itself is capable of charging two batteries at the same time and this is actually a very useful feature. I also found a remote control with an LED screen here.
In general, the equipment itself is very rich in a large number of accessories. I think that each element will definitely be needed for you to use. Therefore, I am glad that the company provides this wide range of accessories and you do not have to buy them separately.
Design, build quality and materials
The Akaso Brave 7 action camera looks very much like a camera from the SJCAM SJ10 brand. If the shape and dimensions, and even the control buttons are completely identical on both camera models, there is one difference between these cameras. As you might have guessed, this is the second screen on the front, which was located near the lens sensor.
The built-in screen on the front has an LCD matrix and is designed for recording video vlogs. This is a really useful screen as you will be able to see how accurately you are in the frame and whether your head was cut off while filming. But this screen is only informative, in other words, it serves as a mirror. Also, it is not touch-sensitive and cannot be used to control functions and features.
But on the back of the action camera Brave 7 is a 2-inch color touchscreen. With it, you can manage all the functions and features. But I will talk about their capabilities a little later.
It is also worth noting that a 13-megapixel sensor from Sony called IMX458 is located near the front small screen. Okay, in the next section I will definitely tell you how well or badly the sensor from the Sony brand does its job and compare it with its main competitors. Another manufacturer Akaso provides the installation of a photochromic lens on the camera lens.
In terms of build quality, I did not find any major flaws during my testing. The entire body was assembled from monolithic plastic and I did not find any squeaks or sounds.
In addition, the action camera, as I said, received full protection from water under the IPX8 standard. I also liked the plastic used. On the new model of the action camera, it is matte. Therefore, when doing extreme sports, it will not leave strong scratch marks.
On the right side of the case, there are holes for the microphone. Under the flap, there is a separate slot for a microSD memory card and a connector for a separate Type-C microphone. Meanwhile, on the left side, there are two mechanical buttons up and down to control some functions in the device settings menu.
On top of the Akaso Brave 7 action camera, you can find a Wi-Fi indicator and a power button or video recording. But at the bottom of the device, there is a compartment for a removable battery. But I will talk about its battery life a little later. Here I would like to note one significant drawback – this is the lack of a 1⁄4 inch tripod hole.
Okay, I figured out the appearance and design, now I propose to talk about the main features and then check how high-quality an action camera shoots in real life.
Performance, features, and settings
Inside the body of the Akaso Brave 7 action camera, the Hi3559 V200 chipset is used, which can often be found on Chinese devices of the same product category. It was introduced back in 2018 but is still very popular today. If we talk about the smoothness of the user interface, then I did not notice any particular problems while testing the new camera model from the Akaso brand.
The two-inch touchscreen displays a lot of useful information, and I want to talk in detail about its functions and features. The main screen displays icons such as operating mode, remaining battery level, video recording time, video resolution, and settings.
If you click on the bottom of the screen, namely where the shooting mode and its resolution are displayed, then we will get to the section of various operating modes. For example, here I can watch video and photo sections. The first section contains modes such as video, slow motion, time-lapse, driving mode, and Wi-Fi setting.
In the settings, I can change the video resolution, and here the maximum resolution is available in 4K and 30 frames per second. At the same time, the minimum resolution was 720p and 30 frames per second. Also in the video settings, you can activate the image stabilization function, select the video incode, time settings for recording loop, slow motion, and time-lapse interval. In addition, in this section of settings, you can set the white balance, select the scene, filters and distance.
In the general settings of the Akaso Brave 7 action camera, there are sections such as voice control, sounds, recording angle from 70 to 170 degrees, driving mode, choice of user interface language, and many other settings.
Like other action cameras from Akaso, the new device has support for a mobile application called Akaso Go. This application is available for most mobile devices including Android and iOS operating systems. The connection will not take you more than 5 minutes.
The action camera connects to a mobile device via a Wi-Fi connection. Therefore, we select the required camera from the list, in our case, it is the Brave 7. After that, we go through a few simple steps and the action camera will connect to the mobile application. I don’t see much point in using the mobile app, since all functions are already available in the settings of the camera itself. But for general development, I had to talk about the Akaso Go mobile application.
Examples of videos and photos
In order to start recording video, you need to install a microSD card, which is not supplied with the camera. You can install a card with a capacity of 32 to 128 GB. But here it is worth mentioning that the card with 32 GB memory is capable of recording video for about 30 minutes at 4K resolution. But a 128 GB card will be able to record video for about 2 hours with the same resolution.
All videos are recorded in H.264 format, but also in the settings you can set the H.265 format. But I think that for an action camera, the H.264 recording format will be enough. In addition, if you plan to edit various video clips, then H.264 format will be easier to process and import than H.265 format. It is also worth mentioning that the video is recorded in .mov format and cannot be changed to .mp4.
As for the video recording, I liked the color scheme and detail. But the work of image stabilization is not the best in its segment. In addition, I found the picture quality to deteriorate slightly with active image stabilization. Therefore, I recommend using a separate stabilizer with image stabilization off.
Considering its cost of $ 150, I was quite satisfied with the video recording performance on the new action camera from the Akaso brand. Comparing top-end action cameras from companies like GoPro and other brands, I loved the video quality of the new Brave 7.
The maximum photo resolution is 20 megapixels. You can see examples of some pictures in the album below. Also, the camera is able to shoot video in slow motion and use the time-lapse mode. But the drawbacks are also present, and the main one is that there is no video recording mode in 4K and 60 frames per second, and there is no mode for 1080p and 120 frames per second.
In addition, I cannot single out the high-quality work of the built-in microphone. But as the manufacturer Akaso assures, you can separately order an external microphone and use it on the Brave 7 action camera model. Unfortunately, I do not have this microphone, so I have what I have.
Battery and run time
As I mentioned, the new Brave 7 action camera has two removable batteries with a capacity of 1350 mAh each. In my case, a fully charged battery was able to work for about 60 minutes during 4K video recording. This is a pretty good result, and overall I was completely satisfied with the battery life of the camera from Akaso.
I liked that the manufacturer takes care of its customers and offers two removable batteries in the kit. That is, if you need to shoot a large amount of content, then the second battery will definitely not be superfluous.
But the time for a full charge through the docking station was about 2 hours. And here I am also glad that two batteries can be charged at the same time.
Conclusion, reviews, pros, and cons
The updated generation of the Akaso Brave 7 action camera has shown itself not from the best side, as it received a number of significant shortcomings. Therefore, I cannot call it the best in its segment.
For example, the Akaso V50x camera model remains the best of its kind. Thus, let me tell you what I didn’t like, and then I’ll find out the main advantages and benefits.
The downsides are pretty obvious – it’s terrible sound recording. My guess is that the sound is so poorly recorded because of the membrane that protects the camera body from the water. That is, if you want to record really high-quality sound, then you will need to purchase a separate microphone.
Another disadvantage is the lack of 4K resolution with 60 frames per second and 1080p with 120 frames per second. Well, I also did not like that the action camera body did not receive a 1⁄4 ” threaded hole for a tripod.
Ok, now let’s talk about the merits of the Akaso Brave 7 camera, and they are also available here. For example, the body of the device was made of very high-quality materials. I also think this is the highest quality action camera I have tested. That is, I had no problems with the quality of workmanship and assembly at all.
In addition, I liked the presence of a second screen near the objective lens. Therefore, you will be able to observe your face while recording video vlogs. On the positive side, I can include a large list of various connections, the presence of two removable batteries, and many other accessories. At the same time, the video recording quality was at a very good level, the video picture was very bright and detailed.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
Currently, the price tag for the new Akaso Brave 7 action camera is $149.99 with a 50% discount. In general, I can recommend this camera for purchase, but you have to keep in mind its main drawbacks.
For example, if the quality of the sound recording is very important to you, then I suggest considering slightly different camera models. As usual, I’ll leave a list of alternatives below.