Due to the rapid pace that technology develops, the technology on the latest premium price point action camera on the market today will likley be on a much cheaper entry-level action camera in a year or two. With more and more action sports enthusiasts starting to realize this, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people reaching out and asking for advice on the entry-level action cameras on the market as they offer excellent image quality at a much lower price point than the latest premium-level action camera.
Over the last few months, we have seen more and more people reaching out for advice on the Akaso Brave 4 that is probably the most popular entry-level action camera ever released to date. It offers some excellent performance for its price point in the market, has a great build quality, offers some solid video capabilities, and has a great reputation amongst the action sports community.
Due to this, we have decided to focus on our ultimate Akaso Brave 4 review for today’s article to try and help any of our readers who are considering purchasing this great little action camera. Now, before going any further without review of the Brave 4, we just want to point out that it is a few years old now and most definatley starting to show its age against the newer entry-level action cameras. Its successor, the Akaso v50 Pro was released onto the market around three months ago and really is an outstanding cheap little action camera that we would highly recommend you consider instead.
The v50 Pro keeps going from strength to strength within the community due to it offering some of the best image quality that we have ever seen at this price point in the market. On top of this, The v50 Pro also has a bunch of new technologies that the Brave 4 does not that help to ensure that you are able to get super smooth video footage with outstanding image quality too. Although it is a little more expensive than the Brave 4, it is well worth the slight increase in price as you are getting a solid little action camera that will definatley last you years.
That said though, we know that a large portion of our readers will still likley want to know more about the Akaso Brave 4 so we will still be going over our full review of the Brave 4 below. As we said, it is still an excellent little camera that is well worth picking up and adding to your collection if you are on a very strict budget. Anyway, without any further ado, let’s get stuck into our ultimate review of the Akaso Brave 4.
Performance And Functionality
In our opinion, the main reason that the Akaso Brave 4 action camera has proven to be such a big hit with the extreme sports community is that is was one of the first entry-level action cameras on the market to really offer some great performance and functionality for its price tag. Prior to the release of the Brave 4, the image quality that was provided by the majority of cheap action cameras was poor and pixilated but Akaso really did manage to set the standard for the future.
Although the Brave 4 does offer some outstanding image quality when it comes to photography, the main reason that most action sports enthusiasts purchase an action camera is to capture their adventures on video. This is where the Akaso Brave 4 absolutely blew the competition out of the water when released and offered the following video quality formats and resolutions:-
Back when the Brave 4 was initially released, none of the compeating cameras even came close to offering such a wide range of video combinations at its price point and it took years for the compeating brands to catch up. This is why the Brave 4 has managed to grow such a massive customer base and earn such an excellent reputation amongst the community. Just when the compeating entry-level action camera brands were finally getting to a position where they were able to challenge the Brave 4, Akaso go and release their v50 Pro that again, is lightyears ahead of what the competition are offering right now.
It just seems that there is a never-ending cycle of dominance by Akaso and their action camera range due to always innovating and working out ways to offer their customers the very best performance possible for the lowest possible price tag. Although the Brave 4 does offer 4k video footage we do want to point out that it is actually digitally upscaled 4k rather than native 4k. If you do want native 4k then you will have to go with the v50 pro and get that native 4k image quality that uses less battery power and generates less heat when recording.
One of our favorite features of the Brave 4 is that it was the first cheap action camera to actually offer ultra HD with slow-motion capture on the same camera body. The 720P@120FPS offers some of the best slow-motion videos captures we have ever seen at this price point and allows you to capture your action camera of sport in slow motion so you don’t miss a second. The 4k video resolution offers some excellent high definition video footage that still beats a large number of compeating action cameras on the market at the time of writing too.
As we touched on earlier in the article, the Akaso Brave 4 offers some solid image quality when it comes to photographs too. It comes with a 20MP camera sensor as standard with a fully adjustable lens too that can be switched between a 170°, 140°, 110°, and 70° field of view depending on what you need. Although we would imagine that the majority of people reading this will be interested in the Brave 4 for action sports, we know more and more people are starting to use action cameras for vlogging and capturing photographs for social media too.
If you do fall into this second bracket then the adjustable lens on the Brave 4 offers the 170° and 140° fields of view for that wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle vlogging look for your footage as well as that 70° narrow field of view for any close-ups. Although these adjustable lenses are very common on entry-level, cheap action cameras today, the Brave 4 was one of the first cameras to offer the technology in an easy to use manner that worked flawlessly.
It doesn’t matter if you are looking to use the Akaso Brave 4 for action sports, vlogging, or as a social media influencer, chances are that a large number of the people reading this will be using it in a way that involves water. The waterproof case that is included with the action camera provides you with protection to depths down to around one hundred feet. This means that you can use the camera in various water sports without issue and its camera sensor performs surprisingly well in the low light sub-surface conditions too.
Although the battery life that the Brave 4 provides is still pretty decent, a more modern entry-level action camera like the Akaso v50 Pro will always offer a much better battery life due to using more power-efficient technology as well the latest battery technology too. That said though, the Brave 4 uses a 1050mAh battery that comes with a spare with your purchase and can provide you with around an hour and a half of power when recording in 1080p and around an hour of power when capturing 4k video.
With more and more action sport enthusiasts and vloggers adding a decent, high capacity USB power bank to their collection of camera accessories, you can essentially charge the spare battery that comes with the Brave 4 while having the other battery actually power the camera. This allows you to extend the battery life of your camera throughout the day and ensures that you can capture all of the content that you want without running into issues.
When you look at all of this relative to the performance and functionality that you get from the compeating cheap action cameras at this price point, it really is easy to see why the Akaso Brave 4 is so popular. The community are so happy with it that literally thousands of action sports enthusiasts, vloggers, and social media influencers have published their own glowing reviews of the action camera too. Those reviews are well worth skimming over in our opinion as they offer some excellent insight into the performance of the camera in pretty much any situation that you can think of too.
User Interface And Control System
As we touched on earlier in the article, the Akaso Brave 4 is a slightly older camera that does have a dated interface in our opinion but in all honesty, the old school interfaces on these cheaper action cameras are usually solid and perform well. We have lost count of the number of brands that have tried to say they have a touchscreen on their entry-level action camera only for it to be useless if your hands are wet or cold instantly ruling out a large number of action sports.
The Brave 4 uses an older button-based system and although it is not touchscreen-based, it works very well no matter the conditions. This ensures that you are able to quickly and easily scroll through the menu for the Brave 4 and make tweaks or select features as required. On top of this, the two-inch IPS screen on the action camera is excellent making it very simple to see what you are doing. The screen is sharp and bright meaning that even in low light conditions you can make any changes you wish via the menu easily.
Just like the majority of other cheap GoPro alternatives on the market right now, the Akaso Brave 4 also comes with a wireless remote control wrist strap as standard too. This allows you to quickly and easily capture a photograph or start/stop video recording with your action camera mounted. Say you are doing a spot of downhill mountain biking for example and have the Brave 4 mounted to your helmet, the wireless remote allows you to quickly and easily capture content without having to reach up and awkwardly play with the camera or put yourself in danger during your action sport of choice.
Build Quality And Design
The whole Akaso Brave range stick to the same standard action camera design and although it does not exactly fit the GoPro form factor, a large number of camera accessories that have been designed for use with the GoPro range will allow you to mount the various cameras from the Akaso Brave range including the Brave 4. This means that if you do want to purchase a gimbal or specialist mount for the Brave 4, you can easily find one that the camera will mount to.
This is a common mistake even established camera brands make with their action cameras and they will try their own shape and dimensions only to find that none of the third-party companies who make camera accessories will make anything for their camera as the market simply is not there. We feel that Akaso definatley made the right decision by sticking to a very similar form factor as the GoPro range to prevent this from being a problem. Although there are a ton of great mounting accessories included with your purchase of the Akaso Brave 4 as standard, there are also a large number that you can purchase for specialist sports too.
When it comes to the actual build quality of the camera Akaso really has done a great job. The Brave 4 is light enough for any vlogger or social media influencer to quickly and easily add it to their pocket or bag without noticing while also being robust enough for an action sports enthusiast to use it in touch activities too. The included waterproof case can also increase the level of robustness of the camera too while also providing it with waterproof protection down to a depth of around one hundred feet as mentioned earlier.
That brings our Akaso Brave 4 review to an end and just as we mentioned back at the start of the article, we feel that the Akaso v50 Pro is a much better cheap GoPro alternative action camera than the Akaso Brave 4. Although the Brave 4 can still make a solid addition to your collection, the v50 Pro is not much more when it comes to price while offering much better performance and image quality.
That said though, we know that some of our readers will be on a very strict budget meaning that the lower price tag of the Brave 4 makes it the obvious option. If you are on a tight budget but are yet to make your mind up about the Akaso Brave 4 then we would highly recommend that you at least skim over some of these third-party reviews of the camera. They offer some excellent insight into the performance of the camera in a large number of common situations that should be able to help you make your mind up on if you want to purchase it or not.