This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Have you ever heard of AKASO?
AKASO is a manufacturer of action cameras, and their best feature is that they have the best value for money in terms of performance and quality.
As for how cheap it is, it's capable of shooting 4K 30fps and has an LCD on the front like OSMO ACTION, priced at 15,980 yen!
The GoPro HERO9 Black just released on September 16 is in the 50,000 yen range and the OSMO ACTION is in the low 30,000 yen range, so you can see how cheap it is.
However, it's not as powerful or as good as the GoPro HERO9 Black or the OSMO ACTION. Also, there are many parts that are not well written in Japanese, so it is not recommended for everyone.
Nevertheless, being able to shoot easily, take it with you everywhere, and pay for it at an affordable price is very attractive. That's why we're bringing you a review of the AKASO Brave 7 LE.
If you want to check out the actual video I took with this, watch the video below.
We were contacted by the manufacturer and sent an AKASO Brave 7 LE and, as a complete aside, the spokesperson for AKASO is the famous American rock climber Tommy Caldwell. The day after I saw the documentary film "Free Solo" about rock climbers that also features Tommy Caldwell, I got a call from AKASO and instantly felt a sense of affinity with them and wanted to use the camera.
The good and not-so-good things about it
I'm sure many of you know about action cameras, so I'm going to list the good and not-so-good things I've done with the AKASO Brave 7 LE.
What's good about AKASO Brave 7 LE
Cheap! Anyway, it's so cheap
Image stabilization is good
There is a screen on the front as well, so it's easy to take a selfie
Full range of accessories
Especially with two batteries, which is amazing
It even comes with a remote controller
Water-resistance is IPX7 without a case
What's not so great about AKASO Brave 7 LE
Micro USB connector
Image quality is decent
The Japanese language is rough
Weak in the dark
No simple editing apps like GoPro or Insta360 in the app
External microphones are not supported
My honest impression of the AKASO Brave 7 LE is "This is seriously cheap at 15,980 yen." I have the OSMO ACTION and have also used the GoPro HERO8 BLACK and Insta360 ONE R, so I looked for things that were inferior to these, and those are the parts I described as "not so great".
However, if you're new to using an action camera for the first time, or if you've been buying an action camera for a while, it's a very cost-effective product with adequate performance.
First of all, when you open the box, you'll be surprised by what's inside.
Here's the number of accessories: two batteries and even a remote control. You would think this would be "a bargain" just from looking at the accessories.
The enclosure is not as cheap as the OSMO ACTION and the design is good, and the LCD on the front makes it easy to take selfies, which is a good thing.
This is a photo of the backside. the LCD on the backside is a touch panel, and you can do settings by touch. the touch sensitivity is not as good as the OSMO ACTION and GoPro HERO8 BLACK, but it's not so slow that it causes stress.
In terms of image stabilization, the camera has a 6-axis gimbal structure, which I found no problem with shaking as I walked around town or ran lightly.
The AKASO Brave 7 LE has a tripod hole on the back of the housing, so you can attach a selfie stick directly to it.
The AKASO Brave 7 LE has a tripod hole on the back of the housing, so you can attach a selfie stick directly to it, and the waterproof case allows you to use the same mounts as the GoPro, and I thought it was nice to be able to use both.
There are Micro USB and Micro HDMI on the side of the unit, and you can also record while charging via Micro USB (to be honest, I would have appreciated it more if it was Type C, so I even submitted a request to the manufacturer).
AKASO Brave 7 LE is capable of shooting at 4K 30fps, and here's what I actually took. As an action camera, the image quality isn't particularly pretty, but I think it's okay. There is a bit of wind noise in the second half of the video, but this is with the noise reduction in the settings.
You can also shoot 1080p 120fps and time-lapse, for more information, see the video at the beginning of this article. As you can see from that video, the AKASO Brave 7 LE is not very good at shooting in the dark, such as at night or in a dark room, which is also true of action cameras in general, but basically we recommend using it in daylight or other bright locations.
The AKASO Brave 7 LE can also take 20MP photos, but to be honest, I don't think there's much place to use it as I think it's prettier on smartphones, but you can make use of it if you want to take low angle shots.
I brought you a review of the AKASO Brave 7 LE, and I'm sure some of you are thinking about buying a camera or action camera these days as it's easier to get out and about, travel, and go on outdoor activities.
As a professional, I'm often asked, "I want to buy an action camera, what model do you recommend?" I've recommended OSMO ACTION, GoPro HERO8 BLACK, Insta360 ONE R, etc., but they all seemed to exceed their expected budgets and I was often told "Action cameras are pretty expensive...".
From now on, I would also recommend the AKASO Brave 7 LE to those who want an easy-to-use action camera rather than performance.
I'm looking forward to seeing new products from this manufacturer in the future.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.