Akaso Brave 8 Lite review: a worthy GoPro alternative on a tight budget

Good quality video at a competitive price keeps Akaso in the running for the best budget action cam

Akaso Brave 8 Lite action camera held in a hand outside
(Image: © Gareth Bevan / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Despite its name, the Akaso Brave 8 Lite outshines its counterpart, the Brave 8, offering similar performance at a more reasonable price. Video quality is good in well-lit conditions, though struggles in low light. The SuperSmooth video stabilization works decently, but photo mode has exposure quirks. Overall, it's a worthy contender against GoPro and DJI models at a lower price point.


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    Good quality 4K video

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    Decent SuperSmooth image stabilization

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    Competitive price

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    A lot of accessories in the box


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    Exposure issues in photos

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    Disappointing HDR mode

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    App experience is poor

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Akaso may not be the first name you think of when it comes to action cameras, with GoPro dominating the genre for years with its excellent Hero cameras, that is until DJI came along to knock it off its perch with its Osmo Actions. But Akaso has been steadily producing some of the best budget action cameras for anyone on a limited budget but still wants a camera that can survive a trip to the beach or flying down a mountainside.

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Video Resolution4K60/ 4K30 / 2.7K120 / 2.7K90 / 2.7K60 / 2.7K30 / 1440P180/ 1440P120 / 1440P60/ 1440P30/ 1080P120 /1080P60 /1080P30
Photo Resolution20MP
Video Modes Video / Time Lapse Video / Slow Motion / Hyperlapse / HDR Video
Photo ModesPhoto / Time Lapse Photo
Battery Capacity1550mAh
In the Box1 x AKASO Brave 8 Lite Action Camera / 1 x Camera Frame / 1 x Remote Control / 1 x Battery Charger / 2 x 1550mAh Battery / 7 x Mount / 2 x Helmet Mount / 1 x Lens Cloth / 1 x Handlebar Mount / 4 x Bandage / 5 x Tether / 1 x USB Cable / 2 x Double-Sided Adhesive Tape / 1 x Spanner
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Features4K60p video is plenty, and there are a range of photo and video modes★★★★
DesignRubberized exterior for grip and well waterproofed, but quality could be better★★★
PerformanceStandard 4K video in good light is excellent, but photos and other modes had a few issues★★★
ValueGood quality video, and so many accessories in the box for a bargain price★★★★★
DJI Osmo Action 3

DJI Osmo Action 3
At a new low price undercutting GoPro and meeting the cost of the Brave 8 Lite, the Action 3 is fantastic value with solid image stabilization and good video quality. While the Akaso comes closer than before, the bigger sensor in the Action 3 performs better in low light, and the app experience is slicker.

GoPro Hero 10

GoPro Hero 10
The Hero 10 is still the budget action camera to beat, although the Akaso Brave 8 Lite gives it a run for its money, but the GoPro is still my first choice of video quality and colors. However, the camera is pricier, as are its accessories!

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.