Akaso Brave 8 review: bravery only gets you so far

The Akaso Brave 8 wants to challenge GoPro and DJI’s dominance of the action camera market, but still has a long way to go

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

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Akaso Brave 8 has dreams of being a true rival to the best from DJI and GoPro, and while it makes one heck of an effort, it can’t quite keep up. The good news is photo and video performance is actually very good, even if its 4K video resolution falls behind the 5.3K video of the GoPro Hero 10. However, video stabilization and the entire app experience let the Brave 8 down considerably. When the camera costs only slightly less than the GoPro Hero 10 and around the same as the DJI Osmo Action 3, it makes the Brave 8 quite hard to recommend.

Pros

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    48MP photo performance is great

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    Video quality is good if not class leading

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    Lots of mounts and remote in the box

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    Waterproof without housing

Cons

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    App experience is poor

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    Video stabilization can't compete with rivals

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    Not budget enough to make up for shortcomings

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Since its inception, the action camera segment has been pretty much dominated by GoPro to the very few of the best GoPro alternatives gaining any traction until the team at DJI managed to cause some disruption through with the Osmo Action lineup. Action cams tend to be pricey purchases, and Akaso has been plugging the gaps at the bottom of the market with solid budget options like the Brave 7 LE which we rated highly for its cost-to-features balance.

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Launch Price$289 / £239 / €289
Max video resolution4K/60 fps
Slow motion2.7K/120 fps
Rear screen2-inch LCD touch screen
Front screen: 1.3-inch LCD screen
Water resistance: 33ft / 10M
Battery: 1550 mAh
Size: 6.1 x 3.56 x 4.72 cm (2.4 x 1.4 x 1.8 in)
Weight: 113.4g (4 oz)
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FeaturesWaterproofing, 4K60p video and a big sensor for photos makes this a compelling action camera, although doesn’t best any rival offerings★★★
DesignSolid rubberized dual-screen design, although doesn’t have the same premium feel as rivals. Menu and app design could be a lot tighter★★★
PerformanceVideo and photos are of good fine, although stabilization is not the best around, and the app experience is dire★★★
ValueWas once a much cheaper option than rivals, but over time has become much less of the bargain it once was as better models drop to roughly the same price.★★★
GoPro Hero 10

<a href="https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/reviews/gopro-hero-10-review" data-link-merchant="digitalcameraworld.com"">GoPro Hero 10
Still an excellent camera even with the Hero 11 and 12 succeeding it, with those sequels being marginal upgrades that failed to add anything headline-grabbing enough. This has left the Hero 10 as the best budget action camera available today.

DJI Osmo Action 3

<a href="https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/reviews/dji-action-3-review" data-link-merchant="digitalcameraworld.com"">DJI Osmo Action 3
The chief adversary to GoPro, DJI continues to use all its expertise from its drone and gimbal business to make a very compelling action camera that gives GoPro a run for its money. The Action 3 has been succeeded by the Action 4, but has received a very healthy price drop in the process. 

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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.