The market for action cameras could not be more dynamic in 2020. Obviously, there are not many outdoor activities, but that does not prevent people from living adventures, broadcasting from their home and document their lives on these miniature cameras all the time.
Until recently, almost all mid- and low-end cameras were just “tributes” to the style and functionality of the expensive GoPro cameras that sparked the craze. But now things have moved on and the new manufacturers of action cameras are finding their voice. Just ahead of this mid-range development is the AKASO Brave 6 Plus action camera.
AKASO Brave 6 Plus Action Camera
the AKASO Brave 6 Plus is a modern and comprehensive mid-range action camera. It takes resolutions up to 4K at 30FPS and Full HD and HD standard at a variety of useful frame rates. The camera has Wi-Fi connectivity, still images up to 20 MP, a dedicated driving mode to use as a car DVR, slow and fast motion modes, and a loop recording for added security. It comes with a full pack of accessories to attach it to you and your vehicles, including a waterproof and dustproof case for extreme environments and a very nice little double USB charger with two batteries.
Also included is a remote trigger in the form of a watch that you can wear on your wrist. This is handy when the camera is attached to a helmet or elsewhere, you cannot reach it. Overall, it’s a great action camera kit with most of the things you’ll probably need.
Review and evaluation
In such a saturated market, it is quite difficult to distinguish your product, but AKASO does a very good job. The camera is very well built, with a reassuring solid build quality with all parts fitting together perfectly. It is not a cheap item – it looks and weighs like well-made equipment.
The objective is very broad. It is designed to be large enough so that wherever you point it, the subject is in the frame. This hip shot camera will capture the entire scene in a fast moving situation when you cannot carefully frame the photos. You will notice, for example, in the demonstration photos that I took in my closed garden that the flowers near the lens are a little blurry. It is my fault that I tried to fill the whole plant with such a broad objective. You will notice that the bits developed are nice and sharp.
The color rendering is actually really pleasant. Many of these cameras have a very nasty plasticky tone for photos, but it’s really pretty charming. When it comes to optics, I didn’t expect much, but the lens is actually pretty good. There is a bit of chromatic aberration (red and blue lines on the vertical edges) when shooting in the light, as you would expect from something other than really high-end coated lenses. The effect is really minimal and is not noticeable in the videos. At this price, the quality of the lens is good.
Obviously, the high-resolution sensor helps fill in minor optical gaps, the 4K shooting is very good, and the videos you get are crisp and clear. But 4K shooting means large files, so while you’re getting higher quality images at that resolution, you have to take that into account when buying SD cards.
The bigger the better, and you should definitely use high-quality SD cards where you can, because the data rate for 4K is a big bundle of bits. Get the fastest and highest capacity cards possible to avoid surrender or corruption. I used cheap cards during the tests and the camera sometimes had trouble getting the images to disk. It’s not the camera’s fault, it’s mine. This is a known issue with all cameras, so keep it in mind.
The included accessories are brilliant, but you need to download the detailed manual (from a QR code link) for instructions. I would have preferred it to be a hard copy, but I guess printed manuals are expensive. In the PDF manual is a link to an educational video that explains how to put everything together. (This is for a slightly earlier version of the camera but still works for supports, etc.)
In addition to the brackets to attach it to your clothes, there are helmet brackets, tripod brackets and adapters for selfie sticks, etc. For my money, one of the best accessories in the pack is the remote control, which triggers photos or videos with two buttons on a pod on the wrist. Not only is it a boon when you can’t touch the camera (like when it’s on a helmet or at the other end of a surfboard), but it’s very handy for eliminating tremors of the camera in general terms when the camera is on a tripod. In addition, there are zipped fasteners and metal cables to prevent the camera from getting lost if a mount takes off when you are high or moving quickly.
One of my favorite features and one that takes this camera to a whole new level is Wi-Fi connectivity. You can use it to take selfies when the camera is out of range while looking through the viewfinder on your phone screen. This is good for nature photography where you only want to operate the camera if there are birds on your bird table, for example. Just press the shutter button on the phone screen to take photos or videos.
Voice activation, where you can speak to your camera as if it were a smart speaker, also turns it off and hands-free. It is very neat but obviously only achievable in calm situations.
This link, Demo images and videos, will take you to a Google folder with raw and still images so you can see the real quality. YouTube compresses videos horribly and you don’t have a real flavor.
AKASO Brave 6 Plus Availability
the AKASO Brave 6 Plus is a good quality and robust action camera with a generous stack of accessories so you can have fun filming your adventurous life experiences. The price of the kit as shown is $ 119.99 which in my opinion is good value for what you get. My review here is just scratching the surface of this camera, and as a photographer, I appreciate the way they have provided a camera that is easy to use and use, but that contains hidden depths to explore.
Also check out our review of the AKASO V50 Pro action camera.
This is a sponsored article and was made possible by AKASO. The actual content and opinions are the only views of the author who maintains editorial independence even when an article is sponsored.
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