Read through this Akaso Brave 6 Plus review to know all the details about the camera.
For people who love action cameras and adventure filming, you have probably heard of GoPro which is typically the top tier brand when it comes to this category.
Akaso is a company that gives GoPro a run for their time and money, with the former producing more budget-friendly cams that perform well for the average user.
Whenever Akaso launches a new action camera, we all get excited to see what will be served at a good price.
In late January 2020, Akaso announced the Brave 6‘s successor which is the new Brave 6 plus action camera.
Something worthy to mention at this point is that the Brave 6 plus has surpassed the $100 mark while still carrying the ‘budget camera’ tag.
This camera arrived a bit earlier than the Akaso Brave 7 LE which saw the introduction of nice features to the Akaso cameras like dual-screen and water-resistance.
How much can you pay to get a budget action camera? Well, for me any price from Akaso is undoubtedly the best for a product.
Seeing that they continuously increase prices for their products, it suggests that they are also keen on improving quality and design.
The company claims that this camera can record in native 4K resolution among many other improved specs.
Let’s Jump to the Review!
Product: Akaso Brave 6 Plus
Release date: January 2020
Cheapest Place to buy: Amazon
Akaso Brave 6 Plus Specifications
|Video resolution and frame rate||4K30FPS/2.7K30FPS/1440P60FPS/1440P30FPS/1080P90FPS/ 1080P60FPS/1080P30FPS/720P120FPS/720P60FP|
|Electronic Image Stabilization||Yes. Will not work with 1080P90FPS, and 720P120FPS.|
|Video codecs||H.264 and H.265|
|Photo Burst||Yes. 3 Photos/5 Photos/10 Photos/15 Photos|
|Filter||Normal/Black and White/Brown/Colorful/Warm/Cold|
|Exposure Value (video & photo)||+2/+1.5/+1/+0.5/0/-0.5/-1/-1.5/-2|
|Time lapse video||1 Sec/2 Sec/5 Sec/10 Sec/ 30 Sec/60 Sec|
|Time lapse photo||1 Sec/2 Sec/5 Sec/10 Sec/30 Sec/60 Sec|
|Memory card||Yes. Up to 64GB|
|Field of view/ Angle||Wide/Medium/Narrow|
|Loop recording||Yes. 1 Min/3 Min/5 Min/8 Min|
|Self-timer||Yes. 3 Sec/5 Sec/10 Sec/30 Sec|
Comparison between Akaso Brave 6 and Brave 6 Plus
|Akaso Brave 6||Akaso Brave 6 Plus|
|Can shoot 4K @ 24FPS||Can shoot 4K @ 30FPS|
|Underwater with waterproof case up to 98 feet.||Underwater with waterproof case up to 131 feet.|
|Electronic Image Stabilization||Electronic Image Stabilization 2.0|
|Supports Akaso Dv App||Supports Akaso GO App|
|Does not support external microphone||Supports external microphone|
|Body dimensions of 9.9 x 3.3 x 3.8 inches||Body dimensions of 9.33 x 4.76 x 2.83 inches|
|Side grey color||Side blue color|
The Unboxing Experience
You will get the following items with the Akaso Brave 6 Plus retail package:
- AKASO Brave 6 Plus Action Camera unit
- 1x 2.4G Remote
- 2x 1350mAh Batteries
- 1x Waterproof Case
- 1x Bicycle Stand
- 7x Mounts
- 2x Clips
- 1x Helmet Mount
- 1x Bandage
- 5x Tether
- 1x Protective Backdoor
- 1x USB Cable
Akaso Brave 6 Plus Design and Components
With this new model, Akaso has proceeded with the traditional box-shaped design. This camera is strikingly similar to the Brave 6 model and one may easily confuse the two.
One physical distinguishing feature is the side color, the Brave 6 plus introduces a new blue color on its sides. The Brave 6 has a grey color.
The body is made of plastic and it features buttons and ports around the camera.
Compared to other action cameras in this price range, the build feels more premium even though it is made from plastic.
At the back of the camera, there is a 2-inch touch screen display which is bigger than what we normally get with other action cameras like Drift Innovation.
The screen can be used to access menus, change modes, live monitoring, image viewing, and video playback.
The Akaso Brave 6 Plus touch screen works very well and is bright enough to be used in sunlight.
You will however not be able to use the touch screen once your camera is housed in a waterproof casing.
The Akaso Brave 6 Plus has a camera lens that supports wide-angle recording that will allow you to capture more of your action.
Aperture is f/2.8.
Ports, Slots, and Buttons
The camera has a plastic door on the left that encloses the battery compartment and the memory card slot.
The memory card slot can hold microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC cards of up to 64GB storage capacity.
Always format a new memory card once you put it in the camera.
The option is provided in the camera settings and can be accessed either through the display or the Akaso Go App.
On the right side of the camera, there is another smaller plastic door that enclosed the USB type C, and micro HDMI port.
The USB C is used to charge the camera’s battery or transfer files between the camera and your PC.
HDMI is used to connect your camera to a TV and display your photos or play footage on the bigger screen.
Also on that side, there is a speaker grill that exposes the internal speaker to the outside for audio playback.
On the top side of the camera, there are 3 buttons; shutter, up, and down navigation buttons. The navigation buttons can be used to zoom in and out as well as turn Wi-Fi on/off.
The camera is fitted with an internal microphone which is of good quality especially compared to what we got in the Akaso V50X.
It is important to note that when using a waterproof case, the audio will not be recorded.
The camera also supports external microphone connectivity which can be used via the USB C port.
Using an external microphone has always been a good idea if you need a more clear voice especially for vlogs.
Akaso does not include the external microphone in the box, you can order one from Amazon.
Is Akaso Brave 6 Plus Waterproof?
If you are a snorkeling lover, or you like underwater photography, then waterproof is a huge selling point to you for an action camera.
The Brave 6 Plus is not waterproof and you will need a waterproof housing to carry out your underwater recordings.
In the box, you will get a waterproof housing supplied by Akaso. The housing has a depth limit of 40 meters / 131 feet which is good for most users.
Akaso Brave 6 Plus Menus and Modes
Navigating through the menu and various modes is quite simple with this camera. You can either use the Akaso Go App or the buttons and touchscreen on the camera.
There are five modes available in this camera, they are Video, Photo, Video Settings, Photo Settings, and Camera Settings.
This review will provide you with a rundown of all these modes, stay tuned, and continue reading.
To change the modes, you simply swipe the display across/upwards once the camera is on and tap on the mode you would like to use.
To know the mode you are currently using, just check the icon on the top left corner of your screen. Be sure it displays the correct icon before jumping into your actions.
You also have the option to use the Akaso Go smartphone App to do your mode selections and menu access. Connect your phone to the camera via Wi-Fi, open the App, and you’re good to go.
Akaso has included a Remote control with the Brave 6 plus retail box.
The remote will pair to your camera via Bluetooth connectivity and you will be able to remote control your camera from a distance.
I usually don’t use the remote that much, but it is a good inclusion for a budget camera.
Taking a look at the remote, there are two buttons; a red photo button for capturing photos, and a grey video button for starting/stopping recording.
Before using the remote, make sure that your camera is in the right mode, you cannot change the modes with the remote control.
The remote is powered by a removable Lithium 3V CR2032 battery.
To replace the battery, use a 1.8mm Phillips head screw to open the back of the remote and proceed with the change.
Akaso Brave 6 Plus Video
The Akaso Brave 6 Plus has a maximum video resolution of 4K which is native.
Other resolutions available in the camera are; 2.7K, 1440p, 1080p, and 720p.
The following are the pixels widths and heights for each resolution:
- 4K: 3840 x 2160
- 2.7K: 2704 x 1520
- 1440p: 2560 x 1440
- 1080p: 1920 x 1080
- 720p: 1280 x 720
All videos will be saved in .MP4 format.
Brave 6 Plus does a very good job with the 4K which is native.
The image sensor is sharp enough to bring in a bag of details in Full HD or higher resolutions.
The videos shot during the day at 4K30fps are very good, and I cannot whine about anything. 1080p also produces sharp videos that can be used efficiently.
I see a very nice improvement from previous models like the V50X and the V50 Pro which had a little noise in the day time footage.
The Brave 6 plus produces very crisp videos, I was very impressed.
Like many other budget action cameras, there is an OK performance in the low light video section in the Brave 6 Plus.
The videos shot at any resolution do not look very great and it is much expected for a camera at this price point.
You will clearly see grainy sections in your video, especially where there is a bit but not so much light.
Here’s a video test by Devinbroseph shot in 1080p with image stabilization:
And another video shot during the night with the external mic:
The Akaso Brave 6 Plus has a maximum frame rate of 120fps which can only be used with a 720p resolution.
The following frame rates are also available with this camera 90fps available with 1080p, 60fps available with 1440p, 1080p and 720p, and 30fps available with all resolutions.
Straight from the box, 4K30fps is the default video resolution and frame rate setting.
Also note that, when using higher resolutions and higher frame rates, your camera will become warm due to the increased power consumption.
Field of View
The Akaso Brave 6 Plus camera has three field of view options. This is the determinant of the angle of your scene that can be recorded by the camera lens.
You will get wide, medium, and narrow options. The default angle is set at wide straight out of the box.
The angle description of each view are as follows:
- Wide 110°
- Medium 90°
- Narrow 70°
The Akaso Brave 6 plus supports both H.264 and H.265 video encoding options.
For starters, video encoding is the process of converting a recorded video file into a video format that is attuned with various website players, TV, and mobile phones.
H.265 is a more recent video codec and it offers better conversion and compression resulting in smaller sized high-quality video files.
Using this codec with 4K30fps should not be of any worries in terms of the space occupied by the recorded video files.
Using the H.264 is particularly important to people who have older PC’s since it requires less processing power.
The default codec setting is H.264.
The Akaso Brave 6 Plus supports Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) 2.0 as a way of producing smooth footage.
EIS is not supported in 1080p90fps, and 720p120fps.
Shooting in 4K30fps with EIS on while walking and cycling, the results were stunning since the video produced was free from huge shakes and bumps.
However, doing intense actions and even running will not produce super-smooth footage. I can say that the result is expected at the camera’s price point.
You have the option to use the Brave 6 Plus as a dashcam in driving mode to revamp your driving experience.
Connect the camera to the cigarette lighter of your car and once you switch on your engine, the camera will automatically turn on and will turn off once you switch off your engine.
The loop recording intervals for driving mode are; 1 Min/3 Min (default setting) /5 Min, and 8 Minutes.
With the 120 frames per second option provided for 720p resolution, it is possible to shoot videos in 4 times slow motion using the Brave 6 Plus.
60fps and 90fps also support slow-motion recording, but they only slow the footage up to 2 times and 3 times respectively.
Before using the slow-motion mode, be sure to turn off the image stabilization because they cannot be used together.
The Akaso Brave 6 Plus supports loop recording with intervals of 1 Min/3 Min (default setting) /5 Min, and 8 Min.
Loop recording allows you to overwrite old videos with new ones depending on the interval you specify.
Using this mode will ensure that you never run out of space in your action recordings.
I have always used this mode in my trips and activities and I am happy to see it included in this camera also.
Still photos will allow you to capture images while you are recording a video.
This is more interesting than taking a snapshot of your playback, which may lack the necessary details.
Once you activate this mode, the camera will automatically take photos in your chosen interval. The following time intervals are provided; 3 Sec (default setting), 5 Sec, 10 Sec, and 30 Seconds.
Akaso Brave 6 Plus Photos
The Akaso Brave 6 Plus has an image sensor with a resolution of 20 megapixels which is the default setting.
You also get the options to downsize the pixels count to 16MP, 12MP, or 8MP.
Does the Brave 6 Plus provide the RAW option?
With this camera, you only get one format for your photos, and that is the JPEG.
Lacking RAW options means that you do not get a lot of editing powers with your photos.
I am however not surprised because this is much expected for a budget action camera.
Same with the video’s case, the photos taken by this camera during the day are very good in terms of sharpness and general quality.
I mostly use the 20MP option because I prefer having lots of details captured in my shots, although it gives images with large sizes.
The low light images are not that good since they appear grainy and blurred in certain sections.
I tried to tweak the ISO setting to see whether I will get something to like but it never ended well.
For this camera, I will stick with day time shots.
Photo Burst Mode
This mode will allow you to use the Akaso Brave 6 Plus to capture many images within a set interval.
I always use photo bursts when capturing fast-moving activities and I can say the camera does a pretty good job in this category.
You will get the following options for this camera; 3 Photos (default setting), 5 Photos, 10 Photos, and 15 Photos per second.
This mode will give you a delay between pressing the shutter button and the actual photo capturing.
I always use this mode when taking photos of myself doing some nice poses outdoors with friends.
You will get the following self-timer interval to choose from in the Brave 6 Plus; 3 Sec (default setting), 5 Sec, 10 Sec, and 30 Sec.
This setting is very useful when you want to adjust the exposure value of specific areas in your photos.
I use this setting to change exposure in over/underexposed important regions of my photos.
To use this setting, first, you will have to select the area on your photo where you feel the exposure needs some revamp.
Once done, you can play around with the values; +2, +1.5, +1, +0.5, 0, -0.5, -1, -1.5, and -2 to see the most appropriate outcome.
The default setting for the exposure value is 0.
ISO is crucial in determining the image sensor’s sensitivity to light.
You can increase the brightness of your photos and accept the resulting noise in the image by choosing high ISO values. Low ISO values give darker images but with less noise.
I always find it difficult to sacrifice my image qualities for brightness only hence I do not find myself adjusting ISO photos often.
You get the following options with the Brave 6 Plus; Auto (default setting), 100, 200, 400, 800, and 1600.
This setting will permit you to adjust the color temperature of your photos as well as videos.
You get the following options for this setting; Auto (default setting), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, and Fluorescent
Akaso Brave 6 Plus Time Lapse
Like the previous models, the Brave 6 Plus supports both Time Lapse photos and videos.
Time Lapse Video
First of all, it is very important to note that when shooting Time Lapse video, the audio will not be recorded.
This mode allows you to compile frames captured at set intervals into a video.
The following intervals are available to choose from; 1 Sec, 2 Sec (default setting), 5 Sec, 10 Sec, 30 Sec, and 60 Sec.
Time Lapse Photo
Just like the video, Time Lapse photos capture images instead. You will get the following time interval options; 1 Sec, 2 Sec (default setting), 5 Sec, 10 Sec, 30 Sec, and 60 Sec.
One cool feature in Time Lapse photos is that you get the ability to preview your captured images and choose the ones to keep or discard.
Here’s a time-lapse video shot by Robert Veach in 4K:
Akaso Brave 6 Plus Battery
As with the previous Akaso cameras, the Brave 6 Plus includes 2 rechargeable batteries in the retail box. Each battery has an individual capacity of 1350mAh.
The battery plastic door is located on the left side of the camera, and it is fairly easy to open it up.
From my tests, the battery lasted 60 minutes recording in 4K at 30fps.
I would advise you to always carry the extra battery with you to be getting longer recording times.
It’s important to note that when the battery drops to 0% while recording, the camera will save the footage and go off. I think that is a nice feature to have on a camera.
However, I am still hopeful that Akaso will make bigger batteries in the future. Drift Innovation is doing that, Akaso should do it too.
Akaso Brave 6 Plus Audio
The internal microphone does a good job of recording nice sound in quiet environments.
Recording outdoors especially in an open field where the wind blows loudly, the audio experience is not good.
The internal microphone met my expectation at the camera’s price point.
However, as stated out earlier, Akaso has included the ability to use an external microphone with the Brave 6 plus.
I always prefer using an external microphone since it has revamped audio experience, and is very suitable for Vlogging.
It is important to note that there is no external microphone included in the box, you will have to buy one separately if you intend on boosting your audio experience.
Other Cool Features
Voice Control: you now can use your Akaso camera in a hands-free mode as with the Brave 6 model.
The voice control can heed to 6 commands and act on them. You can start/stop recording, turn Wi-Fi on/off, take photos, or shut down the camera via voice.
The default setting for this feature is ‘off’, once you turn it on, be sure to check the icon on the left corner of your camera’s display.
Filter: Adding filters to your photos has never been a boring thing especially for epic scenes.
Akaso has introduced this cool feature in the Brave 6 plus. You will get the following options; Normal (default setting)/Black and White/Brown/Colorful/Warm/Cold.
- Native 4K recording has decent daytime footage
- Voice control
- External mic compatibility
- The battery capacity is low
- Housing integration with the camera is poor.
- Higher frame rate results in low-quality footage
Is the Akaso Brave 6 Plus worth it?
With nice included features like the voice control and filter options, Akaso is constantly trying to satisfy their customer base.
The daytime video footage at 4K30fps exceeded my expectations and I was so impressed with that.
However, Akaso needs to do extra work in low light shooting as well as internal microphone experience.
The photo qualities are also good especially at the maximum 20MP, you can always adjust the different settings to find what suits you best.
If you are looking for a budget camera especially to be used during the day, I would say you consider Akaso Brave 6 Plus.
I hope you found my Akaso Brave 6 Plus review useful, if you have any questions, please leave a comment below 🙂