The AKASO Brave 7 LE is well built, feels solid and has a good weight to it. The quality of the plastic body feels good. Although there are some design style hints that show that this camera is not at the same level as the GoPro Hero 8 Black or OSMO action, it’s not far behind.
Powering the camera up and flicking through the screens and options and again it all looks pretty good, there’s really no faulting the responsiveness of that rear-facing touch screen.
To active the front screen, the M button on top needs to be held down for a couple of seconds before the rear screen goes blank and the front screen springs to life in full colour.
The camera seems impressive, it certainly has the looks, and with plenty of accessories, it’s easy enough to mount to a bike or for that matter anything else you wish to attach it to.
Mounting the camera onto the bike in the first instance I used the waterproof housing. This housing is large and looks cheap, and after the first ride out it proved that it was definitely something that should only be used in the water. The housing caused rattles and noise from the frame made that essentially made the audio unusable.
Also, however tight the mount is tightened, that rattle and vibration through to the camera were unavoidable. This is due to a far from snug fit for the camera inside the housing.
For the next outing, I took the camera out of the housing and screwed in the 1/4-inch through mount onto the base and used an official GoPro mount instead. The difference that made to the audio and visual quality was huge. I’ll talk about the quality in the performance section.
Despite the initial teething issues with the camera, I have to say I was impressed with the ease of use. The camera, especially out of the waterproof housing was easy to navigate and use.
On the bike or filming a vlog, the ease of use of the camera is excellent and although small, that front display screen is incredibly useful.
There’s no doubt that this camera performs, out on the trail and the direct access to the back screen makes it simple and easy to navigate with the touch screen.
By swiping up on the screen you get direct access to the resolution and quality settings along with the ability to switch on and off the EIS.
The build and handling of the AKASO for a camera at this price is good and shows a marked improvement in the market for entry-level cameras.