Review: Braun Master Action Camera

Review: Braun Master Action Camera
Braun Photo Technik Master Action Camera.

Braun Photo Technik's flagship action camera, the Master Action Camera, looks like a curvy and over- complicated version of the popular GoPro Hero.

In fact, it has so many buttons that even professionals may be confused. In front, there is a Record button with four slider switches for Wi-Fi, Metering, G-sensor and Power.

Once you switch on the G-sensor, any body movement will activate the camera to start recording.

On its top right, you will find the Shutter and Stop buttons. Beside them sits a small status screen.

The camera comes with a decent amount of accessories, most notably the 2.2-inch LCD screen attachment. Also included are a waterproof casing, two adhesive mounts, a vertical-horizontal attachment arm, main base, cloth bag and hand strap.

When you insert the LCD screen attachment, it adds more buttons - Up/Down, Left/Right and an OK button on top. On the right side of the screen attachment, there is a Playback and a Menu button.

Together, they offer you plenty of options.

For example, the dedicated Shutter button makes it easy for you to take a picture without cycling through the modes. You can easily change settings using the display and directional buttons.

Overall, however, this is not a camera that is easy to use. This is especially so when you use it in its waterproof casing.

The casing does not provide access to front slider switches. So, in order to power it on, you must first remove it from the casing.

The other action cameras tested here can be switched on while inside their waterproof casings.

The G-sensor option was way too sensitive. At times, when I was doing nothing more than holding the helmet while walking, the camera would start recording. This drains the battery to no good purpose.

The 1,080p videos were not very sharp and looked slightly pixelated even in bright sunlight. At night, one could clearly see chromatic image noise in the videos.

Colours also appeared to be slightly duller and not as vivid. But the auto exposure was fairly quick to adjust to situational changes in lighting as I glided down the Luge track.

The videos tended to be shaky and picked up a lot of ambient and wind audio. At times, one could even hear static.

If you love to change settings, the Braun Master Action Camera is the one to get. If not, you may be frustrated by the sheer number of steps needed when you want to shoot the moment.

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