Every time there is a new version of a GoPro or action camera you can usually count on another quantum leap in technology. Compared to the original GoPro, the latest tech makes that first camera look like a toy you would get from a department store. But in spite of the hardware capable of putting out professional level cinematography, most of your average users are asking for something else. Namely, a camera that is smaller and easier to use.
If features like smaller, lighter, and easier to use are more important to you than things like 4K and having the most megapixels, you’ll want to check out the Session next…
Checking in a half the size of other GoPro’s and nearly half the weight, the square profile of the Session 4 opens up some interesting possibilities for mounting. Able to be rotated within the mounting frame, one of the features we’re most happy to see is Auto Image Rotation which will make it so you no longer have to search the menu for the UpD setting, or edit the footage afterwards if you run the Session upside down. Using either the new Low Profile frame mount, the standard frame mount, or the new Ball Joint buckle, the Session should be easier to adjust the angle of the shot mid run for more variety.
Waterproof without an additional housing, the Session will handle up to 33′ (10m) of submersion and has its own floaty sold separately to keep it from sinking to the bottom of the ocean.
Because there is no screen and only a single button, out of the box the Session will capture 1080p30 video and 8MP time lapse photos at 0.5 second intervals. If you want to change those settings you will need to use the Smart Remote which is sold separately, or the free GoPro App which connects to the camera with built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
A built in battery is good for a claimed maximum of 2 hours of filming depending on the film settings and Wi-Fi settings. At minimum GoPro claims the battery is good for 1.5 hrs. Capable of filming up to 1440p at 30 fps, the camera is capable of stills at a maximum 8mp in wide format. Other familiar camera features include auto low light, ProTune, HiLight video tagging, and dual microphones (one front, one rear) for improved audio.
Compatible with mounts for just about any sport, the Hero4 Session is available for $399.99 in standard or surf configurations. The standard kit includes everything below:
- HERO4 Session Camera
- Standard Frame
- Low-Profile Frame
- Curved Adhesive Mount
- Flat Adhesive Mount
- Ball Joint Mounting Buckle
- Mounting Buckles + Hardware
- Micro USB Cable
For complete camera specs check out gopro.com.