The GoPro family is about to get bigger with the new Hero4 Session camera. It’s nothing like the other devices on the company’s widely popular lineup.
“With HERO4 Session, we challenged ourselves to produce the smallest, lightest, most convenient GoPro possible,” said Nicholas Woodman, GoPro founder and CEO. “HERO4 Session combines the best of our engineering and user-experience know-how to deliver our most convenient life-capture solution, yet. I’m so excited about the launch of HERO4 Session because now I can finally use mine in public!”
Read on to find out if the smallest addition to the GoPro series is right for you.
Is It Too Small?
GoPro’s latest offering is tiny. It’s 50 percent smaller and 40 percent lighter than the Hero4 Black and Silver. From a distance (if you can see it), the device looks like a wireless hidden camera. Measuring 1.5 inches all around and weighing 2.6 ounces, the cube-shaped action shooter fits conveniently in pockets and side pouches.
Despite being the size of a golfball, the camera is mountable. It works with the GoPro Strap, a new type of mount that straps on your hand (also works with other GoPro cameras), and traditional tripod attachments.
Wild Specs for Extreme Shots
The boxy shooter is designed for extreme conditions. Water sports enthusiasts will be happy to know that the device is waterproof up to 33 feet- casing not required. Video recording quality ranges from 1,920×1,080 (full HD) resolution, up to 60 frames per second (fps) to 1,920×1,440, up to 30 fps (Ultra Wide mode).
Recording clips using Protune allows you to capture cinematic shots at 24 fps. Unfortunately, the Session does not record in 4K or 2.7K resolutions. But that shouldn’t stop you from buying one.
Individuals can expect photo resolutions to reach eight megapixels. Shooting modes include single, burst, and time-lapse. For optimal sound quality, GoPro engineers added dual microphones inside the device.
“At GoPro, sound quality is as important as image quality and we’re very excited about the stunning audio advancements we’ve made with HERO4 Session during water-based and windy activities. It’s incredible what this little GoPro can capture,” highlighted Woodman.
A built-in rechargeable battery powers the micro camera. The 1030mAh lithium-ion battery pack lasts a generous two hours on a single charge. Pumping juice into the device is done through a computer via USB or wall outlet.
The Big Red Button
There are two buttons that serve as external controls. At the top of the device, you’ll find a big red button. Tapping it once will power the camera and initiate the recording feature. Pressing the circle a bit longer will trigger photo options. A small button found on the back is used to toggle the LCD display, showing information on the status of the device and battery life.
Overall, the powerful camera is incredibly easy to use.
Price and Availability
The Session will go on sale via GoPro.com and certified retailers on July 12, 2015 for $399. It’s certainly not the cheapest in the Hero4 family, but it is the most versatile, due to its compact and simple features.