Gopro hero session review


GoPro HERO4 Session review

Waterproof, ruggedized, incredibly-small and lightweight, the Session is a no-brainer to lớn toss in your bag or coat pocket before heading out on an adventure.

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The GoPro HERO4 Session is the company"s latest action camera release. Unlike GoPros before it, the Session is completely waterproof without the need for any housing. It is also the smallest, lightest GoPro khổng lồ date, một nửa smaller than the HERO4 (Black or Silver) and 40% lighter.

The GoPro HERO4 Sessionis capable of đoạn clip capture at the following resolutions và frame rates:

Video ResolutionFrame rate
1920 x 144030 fps, 25 fps
1920 x 108060 fps, 50 fps, 48 fps (in Ultra Wide mode only), 30 fps, 25 fps
1280 x 96060 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps
1280 x 720100 fps, 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps
848 x 480120 fps, 100 fps

The Session has dual microphones - one on the front and anotheron the back - for improved audio quality. The camera will automatically choose lớn prioritize one mic over the over, depending on the scenario. Stills can be captured at a frame rate as fast as 10 fps (limited khổng lồ 1 sec bursts). Images are captured at 8MP resulting in a 3264 x 2448 still.

The Session can alsocapture time-lapses. Available intervals include 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30 & 60 secs.

Auto Low Light, a feature that determines videoframe-rate based on lighting conditions, gives the promise of better low light video quality, something that action cams are not particularly good at. It"s worth noting that video clip files will playback at the selected frame-rate và resolution when using auto Low Light.

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ProTune, an option that allows users lớn dial in more advanced settings, is available on the HERO4 Session. Selecting ProTune allows users khổng lồ set their ISO limit (either ISO 400 or ISO 1600), & toggle sharpness on and off. The Session also features a spot meter mode, that, as you may have guessed, determines exposure based on a small point in the center of the frame.

What"s included


In addition to the unit itself, the GoPro HERO4 Session ships with just enough to lớn get you started, including: a standard frame, a low-profile frame, one curved adhesive mount, one flat adhesive mount, a ball joint buckle và mounting buckles. A Micro-USB cable is also included for charging and transferring files directly from the GoPro to lớn a computer.

Compared to Siblings

The price ofthe GoPro HERO4 Session recentlydropped lớn $200. Here"s how it sizes up against GoPro"s other current offerings:

HERO4 SessionHERO4 BlackHERO4 SilverHERO+Max video clip ResolutionPhoto ResolutionWaterproof (without ahousing)Max Still BurstWeightStreet price


4K (UHD) 2160/30p

4K (UHD) 2160/15p

3264 x 24484000 x 30004000 x 30003264 x 2448
10 fps30 fps10 fps5 fps
74 g152 g147 g123 g



The HERO4 unit itself is a tiny 1.5" cube. The body has only two buttons: the large record button on top, located directly in front of the LCD, & a small Info/Wi-Fi button on the lower portion of the back (see lower image). Pressthe record button once to turn the camera on & start capture - by mặc định the video clip will be 1080/30p. Press and hold the record button for two seconds to start a time-lapse. By mặc định it will shoot a photo every half-second. In both cases, hitting the record button again stops capture & powers the device down.Users can change đoạn clip and still capture settings, in addition to lớn turning on Wi-Fi by hitting the Info/Wi-Fi button và poking through the options. However, the two-button ergonomics can make for a pretty confusing user experience. We found it much easier khổng lồ change settings by using the GoPro app.


The LCD on top displays the battery life, recording mode, resolution and đoạn phim length (when capturing video), or the number of photos left (if you’re shooting a time-lapse). A small switch on the side of unit, when pressed, reveals the Micro-SD thẻ slot và Micro-USB port (see below).

The HERO4 Session is impressively tough. The toàn thân is coated in a rubber-like material, & the door containing the Micro-USB port và microSD slot appearswell-sealed. We"re not entirely sure what kind of glass the front element is made of, but several run-ins with a flying skateboard didn"t even leave a scratch. Seriously, we beat thisunit up quite a bit over the course of field testing it, with no damage lớn speak of.