GoPro HERO4 Session Released – See Features, Specs, Price and Reviews

GoPro recently released a new action camera, the GoPro HERO4 Session. It’s not actually better compared to its Hero4 brothers in terms of features, but it’s the smallest, lightest and most convenient GoPro yet. It’s 50% smaller and 40% lighter compared to the original HERO4. The new HERO4 Session is not only ultra-compact, but it also features an integrated waterproof housing effective up to 33 feet. It supports 1080p video recording at 60fps, and 1440p at 30 fps. There’s only one button on this tiny camera as most of the controls are done via the GoPro App or Smart Remote. Aside from that it can capture 8 megapixels still photos, and features time-lapse as well as photo burst modes. It also features an ultra-wide angle glass lens with SuperView just like its bigger brothers. More information about this tiny action camera below.

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Meet the GoPro HERO4 Session Action Camera

GoPro HERO4 Session Main Features:

  • Stunning 1080p60, 720p100, and 1440p30 video
  • Waterproof to 33′ (10m), no separate housing required
  • Easy one-button control: short press of shutter powers camera on and begins capturing video, long shutter button press powers camera on and begins capturing time-lapse photos
  • Captures 8MP Single, Burst, and Time Lapse photos
  • Compatible with GoPro mounts and accessories
  • Dual Mic system captures enhanced audio during high wind and water-based activities
  • Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth® enable easy connectivity to GoPro App and Smart Remote
  • Auto image rotation corrects image orientation during recording
  • Includes standard and low-profile frame mounts for increased mounting versatility
  • New Ball Joint Buckle mount is included

GoPro, Inc., enabler of some of today’s most engaging content, is proud to announce HERO4 Session, the smallest, lightest, most convenient GoPro yet. 50% smaller and 40% lighter than GoPro’s best-selling HERO4 Black and Silver cameras, HERO4 Session packs GoPro’s Emmy Award-winning image quality and performance into an exciting new low-profile form factor. HERO4 Session benefits from a durable waterproof design that eliminates the need for a separate housing and features simple one-button control to make capturing immersive photos and video quicker and more convenient than ever before. HERO4 Session is compatible with existing GoPro mounts and will retail for$399.99 MSRP at authorized GoPro retailers around the world and on GoPro.com beginning July 12, 2015.

According to Nicholas Woodman, GoPro founder and CEO: “With HERO4 Session, we challenged ourselves to produce the smallest, lightest, most convenient GoPro possible,”. “HERO4 Session combines the best of our engineering and user-experience know-how to deliver our most convenient life-capture solution, yet.” Woodman adds, “I’m so excited about the launch of HERO4 Session because now I can finally use mine in public!”

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The GoPro HERO4 Session captures GoPro-quality 1080p60, 720p100 and 1440p30 video along with eight megapixel photos in Single, Burst and Time Lapse modes. It features many of the same innovative features found in GoPro’s best-selling HERO4 Black and Silver cameras, including SuperView, Protune and Auto Low Light recording modes. An expanded set of controls and settings can be accessed when using the GoPro App or Smart Remote.

Operating HERO4 Session is very simple. A short press of the shutter button quickly powers the camera on and video recording begins automatically. A long press of the shutter button powers the camera on and triggers Time Lapse photo capture. Press the shutter button again to save video or photo content and power the camera off. This simple one button design drastically improves the speed and convenience of capturing life moments as they happen.

The GoPro HERO4 Session is built to GoPro’s famous rugged standards and is waterproof to 33 feet (10 meters). It features a sleek frame mounting system that is compatible with GoPro’s expansive array of mounts. An innovative dual microphone system dynamically switches sound recording between microphones to reduce wind noise during activities. Audio performance during water-based activities has been dramatically improved thanks to HERO4 Session’s waterproof design that eliminates the need for a separate waterhousing, which can often muffle sounds.

Woodman adds: “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,”.

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GoPro HERO4 Session Specifications

Image QualityField of View (FOV)Ultra Wide, Medium
Optics + LensUltra-wide angle glass lens with reduced distortion
Low-Light PerformanceConsumer grade
Video Features1440p30, 25 fps
Ultra Wide FOV
1080p60, 50, 30, 25 fps
Ultra Wide, Medium FOV
1080p SuperView48, 30, 25 fps
Ultra Wide FOV
960p60, 50, 30, 25 fps
Ultra Wide FOV
720p100, 60, 50, 30, 25 fps
Ultra Wide, Medium FOV
720p SuperView60, 50, 30, 25 fps
Ultra Wide FOV
WVGA120, 100 fps
Ultra Wide FOV
Photo FeaturesMegapixels8MP
Burst Rates (frames/sec)10/1, 10/2, 5/1, 3/1
Time Lapse Intervals0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, 60 seconds
Advanced FeaturesBuilt-in WirelessWi-Fi + Bluetooth®
Protune™ (Photo + Video)Yes, Video only
SuperView™Yes
Auto Low LightYes
Night Photo + Night LapseNo
HiLight TagYes
QuikCapture / Auto One-ButtonYes, QuikCapture
Time Lapse VideoNo
Simultaneous Video + PhotoNo
Looping VideoYes
Auto Image RotationYes
High Bitrate Video (H.264)Up to 25Mb/s
Audio FeaturesMono, 48kHz, AAC compression with advanced multi-band AGC (automatic gain control)Yes, but with 32kHz
Usability FeaturesGoPro App CompatibilityYes
GoPro Studio CompatibilityYes
Built-in Touch DisplayNo
BatteryBuilt-in 1030mAh lithium-ion rechargeable
PortsMicro USB, microSD
Storage (Memory)microSD card with at least a Class 10 or UHS-I rating and a capacity up to 64GB (sold separately)

Price and Where to Buy

The new GoPro HERO4 Session is now available to order and comes with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $399 USD. Package includes the frames for the HERO4 Session, curved adhesive mount, flat adhesive mount, ball joint mounting buckle, mounting buckles and hardware, and USB cable. It also comes with a limited 1-year warranty.

GoPro HERO4 Session Reviews

Below are some video reviews of the GoPro HERO4 Session for your reference. You might want to check these reviews first before deciding whether you should get one or not.

The GoPro HERO4 Session full review below is courtesy of WIRED:

The HERO4 Session Review below is courtesy of MicBergsma:

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