GoPro Hero 4 Session
About half a year ago i had the chance to test the GoPro Hero 4 Session.
Today I want to share my experience about the smallest GoPro with you.
Design and Features
The GoPro HERO Session comes with a newer form factor.
It still has the boxy form, but it is smaller and without a integrated display.
That made the GoPro Hero 4 Session compatible with your backpack or even your pocket, because it is so small, that it will fit in every back no matter how much space is left.
It has a small monochrome LCD display on top that shows the shooting mode and your battery life.
You need to know, that you can only change the mode when you have the GoPro Hero 4 Session connection with your smartphone via the GoPro app.
On the side you have a small „door“ which holds a USB port and a microSD card slot inside. It supports microSD cards with max. 64GB.
The biggest new feature is that the camera is waterproof right out of the box. It doesent need an extra case, what is more comfortable.
Performance and Quality
The GoPro Hero 4 Session has a lot of options to choose when it comes to the videoquality. Like everywhere the higher the resolution is the less fps can you use.
You can film in 1440p with 30fps, this is the highes resolution.
When you choose the lowest you can film with 120fps. I personally recommend to shoot at 1080p at 60 fps or if you want some extra fps for slowmotion you can shoot at 720p with 100fps.
The GoPro Hero 4 Session has no ability to shoot at 4K which is less then the bigger brother.
It has 8 megapixe that will give your content a nice look.
The problem is, that the GoPro HERO Session has no image stabilization, what makes your video a bit shake.
You can see that in my GoPro Hero 4 Session test video.
Another nice thing is that you can activate the time-lapse mode by holding the shutter for a few seconds.
Pros and Cons
Pro: The camera is compact and simple to use. Also it has the always on operation and gives you a nice quality. And las but not least it is waterproof right out of the box.
Con: It is too expensive compared to the older brothers. And with the missing display, there is no live preview for your recording.