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GoPro HERO4 Session Review

Earlier this July, GoPro announced the latest addition to its action camera line: the HERO4 Session. With many POV action cams getting smaller while increasing functionality, GoPro struck back with its smallest cam yet. Without further ado, let's take a look.

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The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Size. The Session is the smallest and camera from GoPro yet. According to the website, it is 50% smaller and 40% lighter. This also helps with a slightly longer battery life. Probably the biggest and most exciting development is the housing or lack thereof. The Session does not require a water housing to 33 feet, and this helps when recording audio in wet environments.

Despite being smaller, the Session offers a variety of shooting modes, including an Ultra Wide 1440p at 30 FPS and 720p at 100 FPS with either Ultra Wide or Medium field of view to highlight a couple modes. Speaking of video, some tests are showing that the Session doesn't quite match up with the HERO4 Silver in low light situations. The Session doesn't capture the same level of detail as the other cameras even in full light despite what the tech specs say.

Taking on a cube shape rather than the rectangle we're all used to, some accessories won't work for the Session, although its nestles perfectly into our GoPro cases. The simplified camera is easy to use, and all of your mounts will work fine. There is even a sweet little ball joint mount we're excited about.

The Decision

At the same price point at the HERO4 Silver, we recommend holding on the Session for the time being. While the Session has a couple upsides, GoPro left the community a little underwhelmed. The HERO4 Silver is a fantastic camera, and the LCD on the back in particular makes it great for anyone upgrading or looking to shoot POV for the first time.

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