The leading action cam manufacturer is going big--with a tiny camera. GoPros have stuck with a similar exterior for several years, but the new GoPro Hero4 Session is completely different, with a cube-like design and a teensy, tiny weight of just 2.6 ounces and roughly the dimensions of an ice cube.
That small size is big for mountable cameras. Users won't have any problem mounting the Session on a drone, on a Chihuahua, on the end of a hunting bow or pretty much anyplace you can even think of mounting a camera. That small weight means big possibilities. GoPros have been getting smaller with every release, this one cuts the size of the earlier Hero4 in half.
Along with the smaller size, the design is a bit simpler to use as well, going from three buttons to just two. The on/off button automatically starts recording, holding the same button will take a still image. Of course, the action cam can still also be used with a smartphone via wi-fi or a GoPro remote (purchased separately. Despite the smaller size, it's still compatible with any GoPro mount, thanks to an included adapter clip. The tiny cam is still waterproof, up to 33 feet without any extra housing.
The Hero4 Session is priced the same as the Hero4 Silver--so what gives? The tech specs (annoyingly) don't list a sensor size, but going on the resolution, the Session won't achieve the same image quality as the Silver, and especially not the 4K of the Hero4 Black. It also doesn't include a touchscreen (there's no screen at all). Still, the Session records 1080p video at 60 fps, or with a bit of a resolution boost at 1440p with half the frame rate. While that may not be as good as more advanced GoPros, the small size and simpler controls may be worth paying the same price to some consumers.
The GoPro Hero4 Session hits shelves July 12 with a list price of $399.