A new, smaller GoPro? Yes it is, and lets take a look at the newest offering from (IMO) the coolest company out there.
This latest GoPro has me excited. Why? Look at the size and the endless possibilities for use. The new GoPro Hero4 Session is 50 % smaller and 40% lighter than previous GoPros. This new GoPro Hero4, due for release on July 12, is only the size of an ice cube!
Mount it against a bike spoke, on a R/C car, maybe even on a tennis racquet? Just think where else! The stinger with this is the price – at $400 it’s an expensive toy that could get lost easily simply because of its size.
The Session still takes full HD video (a cool 1080p at 60 frames a second), but is ready for swimming without needing a waterproof housing like its predecessors. The Session’s lens is covered by a clear shield, and the USB ports for charging and swapping out memory cards are pressure sealed (safe to an undersea depth of 10 meters).
With the GoPro Hero4 Session being so small, you can only fit so much on it, but this device has two buttons. Tap the shutter button once to power it up and start recording video, or hold it down for still shots.
The cube/session is small – 1.5 inch, 2.6 ounce in weight . But if all sides are equal in size, how can you tell which way is up or down? The Session can sense its orientation, and will flip its video in 180-degree increments. But the weird thing is that it can’t rotate 90 degrees. I’m sure after a bit of playing around, you’ll get familiar with it. Can’t wait to try one.
The image sensor GoPro put into the Session is fine, but not as good as the Hero4 Silver and Black, which can take higher-resolution shots and pick up more light in dark scenes. I don’t think, from what I have read, you will be disappointed though.
Like the current Hero 4, the Hero4 Session has wifi and bluetooth for easy setting up via the app if required. That means easy social sharing and copying to other devices for editing.
A couple of other cool features: There is a dual mike setup – one in the front and one in the rear so if there is any wind, in theory it wont be caught/recorded – The session will auto select the best mike (ie with the lease wind noise).
The battery is built in , and to the best of my knowledge is not removable. Claimed recording time is up to two hours of recording time on a full charge (recording 1080p 30 with WiFi off). I will be interested to see what the performance in real life.
So what do you think of the new Hero 4? Will you buy one when they are released? Leave a comment below.
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