Yesterday GoPro officially took the wraps off of their newest action camera, the Hero4 Session. The Session is pegged as the company’s smallest action cam yet and is more akin to Polaroid’s Cube than GoPro’s other offerings. Unlike GoPro’s other cameras, the Session is aimed at simplicity – there are only two buttons on the camera and no LCD display, which makes it function kind of like Xiaomi’s Yi Action camera. Most of the controls are done via the big record button on top. The Session has WiFi connectivity, which is essential since you can only change the settings of the camera through WiFi.
The Session is extremely small, especially if you put it alongside GoPro’s Hero 4. It’s also water resistant right out of the box (up to 10 meters) so it doesn’t need a bulky case to be used in extreme situations, though it does have a skeleton case so it can use the plethora of mounting solutions for GoPro’s cameras. GoPro has also found a solution to the biggest Achilles heel of its cameras – sound. The Session uses to speakers front and back that captures sound perfectly by switching between the two when it detects wind noise. The speaker holes also drain fast when taken out of the water.
GoPro has also reduced the feature set of the Session. While it’s capable of shooting at 60 FPS full HD, users don’t have access to 4K, or even 2K recording. Still photos top out at 8-megapixels.
The Session is priced at $399, which is around Php 18K converted – a substantial amount of money for a smaller, less capable camera. The Hero Session is obviously aimed at people looking for a small, unobtrusive camera to record their special moments with.