Back in 2007 GoPro produced the Hero, the world’s first affordable mini-camera, durable enough to be part of the action. The camera quickly became an essential for anyone who wanted to film themselves surfing, skydiving, rock climbing and reacting to Game of Thrones. Four years later and the team from GoPro have released the Hero4 Session, their smallest camera yet.
Weighing just 73 grams, the Hero4 Session boasts all the same qualities you loved in the previous GoPro models. Capable of taking 1080p60 videos and 8MP photos, the Hero4 Session is also shock proof and waterproof up to ten metres, without the need of a case.
A benefit of the tough ‘cube’ design of the Hero4 Session means that not only will it survive the drop but continue to film it from the right angle. However it lands, the Session automatically detects its mounting orientation and rotates the video so it continues to film as if it was the right side up.
The microphone system is full of brilliant features set to reduce amateur film faux pas. The Hero4 Session includes a rear microphone the camera automatically switches to if it detects high levels of wind noise on the front mic. The waterproof microphones quickly drains water trapped within so your aquatic adventurers will return to full sound a few seconds after the camera emerges from the water.
On the down side the Hero4 Session is missing 4k recording capabilities and resolution falls short when recording slow motion. There is also no detachable battery although the easy on off/on record button means the camera spends less time sitting idly by wasting battery power.
While there were a few features GoPro couldn’t pack into the Sessions small body, the positives outweigh the negatives in this mini movie maker. The Hero4 Session may be tiny but is sure to make a big impact not only for the future of GoPro but for the future of extreme film makers everywhere (as well as those filming Game of Thrones reaction videos).