July 6, 2015

GoPro Just Announced a New Camera, & It's Their Smallest Yet

GoPro HERO4 Session Action Camera
GoPro today announced the newest addition to their HERO4 family of cameras. It's called the HERO 4 Session, and it is tiny, waterproof, and ready for action.

Tiny isn't an understatement either. The HERO4 Session is not only half the size of the original HERO4, but it is also 40% lighter. That's the good news. Now for not-so-good news: the Session shoots at 1080p at 60fps or 720p at 100fps. This puts it well behind the HERO4 Black in terms of resolution and frame rate capabilities. Then again, of all the cameras that GoPro manufactures, this one is geared most towards action sports folks who need the smallest, lightest profile possible in their cameras, and on that front, GoPro delivered.

Here's a rundown of the features on the HERO4 Session:

https://youtu.be/pzMRr5eTtho

Here's a snazzy high-octane montage of footage from the new HERO4 Session.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjGkVCAo8Fw

And here are the basic features and specs:

  • Video at 1080/60p, 720/100p and 1440/30p (2.5k)
  • Waterproof to 33’ (10m), no separate housing required
  • Easy one-button control: short press of shutter powers camera on and begins capturing video, long shutter button press powers camera on and begins capturing time-lapse photos
  • Captures 8MP Single, Burst, and Time Lapse photos
  • Compatible with GoPro mounts and accessories
  • Dual Mic system captures enhanced audio during high wind and water-based activities
  • Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth® enable easy connectivity to GoPro App and Smart Remote
  • Auto image rotation corrects image orientation during recording
  • Includes standard and low-profile frame mounts for increased mounting versatility
  • New Ball Joint Buckle mount is included
  • Price: $400
GoPro HERO4 Session Action Camera

The HERO4 Session may not be a dream camera for many filmmakers, but its diminutive size and built-in waterproof casing make it a utilitarian tool for people who need to capture video or stills in hard to reach places where it may be exposed to the elements. There are also plenty of possibilities for using the HERO4 Session in array rigs for bullet time and virtual reality experiences.

The GoPro HERO4 Session is currently available for pre-order through the GoPro website, and it is expected to begin shipping later this month.      

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This is likely a major building block for their drone that we will see in 2016. Tiny, one button, water proof ... I can't wait to see what they come up with.

July 6, 2015 at 11:38AM, Edited July 6, 11:54AM

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Can't see the problem with only 1080p/60fps because is a compromise we've to accept for the size reduction. Now I can see a ton of chances to set a multicamera setup now that we have a distance reduction between lenses.

July 6, 2015 at 11:40AM, Edited July 6, 11:40AM

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Isaac Alonzo
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I can see so so so many cool applications with this! bullet time would be really simple to do since your rig could be super light and smaller in general or just getting cameras in even tighter places than ever before like in breaking bad, but to the extreme. The only thing that I feel is a bit of a let down is the price. I get that it's a really new piece of tech, but the hero 4 silver can do much more for the same price and I don't think anyone would really call the hero 4 silver clunky, so from that perspective it doesn't make as much sense.

July 6, 2015 at 12:46PM, Edited July 6, 12:46PM

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I'll take decent quality 1080p/2K action camera over half-assed shit 4K one, thanks. Size does matter.

July 6, 2015 at 1:40PM

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Terma Louis
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I have always said I would buy a GoPro if they just weren't so BIG and HEAVY! Problem solved.

Just kidding. I'm sure it's a great camera.

July 6, 2015 at 2:20PM

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Keith Rawlston
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Looks like a great little camera. The only drawback I can see is that the battery lasts only 90 minutes in 1080 60fps mode with monitoring by the GoPro smart-phone app, and you can't change the battery.

So after 90 minutes of shooting you have to go charge your camera, or switch to a second freshly charged GoPro Session camera.

July 6, 2015 at 4:07PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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The regular Hero doesn't even last 90 minutes. Marketing mumbo-jumbo. I'd be surprised to get an hour.

July 6, 2015 at 4:11PM

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Nathan Taylor
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But you can swap out the dead battery for a fresh one with the Hero 4, which you can't do with the Session camera.

July 6, 2015 at 9:36PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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10 minutes of battery life?

July 6, 2015 at 4:10PM, Edited July 6, 4:10PM

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Nathan Taylor
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This camera doesn't make a lot of sense at that price point. They aren't going to bring in any new customers with this camera. They need a ~$100 camera with this simplicity and form factor. Then as people look for more features they will upgrade. It's not like the current form factor is a behemoth.

July 6, 2015 at 7:29PM

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Meh.. Im over gopro's fisheye look. Really don't see the point of this camera when the Hero4 is already more than small enough for anything.

July 6, 2015 at 9:16PM

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A GoPro will always be a GoPro....I just hope the blackmagic micro cam will change up the options for filmmakers with third party companies creating housings for it.

July 8, 2015 at 6:26AM

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Zachariel Shanahan
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360 and VR taking a step closer to consumers.

July 8, 2015 at 9:31PM

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OK, now, please release GoPro 4 Black in the Session's size and I will take it :)

July 21, 2015 at 1:46PM

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look, it's a polaroid cube with better frame rates...

September 30, 2015 at 5:41PM, Edited September 30, 5:41PM

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gandulf charpentier
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