What to expect from the new GoPro Hero 4 Session

With the release of the Hero 4 models in 2014 everyone in the tech world, me included, wondered where GoPro Inc. could possibly go next with the release of the upgraded versions. But what they did next blew everyone away, with the release of two new models, the Hero + LCD and now the Hero 4 Session. Plus there is the upgraded Hero 4 models, dubbed Hero 5, due to release last quarter of this year.

GoPro Hero4 Session

Now let’s get something straight right off the bat, and this comes from GoPro Inc. themselves: the Session’s video-quality will not be as good as we have grown accustomed to from recent GoPro models. But that said, it is still very good. I have seen sample footage and is still good quality video.

As you can see in the photo above, the Session is about half the size of the conventional models. Something new for the Session, is the fact that you don’t need to put the Session in a waterproof housing. The entire body is waterproof right out of the box.

GoPro Hero4 Session

The estimated pricing falls in at R6 499, which puts it on par with the Hero 4 Silver which is my go-to choice and recommendation. So since they are at a comparative price range, let’s look at some of the features between the Silver and Session.

Video Modes

Hero 4 Session

Video Resolution - Frames per second

1440p - 30, 25

1080p SuperView - 48, 30, 25

1080p - 60, 50, 30, 25

960p - 60, 50, 30, 25

720p - 100, 60, 50, 30, 25

720p SuperView - 60, 50, 30, 25

WVGA - 120, 100


Hero 4 Silver

Video Resolution - Frames per second

4K - 15, 12.5

2.7K - 30, 25, 24

1440p - 48, 30, 25, 24

1080p - 60, 50, 48, 30, 25, 24

1080p SuperView - 60, 50, 48, 30, 25, 24
960p - 
100, 60, 50

720p - 120, 60, 50, 30, 25

720p SuperView - 100, 60, 50

WVGA - 240




GoPro Hero4 Session


As you can see the Hero 4 Silver is just in a different league in terms of available resolutions and frame rates. But alas this is not a comparison test, I will have to wait to get my hands on one before I can do that.

Because the Session still uses the same familiar mounting system, most of the mounts and accessories are compatible with the Session. Battery life at 1080p@60fps is expected to last roughly 1 hour and 30 minutes and 1080p@30fps is rumoured to last two hours. Also something to note, just like the Hero base model, there is no removable battery. The addition of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to be able to use the GoPro App and Smart remote is very handy, but has a big impact on battery life.

Although I think the Session looks like a great little camera, and it’s great to see GoPro willing to take risks to develop completely new models. The Session might not be the best camera in terms of video quality, but it serves as a great starting point for future projects and developments.

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