GoPro GOPRO HERO5 Session Action Camera
- 4K Video
- One Button Control
- Voice Command
The Hero5 Session is less conspicuous than the full-sized Hero models, and that’s a big advantage to adrenaline junkies and everyday vloggers.
We’ve seen people be able to clip it to new and interesting places – there’s even a retainer-like mount that allows you to carry it in your mouth for surprisingly solid stabilization. That’s not doable with the Black version.
The Session measures 1.5 in (38mm) cubed, and looks exactly like the Hero4 Session. The only way we were able to tell the two apart was by the new matte black finish. The older Session is glossy black.
It’s once again waterproof without housing up to 33 feet (10m), and its frame wraps around the Session body more for mounting rather than protection.
Hero 5 Session is compatible with all of the mounts and even works with the new drone and Karma Gimbal for steady video in the air and in the hand.
The unchanged design doesn’t squeeze in a swappable battery, sticking with a built-in 1,000mAh battery.
That’s a deal breaker for video-capturing marathoners, but the form factor doesn’t give it much room for such a feature. You’ll have to use a portable charger in between captures, or become very disciplined with your video taking and ability to remember to properly hold in on off button to make sure it’s off.
Conveniently, the GoPro Hero5 Session uses the newer USB Type-C port for charging. This means the cable is reversible, so there’s no more fumbling around with one-directional micro USB anymore.
Video and photo quality
- Debuts 4K video capturing on the Session
- Three new fields of view for a total of five
- 10MP photo burst shots at 30fps
The Hero5 Session design doesn’t change much, but the camera’s video and photo capabilities have grown up tremendously. Its 4K video and 10MP burst shots at 30 frames per second are just the tip of the iceberg.
There are several more field of view modes available: Superview, Linear and Narrow join Wide and Medium. It’s amazing that this small camera can record in Superview now for extra-wide video. Linear is also clutch because it goes wide while reducing barrel distortion.
The low-light performance is touted as consumer grade, compared to pro-level Hero5 Black video, and there aren’t as many frame rate options among the various resolutions.
That said, the gulf between Black and a Session has narrowed tremendously in the jump from Hero4 to Hero5, and that’s great news for everyone who can’t decide between the two options.