If you are looking for a decent GoPro action camera but not wanting to invest too much, this way cheaper  alternative, the GoPro Hero Session is definitely for you.

Price:

Amazon: USD200

Product Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 35mm x 35mm x 35mm
  • Image Resolution: 8 MP
  • Field of View: 170
  • Video Resolution: 1440p at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps and 720p at 100fps
  • Battery Life: 2 hours at 1080 30fps
  • Waterproofing: 10m / 33′ (no external housing required)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Release Date: 7/12/2015
  • Auto-image Rotation
  • One button Control

Design:

The GoPro Hero Session as claimed by GoPro is “the smallest, lightest and most convenient camera yet”. And that’s the most unique feature I would have to say myself too. It is a half the size, or 50% smaller than its counterparts, the GoPro Hero5. This camera will definitely affect and ease the mounting when filming and even the storing of it due to its really compact physique. Furthermore, the camera does not need to add any additional casing as it already includes a waterproof housing, making it the ‘full deal’.

Controls and Image and Video Quality:

As mentioned above, it has a one button control. You can’t really expect much of physical controls with a camera of this scale. The one button control is only used to control main features. One press and the camera switches on and starts recording. Another click, camera turns off and stops recording. Hold button for 3s, camera shoots in time-lapse mode. Thus, there is no ‘idle time’, resulting in better battery usage efficiency. For the non-physical controls, which is the main one, most of the controls will be adjusted through the smartphone app using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Also, it has a dual-mic system, one at the back and at the front to ensure that it is accurately recording what’s happening around you. The audio by the Hero Session were also really clear and crisp and wasn’t muffled at all as there isn’t any plastic casing over it and hence it was really good to me.

As for the video quality, it is decent but isn’t like a ‘wow’. The lighting was a problem sometimes as the lighting correction was a little inconsistent and I found that it was the best at low-lighting. The lack of 4K also didn’t really affect much as it isn’t really noticeable on a normal screen, but I feel if you are using it for a corporate video or something professional, it would matter. Thus, I felt it would meet the needs of the everyday user.

 Ports:

The Hero Session camera has only 1 port for micro usb mainly for charging and another for Micro-SD storage.

Summary:

If you are looking for something simple yet small and don’t mind the slight compromise in video quality, the Hero Session is truly suitable for you. As mentioned by GoPro Senior Producer, Cort Muller to emphasise the size of it,  he said that this Hero Session is the only camera that can be mounted on the spokes of the bicycle without any hassle.

Feel free to drop a comment if you have any questions or queries about anything. Thanks!

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4 Comments

  1. Hello Kai
    Thanks for sharing your reviews of the smallest portable light.
    At $200 I feel the prize tag is wallet friendly.Too bad the video quality is not as good but I guess for the prize, nothing to complain really and as you say, the practicality in this camera when mounting on a bike is user friendly which make all the difference for a non technical person like me who do not like fussy little details to deal with.
    Really appreciate your sharing, thanks so much.

    1. Thanks for the reply! I am glad that it has helped you!

  2. can you use the app to start two session cameras in synch?

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