GoPro have been on a roll as of late, recently announcing the Hero+ LCD camera just last month, earlier today the most popular camera maker in the world and enabler of some of the craziest adventure and sports videos ever, announced a brand new model called the Hero4 Session. The latest GoPro, might not have 4K on board video recording of any kind, however it does sport a radical new cube-like design that is 50% smaller and 405 lighter than other Hero4 cameras. The Hero4 Session is capable of recording 1080p/60, 720p/100 and 1440p/30 as well as capture 8 megapixel snaps in single, burst or timelapse mode.
While the camera’s new design makes it more streamlined with mounted to helmets, cars, surfboards or any other surface, and the one button operation can be considered an advantage, depending on how versed you are with other GoPro’s, but the lack of higher resolutions and higher frame rates, and the omission of a back LCD screen may not score so well with some enthusiasts.
Of course, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are present, ensuring camera control from your iOS or Android devices should be as easy as using it with other GoPro Hero4 cameras. Protune and Auto Low light recording modes are also ported from the Hero4 lineup, and the new Hero4 Session is compatible with the GoPro Smart Remote ($79.99 at B&H).
Stunning 1080p/60, 720p/100, and 1440p/30 video
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
50% Smaller and 40% Lighter – HERO4 Session Combines Ultra-Compact Waterproof Design with Easy One-Button Control for Simple Yet Powerful Life-Capture Solution
SAN MATEO, CALIF. (July 6, 2015) – GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRO), enabler of some of today’s most engaging content, is proud to announce HERO4 Session, the smallest, lightest, most convenient GoPro yet. 50% smaller and 40% lighter than GoPro’s best-selling HERO4 Black and Silver cameras, HERO4 Session packs GoPro’s Emmy® Award-winning image quality and performance into an exciting new low-profile form factor. HERO4 Session benefits from a durable waterproof design that eliminates the need for a separate housing and features simple one-button control to make capturing immersive photos and video quicker and more convenient than ever before. HERO4 Session is compatible with existing GoPro mounts and will retail for $399.99 MSRP at authorised GoPro retailers around the world and on GoPro.com beginning July 12, 2015.
“With HERO4 Session, we challenged ourselves to produce the smallest, lightest, most convenient GoPro possible,” said Nicholas Woodman, GoPro founder and CEO. “HERO4 Session combines the best of our engineering and user-experience know-how to deliver our most convenient life-capture solution, yet.” Woodman adds, “I’m so excited about the launch of HERO4 Session because now I can finally use mine in public!”
HERO4 Session captures GoPro-quality 1080p60, 720p100 and 1440p30 video along with eight megapixel photos in Single, Burst and Time Lapse modes. It features many of the same innovative features found in GoPro’s best-selling HERO4 Black and Silver cameras, including SuperView™, Protune and Auto Low Light recording modes. An expanded set of controls and settings can be accessed when using the GoPro App or Smart Remote.
Operating HERO4 Session is very simple. A short press of the shutter button quickly powers the camera on and video recording begins automatically. A long press of the shutter button powers the camera on and triggers Time Lapse photo capture. Press the shutter button again to save video or photo content and power the camera off. This simple one button design drastically improves the speed and convenience of capturing life moments as they happen.
HERO4 Session is built to GoPro’s famous rugged standards and is waterproof to 33 feet (10 meters). It features a sleek frame mounting system that is compatible with GoPro’s expansive array of mounts. An innovative dual microphone system dynamically switches sound recording between microphones to reduce wind noise during activities. Audio performance during water-based activities has been dramatically improved thanks to HERO4 Session’s waterproof design that eliminates the need for a separate waterhousing, which can often muffle sounds.
“At GoPro, sound quality is as important as image quality and we’re very excited about the stunning audio advancements we’ve made with HERO4 Session during water-based and windy activities. It’s incredible what this little GoPro can capture,” remarked Woodman.