Adrenaline junkies, rejoice! The answer to all your action packed adventures is here. On Monday, GoPro announced the launch of their new action camera : The HERO4 Session.
On first look, you’ll understand what a boon this camera is for high tension adventure sports. No more awkward rigs with 3 joints and a bulky rectangular shape which often comes in the way of taking your best shots. GoPro completely changed the form factor on the Session, for better handling and rigging, creating completely new perspectives on how you take your shots.
One of the best things they have done with the Session is simplifying it for everyone. No more confusing menus, no more figuring out which button does what. So much that even a child can now use it. One button. That’s right. The red button on top once pressed, turns on and starts recording. Press it again and recording stops and the Session powers down. A long press starts time-lapse mode and that’s it.
And if you were curious, here are a few more features:
- 1080p at 60 fps and 30 fps (SuperView at 48 or 30fps)
- 1440p at 30fps
- 960p at 60 fps or 30 fps
- 720 at 100 fps, 60 fps, or 30 fps (SuperView 60 fps or 30 fps)
- WVGA at 120 fps
- 8MP stills with 10 fps bursts
- $399.99, available July 12th 2015
GoPro also made some revolutionary changes to the design, like completely doing away with the additional waterproof housing and integrating deep sea capability up to 33 feet. Remember the sound getting muffled after resurfacing post your awesome surf stunts? Well, not any more. The Session has a new dual microphone system, resulting in faster water drainage to ensure better sound, which also helps in reducing the shrieking sound in windy situations.
Although GoPro has upped the game with Session’s much needed innovations, as with life, there are also cons. Sadly, the Session has quite a few. One of the biggest drawbacks is the lack of 4K support which will be the bone of contention for film professionals.
Also missing is the high frame rate functionality like 120 fps or 240 fps as on their other high-end cameras, thereby limiting slow-motion video possibilities. On the still image front it does a respectable but unexcitin 8 MP images.
Here’s a video review by WIRED.com:
If you’re interested in learning how it performs against its bigger brother, check out this video by MicBergsma:
Well, so there you have it. The Session lets go of some professional level features in order to embrace simplicity and larger acceptance. Would you still buy it? Let us know.