The Hero 5 Session is the newest mini action camera from GoPro. It is really small as usual and cube-shaped, capable to shoot very stable and high-quality 4K video and capturing photographs and wide angle shots. As the GoPro users might suspect, the Hero 5 Session is the cheaper and scrappy alternative to the Hero 5 Black Edition, which shares most of its features, but in one more compact frame.
- 4k video at 30 fps / 1440p60 / 1080p90
- 10mp camera
- Voice control
- advanced video stabilization
- advanced wind noise reduction
- incredibly durable
- waterproof up to 33ft or 10m
- built-in 1000mAh rechargeable battery
The Hero 5 Session is one good improve to the older Hero 4 Session. It comes with more advanced and capable camera sensor and video stabilization, which is essential for shooting dynamic videos.
The video quality from the camera is great in 1080p resolution, but it can shoot even 2.7K and 4K resolutions with bigger field of view, to take full advantage of the GoPro when going to an adventure.
One of the cons of the new Hero 5 Session is that the camera is not very easy to use, because it doesn’t have touchscreen, but have super-simplified controls with the buttons. The LCD is pretty small and tiny and it is placed on the top, so you won’t be able to see much, but who has time to do that while in the center of the action, right?
Other big con for the Hero 5 Session action camera is the lack of swappable batteries. You get one integrated battery, which you must recharge every time when runs out of juice.
But after all, the Hero 5 Session is a GoPro camera and as that it is ideal for everyone that want a small action camera to mount on their body and gear and shoot some good footage.
The new Hero 5 Session is more expensive than the older versions, which is normal given the fact that it has better sensor and is newer.
The camera design is cubic like the Hero 4 Session and not the best we’ve seen so far, but it is alright. The cube is 1.5 inches, which make the Hero 5 Session really tiny, allowing it to be placed even on the GoPro Karma drone. The GoPro is waterproof and can be used without any protection in depth up to 33 feet or 10 meters.
The charging is done by USB type C slot, but the battery can’t be replaced or swapped, so you can use only the built in 1000 mAh battery, which can be a big deal breaker for the more intensive GoPro users.
About the most important thing around the Hero 5 Session – the video and photo quality capabilities. It now can capture up to 4K video and have three fields of view which are completely new and total are five. The sensor is 10 megapixels and can make burst shots with 30 frames per second.
The five field of view options are Linear, Superview, Wide, Medium and Narrow. The camera performance is great even on low light, but can’t be compared to the Hero 5 Black Edition capabilities.
The GoPro Hero 5 Session have new apps installed and they are a great plus for editing and capturing. The new model gives you better connectivity and you will see it clearly.
There is one great feature added from the manufacturer. When you are charging your camera it will auto-upload the video footage and the photographs to a cloud server if you had the GoPro Plus subscription, which is great if something happens with your memory cards or you just lose your footage for some reason.
Overall, the GoPro Hero 5 Session is great and very capable 4K mini action camera with kind of minimalistic design, but great for every adrenaline junkie or just a camera fan. If you are interested in taking a look at some of the other models feel free to take a look at our other gopro camera reviews.