GoPro have unveiled their latest video camera which adopts a stunningly small form factor. The Hero 4 Session is 50% smaller and 40% lighter than previous Hero products whilst maintaining 1440p 30 fps and 1080p 60 fps recording capabilities. Additionally, the device is up to 10m waterproof and able to capture single photos, Time Lapse photos at set intervals from 0.5 to 60 seconds, and Burst photos at 10 frames per second through an 8MP sensor.
The built-in battery offers approximately 2 hours of record time which should be more than enough to capture memorable moments in extreme environments. Other superb features include a panoramic mode with a cinematic field of view, one touch recording, dual microphones and automatic image rotation. I’m pleased to see the Hero 4 Session support every unique mount out there from headgear to arm tripods which makes it a small but very flexible piece of recording apparatus.
Currently, the product is available for pre-order and should be in stock on the 12th July. However, the MSRP of £329.99 might be a little high to most consumers. There is some added value through the editing package which allows you to make professional content without relying on 3rd party software. The Hero 4 Session encourages sharing creations over social networks. This can be done directly on the device through the integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
While the compact size is magnificent and incredibly useful to record fast motion video, I’m not sure if the camera will have a widespread appeal.