50% smaller and 40% lighter, GoPro’s latest camera, the Hero4 Session, also removes the need for a separate waterproof housing.
With a radically overhauled low profile design, the waterproof Session also includes a simple one-button control and, all in all, provides a fairly decent answer to the critics who have been asking what GoPro might do next.
It captures in 1080p60, 720p100 and 1440p30 video, as well as eight megapixel photos in Single, Burst and Time Lapse modes. While quite jaw-droopingly smaller and lighter, it still features most of the technology found in the larger form-factor HERO4 Black and Silver cameras, including SuperView, Protune and Auto Low Light recording modes. An expanded set of controls and settings can be accessed by using the GoPro App or Smart Remote (accessible via WiFi or Bluetooth), thus getting round the difficulties of nuanced operation presented by that single-button.
A surf version adds a surfboard mount and rather essential camera tether, and both the regular Session and the surf model are waterproof to around 10m (33 feet) and cost $399.99 (£329.99).
GoPro has also got some new straps on the market to take the Session places a GoPro has never been before, notable a wrist strap and adjustable music mount dubbed The Jam.
Full release over the page.
– 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 authorized 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.
HERO4 Session $399.99 MSRP
• Stunning 1080p60, 720p100, and 1440p30 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
• New Ball Joint Buckle mount is included