GoPro HERO Session

GoPro HERO Session

GoPro HERO Session

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Product Highlights

  • Supports 1080p60 / 1440p30 (4:3) Video
  • Capture 8MP Still Photos
  • Ultra Wide Angle Glass Lens + SuperView
  • Waterproof to 33'
  • Control with GoPro App or SmartRemote
  • Time-Lapse and Photo Burst Modes
  • Auto Low Light + Protune Mode for Video
  • One-Button Operation
  • Standard Frame for Mounting
  • Flat and Curved Adhesive Mounts Included
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GoPro HERO Session Overview

  • 1Description

Compact, waterproof, and weighing just 2.6 ounces, the HERO Session from GoPro is grab-and-go, cube-shaped action camera ideal for first-time GoPro users, or experienced shooters looking for a compact or secondary camera. Despite its size, the HERO Session is able to deliver 1080p video up to 60 fps, 720p video up to 100 fps, and 8MP stills in burst up to 10 fps. Keeping things simple, the camera uses a single button to power the camera on and start recording video, and is submersible to depths of 33' without requiring a separate housing. Though simple to use, the HERO Session still offers plenty of customizable settings. Simply tether the camera with a Wi-Fi- or Bluetooth-enabled smart device or the separately available Smart Remote from GoPro to tap into setting likes Ultra Wide and Medium field of view (FOV), select a preferred video resolution and frame rate, enable one of the still photos modes, and more.

With the included Standard Frame, you can attach the HERO Session to any three-prong, thumbscrew GoPro mount - the same ones that work with other GoPro models. To get you started, the camera includes one Curved and one Flat adhesive mount for semi-permanent attachment to boards, helmets, and other non-porous surfaces, along with a quick-release mounting buckle to attach to the adhesive mounts and other separately-available mounts that have a quick-release base. The camera is powered from an internal battery lasting up to two hours, which is recharged using an included micro-USB cable.

Compact, Place Anywhere Design
With a compact, waterproof design and weighting just 2.6 oz, the HERO Session is the perfect camera for first-time GoPro users or experienced shooters looking for a second camera or compact alternative.
Rugged, Waterproof Design
No separate housing is required, as the HERO Session is built into a 33' underwater housing that also serves to protect the camera from sand, dust, and other hazards.
One-Button Control
A single press of the shutter button powers on the camera and begins capturing video or time-lapse photos automatically. A second press of the shutter button stops recording and powers off the camera.

Recording Capability

Up to 1080p60 (16:9) and 1440p30 (4:3) HD Video Capture
In widescreen HD you can record at up to 1080p with a high 60 fps frame rate to help ensure fast action plays back smoothly. For a higher vertical resolution, there is also the 4:3 1440p mode that records at up to 30 fps.
SuperView Mode
For an even more immersive experience, you can enable the SuperView mode to take advantage of the surface area of the whole sensor. In this mode, the camera records a 4:3 image that is stretched to fill a 16:9 frame.
Up to 120 fps Slow Motion
For super slow-motion in HD, the HERO Session offers 720p at 100 fps as well as SD WVGA (848 x 480) at up to 120 fps.
Up to 8MP Still Photos
Not just a video camera, nail the perfect still shot with a variety of photo modes. Capture 8MP single photos, time-lapse photos at set intervals from 0.5 to 60 seconds, and Burst photos at up to 10 frames per second.
In this mode, the camera records a continuous video loop that overwrites itself until you press the shutter button to stop it and save.
Dual Mic System
Equipped with two microphones (one on the front of the camera and one on the back), the HERO Session will automatically switch to the mic that best-suited for capturing audio. This is particularly useful when you're filming in windy conditions or during high-speed activities like motorsports.

Special Modes

Auto Low Light
Auto Low Light mode intelligently changes frame rates based on lighting conditions for optimal low-light performance, enabling you to move between bright and dark environments without having to adjust your camera settings.
Protune For Video
Protune unlocks the camera's full potential, delivering minimally compressed video optimized for professional productions, with advanced manual controls for photos and video. Flex your creativity with customizable settings for ISO limit and sharpness. Protune is available for 1080p in 16:9 and 1440p or 960p60/50 in 4:3. (Not available for Looping Video or photos modes).
HiLight Tag
HiLight Tag enables you to mark key moments while recording so you can locate your favorite clips later for convenient playback, editing, or sharing using the GoPro App or Smart Remote (available separately).

Design Features

Built-In Battery
The battery is built directly into the camera and offers up to two hours of recording time on a full charge (depending on settings and usage). The included USB cable allows for charging the camera with your computer or the separately available GoPro Auto or Wall Chargers.

Wireless Monitoring and Control

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity
For app based control or using the separately available Smart Remote both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless links are provided. With the Smart Remote, a range of up to 200' is supported.
Control with App or Optional Smart Remote
You can access most of the modes found on HERO4 cameras using the GoPro App or separately available Smart Remote. From single photos to time-lapse, burst photos to looping video - HERO Session does it all. You can also use the app or remote to adjust settings like video resolution, frame rate, field of view, and more.
Auto Image Rotation
Automatic image rotation means you can mount the camera upside down, if doing so is more convenient, without the need to flip the image in post.
UPC: 818279017205
In the Box
GoPro HERO Session
  • Standard Frame
  • Curved Adhesive Mount
  • Flat Adhesive Mount
  • Mounting Buckle and Hardware
  • Micro-USB Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    GoPro HERO Session Specs

    Sensor Resolution 8 MP
    Angle of View Medium: ° (1080p, 720p)
    Ultra Wide: ° (1440p, 1080p, 960p, 720p, WVGA)

    1440p and 960p videos are recorded in a 4:3 aspect ratio

    Recording Media x microSD/HC/XC (64 GB Maximum)

    Class 10 or UHS-I rating or faster required

    Video Format 1920 x 1440p at 25/30 fps (H.264)
    1920 x 1080p at 25/30/48/50/60 fps (H.264)
    1280 x 960p at 25/30/50/60 fps (H.264)
    1280 x 720p at 25/30/50/60/100 fps (H.264)
    848 x 480p at 100/120 fps (H.264)
    Aspect Ratio 16:9

    SuperView uses a 4:3 aspect ratio that is stretched to 16:9 in-camera

    Still Image Resolution JPEG: 8 Megapixel, 3264 x 2448
    JPEG: 5 Megapixel, 2720 x 2040
    Channels Stereo
    Audio Format AAC with AGC
    Sampling Frequency AAC: 32.0 kHz
    Exposure Controldyvsyestysrrcxesryqtqvr
    Photo ISO Range 400 - 1600 (Auto)
    Video ISO Range 400 - 1600 (Auto)
    Interval Recording .5 Second
    1 Second
    2 Second
    5 Second
    10 Second
    30 Second
    60 Second
    Burst Photo 10 Photos / 1 Second


    Remote Control Optional

    Works with GoPro Smart Remote (available separately)

    Waterproof Depth Rating 33.0' / 10.0 m (Camera)
    Built-In Mic Yes
    Wi-Fi Yes
    Input/Output Connectors
    Outputs 1 x USB Micro-B For charging/file transfer
    Microphone Input No
    Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.8 VDC, 1030 mAh
    Max Runtime: 2 Hours per Charge
    Charging Method USB
    Weight 2.6 oz / 73.7 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.7 x 4.5 x 2.8"

    GoPro HERO Session Reviews

    HERO Session is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 36.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great little camera Pros: This is a great little camera. It records Video, Stills and Time-Lapse. For the Time-Lapse feature, the camera takes still images every few seconds (from .5 sec up to 30 sec) and then you have to use the GoPro software to put the video together. It is light weight and easy to handle. The battery lasts a full two hours as advertised. There are plenty of accessories to use with this camera. I used the suction cup mount, the bike mount and the tripod mount. They all seem to be sturdy and durable. Cons: - Make sure you always turn the wifi off when not using the camera. Otherwise it will overheat and shutdown on you. - The Time-Lapse feature saves the still photos only. In order to create the video, you have to use the GoPro software or another 3rd party program. - There is no lens hood or screen protector for the front of the camera, so be careful where you put your fingers. The fingerprints and dust do however wipe off easily with a soft cloth.
    Date published: 2016-08-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from My Little Hero I only had my GoPro Session for about a month & I'm in love! This is my first GoPro & found the set up was easy. It took me no time to get use to the menus & how to operate the camera with my iPhone & Apple Watch. I gave this a 4 instead of a 5 because there were a few things that need some improvement. Pro 1) Very small & compact. I personally carry this everyday because it is so light and little. 2) I love the options to turn the sound (beep noise when you are recording) & light off. It is perfect for spy shooting. 3) The recently price drop made it possible for me to have a feature rich affordable GoPro. 4) The Wifi media transferring is epic. I love having the ability to quickly transfer my selected videos and pictures to my iPhone wirelessly. 5) This is water resistant without a protective case! 6) The one button record is a life saver. There is nothing to think about. Just press and GoPro will do the rest. 7) The preview of what you are recording on your phone is a little laggy but it works very well for framing your shot. 8) Battery life seems good. The longest event I have done so far was about 2 hours. I never had to charge my battery at medium use. 9)Expandable memory via MicroSD Card. iPhones does not have this feature so this is a huge plus for me. Cons 1) I really wish there was a screen in the back. Can only review footage via your gopro phone app. 2) No mic input. I think a Bluetooth mic option would work well with a design like this. 3) There are no removable batteries. 4) The Apple Watch preview takes too long to load up. 5) There is no time lapse video (like the iPhone or higher end GoPro models.) When you do a lapse time, you have to export the photos to your computer & create it with a separate software. 6) They do not provide a standard tripod mount. 7) No 4K! 8) No Stabilization 9) Does not work with Periscope yet. As it is, I'm glad I brought this & would recommend as a spare or action camera.
    Date published: 2016-06-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Owning one of the knockoff action cameras, I can tell now that there is a difference between the big brand names and small brand action cameras. I loved my other action camera, but since I used this one, I can tell you that I am even more in love with this one. It is not a huge difference between this camera and the one that I had (I will not name it, but it was a cheap one), but I can see the difference even though I am not a professional photographer. In just a few words, I love this camera ;)
    Date published: 2016-08-31
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from HERO Session is great for Cycling I use the HERO session while cycling, to keep me safe from aggressive and/or rude drivers. It's small enough that it barely adds any weight to my bike. Easy to use and it has awesome clear pictures (it captures license plates clearly). I knocked off 1 star because the battery life could be a touch longer (roughly only 2 hours), but oter than that, I am quite happy with the product.
    Date published: 2017-10-29
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Initially worked good. This camera initially was good except a little confusing. Then it started only recording about 15 minutes and would stop. Now it acts like it's recording but doesn't put anything in memory. I tried to see if there was an update or something and I couldn't get it to connect to the GoPro website. I'm tired of messing with it!!
    Date published: 2018-09-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really nice now that the price is right This is a really good action camera. I wanted a GoPro camera for a long time, but it was always too expensive for me until now. The controls are very simple, and it takes very good videos and pictures. Yes, there is a substantial fish-eye effect, but this is the case with most action cameras. What I like the most is that it doesn't require any extra housing to be water proof, which makes it very nice and compact. I really recommend getting the grip handle or the floaty jacket, as the camera is very small and easy to loose in the water.
    Date published: 2017-06-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice camera, works fine This is a fine camera for the price you pay. I recorded HD video driving around in my car and the definition was really good, even though the camera lacks image stabilization. I thought that not having image stabilization would be a big drawback but until now it hasn't been. Photos are ok, but I'd rather not use this camera for photos.
    Date published: 2017-11-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent for the Coasters and water park rides I got this GoPro Sessions to record our vacation ant the Water Park and Theme park rides. GoPro is the only camera system currently allowed to be used on there coasters at Bush Gardens in Williamsburg Va. The videos from this little waterproof camera are very good. One button operation for start and stop is nice and fast.
    Date published: 2016-06-21
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