GoPro has just released its first major redesign of the Hero range, with Hero4 Session half the size of its predecessors and 40pc lighter, coming in at roughly the size of an ice cube.
The Hero4 Black and Silver cameras have been the defining products of the GoPro range, but this marks the first major shift for the company since 2007’s introduction of the first Hero device.
It has some pretty key improvements on its predecessors too. Cosmetically speaking, a major change is that the new Hero4 Session doesn’t need a protective case for extreme conditions, meaning you can drop it straight into water.
GoPro Hero4 Session, a lightweight device
A 1.6in cube, the Hero4 Session weighs just 2.6 ounces – by way of comparison, the new Galaxy S6 is around 4.8 ounces, the iPhone 6 is 4.5 ounces, the LG G4 is 5.5 ounces – with a new one-button control.
It captures 1080p60, 720p100 and 1440p30 video along with 8mpx photos in single, burst and time-lapse modes, with all the usual features included.
It lacks the top-end GoPros’ touchscreen and 4k recording quality (and you can’t change the battery), but it is certainly helping the company reduce the amount of stuff you need to carry with a GoPro.
“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.”