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GoPro HERO4 Session Action Camera (discontinued by manufacturer)

4.5 out of 5 stars 95 customer reviews
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  • Smallest, Lightest GoPro Yet
  • Durable + Waterproof to 10 m (33')
  • Easy One-Button Control
  • Professional Video Quality
  • Powerful Photo Capture

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 3.2 x 3.1 cm ; 127 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 499 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: CHDHS-101-EU
  • ASIN: B00YMZF39C
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 12 July 2015
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,466 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product description

Product Description

HERO4 Session packs the power of GoPro into our smallest, lightest, most convenient camera yet. Its rugged, waterproof design eliminates the need for a separate housing, while a single button powers on the camera and starts recording automatically. With 1080p60 video and 8MP photos, HERO4 Session delivers the professional image quality that has made GoPro famous.

Box Contains

HERO4 Sessions Camera; Standard Frame; Low profile frame
Curved Adhesive Mount
Ball Joint Buckle
Mounting Buckles and Hardware
USB Cable

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Category Performance Performance Performance Entry Level Entry Level Entry Level
Video (up to) 4K30 2.7K30 1440p30 1080p60 1080p60 1080p30
Photo/Burst (up to) 12MP/30fps 12MP/30fps 8MP/10fps 8MP/5fps 8MP/5fps 5MP/5fps
Waterproof Up to 131' (40m) Up to 131' (40m) Up to 33' (10m) Up to 131' (40m) Up to 131' (40m) Up to 131' (40m)
Auto Low Light
Wifi + Bluetooth
Built-In Touch Display
Protune (photo + video) Video Only
Time-lapse Video

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Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Many people are comparing the Hero 4 Session vs the Hero 4 Silver. Both are equally priced, but both have different strengths and features. Overall, video-wise, the Hero 4 Silver wins, however I’m going to go over the scenarios where the Session is better. And it’s not so much the video quality, but rather the size.
The Session dominates in three areas.
1. Point-of-View Shots / Very light weight and compact reduces fatigue.
2. More Mounting Options / Auto-rotates video when mounted upside-down.
3. Waterproof without a Case / Piece of mind regardless of where you’re using it

The Perfect Point-of-View (POV) Action Camera
The new lightweight and compact design is perfect for reducing fatigue on weight sensitive activities. It might not be noticeable, but certain mounting a GoPro on a Crossbow or Forehead mount long enough and you’ll notice the difference. Some good examples of activities where the Session would shine as a POV would be:
Forehead mounts
Small drones
Fishing rods

The Perfect Secondary Action Camera
Although the Session is ideal for POV shots, it lacks the 4K video quality that most expect from GoPro products. This is where why the Session is better utilized as a Secondary action cam.
Hero 4 Session – POV Shots
Hero 4 Black – Everything Else Shots

Ease of Use
The two button design was very simple to use. The large button for record and the small one to activate the wifi. This is GoPro’s way simplifying the experience, while allowing anybody with a smartphone to use it as a viewfinder and to change the settings.

All in all, I like the Session, but not the price tag.
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I have avoided anything go pro as they're too expensive, too big and ridiculous to fit to motorbike helmets in my opinion. The session caught my interest for its size, standard waterproof ability, simplicity and recently reduced price.

I've tested it now for a couple of weeks. I had an issue where it wouldn't hold its charge for a single day, some research found you need to turn off the wifi then turn off the camera. Thankfully that solved it but this needs to be clearer, I didn't see that in the instructions or any reviews!

The camera connects to the gopro app a little slowly but the app works well on a LG G4. Don't be put off by the preview video as it's not the quality you'll get once the files are downloaded. The final negative is a 12min file of 2gb takes 2 hours to transfer to your phone, so each time I've had to remove the sd card and transfer to my phone via a PC.

Tested with a smatree chest mount running shooting 1080 60fps the quality is really good. On a motorbike you get an excellent view using this mount and impressive quality. I've also used a crocodile clip type mount I attached to my rucksack and again on a motorbike at high speeds and in the rain had no issues and quality of picture and sound is good.

Battery lasted 1hr 45min in 1080 60fps mode. Charged in about an hour.

The included low profile cage is much better than the standard one, I can't see why you'd use the latter. It even has a hole for a tether, ideal for paracord. I also rate the ball and socket mount that although stiff offers a lot of movement. Sadly it doesn't allow the session to sit flush for a really low profile footprint. I've therefore used the lowest mount supplied for the chest rig and the crocodile clip mount is built in so the session barely sticks out.
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I don't usually write reviews but i was so impressed by this gopro that i felt compelled to leave one. I have read some poor reviews so i will address those...1) the image quality looks poor if you view it in the gopro mobile app. However, if you actually download it to your device and view it normally the quality is amazing. I have used it for both skiing and mountain biking (60fps/1080p/wide angle) and have been amazed at the clarity of both sound and video. Some people have also claimed that posting to Facebook provides poor quality, that is due to Facebook's compression not the device.
2) To those people claiming that the wifi stays on when you turn it off and drains the battery (unless you use the gopro mobile app to turn it off)...there is actually a second button on the back of the device that allows you to scroll the wifi on/off as well as all of the other key settings.

It annoys me when people leave poor reviews simply because they are ill informed or can't be bothered to read the manual or seek advice.

I would highly recommend this gopro to anyone that is looking for a cheaper, but still fully packed, action camera. Yes it has it's flaws, one of which is that you cannot exchange the battery. But i think the positives outweigh the negatives considerably.

Give it a try, you won't be disappointed (if you know how to use it properly that is)! ;)

Note: As with any other major electronic purchase i make on here...I ordered directly from Amazon not a third party.
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