GoPro announces its smallest action cam yet, the HERO4 Session

by Gannon Burgett

posted Monday, July 6, 2015 at 1:08 PM EDT

Just a month after announcing its HERO+ LCD action cam, GoPro has announced the HERO4 Session, the smallest action camera the company has ever made. 50% smaller and 40% lighter than the original HERO4 models, thanks in part to its integrated waterproof housing, the Session trades its almost-iconic rectangular design for a much more cubical design, reminiscent of Polaroid’s Cube+ action camera.

The more portable design was done through the clever culling of unnecessary features.

In terms of physical features, GoPro has removed every physical button with the exception of a single one on the top of the camera. This single button not only turns on and off the camera, but controls what mode you will be shooting in: a single short press of the power button powers on the camera and automatically begins the recording, while a long press of the button turns the camera on and triggers Time Lapse mode. To turn the camera off, you simply press the button when you’re finished. Full control of the camera can be achieved when paired with GoPro’s mobile app or Smart Remote.

In terms of specs, the HERO4 Session loses a bit of resolution and framerate compared to its HERO4 siblings. Specifically, the HERO4 Session captures 1440p30, 1080p60, and 720p100 video in addition to 8-megapixel still images in Single, Burst and Time Lapse modes. Where it doesn’t lose features is in its SuperView, Protune and Auto Low Light recording modes, which are present in GoPro’s HERO4 Black and Silver editions.

The GoPro HERO4 Session is waterproof down to 33 feet (10 meters) and features a dual microphone system used to reduce wind noise during recordings. The HERO4 Session is capable of being mounted to GoPro’s impressive collection of mounting platforms, ensuring its smaller and lighter design is just as capable as before.

The GoPro HERO4 Session goes on sale July 12th, with a retail price of $399.99.