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GoPro Hero4 Session

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1204 reviews of GoPro Hero4 Session. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and size. The price and portability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and memory, while opinions are divided on the reliability.

usability, portability, price, size, image quality

connectivity, memory, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the GoPro Hero4 Session is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for GoPro Hero4 Session


alaTest has collected and analyzed 96 user reviews of GoPro Hero4 Session from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the battery and size. The price and portability also get good feedback. The image quality and reliability get less positive views.

usability, portability, price, size, battery

reliability, image quality

90% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: GoPro HERO4 Session Action CameraGoPro HERO4 Session Action Camera

Sep, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for GoPro Hero4 Session


alaTest has collected and analyzed 482 user reviews of GoPro Hero4 Session from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Views about the design and price are generally positive. The size and portability are also mentioned favorably. The viewfinder and memory get negative opinions. There are some mixed views about the connectivity.

usability, portability, size, price, design

reliability, memory, viewfinder

82% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: GoPro HERO4 SessionGoPro HERO4 Session

Sep, 2018

Expert review by : Les Shu (

GoPro Hero Session review


The small Hero Session is GoPro's easiest-to-use and most affordable action cam, and does a pretty good job, too.

Small and lightweight, unobtrusive ; Rugged without housing ; Dual mics deliver good sound ; Very good video and photo quality ; Compatible with existing GoPro mounts

No 2K or 4K video ; Limited resolution, settings options ; Settings changes require smartphone app

There’s a lot to like about the smallest, simplest, and cheapest GoPro. When it first launched, the hurdle was its ridiculously high price tag – costing the same as the Silver, a camera that offers more features and stronger performance. When GoPro’s...

May, 2017

Expert review by : Eugene Kim (

GoPro Hero4 Session


The shrunken-down GoPro Hero4 Session may not offer any performance gains over its big brothers, but it's still quite good and more fun to use than other action cams.

Compact, low-profile design. Simple-to-use, always-on operation. Great video quality. Improved audio. Waterproof without bulky housing

Expensive. Same-price Hero4 Silver performs better. No live-recording preview

Where does a company go after defining and dominating an entire industry segment year after year with few changes to its basic formula? For GoPro, the answer is: smaller, simpler, and more fun. The $399.99 Hero4 Session marks the first major redesign...

Jul, 2015

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (

GoPro Hero4 Session review: GoPro squares off against competitors with the Session


The cube-shaped Session is the smallest, lightest GoPro yet, and is the first to go waterproof without a housing.

The GoPro Hero4 Session addresses the main design sticking points with previous GoPro cameras: It's smaller, lighter and waterproof without a housing; the new shape allows for more flexible mounting; it's fast to start/stop recording; and its new mic...

The built-in battery means no swapping out for a fresh pack to keep shooting. It needs to be wirelessly connected to Android/iOS device or GoPro remote (not included) to change settings.

GoPro sheds its housing for the Hero4 Session, an excellent POV camera that's ready to capture what the day brings -- in or out of the water -- at the press of a button.

Jul, 2015

Expert review by (

Review: GoPro Hero4 Session


GoPro's new Hero4 Session is a small, cube-shaped camera that's totally waterproof, no case required.

It's a little 1.5-inch cube, so it's small enough to mount just about anywhere. Little of the bulk and drag of a traditional GoPro mount. Super-simple one-button operation. Fully waterproof without a case, even the microphones. New mounts extend usability

Less capable than other GoPro cameras. Inferior image quality in detail, dynamic range, color depth, and image noise. Too costly at $400, the same price as the much better Hero4 Silver

Jul, 2015

Expert review by : Brent Rose (

GoPro's Hero4 Session Just Finally Became a Solid Buy


The Hero4 Session is GoPro's smallest camera. It's a little, unibody cube that's waterproof on its own and is even more versatile in the ways it can be mounted thanks to its lightness, its shape, and its size. We liked it a lot when we tested it, but...

Dec, 2015

Expert review by : Sean Captain (

GoPro Hero4 Session Review: Mighty Mini Action Camera


Size and weight are important for gear you'll be mounting for a while on your head, wrist, board — or dog. The Hero4 Session is much easier to handle than the bulkier Hero4 Silver and Hero4 Black models. It also delivers the same high video quality,...

By far the smallest premium action-camera ; Waterproof without requiring a case ; Video shows fine level of detail ; Pleasing, subdued color ; Convenient smartphone app

Requires smartphone app for changing settings ; Battery not removable ; On-device controls a bit confusing

The point-and-shoot of action cameras delivers high-quality videos and photos and is much simpler to set up than other GoPros.

Sep, 2015

Expert review by : Dan Seitz (

GoPro Adds The Hero 4 Session To Slim Things Down


GoPro Adds The Hero 4 Session To Slim Things Down

Jul, 2015

Expert review by : Tony Ibrahim (

GoPro Hero4 Session review: enduring the unforgiving New Zealand terrain


It's significantly smaller and lighter, but how well does it record video?

One of the smallest and lightest action cameras around ; Proficient video recording ; Easy user interface ; Waterproof to 10 metres without housing ; Strong range of mounts that don't add much bulk to its size

No still-photo mode directly from the camera ; Can accidentally activate the wrong mode ; Expensive

Jul, 2015

Expert review by : Evan Kypreos (

GoPro Hero 4 Session


The Hero4 Session is GoPro's smallest action camera ever and has been designed to be as unobtrusive as possible, whether strapped to the front of a ski or attached to the end of a guitar.

Small and tough ; Water resistant without a case ; Decent battery life ; Solid audio capture

Video quality not as good as Hero4 Silver ; Battery not removable

Jul, 2015

Expert review by (

GoPro Hero4 Session review


The biggest name in action cameras just got a whole lot smaller

Tiny, sturdy and waterproof ; One-button operation ; Good video and photo quality

Expensive ; No screen

The best tiny action cam? We think so

Aug, 2015

Product Specifications


Built-in Microphone:Y / Yes


Battery Capacity:1 / 1.03 / 1.16 / 1030
Battery capacity (Watt hours):3.23 / 4.4
Battery life (max):2.05 / 3
Battery performance:100 / 1030 / 1160
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:3.8
Video recording time:2


Built-in display:N / No / Yes


Audio recording formats:AAC
Color of product:Black
Light metering:SPOT
Night mode:Y
Shutter speed (photo):0.5
Slowest camera shutter speed:30
Storage media:Memory Card

GPS Performance

GPS (satellite):N

Image Sensor

Total megapixels:12 / 8


LED Indicators:Power

Lens System

Field of view (FOV) angle:170
Lens Type:Wide-angle

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:400, 1600
Light exposure modes:Auto


Wi-Fi:Y / Yes

Operational Conditions

Protection features:Waterproof
Waterproof: Yes
Waterproof up to:1574.8 / 393.7

Packaging Content

Basic mount:Y
Cables included:Micro-USB / USB
Flat surface mount:Y
Manual:Y / Yes
Underwater case:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Micro HDMI ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connector type:Micro-USB / Micro-USB B / Mini-USB


Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8 Enterprise x64, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Pro x64, Windows 8 x64, Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64, Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 7 Home Basic x64, Windows 8.1 x64, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64

Still Image

Continuous shooting mode:Y / Yes
Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:3264 x 2448 / 4000 x 3000
Photo mode:Y / Yes
Still image resolution(s):2720 x 2040 / 3000 x 2250\n2560 x 1920 / 3264 x 2448\n2720 x 2040


Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC
Maximum memory card size:64
Storage media:Memory Card

Technical Details

Audio recording formats:AAC
Bluetooth: Yes
Color of product:Black
Light metering:SPOT
Night mode: Yes
Shutter speed (photo):0.5
Slowest camera shutter speed:30


Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
Aspect Ratio:4:3, 16:9
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD
HD-Ready: Yes
Maximum frame rate:120 / 240
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080 / 1920 x 1440 / 3840 x 2160
Supported video modes:1080p, 1440p, 720p, 960p / 2160p, 1080i, 720p, 1440p, 480p, 960p / 720p, 960p, 1080p, 1440p / 720p,960p,1080p,1440p
Video compression format:H.264, MP4 / MP4, H.264
Video formats supported:H.264,MP4 / MP4,H.264
Video Resolutions:1280 x 720,1280 x 960,2704 x 1520,2704 x 2028,1920 x 1080,1920 x 1440,3840 x 2160,848 x 480 / 848 x 480,1280 x 720,1280 x 960,1920 x 1080,1920 x 1440

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:2.61 / 3.14

White Balance

White Balance:Auto, Manual