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GoPro Hero5 Session Reviews, Features, Specs & Price: Pros & Cons Of New Waterproof Camera


GoPro's Hero5 Session is much like its 2015 predecessor, the original Session camera that's small in size and is shaped like a cube. The Hero5 Session, however, has gained a more positive reception among consumers. Here's why.

The Hero5 Session is smaller than GoPro's other more traditional outdoor cameras, according to Trusted Reviews. The Hero5 Session's reduced size makes the device easier to mount even in complex positions such as helmet-strapping and leg-mounting while climbing a hill or a rock formation.

The camera is also easy to operate and is waterproof like the Hero5 Black, which means external housing isn't needed anymore if you plan to bring it to places with water activities. The Hero5 Session can stay submerged up to 33 feet, The Verge noted.

In addition, the Hero5 Session boasts of dual microphones on the front and the back. The absence of an external housing makes the microphone's sound quality and recording better -- not to mention an improved wind noise reduction, as well.

The dual microphones of the Hero5 Session receive voice commands like "take a photo" or "start recording." However, controlling the camera via voice commands can be hard especially if you're in a noisy place.

The Hero5 Session can shoot 10-megapixel photos and 4K video footage at a maximum of 30 frames every second. Users need not worry of their photos or videos getting deleted accidentally because the Hero5 Session can automatically back those up thanks to GoPro Plus' new cloud-based subscription service.

A mounting frame and a ball-head mount are present in the Hero5 Session. It allows easier angle adjustment from first-person perspective to the scene happening in front of you.

One of the improvements made in Hero5 Session is the access to a Photo mode for still-image snapshots, Trusted Reviews noted. The camera's software is more stable now, too, so it won't hang or stutter like what the earlier Hero Session camera software versions displayed.

Cons are still seen in the Hero5 Session despite the camera's numerous positive attributes. Among those is the absence of GPS and a non-removable battery, as well as the lack of WDR or RAW support for still photographs. A touchscreen display and a basic in-camera video editing were also removed.

The Hero5 Session is worth $299.99. The camera can also be purchased with a 32GB SD card, a Handler, and a GoPro Gift Bag for $344. You can buy it on GoPro's online shop.

What do you think of the Hero5 Session? Do you prefer the camera over its predecessors? Share your thoughts below!

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