GoPro has long been the first name in action cams, but they’ve never been big on being small. That changes this week, with GoPro announcing that they will sell the Hero4 Session, easily their smallest action cam yet, starting next week.
The Hero4 Session measures 1.4″ cubed and weighs 2.3 ounces, making it a very small device that could grab the attention of extreme sports enthusiasts who decided against GoPro cameras for their size, as smaller competitors were launched by Polaroid, Sony, and many others. The Hero4 Session will compete against those other tiny devices on size, but GoPro won’t be sacrificing specs to do it. The Hero4 Session can shoot 1440p video at up to 30 fps, 1080p video at up to 60 fps, and 720p video at up to 100 fps. It can also take 8 MP still shots at 10 fps in burst-shooting mode. GoPro is putting battery life at two hours for 1080p video at 30 fps. The Hero4 Session also has a dual-microphone array to cut down on background noise.
The new camera will have one button to start and stop record and will not have an LCD screen, so for more advanced controls, users will need to look to the wrist-worn GoPro accessories or the companion app. Best news might be that the Hero4 Session comes with mounts that will work with any GoPro accessories you already own, so you won’t need to buy a bunch of brackets just for the new camera. Extra goodies include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, automatic low-light adjustment, and waterproofing up to 33 feet.
It’s more powerful than the tiny Polaroid Cube+ and, with 1440p possible, edges out the slightly larger Sony Action Cam Mini, too. In other words, it might be small, but it’s anything but budget. When the GoPro Hero4 Session goes on sale on July 12 in most markets across the globe, it’ll cost $400 (price will vary by market).