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Compare the GoPro HERO Session to the HERO 5 Black and the HERO 5 Session

The GoPro HERO Session is a popular action camera. That's why GoPro has released its successor, HERO 5. There's also the 5 Black in the same product line as the 5 Session. In this article, you'll read the differences and similarities between the three action cameras, so you know which one suits you best.

In short

GoPro HERO Session GoPro HERO 5 Black GoPro HERO 5 Session
fps 60 (Full HD) 30 (4K) 30 (4K)
Megapixels 8 12 10
Waterproof to a depth of 10 meters 10 meters 10 meters
Connectivity WiFi and Bluetooth WiFi and Bluetooth WiFi and Bluetooth
Voice control No Yes Yes

Physical properties

Physical properties

The HERO 5 Black is the all-rounder. This action camera has a integrated touchscreen and can geotag thanks to the GPS antenna. This makes the camera, when it comes to size, the largest in the GoPro family. The 2 different Session cameras are smaller by about half. They don't have integrated screens or GPS antennas. All three cameras are waterproof to a depth of 10 meters, without needing external casing. In order to use the cameras in combination with the many different mounts, you should place them in the model-specific 'Frame' casing.

Image quality

Image quality

The GoPro HERO 5 Black and Session both record at a maximum image quality of 4K at 30 frames per second. At Full HD resolution, the Black is only just quicker with 120 frames per second. This allows you to record better elongated slow motion videos. The Black photographs at a maximum resolution of 12 megapixels. For the HERO 5 Session, this is 10 megapixels. The HERO Session brings up the rear. This camera has a maximum image resolution of 2.7K at 30 frames per second. The Session photographs at a maximum resolution of 8 megapixels.

Controls

Controls

The HERO 5 Black and the HERO 5 Session, in addition to the traditional controls using the single button and the touchscreen, also have voice control. This means you'll be giving the camera voice commands. "GoPro, take a photo" is an example of such a command. You can use the various cameras in combination with a large variety of mounts. Thanks to these mounts, you'll easily attach the action cameras to yourself or to an object. The possibilities for inventing creative image angles are endless.

Apps

Apps

The Session cameras don't have integrated screens. In order to accurately frame your image anyway, you can follow your camera live from your smartphone using the GoPro Capture app. In this app, you can adjust all of the settings as well. You can connect to your telephone or tablet via WiFi or Bluetooth, whereas the Quick and Splice apps allow you to edit video and share it to social media. The apps are available for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. There's a separate Splice desktop app available for desktop. These apps are free.

Conclusion

The GoPro HERO 5 Black is a true all-round camera. This camera has extensive functions, while at the same time being easy to control using the touchscreen, voice control, and one-button control. Because this camera is so user-friendly, anyone can enjoy it. If you're looking for the smallest possible action camera, choose the GoPro HERO Session or HERO 5 Session.

GoPro HERO Session

  • Full HD at 60 frames per second
  • 8-megapixel photos
  • With 2 self-adhesive mounts
169,-
no longer available

GoPro HERO 5 Black

  • 4K at 30 frames per second
  • 12-megapixel photos
  • Waterproof up to 10 meters
319,-
no longer available

GoPro HERO 5 Session

  • 4K at 30 frames per second
  • 10-megapixel photos
  • Waterproof up to 10 meters
222,-
no longer available

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