Amazon Review by Seth A. Ratner
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The new default choice for the average GoPro user *Review Updated*
26Dec15 Edit: A lot has changed since the Session came out. The price is much lower and some of the settings can be changed on the camera without a phone. This changes a lot, so my review below is heavily changed to update this new reality.
BOTTOM LINE: You need to decide if you want a removable battery. If you don’t plan on filming more than two hours at a time, the GoPro HERO4 Session is a great choice. If you don’t want a camera with a view screen, and you don’t need swappable batteries, this is the camera to get.
I own a few GoPros. When the HERO4 Session came out it was $400, and quite frankly, the smaller size was not worth the price for most cases. But now at $200 the Session is competing with the lower tier GoPros, and it blows them out of the water.
There are many different models, so I’m going to boil them down into three choices. These are my overall recommendations for GoPros, including the Session.
Choice #1: Price is the most important factor to you. Get the GoPro HERO. It’s affordable ($129 for now), simple to use, and works great for many, many uses.
Choice #2: You are willing to pay a bit more for some nice features, but you aren’t a power user and you don’t plan on filming over two hours of footage between charges. Get the GoPro HERO4 Session (the product for this review).
Choice #3: You need a viewscreen on the camera, or swappable batteries, or don’t care about price. Get the GoPro HERO4 Silver
The lack of a removable battery is a downside. While a 64GB memory card will hold a ton of footage, the battery will only last a couple hours. Not being able to swap the battery in a matter of seconds and start filming again means the larger memory card is less useful. This is a problem if you want to do really long timelapses, since the battery will run out every couple hours.
For $200 this is a great camera, and it has become my go-to recommendation since the price cut. Some people (like me) need/want the additional features of the HERO4 Silver, but for most people the HERO4 Session is worth the extra $70 over the baseline GoPro price.
Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments. Cheers!