The HERO Session is the entry-level camera in GoPro's current range. Like the other cameras in the Session line, it has a tiny cube-like form factor, a built-in battery, minimalist on-camera controls, and its shell is waterproof without requiring an external housing.
With a maximum video resolution of 1440p, its video capabilities are also more limited than the higher models in the range like the HERO5 Session and HERO6 Black. It can't shoot 4K video and doesn't have built-in stabilization. But if you don't need those higher-end features, it's still a very capable action cam that can records great footage.how the HERO Session compares with the HERO5 Session here.
The HERO Session can shoot video, photos, and timelapse. Here's a rundown of the features available for shooting video.
Video Resolutions on the GoPro HERO Session
The GoPro HERO Session doesn't shoot in 4K. Its largest video size is HD video of 1440p (1920x1440) and 1080p (1920x1080). If you're mainly looking to share your video on the web, those resolutions are plenty big enough and also keep the footage to manageable file sizes while you're editing and saving the files.
Here's how the resolutions compare relative to each other. You can click on the graphic to open a full-size version.
Aspect Ratios of Video on the GoPro HERO Session
Most of the video modes on the HERO Session shoot in standard 16:9 mode. A few of them, like the 1440p and the 960p modes are in 4:3.
Does the GoPro HERO Session have Video Stabilization?
The HERO Session doesn't have built-in video stabilization. For that feature you'd need to look at the HERO5 and HERO6 models.
Video Protune Options on the HERO Session
The HERO Session does have Protune options available in the video mode, although there are fewer options than there are on the higher-end models.
Here's the full list:
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Fields of View
The HERO Session has three fields of view when shooting video. Not all shooting modes have every field of view available. The table below shows which FOVs are available in which shooting modes.
Ultra Wide is the default Wide mode we're used to with GoPros (and it's called Wide in the GoPro mobile app). It has that distinctive fisheye look.
Medium is a more "normal" perspective with less distortion. It's basically a view that has been digitally zoomed in.
SuperView is an FOV that GoPro calls "the world's most immersive field of view." Basically, it's an even more stretched view, with the 4:3 modes being stretched to 16:9 when you play them back on your computer.
There's no Linear FOV available on the HERO Session. (Linear FOV greatly reduces the fisheye distortion and straightens the lines and horizons.) For that you'd need to step up to the HERO5 or HERO6 models.
All Video Modes of the GoPro HERO Session
|1080p SuperView||48||Ultra Wide||1920x1080||16:9|
|720p SuperView||60||Ultra Wide||1280x720||16:9|
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Common GoPro Questions
Here are some common questions I get from GoPro users.
How to Maximize a GoPro's battery life
There are several factors that influence how long the GoPro's battery life lasts. Among them include what mode you're recording in (4K uses more power than 1080p30, for instance), the health of the battery, and even the environmental temperature (lithium batteries don't perform well in very cold temperatures). But there are some things you can do to maximize battery life. Not every GoPro has all of these features, but start with these:
- Minimize use of the back screen
- Turn off wireless
- Turn off voice commands
- Turn off GPS
- Turn off Protune
- Use QuickCapture mode
Is it normal for GoPro cameras to get hot?
Yes. Depending on the model and the shooting mode you're using, it's normal for GoPros to get quite warm while shooting. They can get hot enough to be uncomfortable to touch. It's especially noticeable when shooting high-resolution and high-framerate video. Some newer models have an overheating protection mechanism that will shut the camera down if it gets too hot. I have more details on GoPros getting hot, here.
How can I control a GoPro remotely?
GoPro makes a range of wireless remote controls. They don't all work with all GoPros--for example, the HERO (2018) isn't compatible with this type of remote control. Many of the newer models also work with the GoPro mobile app. Not every model can be controlled remotely, but most of the newer models have wireless compatibility that can be used for at least some methods of remote control.
Can you take pictures with a GoPro?
If you've been using a GoPro for a while, this might seem pretty obvious, but if you've never used one, it's not quite so self-evident. GoPros are best known for dramatic action videos, but they can most certainly take still photos too. In fact, they can be a very interesting alternative to a traditional camera so long as you work within its limitations. I have more more details here.
Do GoPro wireless controls work underwater?
No. You can't use the mobile app or a wireless remote control if the camera is fully submerged in water. They will normally work just fine in rain and spray--just not submerged. I have a more detailed explanation here.
Do GoPro touchscreens work underwater?
No. If they're just wet above water, they can work to some extent, although often less reliably. But the touchscreens won't work underwater.