On queue, GoPro drops yet another camera. This time its not about higher picture quality but smaller form factor. Check out the sample video and feature overview here…
- Small. No more mini-toaster on your head look. More like rubik’s cube on your head look now. For the data nerds, its 50% smaller and 40% lighter.
- Waterproof without housing down to 33 feet
- Captures at 1080P 60fps or 1440p 30fps 720P 100fps along with 8mp stills
- Super simple one button control
- Dual mic system
- Same built in bluetooth/wifi
- Auto image rotation (nice)
- Still supportes protune, superview and low light recording modes
Earlyups’ take: Yes, the camera is small. But its also expensive and it isn’t so small you can’t see it. For those times when you’ve got an additional non-POV camera on you or a photographer is taking pictures it makes sense to reduce form factor. Unfortunately, we don’t think this is enough of a reduction to really matter. Point being a photographer’s lens is still going to (obviously) pick it up. Nor is it so tiny that it could be built into a helmet or similar. The current Hero4 Black is extremely good and I’ve never said “oh man this thing is too heavy/big” to wear. It offers better image quality at similar pricing.
Hence, in our mind, the 4 session is in no-mans-land. A cool step forward but one that doesn’t quiet go far enough to accomplish what it’s intended to do (be totally stealth). With exception of certain racing type events where the smaller form factor will be slightly more aesthetically pleasing/advantagous to race results (mountain bike racing for instance) we just don’t thinks its small enough (yet). Stick with the Hero4 Black for now!
Side note – with the roster of amazing athletes GoPro has its interesting to chose a screengrab of two bikini clad women. I mean, sex sells and clickbait works so whatever. That said I won’t be surprised if a female athlete soon calls you on this…