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GoPro Hero 5 Session

GoPro Hero 5 Session

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GENERAL

The Hero 5 Session was introduced by GoPro in July 2017. It belongs to the outdoor and action cams category.

GoPro is well-known and shouldn't require further introduction, please see our manufacturer's page for more digital cameras by GoPro.

ManufacturerGoPro
CategoryOutdoor & Action
Introduced07/2017
PROTECTION

Being a typical action cam the GoPro Hero 5 Session is environmentally sealed and features dedicated protection against the elements.

Water proof10.00 meter
Drop test1.00 meter
Temp. range from-10.00 °C
SENSOR

The Hero 5 Session's image sensor has an effective resolution of around 10 megapixel. The resolution is somewhat below average but will be sufficient for most purposes. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed to A3 size.

The GoPro does not support recording RAW images. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computeand involves one extra processing step but will almost always result in superior image quality.

FormatCompact
Resolution10.00 Megapixel
Continuous10 FPS
RAW support
LENS

The Hero 5 Session has a built-in lens that can not be changed.

The wide-angle lens with a focal length of 17mm has a largest aperture of F2.8.

Interchangeable
Focal length17mm
Aperture2.8
SHUTTER

The Hero 5 Session's shutter speeds range from 1/2000s to 30s.

The highest shutter speed of the GoPro is just 1/2000s. That's no longer state of the art and may cause problems in challenging light conditions.

Max. shutter speed1/2000s
Min. shutter speed30s
SENSITIVITY

The Hero 5 Session's usable sensitivity ranges from 100 ISO to only 1600 ISO.

Automatic
Min. sensitivity100 ISO
Max. sensitivity1600 ISO
METERING

The Hero 5 Session supports all common metering modes.

Multi
Center weight
Partial
Spot
FLASH

The Hero 5 Session doesn't feature a built-in flash. That is not unsusual in this camera category.

A flash or a trigger for remote flashes can be attached to the GoPro's hotshoe.

Built-in
Hot shoe
DISPLAY
VIDEO

When recording videos with the Hero 5 Session, the highest supported resolution is 3840 x 2160 pixel, in other words 4K Video.

A connector for an external microphone is missing from the GoPro. A built-in mike will usually record everything in front and to the sides of the camera which is not always what the film maker wants. Internal microphones also tend to record camera sounds like focus beeps.

Videos with the GoPro Hero 5 Session at a glance:

Max. resolution3840 x 2160 pixel
...with frame rates25 frames/second
30 frames/second
External microphone
CONNECTIVITY & WIRELESS

The Hero 5 Session has Wifi connectivity already built-in. Use Wifi to transfer images to a smartphone or computer and to remote control the camera.

Another option to transfer images to the smartphone is Bluetooth (Note: Bluetooth connections will not always transmit images or videos with full resolution.)

USB 3.0 is already supported by the GoPro. USB 3.0 greatly speeds up transferring images and videos to the computer.

The GoPro's connectivity at a glance:

WiFi
Bluetooth
NFC
Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
Apps
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini
USB-C
Custom
STORAGE

What memory cards can be used with the GoPro Hero 5 Session?

The Hero 5 Session will only accept Micro SD cards. The GoPro does not support SD cards.

With an average image size of 5 megabytes (JPEG, fine) a 32 GByte memory card would hold up to 6400 images.

Supported memory cards at a glance:

Slots1
Memory cardsMicro SD
MISC. FUNCTIONS

Let's have a look at some other features of the GoPro Hero 5 Session:

The Hero 5 Session doesn't have a built-in GPS receiver. If you want to add coordinates to your photos, you'll have to do so in 3rd party software like Adobe Lightroom. However, with Wifi built-in, location data can also be added via a connected smartphone.

The Hero 5 Session features a built-in stabilizer. With a 1x zoom, that's not necessarily a requirement, but nice to have nonetheless.

If you are into HDRs, the camera won't create those automatically. You will have to manually create image sequences and later assemble those sequnces in third-party software.

The Hero 5 Session is environmentally sealed against dust and moisture; a very useful feature when you take the camera places.

The GoPro's features in a handy table:

GPS
Image stabilizer
Level indicator
Panoramas
HDR
Heading
Pressure
Temperature
BATTERY

The GoPro Hero 5 Session works with a GoPro Akku battery. The battery lifetime is a generous 500 shots. Usually enough for a full day or more.

The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.

The Hero 5 Session's battery at a glance:

TypeGoPro Akku
Removable
In-camera charging
Battery life500 photos
DIMENSIONS

The GoPro Hero 5 Session's dimensions are 38 x 38 x 36mm³. (1.5" x 1.5" x 1.4"). This includes the lens. The camera's weight is only 73 grams (2.4 oz.), lens included.

Front and top view of the Hero 5 Session with dimensions:

GoPro Hero 5 Session Dimensions (Width / Height)
GoPro Hero 5 Session Dimensions (Width / Depth)
SIZE COMPARISON

To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).

The Hero 5 Session is not much bigger:

GoPro Hero 5 Session size comparison
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