GoPro Hero 4 Session vs GoPro Hero 5


Session is the smallest and lightest GoPro. It is also completely waterproof and therefore does not need an external box. Its square format makes it very easy to install and gives it the lowest profile of all models of the brand. One button is enough to turn it on and start recording. The counterpart of all this is a non-removable battery, no screen, and the need to go through the app (Android or iOS) or the GoPro remote (optional) to change the settings.

GoPro Hero 4 Session vs GoPro Hero 5

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Its video capabilities are a little better than those of the Hero +: 1920 x 1440 pixels at 30 frames / sec, but it is more likely that you will use 1080p / 60 frames / sec or 720p / 120 frames / sec. In the end, the video quality of the Session is substantially identical to that of the Hero + LCD. But it costs less: 220 euros on average.

GoPro Hero4 Session

With its Hero4 Session, GoPro surprises! The American manufacturer has not only managed to reduce a little more the size of its Action Cam but also to respond to some recurring criticism of its products. The need to use a box to protect the sports cameras is one of them. From this point of view, the Hero4 Session is the first model of GoPro that no longer needs it. Size, weight, speed, responsiveness. The Hero4 Session has many qualities. Defects too. The battery is irremovable. The image quality delivered remains constant for the manufacturer.

For who?

This is the camera for those who want a GoPro without having to worry about a protective case, sophisticated settings or weather conditions. It is also suitable for those who want to install it where other GoPro cannot hold. Note that in this compact format, the GoPro Hero5 Session ( read the test ) is also worth considering. However, if it shows a clear improvement in video quality it is done at the expense of the price, around 360 euros.

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GoPro Hero5 Black 

MAJ: We are currently testing the Hero6 Black, so it will join this guide very soon.

The Hero5 Black is the GoPro that offers the best video quality and the most shooting options. If the Hero4 Silver films in Ultra HD, the Hero5 Black does it too but 30 frames per second, which is much better for moving subjects. In addition, she also films in Full HD 1080p 120 frames / sec and 720p 240 frames / sec. 

Finally, there is a waterproof case without having to resort to a dedicated box, the presence of a GPS and a stabilization of the image, the voice commands to trigger the capture of his exploits and recording videos in stereo. The image pros will be delighted to find a RAW mode and an extended dynamic range. The best, but these performances are obtained at the expense of a price that flies: 430 euros.

New GoPro Hero5 Black

The new GoPro Hero5 is more than just a camera. It’s a complete solution for filming, editing and sharing videos almost anywhere, whether at the beach, in the mountains or in the garden. It had been two years since the brand had released its Hero4 which unsurprisingly ended up being overtaken and overtaken by the competition both in terms of features and prices. And even the high-end model Hero4 Black did not have a touchscreen but you can get it for a much less price using the GoPro Black Friday Deal. The Hero5 fills these gaps. It takes all that was found on the Hero4 Black by adding a touch screen, new features and the best quality photo and video possible for 430 euros.

For who? 

For those who want the best video quality possible on a GoPro, a great latitude to control the settings in photo and video, stereo sound, a touch screen, a GPS and a waterproof camera without an additional box.


GoPro has the lion’s share of the action camera market, the competition exists and it has arguments to put forward features and especially price.

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