When it comes it action cameras…

The new GoPro Hero4 Session is making a splash this morning by shrinking its already small frame into something a little sleeker. How small? It fits in the palm of your hand.

Stacking it up against the Hero4 Black, it is 50 percent smaller and 40 percent lighter. We get it GoPro; it’s portable as hell. All your must-have features are still there. It shoots 1080p60, 720p100 and 1440p30. The onboard camera shoots 8-megapixel photos in single, burst and time-lapse modes.

If the rain would ever cooperate around here, Alex and I are going to timelapse a flash flood in Little River Canyon with our GoPro.

The best news about the Hero4 Session is you will not have to buy new accessories. The camera will fit on existing GoPro mounts, and comes with a new Ball Joint Buckle mount. Expect plenty of new accessories designed around the smaller frame.

For those of use that button mash – it’s ok to admit – the new camera is one-touch. Tap the shutter button to begin recording, or hit the button with a long press to set up your time-lapse.

GoPro Hero4 Session

What about battery life? On a full charge, the company is promising up to two hours of recording. You better keep a USB charger handy for long trips out.

Another benefit? It’s waterproof to 33 feet without any extra housing. That means clearer audio and not messing with the current housing we all silently curse. Hard to complain about that.

“With Hero4 Session, we challenged ourselves to produce the smallest, lightest, most convenient GoPro possible,” Nicholas Woodman, GoPro founder and CEO, said in a statement. “Hero4 Session combines the best of our engineering and user experience know-how to deliver our most convenient life-capture solution, yet.”

Pricing comes in at $399.99, and the company releases the camera on July 12.

It wouldn’t be GoPro without a badass video of people doing insane action sports. I’m down with trying everything but BASE jumping. Sorry, that just isn’t happening. Unless I start growing wings, I’m keeping my feet firmly planted on the ground. I won’t even ride a roller coaster much less jump off a cliff.

The video clocks in at around five minutes, and is worth a watch. And for $399.99? I think I just found my next toy.


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