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Gopro Hero vs. GoPro Hero5 Session , which is better?

The GoPro Hero isn’t the camera for power users, and current Hero Black-series owners may find it difficult to integrate Hero footage with those from the more advanced siblings, but first-time action camera buyers and casual users will find a lot to love.

The cube-shaped Hero5 Session is close to GoPro's flagship Black camera in capabilities, yet remains just as tiny as before.

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Gopro Hero and GoPro Hero5 Session Reviews

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Gopro Hero

You'll need to buy accessories such as a waterproof housing. Though YI used Gorilla Glass, the touchscreen is not shatterproof. The microSD card slot is a little hard to access. Parts of the English app are still in Chinese.

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GoPro Hero5 Session

The GoPro Hero5 Session is a big improvement in video and photo quality from the original Hero Session. Additions like voice control, electronic video stabilization and USB-C help justify the $100 price difference.

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Gopro Hero

The camera is permanently in its polycarbonate housing; the battery is built-in; it doesn't have GoPro's port for adding a touchscreen or extra battery pack or Wi-Fi; very limited shooting options.

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GoPro Hero5 Session

You'll have to connect to a phone or tablet to see what you're shooting. The built-in battery means that once the battery is drained, you'll have to stop to charge or connect to a power source to keep recording.

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Difference and similar

Price

Gopro Hero

$99.99

GoPro Hero5 Session

$199.99

Widescreen Video Capture

Gopro Hero

Yes

GoPro Hero5 Session

Yes

Digital Video Format

Gopro Hero

H.264

GoPro Hero5 Session

H.264

Image Recording Format

Gopro Hero

JPEG

GoPro Hero5 Session

Max Video Resolution

Gopro Hero

GoPro Hero5 Session

3840 x 2160

Manufacturer

Gopro Hero

Gopro

GoPro Hero5 Session

Gopro

Exposure Modes

Gopro Hero

automatic

GoPro Hero5 Session

Underwater Depth

Gopro Hero

GoPro Hero5 Session

Up to 30ft

Type

Gopro Hero

Action camera

GoPro Hero5 Session

Focus Adjustment

Gopro Hero

focus free

GoPro Hero5 Session

focus free

Protection

Gopro Hero

Waterproof, shockproof

GoPro Hero5 Session

Waterproof

Color Category

Gopro Hero

Silver

GoPro Hero5 Session

black

Included Accessories

Gopro Hero

Skeleton backdoor, USB cable, curved adhesive mount, flat surface mount, quick release buckle

GoPro Hero5 Session

USB cable, curved adhesive mount, flat adhesive mount, frame, mounting adapter

Video Capture

Gopro Hero

  • H.264 - 1920 x 1080 - 30 fps
  • H.264 - 1280 x 720 - 60 fps

GoPro Hero5 Session

Memory Card Slot

Gopro Hero

microSD card

GoPro Hero5 Session

microSD Card

Features

Gopro Hero

Time-Lapse recording, USB charging, audio recording, multi-picture burst

GoPro Hero5 Session

HiLight Tag tecnology, Loop recording, Night Lapse, Protune technology, Time-Lapse recording, camera orientation detection, digital image rotation, voice control

Low Lux / Night Mode

Gopro Hero

Yes

GoPro Hero5 Session

Yes

Connector Type

Gopro Hero

GoPro Hero5 Session

Usb

Microphone Operation Mode

Gopro Hero

Mono

GoPro Hero5 Session

Stereo

Microphone Features

Gopro Hero

Wind noise reduction

GoPro Hero5 Session

Wind noise reduction

Battery Technology

Gopro Hero

lithium ion

GoPro Hero5 Session

Battery Type

Gopro Hero

Lithium ion - integrated

GoPro Hero5 Session

Battery Details

Gopro Hero

1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1180 mAh (included)

GoPro Hero5 Session

Dimensions

Gopro Hero

41 x 59 x 21/30 mm

GoPro Hero5 Session

38 x 38 x 36 mm

Weight

Gopro Hero

3.91 oz

GoPro Hero5 Session

73g