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GoPro Hero4 Session vs. Sony AS30V , which is better?

The Hero Session is GoPro’s smallest action camera ever and has been designed to be as unobtrusive as possible, whether strapped to the front of a ski or attached to the end of a guitar.

The Sony HDR-AS30V is a 1080/60p action video camera with Wi-Fi®, GPS and NFC and is waterproof up to 16 feet amongst other features.

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GoPro Hero4 Session and Sony AS30V Reviews

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GoPro Hero4 Session

The GoPro Hero4 Session addresses the main design sticking points with previous GoPro cameras: It's smaller, lighter and waterproof without a housing; the new shape allows for more flexible mounting; it's fast to start/stop recording; and its new mic design delivers better wind-noise reduction.

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Sony AS30V

The YI 4K Action Camera is a remarkable camera for the money, offering great features and performance in an easy-to-use package. It has long battery life for its size. A touchscreen gives you full control of the camera or you can use the high-speed Wi-Fi to connect to your phone and control via an app. App handles shooting, editing and sharing. YI continues to add features through firmware updates.

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GoPro Hero4 Session

The built-in battery means no swapping out for a fresh pack to keep shooting. It needs to be wirelessly connected to Android/iOS device or GoPro remote (not included) to change settings.

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Sony AS30V

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.

GoPro Hero4 Session
Sony AS30V

Difference and similar

Price

GoPro Hero4 Session

$97.99

Sony AS30V

$252.81

Widescreen Video Capture

GoPro Hero4 Session

Yes

Sony AS30V

Yes

Digital Video Format

GoPro Hero4 Session

H.264

Sony AS30V

H.264

Image Recording Format

GoPro Hero4 Session

JPEG

Sony AS30V

JPEG

Max Video Resolution

GoPro Hero4 Session

1920 x 1440

Sony AS30V

1080p

ISO (Max)

GoPro Hero4 Session

1600

Sony AS30V

Camcorder Sensor Resolution

GoPro Hero4 Session

8.0 MP

Sony AS30V

16.8 pixels

Manufacturer

GoPro Hero4 Session

Gopro

Sony AS30V

Sony

Exposure Metering

GoPro Hero4 Session

Spot, matrix

Sony AS30V

multi-segment

Exposure Modes

GoPro Hero4 Session

Automatic

Sony AS30V

automatic

Underwater Depth

GoPro Hero4 Session

up to 30ft

Sony AS30V

up to 16ft

Type

GoPro Hero4 Session

Wide-angle lens

Sony AS30V

Special Functions

GoPro Hero4 Session

wide angle

Sony AS30V

Wide angle

Focus Adjustment

GoPro Hero4 Session

focus free

Sony AS30V

Protection

GoPro Hero4 Session

Waterproof

Sony AS30V

Color Category

GoPro Hero4 Session

black

Sony AS30V

black

Included Accessories

GoPro Hero4 Session

ball joint mounting buckle, curved adhesive mount, flat adhesive mount, low-profile frame, micro-USB cable, quick release buckle, standard frame

Sony AS30V

adhesive plate, micro-USB cable, underwater housing

Image Storage

GoPro Hero4 Session

  • JPEG 3264 x 2448
  • JPEG 2720 x 2040

Sony AS30V

JPEG 1920 x 1080

Video Capture

GoPro Hero4 Session

  • H.264 - 1920 x 1440
  • H.264 - 1920 x 1080
  • H.264 - 1280 x 720
  • H.264 - 1280 x 960
  • H.264 - 848 x 480

Sony AS30V

  • H.264 - 1920 x 1080 - 60 fps - 28Mbps
  • H.264 - 1920 x 1080 - 30 fps - 16Mbps
  • H.264 - 1280 x 720 - 120 fps - 24Mbps
  • H.264 - 1280 x 720 - 60 fps - 12Mbps
  • H.264 - 1280 x 720 - 30 fps - 6Mbps
  • H.264 - 640 x 480 - 30 fps - 3Mbps

Memory Card Slot

GoPro Hero4 Session

microSD card

Sony AS30V

Memory Stick Micro (M2) card, microSD card

Features

GoPro Hero4 Session

HiLight Tag tecnology, Mirror Upside Down, sharpness control, Protune technology, Time-Lapse recording, audio recording, camera orientation detection, date/time stamp, digital image rotation, multi-picture burst, selectable field of view. Audio recording, multi-picture burst, date/time stamp, sharpness control, digital image rotation, camera orientation detection, Time-Lapse recording, selectable field of view, Mirror Upside Down, HiLight Tag tecnology, Protune technology

Sony AS30V

Auto Backlight Compensation, BRAVIA Sync function, RGB primary color filter, USB charging, auto power save, built-in speaker, date/time stamp, high-speed recording, interval shooting mode

Low Lux / Night Mode

GoPro Hero4 Session

Yes

Sony AS30V

Connector Type

GoPro Hero4 Session

USB 2.0 (5 pin Micro-USB Type B)

Sony AS30V

Microphone Operation Mode

GoPro Hero4 Session

Mono

Sony AS30V

Stereo

Microphone Features

GoPro Hero4 Session

Dual mic system, wind noise reduction

Sony AS30V

Battery Technology

GoPro Hero4 Session

lithium ion

Sony AS30V

lithium ion

Battery Type

GoPro Hero4 Session

Lithium ion - integrated

Sony AS30V

NP-BX1

Battery Details

GoPro Hero4 Session

1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1030 mAh (included)

Sony AS30V

1 x Sony NP-BX1 Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1240 mAh (included)

Dimensions

GoPro Hero4 Session

41 x 59 x 21/30 mm

Sony AS30V

24.5 x 47 x 82 mm

Weight

GoPro Hero4 Session

2.61 oz

Sony AS30V

90 g (including supplied NP-BX1 battery)