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GoPro Hero5 Session vs. Sony AS30V , which is better?

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

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 Hero5 Session and Sony AS30V Reviews

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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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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 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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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 Hero5 Session
Sony AS30V

Difference and similar

Price

GoPro Hero5 Session

$199.99

Sony AS30V

$252.81

Widescreen Video Capture

GoPro Hero5 Session

Yes

Sony AS30V

Yes

Digital Video Format

GoPro Hero5 Session

H.264

Sony AS30V

H.264

Image Recording Format

GoPro Hero5 Session

Sony AS30V

JPEG

Max Video Resolution

GoPro Hero5 Session

3840 x 2160

Sony AS30V

1080p

Camcorder Sensor Resolution

GoPro Hero5 Session

Sony AS30V

16.8 pixels

Manufacturer

GoPro Hero5 Session

Gopro

Sony AS30V

Sony

Exposure Metering

GoPro Hero5 Session

Sony AS30V

multi-segment

Exposure Modes

GoPro Hero5 Session

Sony AS30V

automatic

Underwater Depth

GoPro Hero5 Session

Up to 30ft

Sony AS30V

up to 16ft

Special Functions

GoPro Hero5 Session

Sony AS30V

Wide angle

Focus Adjustment

GoPro Hero5 Session

focus free

Sony AS30V

Protection

GoPro Hero5 Session

Waterproof

Sony AS30V

Color Category

GoPro Hero5 Session

black

Sony AS30V

black

Included Accessories

GoPro Hero5 Session

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

Sony AS30V

adhesive plate, micro-USB cable, underwater housing

Image Storage

GoPro Hero5 Session

Sony AS30V

JPEG 1920 x 1080

Video Capture

GoPro Hero5 Session

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 Hero5 Session

microSD Card

Sony AS30V

Memory Stick Micro (M2) card, microSD card

Features

GoPro Hero5 Session

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

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 Hero5 Session

Yes

Sony AS30V

Connector Type

GoPro Hero5 Session

Usb

Sony AS30V

Microphone Operation Mode

GoPro Hero5 Session

Stereo

Sony AS30V

Stereo

Microphone Features

GoPro Hero5 Session

Wind noise reduction

Sony AS30V

Battery Technology

GoPro Hero5 Session

Sony AS30V

lithium ion

Battery Type

GoPro Hero5 Session

Sony AS30V

NP-BX1

Battery Details

GoPro Hero5 Session

Sony AS30V

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

Dimensions

GoPro Hero5 Session

38 x 38 x 36 mm

Sony AS30V

24.5 x 47 x 82 mm

Weight

GoPro Hero5 Session

73g

Sony AS30V

90 g (including supplied NP-BX1 battery)