A good story—that’s what makes a good video. Still, no one is going to stick around for the story if your footage looks terrible. GoPro’s Hero and Hero4 Black cameras have become the standard for action cameras, but the upstart Hero Session offers an affordable alternative for budding backwater videographers. We tested it out in extreme conditions to see just how the Session stacks up.

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Testing Out the GoPro Hero Session

The Hero Session came out in 2015, but I didn’t have the chance to test it until I went on an epic Adirondack canoe trip with my good buddies Robert Field, Mark Vlaskamp and Rex DeGuzman.

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On a remote trip, where you are completely cut off from the rest of the world, you need a camera to rely on. Some of my cameras flunked out during the trip—cutting out and giving error messages—but the one I could trust to capture all the action? That was the Session. With a price so low, you can buy a few to replace your whole kit and not worry about missing footage.

One-Button Control Lets You Focus on Fish

One feature that works great for anglers is the one-button control, making the Session quick and simple to start up. In less time than it took to set the hook, my camera was on and recording it all. Even for time-lapse footage, the one-button action is still there and ready to go.

GoPro Hero Session action camera
GoPro’s Hero Session turned into my go-to action camera, the most trusted in my kit. | Feature image: Courtesy of GoPro

Not only is the Session small and lightweight, it’s also designed to be mounted any way you like. Rotate the square camera and fit it into the mount every which way but loose.

The Hero Session offers impressive waterproofing down to 33 feet, so you can run it through rapids and paddle through the snow, rain and sleet without a problem. The battery life is designed to be longer than previous models, with two hours of continuous recording on a full charge. The picture quality includes various HD resolutions, or use even higher frame rates for slo-mo sequences.

Get in the Action with GoPro’s Session

Aside from its impressive specs and solid construction, the best thing about this camera is that it just works. The GoPro Hero Session isn’t just an affordable alternative to higher priced models, it’s a workhorse on the water. After returning from the Adirondacks with fishing footage galore, the Session is also the camera that I rely on the most.

GoPro’s Hero Session turned into my go-to action camera, the most trusted in my kit. | Feature image: Courtesy of GoPro

 

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