GoPro cycling camera: Hero5 Session
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The Hero Session 5 is GoPro’s most compact camera.
Because it’s so small (74g and 38x38x38mm) and doesn’t require external housing, I can mount it in lots of places the VIRB won’t fit. For example on my helmet or axle (using this excellent little mount). I really notice the difference in weight versus more bulky cameras when mounted on my helmet.
It’s easy to operate the camera - just a single press of the button on top to both start and stop it.
Voice activation is also handy if you end up mounting the camera somewhere inaccessible. However, it might not be totally reliable if there’s background noise; if you’re racing downhill the wind noise means you’ll need to yell at the Session to make it hear you.
Navigating the menu on the rear of the camera is easy and intuitive. Options include settings for resolution, field of view and image stabilisation (though this is disabled when shooting in 4k). However there’s no touchscreen display, so if you want to do more to frame your shots you have to use the companion Capture app.
There’s support for an external microphone.
The Hero5 Session is supplied with a helmet mount, mounting frame, low-profile mount, flat and curved adhesive mounts plus ball-head mount. The latter lets you can easily adjust the angle of the camera and spin the camera around.
The camera also comes with a USB Type-C to USB cable. You have to provide your own microSD card.
Connectivity, App and Software
The camera supports Bluetooth and WiFi. This means you can pair the camera with the app and remotely control the camera - for example change the camera settings and get a live view (since there’s no display on the camera).
For editing, you can use the Quik app or the desktop software which is fine but less advanced than some video editing suites.
My favourite things about the Hero5 Session are its small footprint, video quality, the fact it’s waterproof and has pretty decent battery life.
I also use a Garmin VIRB Ultra 30, but the clear advantage of the Hero 5 Session is the size.
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