I found myself quickly fascinated by the GoPro Hero4 Session. As soon as it arrived from Currys, I ripped the box open faster than a sugar-souped child at Christmas.
The promise was infectious; as a travel blogger, the fact that the Session is waterproof, 50% smaller and 40% lighter than other HERO4 models made it an ideal contender for 2016’s favourite travel companion.
Though the adorably tiny HD camera was delivered the same day I left for my most recent trip to Edinburgh, I didn’t realise the Session needed a micro SD card before being able to film so swapped my test run for the holiday-tinted moments in my following week around London.
As you’ll see from my accompanying vlog (above!), the Session came with me for dinner at L’eto, a night out, lots of travelling on the Underground, an excursion to Winter Wonderland, a stumble into the Santa bike race, The Play That Goes Wrong, the London Transport Museum, and general festivities around Central London.
The verdict? Mostly wonderful. The camera quality is unparalleled – especially for its size – but the lack of display means there is very little control over the shot you’re getting.
As a visually-compulsive control freak, the GoPro Hero4 Session will never become by lead filming device but would make a fantastic gift for scenic travellers, athletes, and anyone wanting to capture moments without drawing attention to themselves. It has Southeast Asia written all over it.