GoPro Hero5 Session review

A powerful miniature masterpiece, but it's fiddly to use

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The video and image quality captured by the smallest camera in the GoPro range certainly belie its pocket-sized packaging. Clips appear vibrant and smooth, while stills imagery is crisp enough to feature on websites and social media with little or no enhancement.

A lack of a raw file option does reduce the scope for tweaking still images, but at the highest 10MP resolution shots are detailed enough to take into post-production software and print at a decent size.

The footage from the Hero5 Session is at the very top of the action camera quality spectrum, with excellent color definition, top-quality audio and a bunch of professional features that see this model creeping up on its larger and more expensive Hero5 Black model.

Granted, for those wanting full control over their video and the best image quality possible, the Hero5 Black or new Hero6 Black are the GoPros to go for, but the Hero5 Session is lighter and more portable than those cameras, and almost as good at capturing the moment.

As an action camera to pack for your travels it's very difficult to ignore, and as a back-up to support the Hero5 Black or Hero6 Black on larger shoots, and for capturing tricky shots where only a small and easily mounted camera can get the job done, it's perfect.

The lack of rear screen can be frustrating, the battery life is pretty poor and GoPro's voice command system is a little erratic, but the lack of such features is reflected in the price – and what you do get for your money is pretty impressive.


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GoPro Hero5 Black

Buttery-smooth 4K video comes as standard with the Hero5 Black, while a touchscreen interface and voice activation make it the most user-friendly GoPro to date. However, it doesn't feel as robust without its plastic casing, and that touchscreen can be awkward to use. Deals to be had with the arrival of the Hero6 Black.

Read our in-depth GoPro Hero5 Black review

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TomTom Bandit

TomTom has built in a series of sensors that not only record location, but speed and G-force too, so that when these sensors pick up that something exciting has happened they automatically tag the footage. A quick shake of your phone and the app will automatically edit your footage ready for upload.

Read our in-depth TomTom Bandit review

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YI 4K Action Camera

How often do you take an action cam underwater? Most people never will, so the YI 4K ActionCam might be a great choice. It gives as much as it takes, with a large and responsive touchscreen, a big battery and a fast file transfers. The YI 4K Action Cam remains a great value addition to any adventurer's kit bag.

Read our in-depth YI 4K Action Camera review