GoPro Hero 5 Black vs GoPro Hero 5 Session Review: Which is Better? Features and Price Details

By Maricar , Updated Oct 20, 2016 11:21 AM EDT

Tech company GoPro has recently released two newest additions to its line of action cameras: the GoPro Hero 5 Session and the GoPro Hero 5 Black. Both devices have reportedly been proven to be better than their predecessors.

With two options to choose from, many are still torn on what action camera is the best fit for them. Here are some similarities and differences of the two devices:

Shooting capabilities and backup

Both action cameras can shoot 4K videos at 30 frames per second maximum. They can also backup videos and photos if a user has a subscription on the GoPro Plus cloud where media items are stored.

Voice support and waterproofing

They are water resistant up to 33 feet even without purchasing a separate waterproof housing for the cameras. Both devices can also be controlled using one's voice with support for seven major languages.


The GoPro Hero 5 Black is the rugged version of the previous instalment and looks bigger than the GoPro Hero 5 Session which appears like a cube. Both weigh around 118 grams, slightly heavier than the Hero4 Black.

Still photos and display

A 2-inch LCD touchscreen display is included with the GoPro Hero 5 Black which captures 12MP pictures. On the other hand, the GoPro Hero 5 Session only shoots 10MP photos and has no screen.

Other features

Since it is the more high-end action camera, the GoPro Hero 5 Black can also shoot RAW pictures, has a built-in GPS and take Wide Dynamic Range video. For the Session, however, the features are not present but users of the action camera can still use the ProTune mode for video recording.

Price and accessories

GoPro Hero 5 Black costs $399 while the GoPro Hero 5 Session is pegged at $299. When bought the package includes a USB Type C cable, a mounting buckle and a rechargeable battery for the Hero5 Black.

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