GoPro Hero 5 Black versus GoPro Hero 5 Session: Which Is Better? Specs, Features & Prices Compared! More Amazing Details Revealed [COMPARISON]

By Kaye Reese , Updated Oct 30, 2016 10:44 AM EDT
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GoPro has since been established as one of the, if not the, best sports cameras available on the market right now. Perhaps the biggest testament to this greatness: when it launched its brand-new GoPro Hero 5 Black, its closest competition was none other than its own sibling, the GoPro Hero 5 Session.

Sports/action photography enthusiasts may be wondering about the difference between the two titans of sports cameras. As such, here's the lowdown of everything to know about the GoPro Hero 5 Black versus the GoPro Hero 5 Session: from its specs and features, upgrades, prices and more.

Specs and features

There isn't much of a difference in terms of specs between the GoPro Hero 5 Black and the GoPro Hero 5 Session. For one, both are capable of shooting 4K footage with a whopping 30 frames per second. Both are water-resistant up to 33 feet, and can support voice control for seven languages. The only difference is that the GoPro Hero 5 Session shoots 10MP still photos, while the GoPro Hero 5 Black is at 12MP and is also able to shoot RAW and WDR. The GoPro Hero 5 Black also sports a 2-inch touchscreen.

In terms of build, the GoPro Hero 5 Black is the larger camera of the two. Sports enthusiasts may find that the GoPro Hero 5 Session is smaller and more subtle than the GoPro Hero 5 Black and better fits helmet or headgear mounts.

Upgrades and prices

If the concern is more about the photo qualities, however, then the GoPro Hero 5 Black is definitely the way to go. While both offer SuperView, Wide, Medium, Narrow and Linear FOVs, the GoPro Hero 5 Black has higher resolution and better low-light performance and quality, thanks largely to that 2MP difference as well. There's a performance gap which explains why the GoPro Hero 5 Session ($299) costs $100 less than the GoPro Hero 5 Black ($399).

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