GoPro Hero 5 Black, GoPro Hero 5 Session Specs, Features: Which Action Camera Should You Get? Price, Battery Life Comparison & More!

By Laine Lucas , Updated Dec 14, 2016 07:46 AM EST

With GoPro Hero 5 already out in the market, consumers will still need to make a choice which variant of the new action camera they need to go for. While everyone has their eyes on the expensive GoPro Hero Black, the cheaper alternative, GoPro Hero 5 Session, could also be an appropriate pick. Here are some of the significant differences between the two Hero 5 variants.

It should be noted that GoPro Hero 5, in general, received significant upgrades that make it stand out in the action camera market. GoPro Hero 5 Black and Hero 5 Session share the waterproof feature, which allows consumers to take the device to a depth of up to 33 feet without worrying about malfunctioning and without the need of special underwater casing. In addition, both devices also feature voice control, image stabilization and 4K video.

One of the big differences between GoPro Hero 5 Black and GoPro Hero 5 Session is the price. Since the former is bigger in size, it costs a lot more. One can get Hero 5 Black at $399 while the Hero 5 Session is priced at $299. Apart from this, the design, specs and features of the GoPro Hero 5 variants are other factors that consumers need to consider before choosing which one to buy.

As mentioned, GoPro Hero 5 Black is bigger and that is because of the presence of a touchscreen, which can be helpful especially for those who are learning how to use action cameras.  Since it's bigger in size compared to Hero 5 Session, it has a larger removable battery at 1220 mAh (compared to Session's 1000 mAh non-removable battery). Hero5 Black's removable battery is one of its strong points since users can easily pop in a spare one when necessary.

Judging by the specs, features and capabilities, action camera aficionados would agree that GoPro Hero 5 Black is the more appropriate choice, but then again it all boils down to the consumer's preference. For affordability, Hero 5 Session is the right choice; at the same time, Session is also ideal if users plan to have the camera always mounted, making the touchscreen a useless feature.

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