Unboxing A GoPro Hero 5 Session in 2019! Still WORTH It?!

by birtanpublished on May 10, 2021

It's been three years but is the hero five session still any good well we got to take it out of its box to find out what's up everyone I'm the everyday dead if I can figure it out you can figure it out and welcome to I don't know there's not really a name for it we'll call it old-timey tech vintage tech something like badly some kind of old it's it's not new anymore today we've got the hero 5 session which is the most unique of all of the gopro hero cameras was the session line it's kind of a neat little all in one package is missing a few of the newer features but let's today we're gonna unbox it take it outside use it

Really quick and see like it's still any good I'm curious I love action cameras but before we pop this thing open I do want to thank my friends over at B&H Photo for lending me this Hero 5 session I didn't know that they were still in stock but I was browsing their website they still had it they're letting me borrow it let's get to it so let's crack this thing open because I do there was a time when GoPros were not necessarily designed by the current body I mean so back in the ye olden times of the hero 5s they had the hero 5 black the hero 5 session the hero 4 session and there was

A whole bunch of other kinds of cameras besides just what we have today so still worth it got in the box this was the first time so the hero 5 line was the first time GoPro had that little uh were you had to basically ruin the packaging to open it so you could never like fully return it I'm glad to see that that's still happening so what do we got in the box today don't tear it don't break the box I always I don't know what it is about GoPro packaging but I swear I can I think it's designed to have me destroy it when I open it oh we did it

First try there was not i didn't just cut that from a whole bunch of me not being able to do it properly so in the box you get the hero 5 session what l this is was also the start of like the action cameras deciding that they didn't need to really include any accessories because look at that it's kind of a kind of an empty box there we've got look at this for the price of almost a hero 5 black you get three things hooray look at these adhesive mounts we've never seen these before at least it's 3m which means it's good you get the this was the start of

The USBC generation for action cameras which I mean look as much as snarky as I'm being right now I do like the USBC implementation and then you also get the GoPro itself now I do I used to I've never had a hero five session I've never actually used a hero five session before but I had a hero 4 session which is like the older version which did not have nearly the recording specs or the capabilities of the five and it didn't have stabilization the thing that I'm really most excited about with the Hero 5 session is that it does have electronic image stabilization

Built into it but now but now it's time for the camera look I love like these things are so small I really kind of wish that they still made this line because look at how small this camera is now it is missing like the LCDs display so you can't exactly see what you're doing unless you have the app connected and we'll see if it still connects to the app here in a second um but look at how just like compact this thing is like you could make this into a very easy just like we always talked about like being nervous about filming yourself all out in public well it gets really easy

The less people like care what you're doing and the smaller your camera the less people care so here on the side we've got the USBC in the SD card slot on the top we've got the little teeny tiny little LCD screen and on the back we've got the Wi-Fi button there's only two buttons on this whole thing so it is incredibly easy use doesn't have all this time later does it have power yes no no it does not have power I mean it is three years old so through the magic of editing you don't have to wait I'm gonna charge this thing up a little bit then we're gonna connect it to the app

Because without the app you can't really see what it's doing because no display so okay charging mostly complete I mean there's only so long that I can wait before I just we got to tear into a camera again so let's move that out of the way so we've now charged this a little bit so let's turn it on see what we got ceil no dope yep language English yep yep English yes so you can see we've got the battery charge we've got no SD card I mean you can change stuff up from here but it's gonna be a little more fiddly

Than you know I normally like or recommend we'll just do 1080p 30 what's this medium narrow linear super full even super view super views my favorite so we'll just for the purposes of this video we will just keep it in 1080p so you can you know from here you can absolutely change stuff but what will be the actual easiest way to do this is to use the GoPro app and I actually downloaded the GoPro that's angry about something I downloaded the GoPro app on this pixel 3a so we are going to find my camera

And there we go that was pretty easy to get connected like look at that that only took a few seconds okay I'm honestly impressed by that because normally I mean I haven't used a hero five session before but normally when you connect cameras you got to go to the Wi-Fi you're gonna go to the Bluetooth I didn't have to do any of that and it just worked really well so you can see that it's working it works pretty well there's not very many relays or some latency on there but it's not terrible now from the GoPro app you can't change all of the settings so the

Way that I would use this is I would change all of my settings or I would have my settings pre-staged through the app and then I would go out and just hit record because fiddling with those buttons that's gonna be a pain in the butt so what do we got here we got resolution up to 4k 30 field of view and again wide that's not a hero 5 session thing that's just a GoPro in general thing so let's drop it down to 1080p just so we get access to everything the rest of the videos in 24 so we'll keep you in 24 and field of view super view or nothing right you can also turn on

Protune which is pro tunes like GoPros manual mode so we'll do GoPro color ISO limit we will only let it go what we'll let it do 800 normally I don't like to use the GoPro auto ISO because it has the tendency to go way too aggressive and just it makes everything look pretty rough so sharpness note we do not want sharpness at high we want sharp with it low ISO limits shutter Auto leave everything else at Auto for right now just because we don't want it to do that beeps we got a turn that will put the beeps on the low I do like beeps but too much food of you super view video

Stabilization on protune yep yep yep okay so let's pop an SD card in here real quick can see what the indoor video quality looks like and then we'll hop outside supposed to storm all day today so I hope that I'm not walking outside into a big old storm to get soaked for this video but I do it for you guys okay so and we're recording you can see we're on the app we've got the hero 5 session in hand the stabilization is turned on I mean this is the exact same stuff you just saw the Sony a 64 hundred was over there this is the indoor image quality and from what I can see on the app here

It actually looks pretty good it's just a tiny little action camera I'm not expecting like full-frame mirrorless levels of image quality but from the app it actually looks pretty darn good for 1080p indoors so I'm excited you guys actually know what this looks like I'm I'm seeing this through the app you're seeing it like actually rendered and processed into the video so hopefully it looks pretty good how's that stabilization holding up as handheld footage if you're gonna use this to like talk to it you're probably going to be doing this a lot so I hope the

Stabilization is holding up pretty well GoPro nowadays is like the standard bearer of stabilization right this was when they were first starting out with like the hero 5 line really was when they started doing electronic image stabilization so from what I remember it's not terrible but it's not necessarily the best so here's hoping that it looks pretty I mean I really think that this I think from the app that looks pretty darn good so so let's hop outside real quick and find out is it actually gonna keep being any good or yeah let's see see out there ok now

We're outside I did decide to bring the app out with me normally I would not have the app out when we're out and about doing the blogging tips but I did kind of want to see like have a way to reference it even though I don't normally do that why did I bring the app I don't know we'll put the app away so yeah this is the outdoor image quality of the GoPro Hero 5 session this is super super initial impressions again I've never actually used the hero 5 session I've used the hero 4 session which did not have image stabilization so this isn't super view 1080p 24 frames

Per second I do have the image stabilization turned on and this is the audio quality you can get now the big problem you're probably gonna see right now is when it's set to super view you definitely get that GoPro fisheye distortion everywhere so if you were gonna use this is like a vlogging camera or you were gonna use this as out and about I would probably set it to linear actually let's do that real quick this has been super view let's set it to linear real quick hey I'm actually glad that I had the app out now because I used the app to change it up for a

Linear but yeah this is linear if you were gonna use this as a vlogging camera this is more what I would use because it does a long it does go a long way to taking out that fisheye Distortion now I really like super view for doing action type stuff like if I'm riding my like I'm on my motorcycle superview is my favorite for that just because it shows you everything but if you're gonna be talking to Cameron you definitely don't want people to feel nauseous because of how war P it is but yeah this has been the outdoor image quality and the audio quality we will be making a

Couple more videos comparing this against like the latest and greatest new action cameras to hear some black and the DJI Osmo action but what do you guys think leave a comment below I'd like to know is this vintage old-school lead time tech something that you're interested in because I will absolutely make more of these i double-dog dare me thanks for watching

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