Go Pro is quitting production of the cube shaped camera following its latest specs
Three years after its introduction, GoPro is killing its Session camera line. The cute little cube was dropped today after GoPro revealed its latest lineup of Hero7 cameras that comes in a different rectangular shape. The old cubic body seem to be affixed in a wider frame in the new Hero 7 which makes it distinctive from the predecessors.
The Hero4 Session was first revealed in 2015, and it was the first major redesign and signaled for the action packed company with some dramatic ethos shifts, some that ultimately found their way to other GoPro cameras and others that it seems to be taking to the grave. It was the first GoPro to have a waterproof/shockproof casing built-in, it dropped the user replaceable battery and it significantly reduced the camera’s footprint which boosted sales for the company.
The Hero 4 was no designed for affordability as it It was initially positioned at a $399 price point near the high-end of its lineup at the time. The company ultimately failed to really differentiate the Session form factor and despite an ambitious introduction it just kind of ended up becoming the company’s low-end product that didn’t work with any of the existing GoPro accessories that were being sold.
The writing was on the wall when the company neglected to refresh the hardware at its Hero6 event last year, but the Hero5 Session kept chugging along as the entry-level GoPro until the company showed off a new $199 Hero camera in March. The Hero5 Session is not alone singing its swan song, the Hero6 Black and Hero5 Black have also been officially discontinued alongside Hero 4 and will be replaced by the Hero7 White, Silver and Black editions which are the only variants color for the new GoPro.
GoPro who has officially announced the new Hero 7 line of cameras on Thursday, 20th of September, is offering a three variant, split into White, Silver, and Black variants. They are expected to go on sale in the coming week (September 27th) and are available for $199, $299, and $399, respectively. The specs increase as the cameras climb in price. The Black version, which is powered by the custom processor GoPro debuted last year, offers 4K video capture at up to 60 frames per second, super slow motion, and a suite of new features like live-streaming, a Hyperlapse -style time-lapse mode, and dramatically improved digital image stabilization that you really have to see to believe. Hypersmooth is a big part of the Hero 7 Black, but it’s not the only new feature. The Hero 7 Black can live stream to Facebook, Twitch, YouTube, or Vimeo over a phone’s cellular connection.
The camera is largely similar on the inside, too. It uses a lot of the same hardware as the Hero 6 Black, according to GoPro. One of the big differences is that the company’s now had a full year of working with its first custom processor. The GP1, as it’s called, debuted in the Hero 6 Black after the company split with longtime chipmaker Ambarella. GoPro says it’s getting even more performance out of GP1 now, especially because the Hero 7 Black has more RAM than the last camera (though it won’t say exactly how much more).