Overview: The GoPro HERO5 Session (CHDHS-502) is a tiny, waterproof action camera, designed to take
4K UHD and HD videos, plus up to 10-megapixel still photos in extreme
situations. A simple one-button control powers on the camera and starts
recording video or time-lapse photos in seconds. The HERO5 Session features
video stabilization and voice control. The camera comes with a standard frame
and mounting buckle,
plus flat and curved surface mounts.
Waterproof: The rugged HERO5 Session is waterproof to 33
feet (10 meters) without a special housing with the door closed.
Video Resolution: The HERO5 Session is capable of recording
HD, and HD video in MPEG-4 (H.264) format. You can choose from several Fields of
View (FOV), including SuperView, Wide, Medium, Linear, and Narrow. The camera
can be set to record in
NTSC (for North America) or PAL (for outside of North America). The following video resolution options are available:
|Video Resolution ||Frame Rates |
|Field of View ||Screen Resolution ||Aspect Ratio |
|4K ||30 (25) ||Wide ||3840 x 2160 ||16:9 |
|2.7K ||48 (48) ||Medium ||2704 x 1520 ||16:9 |
|2.7K ||30 (25) |
|SuperView, Wide, Medium, Linear ||2704 x 1520 ||16:9 |
|2.7K 4:3 ||30 (25) ||Wide ||2704 x 2028 ||4:3 |
|1440p ||60 (50) |
|Wide ||1920 x 1440 ||4:3 |
|1080p ||90 (90) ||Wide ||1920 x 1080 ||16:9 |
|1080p ||60 (50) ||SuperView, Wide, Linear ||1920 x 1080 ||16:9 |
|1080p ||30 (25) |
|SuperView, Wide, Medium, Linear,
Narrow ||1920 x 1080 ||16:9 |
|960p ||100 (100) |
|Wide ||1280 x 960 ||4:3 |
|720p ||120 (120) ||Wide ||1280 x 720 ||16:9 |
|720p ||60 (50) |
|SuperView, Wide, Medium ||1280 x 720 ||16:9 |
Dual Microphones: The camera records
the audio with dual built-in microphones: one mounted on the front and the other
mounted on the back. When filming in windy conditions or high-speed activities,
wind noise can result in poor quality audio. The dual-microphones allow the
camera to automatically switch to the mic that's best suited for capturing
optimal audio. A 3.5mm stereo external microphone can be used with a GoPro
microphone adapter. The camera records audio at a 48kHz sampling rate and AAC compression.
Still Images: The HERO5 Session can take still
images at a 10MP resolution (3680 x 2760) in 4:3 aspect ratio. You can choose from four Fields of View: Wide,
Medium, Linear, and Narrow. You can take still photos one at a time, or in a
burst as follows:
- 30 photos in 1, 2, 3, or 6 seconds
- 10 photos in 1, 2, or 3 second
- 5 photos in 1 second
- 3 photos in 1 second
Time Lapse Video: A series of photos
can be captured in a time lapse sequence. Time Lapse Video is available only
in 4K, 2.7K 4:3, and 1080p resolutions. Available intervals include: 0.5,
1, 2, 5, 10, 30, or 60 seconds.
Night Lapse: The Night Lapse feature allows you to
capture a series of photos at nighttime. You can select intervals of 4-5
seconds, 10-15 seconds, 20-30 seconds, or Continuous. The Shutter speed for
Night Lapse can also be selected according to your activity: Auto (up to 2
sec), 2, 5, 20, or 30 seconds. To prevent blurring, you should mount the
camera on a tripod or other stable surface when using Night Lapse.
Voice Control: You can control the HERO5 Session with your
voice using specific commands. The voice commands allow you to perform the
following: Start or Stop capturing video, add a HiLight Tag, capture single or
burst photos, start or stop time lapse, power off the camera, and change the
camera mode (to video, photo, burst, or time lapse).
Storage: The HERO5 Session has a waterproof door that
covers a slot for
inserting a microSD memory card, including microSDHC and microSDXC cards, up
to 128 GB. You should use
with a Class 10 or UHS-I rating for best performance. Memory
cards from Sandisk and Lexar are recommended for maximum reliability during high-vibration activities.
No memory card is included in this package.
Looping Video: The Looping Video feature lets you continuously record video, but save only the footage you want. This helps to
conserve space on the memory card while you wait for a special moment to take
place. If you select a 5-minute interval, the previous 5 minutes are saved when
you stop recording. You can also select 20, 60, and 120 minutes, or Max to
record until memory card is full before overwriting the content.
Wi-Fi + Bluetooth: The camera features built-in Wi-Fi
and Bluetooth that allows you to wirelessly connect to
your smartphone or tablet via the GoPro App or the optional GoPro
Smart Remote. The Smart Remote allows you to fully control the camera
and change settings, or control multiple GoPro cameras from distances up to
GoPro Apps: GoPro offers three apps that you can use for
shooting, viewing, and editing your videos and photos:
- Capture: The GoPro Capture App lets you control your camera
remotely with your iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone/tablet. The app lets
you see what your camera sees, giving you a live preview for positioning the
camera and framing your shots. You can playback your videos, view your
photos, browse and delete files on the microSD card, and even share them
via email, text, and social media sites. Capture is compatible with
iPhone/iPad (requires iOS 9.0 or later, iPad 2 not supported), Apple Watch (requires
WatchOS 2.0), and Android devices (Android 4.4 and later).
- Quik: The Quik app lets you create beautiful videos using
automatic edits, and incorporating still photos into your videos. You can
add transitions and effects, plus sync your video to the beat of the music.
Quik is compatible with
iPhone/iPad (requires iOS 9.0 or later, and Android devices (Android 4.4 and
- Splice: With the Splice App, you can create professional looking
videos on your iPhone or iPad. You can trim and crop, add effects,
transitions, music, and titles, and animate your videos. Splice is
compatible with iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, and requires iOS 9.0 or later.
GoPro Studio for Desktops: GoPro Studio software can be
downloaded to your desktop computers. It is compatible with the following
- Windows: 64-bit Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 in desktop mode.
32-bit systems are not supported.
- Mac: OS X 10.10.x or later
Battery: The HERO5 Session is powered by a built-in rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (3.8V, 1000mAh,
3.23Wh). It has a
life of approximately 2 hours 5 minutes. The
battery can be charged by connecting the camera to a computer or other USB
charging adapter (5V 1A) using the supplied USB cable. The battery is
charged to approximately 80% capacity in 1 hour, or to a full charge in
about 2 hours.
Auto Low Light: The Auto Low Light feature allows you to
quickly transition between well-lit and low-light conditions. When enabled,
the camera automatically adjusts the frame rate (fps) according to the
lighting conditions for optimal exposures. Auto Low Light is available at 30
fps and higher.
Spot Meter: If you're shooting an outdoor scene from
indoors, or a shaded area from a bright sunny area, you can activate the
Spot Meter feature for best exposure. Spot Meter automatically sets the
exposure based on a single spot in the middle of the image, instead of an
average of the entire image.
Camera Orientation: The Orientation setting lets you
determine if you want your captured video to be upside down or right-side
up. You can choose the Auto setting (Auto Image Rotation) which lets the
camera automatically select Up or Down, based on the orientation of the
camera when recording begins. You can also manually select Up (right-side
up) or Down (camera is being used upside down).
Protune: Protune is a feature for advanced users that
can result in professional-looking videos. When Protune is enabled, you have
more manual control of the exposure, giving you stunning image quality and
cinema-like videos. Protune is compatible with professional color correction
tools, GoPro software, and other video editing software. It is not available for
Video + Photo, Looping Videos, or Time Lapse Video.
The following settings are available in Protune mode:
- White Balance: You can set the white balance to adjust
the overall color tone of the videos: Auto, 3000K, 4000K, 4800K, 5500K,
6000K, 6500K, or Native.
- Color: The Color Setting lets you adjust the color
profile of the video. You can can choose from GoPro Color or Flat.
- ISO Limit: ISO Limit adjusts the camera's sensitivity in
low-light environments, creating a balance between brightness and image
noise (degree of graininess in the image). You can choose between 1600 for
moderately bright video with moderate image noise, or 400 for darker video
in low light with reduced image noise.
- Shutter: The Shutter setting determines the amount of
time that the shutter is open. You can choose Auto, 1/FPS, 1/(2xFPS), or
- Sharpness: Sharpness controls the level of detail and
contrast in your video. You can choose High, Medium, and Low levels of
- Exposure Value Compensation: Exposure Value
Compensation affects the brightness of the video. The EV Comp can be set
between -2.0 and +2.0 in 0.5 EV steps.
HiLight Tagging: The HERO5 Session lets you mark specific
moments in your video during recording or playback with HiLight Tags, making
the moments easier to locate. Tags can be added using the camera, the GoPro
App, or the optional Smart Remote. During playback, the tags are visible in
the GoPro App or GoPro software.
Connections: The HERO5 Session has a Micro USB port for
connecting the camera to a computer, or for charging the battery. The port
is located behind a waterproof door, above the microSD card slot.
Mounting Frame: The HERO5 Session comes with the standard frame,
which can be attached to any GoPro mount. You can position the camera with
the shutter/select button in either the up or down position. The frame
includes a loop that allows you to tether the frame to the mount to prevent
loss during water activities. Camera tethers are sold separately.
Mounting Buckle: The frame fits into standard GoPro
mounting buckles. The camera includes a Vertical Mounting buckle with a
thumbscrew to tighten the frame into the buckle and an integrated rubber locking plug
that securely locks the buckle into place in the mount.
Mounting Bases: The package includes a
curved-surface and a flat-surface mount, each with industrial-grade
adhesive, for mounting the camera to a helmet, vehicle, or other smooth
Optional Mounts: GoPro offers
numerous mounts for the HERO5 Session camera, including a
head strap and
Other mounts can attach the camera to a
bicycle seat post or handlebar, a
surfboard, or even