Model: HERO5 Session
Our take Pros already know how to capture awesome action footage. For the rest of us, there’s the HERO5 Session. There may be no better (or smaller) camera on the market. In a golf ball-size, waterproof unit, you get respectable 4K video and 10-megapixel photos. (It uses a micro-SD card sold separately.) Operation is idiot-proof: There are just two buttons, and you don’t even need them. With voice control (à la Siri), the cam responds to “GoPro,” which means no taking video when you intended to take a photo. It’s easy: “GoPro, take a photo,” “GoPro, take a burst photo,” and “GoPro, start recording” are all in its lexicon. Bummer: Battery life is only about one hour and 30 minutes in the highest-quality video mode (less in harsh temps), and the HERO5 Session has no swappable battery.
Trail cred “Selfie-takers will appreciate the voice control most, but it was pretty sweet when I had it mounted to my helmet on a mountain bike ride and caught a black bear lumbering through the underbrush in Colorado,” says one tester.