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Help Me, Tom's Guide: Should I Get the GoPro Hero4 Black or Hero5 Session?

Tom's Guide forum member pablogaxiola35 is looking to record some sweet first-person footage from his Airsoft battles, but is having trouble deciding which camera best suits his needs, the GoPro Hero4 Black, or the GoPro Hero5 Session.

Both GoPro cameras take great video, but I'd be inclined to go with the Hero 5 Session. First, let's take a quick look at each:


Hero4 Black
Hero5 Session
Price
$285
$199
Video Resolution
4K (30 fps)
4K (30 fps)
Still Photos
12 MP, 30 fps
10 MP, 30 fps
Video Stabilization
No
Yes
Size
1.53 x 2.79 x 2.8 inches1.5 x 1.5 x 1.43 inches
Weight
5.3 ounces
4.5 ounces
Water Resistance
131 feet
33 feet

As you can see, both shoot the same resolution video, while the Hero 4 Black has a slightly higher resolution when it comes to stills. The Hero 4 Black can also dive deeper than the Session, but that's because the Hero 4 Black comes with a more durable waterproof housing. Unless your Airsoft bouts include SEAL training, this shouldn't be a big factor.

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More importantly, the Hero 5 Session's smaller dimensions means a lower profile when mounted to your rifle, and built-in video stabilization will result in smoother footage as you're running around. Even better, it's voice-activated, so you don't need to take your hand off the stock to start recording.

GoPro Hero5 Session

I would also recommend a Picatinny rail mount for attaching the GoPro to your Airsoft; This side mount from Rail Dogs is all metal, and has received good reviews on Amazon.

RAIL DOGZ Side Gun Rail Mount for GoPro
Mike Prospero

Michael A. Prospero is the deputy editor at Tom’s Guide overseeing the home, smart home, drones, and fitness/wearables categories, as well as all buying guides and other evergreen content. When he’s not testing out the latest running watch, skiing or training for a marathon, he’s probably using the latest sous vide machine or some other cooking gadget.