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Capturing Vacation Videos with the New GoPro HERO4 Session

GoPro HERO4 Session

GoPro released its newly designed GoPro HERO4 Session earlier this month and the tiny square camera, which captures both still and video images, looks wildly different from its older counterparts (such as the HERO4 Silver). This one is sleek and black and completely waterproof without requiring a special plastic case (like my ancient first-generation GoPro). New mounts include a hand strap (pictured below), and I love the soft squishy orange Floaty you can tuck the GoPro in so that if were to fall off a mount, it would float on the surface of a lake, pool or ocean. The accompanying GoPro app allows you to preview photos and video and control the camera directly from your phone. Now, I am the first to admit that I am not the most technologically inclined; I was able to connect my new [Read more]

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