GoPro’s $400 Camera Is Pretty Much Disposable
Summertime is here! And that means the livin’s easy, right? So grab your (mother)boards and hit the beach!
Just in time for the season of sunshine, GoPro has launched its tiniest camera ever: the GoPro Hero4 Session. This lil’ cube cam may be cute, but it definitely put up a not-so-cute fight on our teardown table. After heating, cutting, peeling, prying (and crying) we finally got it open!
The Session is expressly designed to be waterproof, but that definitely put a damper on repairability. The glass lens cover is the only component that can be replaced without the utter destruction of your camera. So this GoPro can only last as long as its integrated battery—and the waterproofing—holds.
Let’s hope the GoPro is seriously durable in the water, because it’s hosed on repair: the GoPro scored a 1 out of 10 on our repairability scale.