During our early look at the exciting new entry to the GoPro digital camcorder range, we heard an interesting story from the team that spoke volumes about its durability.
GoPro is branching into new territory in its high-definition camcorder range with the Session. The sexy little cube is a tech powerhouse, offering full out-of-the-box waterproof capabilities without the need for a case, and all while maintaining excellent back and red sound recording, and the crystal clear, high frame-rate video that has seen the brand become so revered by action sports aficionados the world over.
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However, as I held the device in the palm of my hands for the first time, my thoughts weren’t pulling into epic barrels, jumping off cliffs or hurtling down snowy slopes. Instead I thought how awesome it will be to be able to give the camera to my son while he plays in the bath or the pool or the rain. I began to think about all the great video footage I would be able to capture of my young family, utilising the slimmer profile and range of accessories to capture sound and audio regardless of the situation.
But then, of course, my four-year old is pretty destructive - will the GoPro Session hold-up to the onslaught? It’s obviously built to handle extreme conditions in general, but my son seems to go beyond 'extreme' when handling most of my prized tech possessions.
Such was my thinking following the demonstration as I was mingled with GoPro employees talking about some of the ways the Session could be used. I brought up my thoughts about being able to use it with my children, but also my concerns that they would find a way to break it soon after. In return I was given an interesting insight, even if it was an anecdote told at a bar.
Apparently at an internal GoPro event on a golf course, a Session was placed in a bunker and smacked out onto the green by an employee obviously high enough up the chain (or drunk enough?) to get away with it. Rather than explode into shards – as one might suspect – the Session not only survived the blow, but still worked afterwards.
Is it tall tale or a telling truth? I wouldn’t suggest you go smacking your GoPro around with a golf club that’s for sure, but I’ve urged the GoPro team to release a video of the stunt as it would sure exceed most people’s opinions on how durable it can be. Other than a golf ball, not a whole lot survives being whacked by a golf club.
Indeed there’s plenty to love about the GoPro Session, but this little story only added to my interest to use it as a family and weather friendly recording device during those intimate moments that occur when I’m not dropping down a 10ft face at my local.