Diminutive action-camera maker GoPro unveiled Monday the HERO4 Session — an ultra-compact cube-style camera, measuring 1.5 inches square.

The HERO4 Session captures 1080/60p video, and 1920 x 1440p video at 30fps. It can also deliver 720p video at 100 fps to present slow motion images at a 4x slow motion rate when using a 24p rate.

More on the HERO4 Session after the break:

GoPro said the HERO4 Session is available for pre-order now at $399.99 and is scheduled to hit stores July 12th.

GoPro offers the tiny video camera with three new frame/mount configurations. A new ball-joint buckle mount enables rotating the camera 360 degrees for quickly positioning camera angles without having to dismount the camera first. A low-profile cage-style frame holder enables an ultra-low profile mount and the standard frame/cage system provides a typical GoPro mount down-sized to the dimensions of the Session.

GoPro adds Auto Image Rotation to ensure the camera is also right-side up for shooting, without the need to invert the image in editing.

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The HERO4 Session is waterproof to 33 feet, and does not require a separate housing. GoPro integrates the battery, which is said to have 2 hours of life per charge, into the body. Users charge the battery with a USB power connection.

The HERO4 Session has a single button the will power on and start recording with one press. Press the button again and it stops recording and powers down. Additional controls are provided via the free GoPro app for smartphones or the GoPro Smart Remote.

The HERO4 Session can also capture 8MP still photos in timelapse or burst modes. It includes the Protune video profile for flatter video footage with better grading latitude in editing.

Other features include: a front and back-mounted dual mic system that automagically determines which mic is producing the best quality for the scene.

By Greg Tarr

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