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GoPero HERO4 Session impossible to repair, but that might be good

GoPro recently introduced a new HERO4 Session camera, a small cube that can surf, ski, fly and snorkel with you wherever you go. It’s a smaller member of the GoPro family but doesn’t require its own waterproof case; the whole gadget is water, dust and impact resistant right out of the package. The only trouble? It’s difficult to repair, according to a recent teardown, but that might be a good thing.

iFixit said that the front bezel can be replaced but everything inside requires “ripping, tearing, and dremeling through a rubber band, plastic casing and copious amounts of glue making reassembly infeasible.” It’s also nearly impossible to replace the battery. Normally we’d say that sounds awful, but this is a device that’s meant to be rock solid and watertight. Sounds like GoPro succeeded.

We haven’t had a chance to check out the GoPro HERO4 Session in person just yet, and while it probably doesn’t have the hardware to perform as well as some of the higher-end GoPro Hero products, it appears to be a well-built camera.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...


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