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Originally Posted by snowbrdr View Post
Thanks for the video.. I am living vicariously through it - just wanting to get on a slope. What kind of video camera were you using? I am looking for something small and helmet mountable
Thanks, nice to hear, I can't wait to get out again. The camera is a GoPro HD Hero. This was my first use of it (I got it last Tuesday), but so far I love it! There are several helmet cameras to choose from, it is just a question of which features you care about most. The other ones that seem to be quite popular are the ContourHD and the Drift HD170.

Here's my own quick comparison of features:

GoPro HD Hero
  • Arguably best color saturation
  • Waterproof to 60m right out of the box
  • Good availability of accessories, mounts, and replacement parts, including lenses
  • Funny looking, like a point-and-shoot still camera on top of helmet
  • No way to line up shots other than pointing camera

  • Arguably nicest physical form/size (unobtrusive side of helmet mount)
  • Lasers for lining up shot
  • GPS available on new model (for extra $)
  • 135 degree field of view means less distortion, more like human vision than Drift or GoPro (both 170)
  • 135 degree field of view captures less area than Drift or GoPro (both 170)
  • Not truly waterproof without purchasing additional case, then only to 30m

Drift HD170
  • LCD screen for playback, lining up shots and easy settings adjustment
  • Remote for easy recording start/stop
  • No 60fps @720p, unlike GoPro and Contour (needed for slo-mo and improved smoothness of action shots)
  • Only waterproof to 0.5m
  • Largest size, although lightweight

In my case, I wanted it for SCUBA diving also, which ruled out the Drift (only waterproof to 0.5m) and requires buying an extra case for the Contour. Between the Contour and GoPro, I like the color saturation better on the GoPro and also decided I wanted the wider field of view (170 degrees vs 135).

Also, in case you haven't already seen it, here is a current related thread:
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