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12-29-2012 11:55 AM
Triple8Sol
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Originally Posted by Lamps View Post
The new contour 2plus has Bluetooth to your phone so you don't need to have a screen on the device. The shape facilitates goggle strap mounting, keeps it off the top of your head which I think means less bashing the camera on lifts, and in the trees. Can also side mount with an adhesive mount easily.

My understanding is that the new gopro 3 is a better camera but the contour 2 plus is at least as good as the gopro 2. So you're a half step behind gopro in picture quality but there ate other advantages from the shape and Bluetooth link to smartphone.
All versions of the GoPro 3 (Black, Silver, White) have built-in wi-fi so it's compatible with the smartphone app. The LCD BacPac is still an option, but not necessary.

I definitely agree the shape and mounting of the Contour is much less obtrusive and retarded looking. However, as you yourself agree, the GoPro is the better camera. So in the end, after demoing both in real life and comparing specs on paper, I went with a GoPro. Doing otherwise seems like the equivalent of buying a board based on colors/graphics instead of specs.
12-29-2012 09:26 AM
Lamps
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Originally Posted by surfinsnow View Post
Nothing "bad" about them. What that picture doesn't show you is the big plastic housing you need to put it in if you want the same functionality of the GoPro. Keep in mind, the GoPro is actually pretty small. Very small. Like the size of a box of matches. You can use it outside the plastic housing just like a regular camera. A little, tiny regular camera. It isn't until you put it in the waterproof plastic housing that it gets "big." Same with the Contour. That picture is totally misleading...the Contour is shown WITHOUT the waterproof housing, while the GP is shown WITH the housing. Apples to apples, the Contour is just as "obtrusive" as the GP.

Here is a very positive review of the Contour.
Contour+2 review: the best consumer helmet camera on the market Read it objectively...what REALLY is the difference? The reviewer talks about how "cool" it looks. But you STILL have to blindly mess with buttons while the thing is strapped to your helmet. There is virtually no difference other than the shape. And the inferior specs. Access to the controls is very similar, resolutions are similar, prices are similar. So I guess it gets back to Torpedo's original post...it's all in how it looks. You're not "cool" if you have the Teletubby camera.

In my mind, you're not "cool" if you give a shit about whether or not people think you look "cool." Buy whatever works best for you, just as you'd do with your bindings, boots and boards. But just as you'd do with those pieces of equipment, check the specs. See how it fits your needs. Maybe the Contour is best, maybe the GoPro would offer more options. Maybe you could save $500 and just ride with someone who has already pissed away their money!

READ THE REVIEW at the link. Especially the last paragraph. The reviewer all but admits it's not as good as the GP, and it costs $100 more. Resolutions are more limited. It has clunky software. But hey...as long as it LOOKS cool!
The new contour 2plus has Bluetooth to your phone so you don't need to have a screen on the device. The shape facilitates goggle strap mounting, keeps it off the top of your head which I think means less bashing the camera on lifts, and in the trees. Can also side mount with an adhesive mount easily.

My understanding is that the new gopro 3 is a better camera but the contour 2 plus is at least as good as the gopro 2. So you're a half step behind gopro in picture quality but there ate other advantages from the shape and Bluetooth link to smartphone.
12-29-2012 08:34 AM
timeslip The ZealHD were definitely more convenient, but they were way over sized for my face. If you are also picky about image quality, you may prefer the GoPro still.

Otherwise, build quality was pretty awesome.
12-27-2012 07:50 PM
surfinsnow
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Originally Posted by Backcountry View Post
If you really want to have a helmet view but still be able to "somersault" then sell the gopro and goggles and get these Zeal iON HD Camera Snow Goggles - Free Shipping at REI.com
I joked about this upthread. I saw the new Zeal GPS goggles at Surf Expo in Orlando, and figured cam goggles were just a matter of time. I'm still "stuck" with my plain ol' SPPX gogs.
12-27-2012 06:47 PM
pdxrealtor Just hit the best terrain on hood. Only time all day I thought about the gopro. I said verbatim 'this is the only time I'd want a cam on my helmet and if I had to hit the button it would ruin the moment'.

Problem solved for me. I'm now looking for a Helmet with Bluetooth headphones and remote pause/volume.
12-27-2012 06:17 PM
Backcountry If you really want to have a helmet view but still be able to "somersault" then sell the gopro and goggles and get these Zeal iON HD Camera Snow Goggles - Free Shipping at REI.com
12-27-2012 06:14 PM
Triple8Sol Gizmodo review: http://us.gizmodo.com/5959046/gopro-...ss-fixer-upper
12-26-2012 11:08 PM
poutanen
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Originally Posted by surfinsnow View Post
I know the GP haters won't get this, but the Contour is pretty much the same size as the GP2 (the GP3 is even smaller). Not the same dimensions, but the same size. Contour crammed their stuff into a tube shape. GP decided upon a rectangle, because they can then fit it with an LCD screen. I love the LCD screen. How does that work on the Contour? And does the Contour go down to 180' underwater? Just curious.
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I just don't understand what you're on about.

Again, why are you so determined to say the GP sucks? I could understand if you were talking about Burton or something...but this brand hatred is just silly.

Digest that for a moment.
I like Burton. And you said they were the same size, I'm merely responding to your posts. No GoPro hate from me! Some people liked driving dodge caravans in the '80s too!!!
12-26-2012 10:58 PM
surfinsnow
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Same volume, sure. And a Ford Escape and a Aston Martin likely occupy the same volume of space too...

What's the point of the LCD screen again? The contour has one switch. Slide on and it turns the camera on and starts recording, slide it back and it's off.

Remember the Contour Roam is waterproof WITHOUT the housing. It's only a small waterproof rating but I have used it for snorkelling, kayaking, and of course all weather snowboarding WITHOUT a case... Have you taken your Go Pro deeper than 10' down in the water?

There's form and function. Ideally you'd want the best of both worlds in one product. The GoPro CLEARLY is the underdog in the form category vs. all other helmet cam options I've seen. As you mentioned above function is similar. So what you're essentially saying is that you'd rather buy an ugly product that works the same? I'm not sure I get it.

I certainly put a lot of weight into the function side of my purchase decisions, but to suggest that it makes me somehow "not cool" to also consider form, I just don't understand.
Yeah, I've taken my GP beneath 10' feet. I just don't understand what you're on about. I said the function is "similar," not that the Contour is better. BOTH cameras require a button to make them work...so the Contour has the amazing SLIDE button on top...the GP has a CLICK button on top! Oh, wait...I think I wet myself! A slide button! That is AWESOME! I'll throw away my GP now so I can SLIDE to start my vid instead of CLICK!

The fact is, the GP has better stats and options. Even within the underwater housing, I have an LCD screen to display the functions, even do playback while I'm doing kelp bong hits with the Little Mermaid. Again, why are you so determined to say the GP sucks? I could understand if you were talking about Burton or something...but this brand hatred is just silly.

Digest that for a moment.
12-26-2012 10:45 PM
poutanen
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Originally Posted by surfinsnow View Post
I know the GP haters won't get this, but the Contour is pretty much the same size as the GP2 (the GP3 is even smaller). Not the same dimensions, but the same size. Contour crammed their stuff into a tube shape. GP decided upon a rectangle, because they can then fit it with an LCD screen. I love the LCD screen. How does that work on the Contour? And does the Contour go down to 180' underwater? Just curious.
Same volume, sure. And a Ford Escape and a Aston Martin likely occupy the same volume of space too...

What's the point of the LCD screen again? The contour has one switch. Slide on and it turns the camera on and starts recording, slide it back and it's off.

Remember the Contour Roam is waterproof WITHOUT the housing. It's only a small waterproof rating but I have used it for snorkelling, kayaking, and of course all weather snowboarding WITHOUT a case... Have you taken your Go Pro deeper than 10' down in the water?

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Originally Posted by surfinsnow View Post
In my mind, you're not "cool" if you give a shit about whether or not people think you look "cool."
There's form and function. Ideally you'd want the best of both worlds in one product. The GoPro CLEARLY is the underdog in the form category vs. all other helmet cam options I've seen. As you mentioned above function is similar. So what you're essentially saying is that you'd rather buy an ugly product that works the same? I'm not sure I get it.

I certainly put a lot of weight into the function side of my purchase decisions, but to suggest that it makes me somehow "not cool" to also consider form, I just don't understand.
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