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Old 02-10-2014, 08:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I see many people having Gopros mounted every which way and all of them look awkward to me. So I've been looking at different cameras. If anybody has input on the 3 that I've been considering id appreciate it.

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Old 02-10-2014, 08:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a contour.. Really like it. I mount mine to my helmet also made a pole mount for it Takes great video and has been durable. I have the older Roam.. Only negative is they don't have as many mounting options and accessories as the gopro.. Also there software isn't as robust. I think the contour takes better video than the gopro but thats just me. Love how you can rotate the lense and get a nice wide angle. Also like the one touch on and off. Battery life is solid. I have used it also for track days on my car and again takes really nice smooth video.
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The thing is as stupid as Go Pro's look, they are, from my research the better camera. I have been super happy with mine. The other point I will make is that pretty much all footage done from a helmet, unless filming a friend is boring as fuck to watch. So a GoPro on a pole looks just fine imo. Another thing to consider is that Contour has already failed once and almost never came back, how far are these other companies away from failing with all these new big names coming into the market, Sony, etc?? Lastly, I doubt you will find more accessories for other cams than you will for the GoPro which will make it just as fun to use outside of just snowboarding.

In closing I will say I am not a GoPro fan boy, just look at my avatar, I had the Contour +2. I got wind of the company eating shit and sold mine asap. I did a ton of research and this season I did buy GoPro.
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I'd steer clear of Contour for a few months until the company sees a bit of stability.

If your a fan of Contours design, it's not on your list and I don't know what your budget is but I now own two Drift Innovation Ghost-S cameras and couldn't be more pleased. Run about $399 a piece but if you shop around you can find it for $360ish. Some of their older models, the Ghost can be found for about $220 on ebay new. And B&H photo has the HD models for $120 bucks.

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For what you get, you can't beat the price, even the base model has a remote. IMO they should be number one in the business, they just don't have the marketing power GoPro has but they certainly have the quality.

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Is Contour even back from the dead? The recessed lens kind of make them a bad buy. Snow gets pack in there easily and then all you have is a white room run that sucks.

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+1 on the drift.

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Is Contour even back from the dead? The recessed lens kind of make them a bad buy. Snow gets pack in there easily and then all you have is a white room run that sucks.

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The Contour+2 doesn't have a recessed lens, and i am sure the Roam doesn't either.

I have never had an issue with collecting powder on my +2's...

But there customer service is most definitely not what it used to be, i have an EU purchased +2 which is still covered under the law for warranty, and has already been replaced in the summer last year, falls inside the 1st year of warranty, and they have basically told me TOUGH...!!!

Well i don't have a problem with that, it will be returned at point of sale for a refund... And they will have to deal with it and contour will of lost a long time customer...!!!
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Agreed on most points said above.. Contour doesn't have a recessed lense and with the roam you don't even need an additional case. I have had mine in all types of conditions and never really had any lense issues..

Now Contour as a company they did file for BK last year but according to the news they ahve come out of BK for now. I am not going to speculate if they will crumble or not. It does raise some very valid concerns..

-Support is not great for the contour.. YOu can use there Facebook page to help drive support issues they need the good social media right now.
-Accessories and cam development will be lagging due to limited funds
-Software is a big negative... Story teller is not great and even worse now that they have had some issues with software bugs with not ETA or fixes...

Now having the Contour Roam and just purchased for the GF the gopro hero 3 I still like my contour. Just seems easier to use to me. One button on and off. I do like the wifi and bluetooth on the gopro but the contour 2 has all of that as well. I also like on the contour the GPS feature and design.

So really have to figure out what you want out of your camera.. Then look for one that has the feature set you are interested in .
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Was looking at the Zeal a few weeks ago... Sales rep at the store told me the camera is amazing, but the goggle is crap.
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I don't mean to disagree, but every picture I find of the +2 has a recessed lens. Snow can still easily pack in there.
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