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View Poll Results: Which POV camera do you like more
Get the GoPro! It's got better image and who cares if you look funny. 24 72.73%
Go with the Contour! It's sleek and you'll have friggen lasers on your friggen head. 9 27.27%
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I think the form factor of the Contour makes it the better helmet cam but the GoPro is getting used in alot of stuff. Jackass 3D was using gopros. I've seen them use a bunch on Mythbusters. Those guys have the budget to get what ever they need and the gopro is what they got.
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ContourGPS is the new one. 1080p 30fps or 720P 60fps, plus other aspect and FPS variations.

It has time lapse still mode.

It has Built in GPS!!!

It has a variety of new mounts!

It has fricken lasers!!!!!!

It looks better than the toaster on your helmet and less likely to get get caught on things and lose the alignment.

Contour has a website for storing and showing your vids, including the new GPS data using Google maps with speed and elevation Contour >> FILE0010 by kurt.

Contour >> Hand-Picked Stories

Contour >> Contour Eye Candy by Contour

Sorry GoPro... 2nd place.... No ficken laser beams
How far under water can you take the contour? GoPro has a 180' rating. But sadly no lasers or gps.
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Who the hell cares what the camera looks like, i would choose the goproHD any day.
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How many cameras actually have lasers? That seems like a completely useless thing, just to get you to buy it. The GoPro could be used as a helmet cam, mounted on a pole, held in your hand, whatever you would need, with ease. It has a, what I think is a 170 degree angle lens, which makes the range wider, along with it's beautiful quality. All those extra features really aren't necessary
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See I completely agree with what the majority of you guys are saying... So I was thinking of getting the GoPro HD Hero Motorsport because it comes with so many attachments and i can mount it on my car during road trips for some extra shot fun too! Also saw some sick vids in the other GoPro thread someone else has up... Sold me, just wish they could look a bit more pretty hahah! But whatever works eh!
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The object of the lasers is to align the camera including rotation. This is especially important when the camera is mounted on a bike or hang glider and there is nothing worse than watching a video where the whole thing is slightly leaning to one side. The only thing worse is to spend the day filming only to discover when you get back that you got a leaning video or you have cut everyones head off in your videos.

There are numerous mounts for the Contour cameras as well, including bike mounts, helmet mounts, surfboard mounts, windshield mounts, vented bicycle helmet mounts. They have a mount for putting the camera on a pole too, I have shot a lot of my vids that way.

Be careful with super wide angle lenses. Contour is 135 degrees, GoPro is 170 degrees. The human eye field of view is 130 degrees. If you go too wide you get barrelling and other distortions. Also you have to be very close to other objects for them to appear at a decent size in the video. I find no more than 15ft otherwise the other people look tiny on the screen.

It will be interesting to see which camera is still in the market in the next 12 months. Especially once the Contour GPS cameras start posting vids with real time speeds and map displays. I can see a lot of people trying for some serious snow speed records. And as the saying goes, if it ain't on video, it never happened!!!

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you know I'd be fine with the toaster shape if only it came in black...
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So does the contour GPS that's what I'm looking at anyways. But the whole lense rotation deal... Does the lense auto rotate to balance? Or is that some thing you do manually?
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No you rotate it manually. Basically you can mount the camera anywhere. Press the back button and have the lasers come on. That allows you to check elevation and alignment, then finally rotate the lens until both lasers are horizontal. Takes all of a a few seconds to check and adjust.

I find that when the camera is mounted on the side of my helmet it leans in a little bit as the helmet curves up and over as it goes up the side. I dial in a little counter rotation and thats it.

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