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Old 04-20-2013, 09:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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If the prize is secondary, which action cam would you get and why?

My brother wants to get an action cam which I could borrow. I'll use it for snowboarding (make a run, whatch the vid on the chairlift to check what I could improve, do the next run a.s.o.), kite surfing (must be waterproof), xc horseriding (so it shouldn't be too delicate i.e. a bit resistent to falls) and brother for motorcycling.

Searching for info I found this table http://www.snowboardingforum.com/pho...k-vs-sony.html but I'm a noob so most of the technical numbers don't help me.

Brother is into high-end stuff, always wants to get the newest, most fancy and expensive models. He wants to have the one that makes the best quality vids. Do less well known brands exist, not listed in the table we should check? I'd like to have one that can be handled by noobs without a degree in photo technology. From his (photo)cameras I know that the more high end, the more complicated the handling... is this also true for action cameras?

Are the cams waterproofe/light sensitive enough to use them also to take pics while scuba diving? (not a must but nice to have)

From scattered comments on this forum I got the impression that the battery is one of the cons of the GoPro black. But this can be handled by having several batteries? If it makes the best vids, we'd accept the short battery time.

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Most of us will have only owned one or two cameras from the list, so the list is going to be a better starting point than anyone's opinion. OTOH I'm not sure if that list was created by a particular brand, and would therefore be biased.

I did a comparison of a Contour Roam and Drift 1080p here. Having said all that, I'm going to be getting a Drift Ghost this year in time for next season. Things I consider most important:
  • Waterproof
  • Easy to tell if it's recording
  • Easy to control
  • Can review vids on the mountain
  • Tough
  • Streamlined. I accept that I'm going to look somewhat like tinky-winky, but less is better.

That's in more-or-less order of importance. Notice that "video quality" isn't on there. AFAIK none of the major brands has quality so sucky that you'd toss it at a tree. So whether any particular model has 12 modes or 15 is kind of irrelevant.

The Drift Ghost has one feature that I consider unbeatable. Don't know if any of the others have it as well. You can turn on a "tape loop" where it records continuously, saving the last 5 minutes. At any point you can hit a button and the current "last 5 minutes" gets saved to a separate video file. Good for catching unexpected events.

If anyone has impressions of other cameras on the list, would be good to hear from them.
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I will be getting the ion air pro2 when it comes out. It was a toss up between the drift ghost and the ion but I do a lot of jet skiing in the summer. So the need of not having to get a waterproof case is the deal breaker.
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Contour HD (original 1080p camera) or Hero 2.
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Hands down, drift ghost wins.

I have the hero 3 black edition. The drift hd and the ghost. I have also used a contour and ion.

The features, size, image quality and user friendliness all combine to make it my go to camera. I have learned to hate gopro because something is always fucked up with it.

I would like to try the jvc and Sony action cams since both make great electronics.
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Bad part with the Sony is its limited audio options and it has to be mounted vertically.
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Another Good thing with the ghost is it has a built in LCD screen to watch your clips without either buying some backpack bullshit or killing your phones battery using wifi or bluetooth to review your filming. It's also waterproof out of the box without the plastic cases some of the other cameras require.
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Ya the ghost is sweet but the screen worries me a bit I haven't had good luck with gorilla glass not breaking and 9 feet isn't going to cut the mustard in water proofing. If the ion doesn't get to market soon I will be sporting a ghost though. Gopro just isn't a option.
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Also with drift cams you can angle the lense? Like twist it? is that right?
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