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Old 11-20-2010, 01:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Should I buy a Contour HD camera?

Just found a Contour HD camera on sale for $222 without the GPS (GPS is $349). I was looking at GoPro's for the simple fact that they are cheap and shoot 1080p HD, but the more I look at the Contour the more I like the way it looks.

Does anyone have a preference of one over the other? Really all I want it for is as a follow cam and a pole cam (modified). So far the few videos I've seen look pretty good and I think I saw them using one in Deeper.
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disclaimer: I haven't used contour

Contour's recessed lens makes it susceptible to snow packing in easily, GoPro's rounded lens deflects snow and is easy to clean.
Contours widest viewing angle is 135deg which is great but the GoPro is 170deg.
The GoPro is also waterproof up to 60meters, where as the Contour is only 'water resistant'
Contour weighs 123g and GoPro 192g.
GoPro has a variety of mounting options outside of POV... I'm unsure of the extent that Contour can do so, if any.
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I've been doing some searching on youtube and from side-by-side split screen views the GoPro seems to have better color, epsecially in low light and a wider screen angle. But the Contour definitely appears to have better image stablization, and the color differences aren't that noticable when the light is sufficient. But I do like the GoPro's mount designs which might be better for follow cams.
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The Drift HD170 is better than the other two. I've posted pics here comparing the three. I use them all but prefer the Drift.
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Old 11-22-2010, 10:43 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Heres a video shot with a contour hd, its pretty boring but gets the idea. I also have it bumped down in quality a lot so that it loads faster on fb otherwise its a big ass file.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref...06119656070819
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is a flip hd with a wide angle lens attachment a bad idea for snowboarding? we have hard pack so we dont have to worry about powder coming anywhere near the lens.
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