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GoPro Hero 2 VS Contour Plus

Hey Everyone.

I have the opportunity to buy a contour plus really cheap brand new. I was in the market in buying a camera and was going to go with the gopro hero 2 but wanted to get some opinions before I purchased anything. If you could buy either for the same low price lets say as an example $100 which would you buy.

I like the gopro hero 2 for its clarity and accessories however I do not like the shape.

I like the contour for its shape but the clarity doesnt seem to be there.

Can anyone with experience with both help me out before I commit to buying?

Thanks so much!
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Hey Everyone.

I have the opportunity to buy a contour plus really cheap brand new. I was in the market in buying a camera and was going to go with the gopro hero 2 but wanted to get some opinions before I purchased anything. If you could buy either for the same low price lets say as an example $100 which would you buy.

I like the gopro hero 2 for its clarity and accessories however I do not like the shape.

I like the contour for its shape but the clarity doesnt seem to be there.

Can anyone with experience with both help me out before I commit to buying?

Thanks so much!
for 100? buy both!!
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for 100? buy both!!
I wish I could I was just using 100 as an example of an even amount. Does anyone have any insight?
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It really just comes down to your personal preference.

If you want something more subtle while sacrificing a bit of video quality, go with the contour. Some people don't like how protruding the gopro is.

Personally I'd go with the better image quality of the go pro, but I don't really care how it looks mounted on my helmet.

So it's up to you!

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The comparison vids on YouTube were enough to convince me that the GoPro was the way to go.
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Thanks everyone! I figured the picture quality was better on the gopro hero 2 but wasn't for sure. Does anyone know of a good way to to mount the go pro for snowboarding. The chest strap isnt going to work the best as well not a big fan of the helmet idea either.

Any kind of knee strap??? Something for different angles?
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I for my son and I drift HD cameras and am happy with my purchase. $189 rach
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I have a Contour and mainly got it for the lone fact that it looks better than a GoPro when mounted to a helmet. The GoPro is a GREAT product wrapped in a mediocre package.

Since most of my videos end up getting edited to high heaven anyway, clarity almost becomes a non-factor. You're shooting for yourself, not for IMAX.

Besides, the quality of the riding and editing will almost undoubtedly make everyone forget that the white balance is off or there's jitters in the video or things like that. Cameras won't matter if your footage has knee-deep pow and some nice glades.

Buy what you can afford, since they're both good buys anyway.
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the GoPro has tons of mounts..wrist, helmet, goggles, on-the-board, etc. you can also angle it different directions, like you can put it on your helmet and angle it anywhere from facing front to facing your feet. pretty awesome helmet mount is also mostly what i've seen snowboarders wearing on the mountain
edit: if you don't like the helmet or chest mounts i'd go with wrist or goggles

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Drift HD. I have an HD170 Stealth, love the quality and small form factor. Plus it's rugged as hell. I thought the Drift HD had the best color reproduction of the three.

I think the HD Hero/Hero2 color reproduction overcompensates a bit but the Contour definitely loses points for clarity. Clarity cannot be regained as easily as color filters can be added so the Hero/Hero2 definitely wins on quality. The Hero2 has a regular 3.5mm audio jack for external mics. I'd go Hero2 between the two but overall grab the Drift, either the HD170 Stealth or Drift HD Action.
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