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Old 11-06-2011, 08:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone I'm looking into getting a helmet cam and can't decide which one I mean the contour looks like it would mount better on the googles and is smaller but the battery life is lower and video quality looks lower. The gopro mounts from what I've read are a pain to get setup but I like the color and video quality better. I also like the gopro seems more rugged and better for sledding in the powder in the mountains

I'm just looking for anyone's opinions on these cameras and suggestions for me

Thanks, Mike
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Go Pro just came out with HERO 2. Supposed to be awesome. I looked at the video they have. Go to YouTube and type in GoPro and see the channel, or go to the homepage. I think both are very good, but I have a Go Pro and have never used a contour, so I am biased.
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Hey everyone I'm looking into getting a helmet cam and can't decide which one I mean the contour looks like it would mount better on the googles and is smaller but the battery life is lower and video quality looks lower. The gopro mounts from what I've read are a pain to get setup but I like the color and video quality better. I also like the gopro seems more rugged and better for sledding in the powder in the mountains

I'm just looking for anyone's opinions on these cameras and suggestions for me

Thanks, Mike


exact opposite of what your saying. i have 2 contours and ride with 2 buddies that run the go pro's. equal video quality (get a bit of fish bowl effect from the go pro, but still awesome quality) the battery life on the contour is better. i get about 20mins+ more run time than my buddies.

we ride mtns only, both are awesome for it. you can buy the water proof incasement for the contour for $30 bucks...works awesome...even for underwater videoing.

you can check out my vids on here....i have over a 130 sleddin vids. the contour has been through hell and back.

you cant go wrong with either one, i dont think there is a clear winner.
good luck.

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[QUOTE=Highmark;6001818]exact opposite of what your saying. i have 2 contours and ride with 2 buddies that run the go pro's. equal video quality (get a bit of fish bowl effect from the go pro, but still awesome quality) the battery life on the contour is better. i get about 20mins+ more run time than my buddies.

we ride mtns only, both are awesome for it. you can buy the water proof incasement for the contour for $30 bucks...works awesome...even for underwater videoing.

you can check out my vids on here....i have over a 130 sleddin vids. the contour has been through hell and back.

you cant go wrong with either one, i dont think there is a clear winner.
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are you using the case in your videos?
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in a couple of them yes, you cant tell when you are or not. i bought the cases for i was going to run one of my cams on my head and one on the sled. wnated it to be protected on the sled. works great...but my mounting skills arent the best...lol. lost it twice.
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Thanks guys, my main problem with the gopro is if i put it on top of my helmet when im boondocking through the trees it could possibly ripped off if i dont duck down enough. With the contour mounted on the goggles its a nice sleek design but im worried about when i fall off and land in the snow, i know the contour has a waterproof case but its still a concern of mine.
How much recording time and battery life are you getting Highmark? Should i buy an extra battery and 32g card because i want it to last a whole day. I dont plan on recording a whole day just when i get to some big hills or some nice powder.
Another question i have is how hard is uploading the files to the computer and editing it into a usable video. Im decent with computers but have never done any video editing.

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Hey Mike,

Editing is a nightmare...not because of the software provided but the TIME. heres a tip. DO NOT record long periods at a time. instead turn it off and on often. when i first got my cams i was recording everything non stop. royal pita!! with the on and off, much shorter vids yet your still getting everything.

both have good editing software...well good as they come anyways.
im terrible at editing. in fact i do very little editing.

i carry 2 spare batteries for each cam...seems excessive i know but it does get cold! another tip...keep your spare batteries close to your body. i put them in my inside jacket pocket.
i vid all day, all the time. not continuously tho.

like i said, you can literally toss a coin between the 2. i am not loyal to any one thing. you'll hear guys on here tell ya ones way better and so on...because they own it. i have experience with both and they are a toss up. some things the gp does better others the contour.

as for mounting...gp has awesome mounting. if burandt isnt riping his gp off the top of his head while tree riding...i think your safe..lol

the contour goggle mount is great but i like the top of the helmet view better. oh and be sure to grab a bunch more velcro mounts!

good luck man
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Thanks so much for all the help highmark and yes I never thought about it that way but if burandt can keep it on his helmet I know I can

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no prob!

cant wait to see some vids!!
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I just got the Hero2 about a week ago. The only test Ive done with it was using the suction cup mount on my truck. I drove on the highway at 70 mph and the thing didn't move and the video was very smooth in 1080p.
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