Go Pro or Drift HD

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  1. TigerNoir

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    Looking at buying a video camera to mount on my helmet.

    Which do you use & why?

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    fierostetz Been here awhile

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    It's the industry standard.

    A friend of mine is creative director for motortrend, they use gopros. The video production team at the college I work at, all gopros. I've owned every gopro and several contours, and there was no comparison. Just use google to pull up some reviews- gopro always wins.
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    gravityisnotmyfriend Long timer

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    Gopro 1 or 2?

    The Gopro Hero 1 and Drift are comparable. Really depends on what you are using it for. Outside during the day, Hero 1 wins. Lower light? I think the Drift edge the gopro.

    But, the Hero 2 is far better in all aspects. Even has options for the amount of fish eye on different resolution settings. I had a Hero 1, now I have a Hero 2.
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  4. Hodgo

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    DRIFT HD.

    Standard remote start wireless button.

    You can preview your videos without a PC on site right there and then & hear the audio.

    You can swivel the lense to any angle without having to buy another mount like the go pro.
    You can change out the lenses when they get scratched.
    170 Field of view full HD
    Takes photos in bursts as well as video. Can change settings like resolution without having to connect it to a computer.
    Takes any old external microphone from tricky dickies or jaycar which IMO improves the audio.

    Excellent customer support.

    IMO Gopros are industry standard just like Apple Iphones. They make their money out of all the accessories you have to purchase to make them work properly.

    Drift HD is simple.
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  5. AJC

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    Just to throw another option into the equation - Sony have just released their first offering into this segment of the market, the Actioncam http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wu8MKceMve4 . With a long history behind them in the professional broadcast market and with the Carl Zeis lens it promises to be a good offering - lets hope so anyway i've just ordered one!
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  6. TigerNoir

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    More views & opions guys. Still not convinced.

    I saw a you tube with both cams and the Go Pro looked better but the Drift HD they were using didn't have the new fimware upgrade installed. They reckon it's much better, especially with exposure.
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  7. GagsD2

    GagsD2 ...Are we there yet?

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    Well I am looking at purchasing too and had my heart set on the go pro 2 as I've used my daughters but that Sony unit looks the goods too.......more research required now
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    As above, the only drama I have with mine is the wind noise. I think there is a mod you can do to the microphone to fix it, a wind sock or something, haven't tried this yet.
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  10. Hodgo

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    Yes the latest firmware is much better with regards to exposure.

    I have taped some masking tape over the internal mic with some success. Prefer to use an external mic tucked up in the helmet.

    Wind noise is something that I have always heard when people use their GoPros.

    Mounted on the side is ok. But Im inclined to think that on top is better if you want to take advantage of the full 170Degree View.
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5Xa67tqigTs?list=UUyvjJoluOPkdiZtO6OcrO6w&amp;hl=en_US" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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    Had a play with my new Sony Actioncam today - very impressed. I like the fact that you can use your mobile phone as a viewfinder to frame the shot and as a remote contol. The steady shot is far better than anything else i've seen and as you would expect from Sony the quality is excellent - heres a direct comparrison with the Hero 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvfXWzmldYI
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    PBee owya goin mate

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    Yep
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  13. TigerNoir

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    Went and had a look at the Sony Action Camera today and I think I like.... It also seems to be beating the Go Pro in the side by side video test and the sound quality seems to be better. Looks like it needs to be housed in the clear housing thou as the lense cannot be changed. That's the only downer I have found so far.....
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    GagsD2 ...Are we there yet?

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    Awesome comparison video.......amazing how how 2 cams at same time can see things so differently. There was a time the sun spots on the Sony were an issue; not sure if there was a splash on the lens or not.........many thanks
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    GagsD2 ...Are we there yet?

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    AWESOME video
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  16. Sean-0

    Sean-0 straya carnt

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    awaiting the hero 3 ..was going to drop the hammer on a new hero 2 but ill wait ...very nice cam for 399 US
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  17. TigerNoir

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    Do we know when the Hero 3's are due out in Oz?
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    Just got released here in England I think this morning
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  19. gravityisnotmyfriend

    gravityisnotmyfriend Long timer

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    You say all of these like they are positives that the gopro lacks.

    Gopro:
    Swivel mounts included
    You can change out lenses when they get scratched
    170° field of view in full HD - with the choices of 127° and 90° (drift doesn't have those options)
    Takes photos in bursts as well as video. Either 3 pics/second or 10 pics/second (drift doesnt' have those options) Can change settings like resolution without having to connect it to a computer.
    Takes any old external microphone from tricky dickies or jaycar which IMO improves the audio.
    You can preview your videos without a PC on site right there and then & hear the audio. (with optional Bacpac)
    remote start wireless button - which is another option.
    Excellent customer support.
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  20. BMWayne

    BMWayne old but slow

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    I purchased a Drift HD..
    * Has an LCD - So I can view footage to be sure I'm capturing what I want.
    * Is IMHO a better shape - doesn't stand out like .... and will be harder to knock off by passing objects
    * Quality of footage is comparable to the others

    I'm not sure watching footage on youtube is a real test of quality or fair comparision of products - what compression software is used etc etc.

    The quality of footage taken in 1080 played through the TV is amazing compared to youtube.

    Disclaimer - I'm not an expert - just a beginner.
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