Gopro vs Contour question

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Joevano, May 23, 2012.

  1. SF_Rider

    SF_Rider Been here awhile

    Feb 2, 2011
    The go pro system is MUCH more versatile with regards to mounting options. Some complain about it's 'bulkier' form. While not as sleek as a contour, the contour is very difficult to mount in creative places. Gopro spends a great deal of time developing variious mounting applications.

    Oh, and I feel the quality of the gp2 is much better.
  2. kamikazekyle

    kamikazekyle Been here awhile

    Feb 12, 2012
    Greater Hampton Roads, VA
    For those (or even the OP if he decides to get one) still considering, I feel a lot of people mis-mount the GoPro's for helmet POV shots. They stick the camera on the side or top of the helmet for a POV angle, which simply creates a massive vertical distortion, or results in the viewer feeling as though they're floating next to the rider. And, for those that ride on tight trails, something that can easily get snagged on trees or the like.

    I've set up my POV shots by positioning the GoPro right below my visor, roughly around my mouth. It's several inches below my eyes, obviously, but when viewed looks as though the viewer is watching right through my eyes. Mounting is simple -- stick a flat or curved 3M mount somewhere near the mouth area of your helmet, then slap on some connectors to create an "arm" of sorts until it's in position. This setup can work with pretty much any helmet, depending on how many joints/connectors you use. Your body and helmet will naturally absorb vibrations, so long arm lengths are fine. As a bonus, the chances of the camera getting ripped from the helmet are drastically reduced as anything whacking you face first will usually just push the camera towards your helmet rather than torquing it off.

    Now, as for a direct comparison to the Contour, most people already have it covered. The Contour get's big nods for ease of use. The LCDBack, Wifi pak, and remote for the GoPro will help bridge that (when everything is finally released), but at a significant cost. Durability goes to the GoPro thanks to its pretty damn durable cases, and the GoPro does tend to have more mounts. The 1/4 inch camera adapter and a RAM ball make it very flexible. I'm not floored by the video quality of either camera, though the nod goes to the GoPro for a bit better color and better rapid exposure response (going into a tunnel, for example). Video is still too compressed for my liking and suffers from pretty bad compression artifacts during rapid motion. It's the nature of the MPEG4 codec and baseline profile, but I would really like a higher bitrate option or a better sensor (though both would require upgrading the internals -- encoder, CMOS sensor, data bandwidth, etc). Audio on any GoPro or Contour is pretty much useless without an external mic.

    As a side note, I'm thinking about upgrading my GoPro to a Gen2 and modifying the Gen1 to an IR camera for night filming. Plop on some IR lighting on my helmet/bike so I can get good video without blinding anyone. Could come in handy as I do a LOT of riding after dark thanks to my schedule.
  3. Lumpy73

    Lumpy73 n00b

    Apr 14, 2012
    I have been looking at my options for cameras and after speaking with a number of suppliers locally and internationally, who sell these, I have decided to go with the Drift HD. I was surprised how many recommended this over the Go-Pro and the Contour. The reasons were varied, and like a lot of things, all subjective.

    Already has a built in screen to verify your shooting angle, compact and ruggered.

    I'm sure that there are all pros and cons for each one, and a lot of these are based on individual preferences.

    When I get it, I'll do a review on it and let you know my personal thoughts.