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    ... and if we just ... GoPro HD HERO Review - Finally Done

    Alright, my full blown HD HERO review has been completed. Please give me some feedback, I can easily make changes if I made any errors or got off tangent. It was a lot of work. Enjoy!

    Refer to (they are all the same thing, mtbreviews.net looks the nicest?):

    http://reviews.mtbr.com/blog/gopro-hd-hero-review/

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    http://www.gramslightbikes.com/2010/...ro-review.html

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    http://mtbreviews.net/gopro-hd-hero-review/

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    You get to play with all the cool stuff! Nice write up btw

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    That is the best, most comprehensive, and accurate summary of the camera I have seen so far. All the pics help a lot. I would only add that the lens's position is totally exposed on the housing and sticks out farther than anything else. It's the first thing to smack into a rock. Some sort of a slightly recessed lens position would save it from some scrapes. Replacement lenses are only about $10 each, but I have already had to avail myself of this item.

    Great job.

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    Setting the standard Brian
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeL
    Setting the standard Brian
    Thks, it was a couple of very late nights working on this one!

    Now its the ContourHD's turn.

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    Just added this to the review:
    ContourHD 1080p vs GoPro HD HERO

    Here is a crude shootout between the 2 camera’s, ‘H’ is for HD HERO and ‘C’ is for ContourHD, a ‘+’ means its a standout, while ‘-’ means a black mark.

    Colors:
    H: warm and vibrant colors.
    C: cooler, but slightly more realistic colors.

    Varying Light:
    H: + superb, great for going from shade to bright sunlight to shade, etc.
    C: good.

    Picture Quality:
    A wash, they are both about the same.

    Usability:
    C: + superb, adjustable lighting settings, on/off is loud with mechanical switch, rotatable lens, laser beam sighting, but most settings are not field changeable.
    H: on/off button and beeps make status difficult, all settings are field changeable, poor aiming ability.

    Elements Protection:
    H: + the housing is waterproof and tough, but the camera has to be in the housing unit else it’s fragile.
    C: good, but can get a bit wet and dirty, they do have a new optional waterproof housing coming out (+?).

    Mounts:
    H: + has more mounts, but requires a good tightening, they’re stable and work well, but mounts can loosen up and rotate out of position, especially when hit/glanced by something.
    C: It tends to wiggle a bit in their mounts, good helmet and frame mount if the goggle mounts are used with a large piece of Velcro.

    Reliability:
    H: – issues with SD Card compatibility, and I had some test units with other issues.
    C: + never one issue with the unit, well made and robust.

    Style:
    C: + compact, stays close to the head.
    H: Its a toaster? It gets whacked by trees on top of your head.

    So which is better? It’s a wash, they both have their attributes and faults, both take good video for what they are, small sport video cameras. To be honest, 1080p is a bit shaky on either camera for most mountain biking footage, so I think the 960p is the best of the bunch, and I always use that mode. I like the ContourHD slightly better, mostly for its usability.

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    Great review you wrote on the Gopro.

    Your comparison between Gorpro and Contour is crude as you state.

    Whilst deciding whether I should buy the Gorpro or the Contour I was checking a lot of online videos + DL Vimeo ones.
    It quickly came apparent that more Contour videos had the jello effect.
    Also, especially for MTB videos, the contour did not frame the trails as well as the Gopro. (too much sky or too much trail) Simple reason, Gopro MTB videos are usually filmed at 960P resolution - 170FOV . (compare to 135 on the contour)
    Those were the two main points why I got the Gopro.
    In fact, the only feature I like more on the Contour is its shape - more discreet.

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    One of the main reasons for the jello effect on the Contour is their mount system, it is a bit sloppy, if you use the goggle mount with a large piece of Velcro it works much better, the best yet is to use the XtremeVu Cam Clamp http://www.gramslightbikes.com/2010/...ns-review.html it makes the Contour part of the helmet.

    I pretty much always shoot in 960p with the ContourHD 1080p, but I don't mind the 135 FOV.

    For me, the main highlight of the Contour is its usability.

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    say brian - like I said, I was going to do a GoPro vs ContourHD video thread but your review is so good it doesnt make sense to do a separate review. Do you mind if I put up comparison videos (ContourHD 1080 vs GoPro HD) in this thread? I'll also put them in as videos in your review as comments too if you don't mind.

    Here's the comparison videos

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.ph...05#post6826205
    Last edited by LeeL; 04-20-2010 at 10:41 AM.
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