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I am really wanting a Go Pro to video rides/kids activities. I don't need top of the line. What do you think of this $199 one at best buy? There is a $129 version but its even older model and I don't think it comes with enough mounts.


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post #2 of 21 Old 05-22-2015, 11:27 AM
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The tech used in these has changed very, very quickly. The main driver is smartphones and the research going into it. What's new one year, becomes outdated quickly and the price drops.

In addition, WiFi and BT have new standards that'll outdate yesterdays devices. Some of these might be implemented already.

GoPro took the lead and now Sony, JVC and many others have jumped in.

Point: If you wait, you'll get more bang for your buck or be given options not seen yet. The GoPro got fame but the complete package wasn't so great. but it worked. Things like remote control, battery life, storage, remote screen, etc... will all improve.

I bought a pocket HD camera years ago, it works great, but the remote sucks. It won't stay in standby mode even with A/C power, low light really sucks, and several other things that are probably standard now.

Having said that, it the specs vs price are good for you, then fine. No need to "wait till next year" just to save $50 or get the better one at the same price.

Much like buying a PC, I wait for a certain level of advancement, then usually buy what will last me for years. I then don't upgrade until I really need to.

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There are alternatives to GoPro. I will be exploring them with my next action can purchase. Here is my track record. Hero2 died at 14mo. Purchased 2 contour roams almost 3 years ago and they are still alive and well. Last year I bought a hero3 black. Within a month the WiFi button lead to a constantly dead battery. I fixed it myself, since GoPro only offered a 10% discount instead of addressing the issue. For $500 I expected a lot less frustration. My default rig is the contour now. 2 cameras last a whole day of riding, and I can tell by touch if the camera is turned on...granted that doesn't tell me if the card is full or the battery is dead.

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There are alternatives to GoPro. I will be exploring them with my next action can purchase. Here is my track record. Hero2 died at 14mo. Purchased 2 contour roams almost 3 years ago and they are still alive and well. Last year I bought a hero3 black. Within a month the WiFi button lead to a constantly dead battery. I fixed it myself, since GoPro only offered a 10% discount instead of addressing the issue. For $500 I expected a lot less frustration. My default rig is the contour now. 2 cameras last a whole day of riding, and I can tell by touch if the camera is turned on...granted that doesn't tell me if the card is full or the battery is dead.
Good review, I was looking at the Hero 3 seems to have the features I want. I will check the Contours out too now.

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Contours also sit more flush to surfaces rather than a boxy device.

+1 on Contour. If you need extended life get the models with the removable battery.

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Does the contour come with easy to use software?

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I have the Contour+. Wish I had the +2 . On the +2 the main switch turns the camera on and starts recording with the one motion. Other than that it's a great camera except for trying to film at night

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Does the contour come with easy to use software?
I am a Linux dork; if it did I wouldn't be able to use it but I do not recall if it came with anything.

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Their software is available online

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Just look at videos online and look at quality. I like GoPro over Contour. Now the Snea Prism is looking real good but it only records 1080p @30FPS and not 60FPS.

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plain and simple, i have yet to find something other than gopro that provides near the quality of video.

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Sure the Go pro has slightly better video quality. There are several reasons to look at other cameras. The go pro is bulky and has shitty battery life. Along with being difficult to use as compared to others. It's not waterproof. It's difficult to start filming on the fly. It doesn't have a rotating lens, making it only being capable of filming either horizontally or vertically. Which you must change in the settings. When using the waterproof case you lose sound. You have to buy accessories to even mount the the camera to anything. The Contour gets my vote because of these reasons along with being cheaper than the Go pro. They also have an app to control the camera just like go pro .

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Does anyone here have experience with how the Contour Roam 3 stacks up vs the older models?

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I would go for a SJCAM SJ5000+ right now for $150. Similar to a gopro3 and much cheaper.

Or in instance a SJ4000 wifi for $75, which is very close to a gopro2

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Does anyone here have experience with how the Contour Roam 3 stacks up vs the older models?
Your best bet is to look at YouTube videos for comparison.

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Sure the Go pro has slightly better video quality. There are several reasons to look at other cameras. The go pro is bulky and has shitty battery life. Along with being difficult to use as compared to others. It's not waterproof. It's difficult to start filming on the fly. It doesn't have a rotating lens, making it only being capable of filming either horizontally or vertically. Which you must change in the settings. When using the waterproof case you lose sound. You have to buy accessories to even mount the the camera to anything. The Contour gets my vote because of these reasons along with being cheaper than the Go pro. They also have an app to control the camera just like go pro .
If you can wait, the video quality will only go up. Just like digi cams did in the old days.
Smartphones are driving MANY things:
Battery life
Camera quality, including low light
On the device editing
Processor power which leads to burst mode and other things
Communications (new WiFi specs, BT specs...)
Price points

Just to name a few. Just wait and see what happens next ... I too hate waiting...

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I still use a contour roam and go pro 1 lol, I have relics of cameras but they're still running so no need to upgrade yet.

As for cameras, the top of the line gopro at the moment is extremely impressive in specs with 4k shooting. Talk about going through memory cards.

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Ill say right now... My hero 3+ black edition gets TRUMPED in video quality vs my buddies hero 4 black.

And my hero 3+ black does an amazing job at recording video.

Mounts etc... cmon shit is cheap and with the proper arms you can mount the camera horizontal or vertical. Settings are easily changed, and TBH once you figure out what filming style you like.... you hardly change the settings. And if you really want to change the settings, go pro app on your phone and you never have to touch the camera.

There is a reason you see gopros being used vs others for professional stuff... it simply gets better video!

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I have a drift stealth 2 that I really like. My favorite part it that the lens rotates to orient it, so you don't have to mount it horizontally. And it's pretty small.

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If you can wait, the video quality will only go up. Just like digi cams did in the old days.
Smartphones are driving MANY things:
Battery life
Camera quality, including low light
On the device editing
Processor power which leads to burst mode and other things
Communications (new WiFi specs, BT specs...)
Price points

Just to name a few. Just wait and see what happens next ... I too hate waiting...
That's another reason to buy cheap chinese cameras.

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