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best helmet cam 2011-2012 for a novice videographer?

post #1 of 16
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I'm looking to buy my first helmet cam, and am thinking a helmet side mount or goggle mount makes the most sense to avoid getting snagged on trees when tree skiing (and safer than a front helmet mount in a crash).   With that in mind, it seems like a Contour might work better than a GoPro (bulkier/heavier?) for this sort of mount.  I was thinking of buying the Contour Roam (I'm assuming I wouldn't need a waterproof case?) as a good first choice.  Any thoughts on this?  Anyone tried the Contour Roam yet?

 

 

 

post #2 of 16

I ski trees and have never had trouble with my GoPro getting snagged or hitting a branch.  If I was seriously worried about that I would just use a chest harness.  For my money GoPro is more versatile and I think it's better.  I've used my scuba diving and being able to put the LCD back on it is a big plus.

post #3 of 16

Hi,

 

 

I have a GoPro, and the ease-of-use and "cool" factor when you see your footage is awesome.  The case is VERY sturdy.

 

 

All that said, yes, a front (or even top) mount can be very dangerous... I had a forward fall last season and was wearing my GoPro on the front of my helmet... as I impacted the ground the GoPro torqued my neck at an angle, and I still have residual issues from that fall.


Edited by Vitamin Ski - 11/21/11 at 8:07pm
post #4 of 16
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My problem with the GoPro Chest mount is the footage feels like the skier is in the back seat, with lots of views of the knees pumping up and down.

The other potential "pro" of the Contour as far as I can tell is that it seems easier to know when it is recording or not based on the slide button... 

post #5 of 16
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My problem with the GoPro Chest mount is the footage feels like the skier is in the back seat, with lots of views of the knees pumping up and down.

The other potential "pro" of the Contour as far as I can tell is that it seems easier to know when it is recording or not based on the slide button... 



Well, the GoPro beeps once when it records, and beeps three times when it is done recording a clip.

 

If it is windy or loud, you'd have to take it off and see the red indicator light flashing, which means it is recording.

 

 

The GoPro also has the ability to take photographs at intervals, eliminating the need for a camera (which is nice for compulsive photographers like me)

post #6 of 16

I had the GoPro HD for last winter and used a top helmet mount and the Chesty.  I did get hung up in a branch with the top mount really bad, it lifted me off my skis, then I heard a loud snap.  Thought I had broken the Gopro off the helmet, but in fact the branch broke.  Glue really works!

 

I now have upgraded to the GoPro HD2.  The beeps are much louder and it has LEDs on all sides for your friend to confirm is its recording.

 

I'm torn between the Helmut mount and the Chesty.  I find the Chesty gives you a better perspective of the terrain your skiing.  Possibly mounting it as high as possible on the chest and not pointing to far down will help.

 

cheers

post #7 of 16

Wife bought me a GoPro for Christmas.  So far:   Pros:  Quality of video is excellent everywhere, inside, snow, trees, close, far etc.  Ease of operation and set up.  Functionality of all the parts. The beep when on and off is worthless to me as I khave high frequency hearing loss, so have to or have partner look for light to be sure whether on or off. Mounted on helmet and I notice the weigth although I am sure with more use I won't notice it is there.  Have to be a different type of tree skier when wearing as I will not be able to "duck" under branches etc.  I won't wear the GoPro all the time  just when there is a special need.  Example:   Cat skiing for 2 days, will wear for one attempting to pick the clearest day. Should point out I am an old fart, my wife calls me electronically impaired but still have it working.

post #8 of 16

The Contours (Roam, GPS, and +) have a slide- you push it forward and it is recording, you push it back and the recording stops (it also beeps once when recording and twice when you stop).  It's very simple and you immediately know whether you are recording or not.  The Countours also have the ability to take photographs at intervals.
 

The one downside to the Contour Roam is that it will only record at 30 frames per second, while the GPS and + will record at 60 frames per second at 720p.

 

One other cool thing with the GPS and the + is that you can use an Android or iPhone as an LCD and to control it using bluetooth.

 

CJ
 

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Well, the GoPro beeps once when it records, and beeps three times when it is done recording a clip.

 

If it is windy or loud, you'd have to take it off and see the red indicator light flashing, which means it is recording.

 

 

The GoPro also has the ability to take photographs at intervals, eliminating the need for a camera (which is nice for compulsive photographers like me)



 

 

post #9 of 16

Forgot to mention- I'm using a Contour Roam with a swivel mount mounted on the side of my helmet.  I woudn't recommend a goggle mount as I've read lots of people saying that it shakes too much.

 

CJ

post #10 of 16

 

Rather than gluing/screwing to your helmet, you might want to consider the headband both GoPro and Contour offer. At least, the camera will not become a neck twisting anchor when you do a faceplant.  I am a big fan of Contour because of the basic shape and ease of use. (I have a GoPro Wide and Contour ROAM)  ...plus you can rotate the lens on the Contour.  But, GoPro's head strap is like, 500% better than Contour's.  Contour should not have released such poorly designed item. 

 

Jim

post #11 of 16

Was considering the contour roam?  Would be interested in comments concerning the 30 fps?  For those of you that have it, are you satisfied with the 30 fps?

post #12 of 16

I was pleasantly surprised on how well the video turned out that I took with my ROAM:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/105046/new-contour-camera-roam

 

CJ

 

post #13 of 16

I didn't have much luck with the standard gopro mounts on my helmet.  I've got the Spaceballs series Giro Talon that didn't really have a good place to use the adhesive mounts.  I wound up taking apart the elastic helmet mount and just riviting it directly to the helmet.  Takes pretty decent videos when running the course.

 

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post #14 of 16

One more thought - if you get a gopro spend the extra $70 and get the lcdBak.  Makes it a lot easier to deal with the camera menus, you can watch what you are recording or have recorded right on the camera.

post #15 of 16
Gopro, good for all seasons.
post #16 of 16

Fun thing with the gopro is that you can do a lot more than helmet mount it.  Tried it out yesterday attached to my mono ski.  Not the most exciting video but it shows you what is possible with the cameras.  I figure I'll attach it to one of my skis for race night and see how that looks.

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