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Old 01-26-12, 10:13 PM   #1
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Helmet Cam or GPS?

The reason I am asking the question, is because I am trying to decide which to get first.

GoPro-GoPro has an accessory called a Chest Mount Harness, which makes the camera easier to carry by having the camera front-center of the chest. Instead of having the camera mounted on the helmet. But they do not have a camera that includes GPS, which Contour does have.

Contour-Contour has GPS-enabled helmet cameras. That takes care of having to buy an individual GPS unit, in addition to the helmet camera. But they do not a chest harness in the list of accessories. So the camera can only be mounted on the bike helmet.

Any feedback would be great.

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Old 01-27-12, 02:27 AM   #2
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I have read elsewhere that the Contour GPS unit is much harder on the battery. I have an earlier model Contour which lasts about two hours on the battery. The other aspect with the Contour is that it does not come with a waterproof case and by all accounts rattles more in its mounts.

If I was making a choice now I would go Go Pro out of these two.

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The ContourGPS mounts flush and compact.
I've mounted it using just strips of rubber
from an old inner tube.
Haven't checked out the GPS function though.

ContourGPS tied by the rear triangle w/ rubber strips:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFyXxrqWbPA

ContourGPS tied on the handlebars w/ rubber strips:
[video=youtube;aJA9SXNTsd8]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJA9SXNTsd8&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL[/video]
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I do not think the Contour Roam's GPS is usable for anything other than time & location-tagging your video; maybe adding a speed or map display as well. If you want a GPS for real-time navigation, get one.

I have an older Contour (HD). I use the handbar mount with it, and (so far) have not had problems with it getting rained on. Mount is quite solid, although the mic seems to pick up a lot of mechanical noise from the bike that I never hear myself. (could just be lousy hearing). The headband mount works well for things like snorkeling masks (as does the waterproof case!) but won't attach well to a typical bike helmet. I haven't tried the adhesive helmet mount. I've seen pictures of Contours mounted on different spots of a bike frame as well.

The Go-Pro is larger than anything I want on me or my helmet when riding.
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I have read elsewhere that the Contour GPS unit is much harder on the battery. I have an earlier model Contour which lasts about two hours on the battery. The other aspect with the Contour is that it does not come with a waterproof case and by all accounts rattles more in its mounts.

If I was making a choice now I would go Go Pro out of these two.

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That two-hour limitation is definitely another detractor. I will go on bike rides that total as much as 6-8hrs.
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The ContourGPS mounts flush and compact.
I've mounted it using just strips of rubber
from an old inner tube.
Haven't checked out the GPS function though.

ContourGPS tied by the rear triangle w/ rubber strips:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFyXxrqWbPA

ContourGPS tied on the handlebars w/ rubber strips:
[video=youtube;aJA9SXNTsd8]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJA9SXNTsd8&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL[/video]
As in engineering the mounting.....hmmmm.....(not sarcasm, but hesitant about engineering mounting bracket)
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I do not think the Contour Roam's GPS is usable for anything other than time & location-tagging your video; maybe adding a speed or map display as well. If you want a GPS for real-time navigation, get one.

I have an older Contour (HD). I use the handbar mount with it, and (so far) have not had problems with it getting rained on. Mount is quite solid, although the mic seems to pick up a lot of mechanical noise from the bike that I never hear myself. (could just be lousy hearing). The headband mount works well for things like snorkeling masks (as does the waterproof case!) but won't attach well to a typical bike helmet. I haven't tried the adhesive helmet mount. I've seen pictures of Contours mounted on different spots of a bike frame as well.

The Go-Pro is larger than anything I want on me or my helmet when riding.
I saw Contour's handlebar extension mount in their accessories on their website. Not only would it not work on a racing bike(I have a Specialized Allez' 24-Speed racing road bike). I saw the headband mount which intrigued me. But I am concerned about its' stability. Since I would have my bike helmet on, along with my biking sunglasses(Native).
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