roshea wrote:Pete wrote:Drift HD170 versus Go Pro Hero comparison video done by Gizmag. Note theis is not the Go Pro Hero 2, which has a number of additional features and improvements - variable field of view (170, 120 and 90 degrees), much more useable interface; and it has an additional LCD back available for an extra $120.
That's the older version of the HD170 - the newer one ("Stealth") has higher frame rates (up to 60fps in 720p) and better low-light performance.
Fortunately there are quite a few reviews of the relatively small number of contenders - it's just difficult to balance up all the pros and cons.
I was inspired by seeing brit_in_oz on the snow ride, but I ended up with the Contour because it was a Christmas present and I had not actually made a choice nor done the in depth research. Not complaining though as the form factor is good. And the results are excellent especially if you use a proper micro SD card of sufficient write speed (class 6). The editing arrangements are a bit of a pain though as the format used is .mov which is QuickTime. Have not done any real editing yet as a result.
In retrospect, the critical factors in my opinion are in addition to your original statement:
Ease of set up
Ease of mounting
Ease of downloading and editing
Quality of the operating information/instructions. I do RTFM because frequently the operational procedures are less than intuitive for this Bear of little brain.
Quality and availability of online support.
A nice thing about the Contour is that I have such a choice of speeds and resolutions.