So, I am ready to buy an "action-cam" but am having difficulties in choosing. I have never owned a video camera of my own, and have zero experience with editing, but hope to make it a hobby as it does interest me. Here is some info:
I am going to be using this new cam for snowboarding mostly. Other uses may include swimming, paintball, and road-trips. When snowboarding I need something small, and versatile. I like how you can strap the Contour+2 around your head - low profile compared to the GoPro where it would have to mount onto a helmet creating a (teletubby look). As you can tell I am leaning, (barely) towards the Contour.
I have done some hw on the cameras, and spec wise - GoPro Hero3 Black is a better camera than the Contour. Here are some video specs:
GoPro Black: 1080, 60fps - 720, 120fps, something about 4k - slow mode?
Contour+2 : 1080, 30fps - 720, 60fps, Slow Motion - 854 x 480 @ 120/100, 60/50, or 30/25fps
GoPro Black: Still Photo - 12MP - Max 64GB card
Contour +2 - 5MP - Max 32GB card
The GoPro has a better picture, but I am not fond of its' size. Both have the Bluetooth/smartphone app so it lets you view camera settings/video on your phone. The GoPro comes with a WiFi remote, but the Contour has a slick slider on top for ease of record on/off.
I can mount the GoPro 3 to the side of the helmet while snowboarding which does not look awful, and it is 25% smaller than GoPro 1 & 2. The Contour is "water-resistant" meaning I do not have to put the waterproof case on it while snowboarding. I feel as if I am settling with picture quality with Contour, but am getting a better low profile cam. As far as editing goes - I have briefly looked over editing software - Sony Vegas seems to be a decent one. During editing can I brighten up the video, as the Contour seems to look more dark than the GoPro. I can get both on a mad discount as I work at Best Buy.
(This is a GoPro Hero2, which is bigger than the 3)