Extreme Sports have been very popular in the last 20+ years. It has always been a challenge for these sports enthusiasts to visually document their amazing accomplishments. Digital cameras have allowed many in the past 10 years or so to strap on a handheld camera to their helmet or carry as they performed their daredevil stunts. These cameras are bulky and prone to all sorts of problems. Within the last 2 years, we have seen some interesting advances in portable HD camera designs. The two cameras I will compare are specifically designed for the extreme sports enthusiast to strap on and record their achievements in 1080p HD video.
Basic criteria for the comparison:
- Under $500.00 USD pricepoint.
- 1080p HD recording.
- Designed for extreme sports video recording.
- Single button – hands free recording.
Video footage taken from the GoPro Motorsports HD Hero.
Video footage taken from the VholdR Contour HD.
First: The GoPro HD Motorsports Hero.
The GoPro HD Hero is a small rectangular camera that looks like your typical “point and shoot” camera. The actual model that is referenced for this comparison is the GoPro HD Motorsports Hero. This camra comes with:
- 1 HD HERO Camera (5 megapixel)
- 1 Rechargable 1100 mAh Lithium-Ion Battery
- 1 Waterproof Quick-Release Housing (180’/60 m)
- 3 Flat, 3M™ Adhesive Mounts
- 2 Curved, 3M™ Adhesive Mounts
- 2 Quick-Release Buckles
- 1 Vertical Surface “J-Hook” Buckle
- 1 Suction Cup Mount
- 1 Three-Way Pivoting Side Arm Assembly
- 1 USB Cable
- 1 Component Video (HDTV) Cable
- 1 Composite Video + Audio Out Cable
- Warranty: One Year
- Lens Type: Fixed Focus (2ft/.6m – ∞), glass
- Aperture: f/2.8 (high performance in low-light situations)
- Angle of View: 170º ultra wide angle in WVGA, 720p, or 960p mode
- Angle of View: 127º wide angle in 1080p mode
HD Video Resolution Modes:
- 1080p = 1920×1080 pixels (16:9), 30 fps, 15 Mbit/s data rate
- 960p = 1280×960 pixels (4:3), 30 fps, 12 Mbit/s data rate
- 720p = 1280×720 pixels (16:9), 60 fps, 15 Mbit/s data rate
- 720p = 1280×720 pixels (16:9), 30 fps, 8 Mbit/s data rate
- WVGA = 848×480 pixels (16:9), 60 fps, 8 Mbit/s data rate
- Microphone: Built-in
- ACC Audio Compression
- Resolution: 5 megapixel
- Capture Modes: Single shot, photo every 2, 5, 10, 30 or 60 secs.; 3 photo burst; self-timer
- Memory: SD card, up to 32GB capacity (SDHC)
- Included memory: None
- 179 grams
Approximate Retail Pricing: $300.00 USD.
Second: The ContourHD.