Go Pro Hero 3 is Worth the Upgrade

After having my Go Pro Hero 3 for about a week, I have to say hands down, this is the best sports video camera around.  I got over the notion that this looks like a McDonald’s Happy Meal, but it doesn’t look as intrusive as before.  True, it still looks weird when I see it on someone’s helmet, but you can’t complain about the quality of the videos.

Some observations, comparing it to the Contour (which I’ve used for the past couple years):

  1. It picks up a lot more audio, and a lot more breathing too :).  Because it picks up a lot more audio, it also points out possible maintenance needed on the bike!
  2. It’s much more stable.  There is not as much noise from the mounts (that has always been the problem with the Contour).  I’ve tried various ways to tweak the mount on the Contour, and the last one spelled death for the Contour (using velcro only)
  3. Filming on descents are much smoother, quieter, and each little bump is absorbed.  On the Contour, any little bump feels like you are going down with a spectacular crash.
  4. Stock software seems to have more control of the video itself.  I like the fact that it allows you to adjust the contrast, brightness, sharpness, etc.  The only odd thing is where you import it, then add it to the compiled list on the app, then create the video on mp4, even though it also creates an avi file.  Personally, I don’t see any use in creating the avi file, because you can’t upload it to youtube anyways.
  5. One limitation is the flexibility in mounting.  With the Contour, I can mount it by the head tube, fork, and adjust the angle from the camera itself.  On the Go Pro, I’ll have to rely on various angle positions of the mount itself.  I guess I’ll have to look into the other mounts, like the Chesty, or the K-mount.  Seems to be a lot of reports where the stock handlebar mount has a tendency to break off.  That’s not good.
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