Summary: Works very well. My only complaint is that turning the video on makes an extremely loud beeping noise, which will give away your position if used in a stealth environment. Also, be aware that the wide angle of view is great for getting the overall picture of what's going on, but terrible for close up details -- you won't be able to see other people in the video unless they are very close up. Cannot be used as a weapon scope camera for this reason.
Great build, good video, poor night quality, low battery life.
Sean Duane, Amazon
3 September 2014
Summary: PROS: Good action camera Performs well in day The build of the camera is a feat of engineering. Its just put together great and works real nice for something so small Contour mounts are a+, the mounting system on camera is just as great Rotating lens for sideways mounts Easy to use button CONS: Awful at night. You see lights and that's it. It's just not built for night. Low battery life, will last something below a day. What did you expect from something so small?
Summary: I've really enjoyed using this. I've taken it on my bike and into the ocean and it took great pictures and video. The only thing I don't like is that you have to have a computer to change the settings from picture to video. Not versatile and I usually leave my computer at home when I travel.
Summary: As an owner of an original Contour HD, this is an awesome upgrade. Better picture, better controls, and waterproof out of the box! Keep in mind that the newer contours are slightly different in size and require a different waterproof case than the older cameras, and third party mounts may be different as well.
Summary: to answer your first question. I got this over the gopro because of its ease of use. just slide that big switch forward and you're ready to rock. the other big factor was that you didnt need a stupid case to keep water out and I didn't want to have a camera with a mic that's stuck inside a plastic chamber. seemed stupid to me. upon my first snowboarding run I quickly found out that the mic doesn't add much... all you hear is overwhelming wind noise.
Summary: I have been owning a bunch of ContourHD 1080 units. This was a try of something different. While it is a good product like the others and yes, I do like them more then GoPro. Been used and beat up in the field. Slim and nice. How ever I give this version only 4 stars, because the battery is not an independent unit. I have a stock of spare batteries for COuntor HD, which make it very convenient when you are in the field. This has to be recharged all the time.
Summary: I used to have the original Contour Roam and when it got broken I bought this one instead. I have one for about 2 months and I ordered a second one knowing Contour company is out of business and whatever I can buy is leftover stock. The price is a bit random, jumping up and down like a crazy monkey. That makes it very hard to evaluate the value.