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  1. #1
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    Default Helmet Cam Input, Please!

    DH wants a helmet cam in the worst way, so I may have to give in for Christmas! I've looked at a few, but would like some real rider feedback.

    To anyone who has one or has used one, please let me know....

    Model, Likes/Dislikes, Easy of Use, Mounting method, Mounting location, anything else

    Thanks in advance!!



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    I have a Contour HD which I've had for a few years, I like it, but ACMEventing has a newer model with an image stabilizer and one touch on/off operation. I'm waiting to see which model she got and how she likes it, that will probably be my next upgrade.



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    Yep. Got it on my helmet and waiting to be officially christened.

    Actually, I'll slap that sucker on today and go hop over a few things and report back. I like the updated design - no on/off button to worry about (so no battery living in standby mode), and supposedly better image stabilization.

    I'll post my findings this evening.
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    I recently bought a Contour HD 1080p slightly used from Brant Gamma Photography (Thanks!) - I adore it. The quality is excellent and it is super easy to use. I use the mounting strap as I usually only ride with it on XC/sometimes SJ. Honestly, I don't think I have any dislikes.


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    I have a Drift Innovation Hd. They are great cameras, steady, clear and great mic
    No Worries!



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    ACMEventing, do you know which model yours is? I just bought DH the Contour Roam for Christmas but am wondering if I should have gone for a different model, the image stabilizer sounds awesome. This is the one I got (and it's a great price right now, for those looking): http://www.target.com/p/contour-roam...2&term=contour roam
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    Ok. Here it is.

    I took the new Contour for a test drive today. Suuuuuper easy to use (much easier than my Contour HD). I had pretty thick winter gloves on and one slide started the recording. No button to push at all. It made a significant beep after I slid the one-step recording bar so I knew it was on.

    Keep in mind, this video is on a very green, very large (over 17hh), very unbalanced horse. He was EVERYWHERE. It was tough to stay with him because he has so much gait. The image stabilizer must be fantastic because I was not expecting the gentle ride when I watched the playback.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLky...re=context-cha

    And just for grins, here he is learning to navigate a grid (sheesh, it's been a few years and I had forgotten how much work the big greenies are!)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4RY00PmnH4

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQBk...o&feature=plcp

    I have to remind myself daily that the payoff for the work done today will be seen down the road when he knows how to save my butt!
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    oops, double post
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    ACMEeventing, can you tell me the model number of your helment cam?

    Thanks!



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    It's the Contour Roam2. Here it is on their website:

    http://store.contour.com/ae/us/camer...m-2/invt/1800/

    Here it is on Amazon:

    http://www.amazon.com/Contour-ROAM2-...our+helmet+cam

    I bought mine through Amazon, it was a tad less expensive, shipping was FREE, and I had it in 2 days. The Contour website was charging for shipping and I would get it in about 2 weeks as they were backordered.

    It fits the existing mount on my helmet from the last camera, I don't even notice it's up there, and it was a piece of cake to use. It's also claims to be waterproof (though not for underwater shots, that's a different camera) and it comes in 3 new colors.

    Hope that helps!
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    He looks like a lot of fun! Love the camera image as well. Hmmm......may be time to upgrade.



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    Quote Originally Posted by riderboy View Post
    He looks like a lot of fun! Love the camera image as well. Hmmm......may be time to upgrade.
    "Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing" - Robert Benchley
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    http://buildingthegrove.blogspot.com/



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    Hey, btw Riderboy, have you ever seen these guys?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Fe1...8&feature=plcp

    They are from Indiana University and they are fantastic!
    "Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing" - Robert Benchley
    Cotton would fight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ACMEeventing View Post
    Hey, btw Riderboy, have you ever seen these guys?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Fe1...8&feature=plcp

    They are from Indiana University and they are fantastic!
    Yes, I think they were part of the Singing Hoosiers. Really talented and from my Alma Mater no less. Congrats for NOT calling it The University of Indiana! And too bad about IU kicking North Carolina basketball booty Tuesday!!



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    Thanks Everyone!

    To those with the Contour, do you mount it on one side of your helmet? Does it throw your head off balance?
    I don't think he'll want something permanently attached to the helmet for mounting, so does the strap seem secure enough?

    I am excited to play with it too!



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    Quote Originally Posted by ElbowRockFarm View Post
    Thanks Everyone!

    To those with the Contour, do you mount it on one side of your helmet? Does it throw your head off balance?
    I don't think he'll want something permanently attached to the helmet for mounting, so does the strap seem secure enough?

    I am excited to play with it too!
    I've heard mixed reviews about the strap, some people swear by them and others really dislike them.

    The permanent mount sticks to the side of your helmet and is fairly inconspicuous. You just slide the camera onto it when you want to use it. I will say that it sticks best to a non-fabric material like on a skull cap. You can remove the mount if desired but it will probably not have enough stick to be remounted (although replacements are pretty cheap).

    It is mounted on the side of the helmet, not the top. I personally prefer watching a side-mounted helmet cam than a top-mounted one.

    The weight, to me, is insignificant. I don't even notice it's there.

    Hope that helps! Good luck.
    "Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing" - Robert Benchley
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    Quote Originally Posted by ACMEeventing View Post
    It's the Contour Roam2. Here it is on their website:

    http://store.contour.com/ae/us/camer...m-2/invt/1800/

    Here it is on Amazon:

    http://www.amazon.com/Contour-ROAM2-...our+helmet+cam

    I bought mine through Amazon, it was a tad less expensive, shipping was FREE, and I had it in 2 days. The Contour website was charging for shipping and I would get it in about 2 weeks as they were backordered.

    It fits the existing mount on my helmet from the last camera, I don't even notice it's up there, and it was a piece of cake to use. It's also claims to be waterproof (though not for underwater shots, that's a different camera) and it comes in 3 new colors.

    Hope that helps!
    Yes, it does! Thanks!



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    Quote Originally Posted by ACMEeventing View Post
    I've heard mixed reviews about the strap, some people swear by them and others really dislike them.

    The permanent mount sticks to the side of your helmet and is fairly inconspicuous. You just slide the camera onto it when you want to use it. I will say that it sticks best to a non-fabric material like on a skull cap. You can remove the mount if desired but it will probably not have enough stick to be remounted (although replacements are pretty cheap).

    It is mounted on the side of the helmet, not the top. I personally prefer watching a side-mounted helmet cam than a top-mounted one.

    The weight, to me, is insignificant. I don't even notice it's there.

    Hope that helps! Good luck.
    I've ridden with the strap. It's hard to adjust and I don't trust it to stay.

    I put the mount on my skull cap and it's fine. My cover hides it when there is no camera attached.

    I also prefer to watch side mounted videos. The front ones make me nauseous.

    I feel off balance when I put the cam on every time but by the time I'm on the horse I forget it's there.

    Also, Straight No Chaser rocks.



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    I have the strap, but the key for me is having the mount stick down, not up. (If you see one, you will see what I mean.) Then I put a helmet rubberband over the Whole thing to prevent jiggle. I don't use mine that often to want to cut a hole in my helmet cover. Works well for me. I don't have a hard time aiming it either.



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    We use the Contour+2. It is lighter and less cumbersome than the Drift Stealth HD170 we used to use, plus it has the built in GPS, which allows us to go back and evaluate speed and distance when reviewing competition footage.

    If you are interested, you can check out some of our recent footage here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBypckdiM_w&sns=em
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