Dillsnik wrote:My biggest question with this kind of camcorder is, how hard is it to use this without a view screen?
I am looking for a camcorder mostly for shooting general home movies.
Most people have said that doesn't exist anymore but we were given 200 to buy a camcorder before our first child is born by her parents so we have one. This would he just the right price point if it fits the Rask for us.
I have a ROAM2 already and am considering picking up another one here.
Based on my experiences, I would NOT recommend a ROAM2 for your stated purpose. Go for something like a JVC Everio camcorder instead.
Warning: long-ass comparison of ROAM2 versus GoPro follows:
The ROAM2 can be a bit inconvenient since you really can't see what you've recorded until after the fact. Contour cameras do not have on-board display screens; in fact, they don't even have a "Play" button, just a simple on/off slider on the top of the camera.
You have to get to a computer and connect the camera to it via a USB cable to transfer any video files you've taken.
Contour's proprietary software doesn't allow you to edit the video files either. You *can* edit the files using other apps or software like Windows Movie Maker, etc.
The selling points of Contour over GoPro are:
1. Cost. Contours are much cheaper than GoPros.
2. Ease of use. With the slider on/off switch, there's no wondering whether the camera is on and recording or not (unlike GoPro, which can fail to record even though you've turned it on).
3. Ease of mounting. It's pretty waterproof for most outdoor things where you might encounter a rainshower, so you don't have to worry about an exterior waterproof housing, unlike the GoPro.
4. Adequate video quality. I found the colors a bit washed out, and the fisheye lens effect is pronounced.
There are things that GoPro cameras have that Contours do not. The following list is not complete, just based on my personal experiences.
If you want a camera with an on-board display and playback capability, then GoPro is for you.
If you want a wireless remote (or capability to use your smartphone to control the camera), then GoPro is for you.
If you don't mind lugging around and keeping track of a thousand bits and bobs and housings and mounts and so forth, GoPro is for you.
If you want high quality video that you can edit using high-end video software, GoPro is for you.
All that said: If you just want to slap a camera on your mode of transportation or on your helmet and try to catch a bit of video without obsessing about it, then Contour cameras are for you.