GoPro or Contour? That's not an uncommon question for someone looking to buy an action cam. And since both both GoPro and Contour cameras are extremely durable, waterproof, wearable and offer amazing specs and abilities, it's no surprise that the answer to that question isn't an easy one. But not to worry, we've taken care of it. Does the form and price of the Contour match up to the functionality and user-friendliness of the GoPro? Let's find out.
The newest contenders
GoPro Hero 4 Vs Contour Roam3
The classic clash features new contenders, as the budget savvy Contour Roam 3 faces up to the latest edition of the world-famous action cam, GoPro Hero4. It seems to be the same old battle- low price versus superior quality- but there's a lot more behind it as you'll soon find out.
GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition
- Ultra high-resolution, high frame rate 4K30, 2.7K50 and 1080p120 video.
- 2x more powerful processor.
- 2x faster video frame rates.
- 12MP photos at speeds up to 30 fps. Built-In Wi-Fi + Bluetooth®
- Enhanced connectivity to the GoPro App and Smart Remote2.
- Waterproof up to 30 ft. without a case
- Quick Photo Mode (5MP)
- 270° Rotating Lens Laser alignment
- Long Lasting Built-in Rechargeable Battery
- Locking Instant On-Record Switch
- 8GB Memory Card Included
- 1080p HD Video
- Up to 120 fps 170° wide-angle Lens
Image quality vise the GoPro is an absolute winner. The Contour hits a maximum at 1080p 30fps and 720p 60fps, not quite an improvement from the Contour+2. The GoPro, on the other hand, delivers an impressive 4k pixels at 30fps and 1080p at 120fps. If you're looking for image quality, there's really no competition. Contour needs to do some serious work on quality before it can really call itself GoPro's competitor in this field.
The winner has never been clearer in a GoPro vs Contour face off. GoPro sails through to the finish line with the Contour slagging behind, making half hearted attempted to keep going. Even with the low price tag, it still isn't worth it. Contour needs to get serious about the cameras it's making, if it doesn't want to risk losing out its entire market share to a whole new range of competitors.
Beginners on a Budget
Contour Roam 2 Vs. GoPro Hero 3
If you want to get a great action cam without burning a massive hole in your wallet, you'll probably want to narrow your search down to these two cameras. Thereafter though, the decision gets tough, with Contour throwing around its considerable specs at a low price even as the GoPro continues to boast superior image quality and superb performance.
Contour Roam 2
GoPro Hero 3 White Edition
Contour Roam 2
GoPro Hero 3 White Edition
Max Video Resolution
Max Resolution at 30 fps
Max Picture Resolution (megapixels)
Cell 3 / 2
Max HD Field of View (degrees)
Cell 4 / 2
Max fps at 720p
Cell 5 / 2
Cell 6 / 2
Waterproof Depth (feet)
Cell 7 / 2
Cell 8 / 2
Cell 9 / 2
Battery Life (minutes)
Cell 10 / 2
Cell 11 / 2
Cell 12 / 2
Cell 13 / 2
Cell 14 / 2
If it's you're on a budget or if you're just going to be using it to goof around with some friends by strapping it on to your pet or a baby, the Contour is definitely the one you want to buy. Less than half the price of the GoPro White, the Contour Roam 2 is undoubtedly our vote if you're a beginner and are just looking to try out an action cam. An additional bonus is it's beautiful design. Your friends will be much more impressed when you strap on the Contour 2 on the side of your side( think Terminator) than if you were to use the GoPro as a helmet cam (think Teletubbies).
But if style was all that we used to judge a camera, this would be more of a fashion blog than a camera review site. The Contour Roam 2 stands its ground on the functionality and quality areas as well, delivering an impressive 60fps at 720p hd. It's also waterproof without the need of a housing case and comes with a 4GB microSDHC card. It's definitely a deal worth considering!
But there's a reason why GoPro rules the market, and that's not just because of it's own specs. Though the Contour comes at a great price, it's tarnished with a settings system which is very difficult to navigate for beginners and downright irritating for advanced users. If your budget is high enough to cover the GoPro White, don't even think about the Contour. It's very user-friendly, has an improved UI, and has built in Wifi to top it off. Not only that, with the capability of capturing 1080p 30 fps and 720p 60 fps video, it definitely dominates over the Contour.
To sum it up, go for the Contour only if your budget doesn't allow the GoPro. Either way though, they're both great cameras so you won't make much of a loss.
If you're past the basics
GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition Vs Contour+2
If you're past the basics and are looking to do a couple of professional shoots or just want a camera with more advanced capabilities than the ones above you'll inevitably run into a dilemma between buying a Hero3 or a Contour+2. Sticking to tradition, the Contour beats the GoPro hands down in terms of style and design. It's ruggedness and ability to take amazing shots upto depths of 60m makes it a definite winner if you're looking to do underwater shoots. But look for superior quality and the GoPro stands out, though the new Contour still manages to put up a very tough fight.
GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition
The HERO3 Black Edition is 30% smaller and 25% lighter than previous GoPro models and can be mounted to almost anything. It can capture 48fps at 1440pixels, 60 fps at 1080p, and 120 fps at 720p. That gives it a huge edge over the Contour which can take a maximum of 1080p at 30fps, half that offered by the GoPro. Though the Contour's 270 degree rotating barrel does give it a unique ability, it's still not enough to match up to the GoPro's superb image quality.
To conclude, the GoPro definitely wins if you're not on a budget. But that doesn't mean that the Contour should be simply dismissed. The great camera offers a dazzling array of unique features, including GPS tracking which can be used to embed your location into pictures. Taken even without it's unmatchable price, the Contour still manages to give the GoPro a pretty tough competition.