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Old 04-12-2012, 02:56 PM #1
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R7 vs GoPro vs Contour

So I am looking at these cameras and I honestly am not seeing a reason to get the R7 over the GoPro or Contour. I don't care so much about the profile of the camera, I am looking for the best possible video output. Can someone please tell me what the benefits are of this camera over the other established 2 brands (which are both cheaper mind you)

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Go pro is 300,Contour gps is 300, replay xd is 300. For paintball use in particular, I dont think the 170* field of view is ideal, I cant even say for sure that it is useful. Personally, I plan on mounting my camera to a variety of firearms as well. In that application the 170* is a total bust. That takes out the GoPro and the Contour Roam and the Contour Plus. Leaving the Contour HD, the replay xd and the Contour GPS. The Contour HD is officially discontinued although there might be some still in stock, and the GPS is the same price as the replay xd for just the camera. Both of those will require a mount and the R7 (only for the replay) mount is pretty effin cool.
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Old 04-12-2012, 06:39 PM #3
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Thanks for the info, but I'm talking in terms of video output, durability etc.

No one else has any input at all?
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:49 PM #4
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just an FYI, the gopro hero 2 has adjustable FOV when shooting in 1080p and supposedly will add that feature to other settings with a later firmware update. Wide 170°, Medium 127°, and Narrow 90°. personally, im not a fan of the fish eye effect myself. i agree that the 170° setting is not optimal for paintball but you do have the choice to choose what FOV you want to shoot at. i dont know if the same can be said for the other cameras. i made a quick FOV comparison when i first got my hero 2

for anyone curious to see what the different FOVs look like.

ive used all three FOVs to shoot videos and i personally think that the 90° FOV suits paintball (atleast the barrel cam vids) the best. as for durability...ive taken a few hits to the waterproof housing and it held up fine HOWEVER...i had the locking mechanism on the waterproof housing snap on me last week. i was pretty pissed off since ive only owned it less than two months and its been on the field a total of three times. i emailed GoPro about it on Thursday last week and got my replacement in the mail yesterday (wednesday) free of charge. maybe i had a weak housing, or maybe it was my fault, but at least now i know GoPro's customer service is good.
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Very true. I had not factored that in. I was talking strictly about 60 frames per second. For that, the gopro has to be set at, I believe 720P. please correct me if I'm wrong. Same with the other ones as well, as far as I can tell.
I dig 1080P but I wont give up 60 frames per second to get it. The human eye roughly sees things at that speed so anything less should be noticeable to the viewer.


For the FOV issue, the further away the object you are filming (in the case of paintball, that would be the dude you are shooting at) the more ideal a narrow field of view is. As is the opposite. That's why I love the gopro in racing events, it makes overtaking moves come to life. Shooting targets a hundred yards away was pointless ( I tried it, it was beyond terrible).

When I was comparing them, I wanted the best camera I could get with the narrowest view possible while filming at 60 frames per second. At that point, I could cut out a few options, and then look for what would work on a pb gun above the barrel and on an AR15 without protruding further than a typical flashlight does. A distant requirement after that was head mountable for pistol shooting. Without having all 6 models to try side by side, I ended up picking the replay for the applications I needed it for.
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Very true. I had not factored that in. I was talking strictly about 60 frames per second. For that, the gopro has to be set at, I believe 720P. please correct me if I'm wrong. Same with the other ones as well, as far as I can tell.
I dig 1080P but I wont give up 60 frames per second to get it. The human eye roughly sees things at that speed so anything less should be noticeable to the viewer.


For the FOV issue, the further away the object you are filming (in the case of paintball, that would be the dude you are shooting at) the more ideal a narrow field of view is. As is the opposite. That's why I love the gopro in racing events, it makes overtaking moves come to life. Shooting targets a hundred yards away was pointless ( I tried it, it was beyond terrible).

When I was comparing them, I wanted the best camera I could get with the narrowest view possible while filming at 60 frames per second. At that point, I could cut out a few options, and then look for what would work on a pb gun above the barrel and on an AR15 without protruding further than a typical flashlight does. A distant requirement after that was head mountable for pistol shooting. Without having all 6 models to try side by side, I ended up picking the replay for the applications I needed it for.
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Very true. I had not factored that in. I was talking strictly about 60 frames per second. For that, the gopro has to be set at, I believe 720P. please correct me if I'm wrong.
yes, you are correct. 60fps is only available in 720p and WVGA (848x480) and both of those the fov is NOT adjustable and is stuck at 170°
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Old 04-13-2012, 02:26 AM #8
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I have the hero2 and for gun mounting it is a little big but I wear it on my mask. One thing you have to factor in is if your going to use it for other sports I planned to use it for some water sports and didn't feel like picking up the waterproof housing separately. If your doing strictly paintball I'd say pick up the r7 otherwise do some research on YouTube there's a lot of comparison vids
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Like the above poster said.

Get the r7, if you're only doing paintball.

I got the Hero2 because I wanted to film paintball as well as wake boarding.
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Thanks for the info, but I'm talking in terms of video output, durability etc.

No one else has any input at all?
This is what I am curious about. I have a Contour HD, and between the R7 and the Contour, they are very similar. One of the things that I do like about the Contour is that the lens can turn 180* but since the R7 is a tube, you can turn the entire body to work for what you are looking to do.

I am working on something for an under barrel mount on my camera, and I know that the R7 seems to have only a feedneck clamp, but I can imagine that alot of the clamps where you can attach a flashlight under, over, or next to your barrel would work with the R7 as well.

My biggest thought though is how durable is it to getting hit by a paintball? I have a waterproof case for my Contour HD, so that adds a level of protection that GoPro would have. But can a R7 take the hit?
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I'm mobile so I cant link it, but there's actually a thread in this forum that Greg replied to directly on durability, etc.

Take a quick look. I think it's called "Can it take a hit" or something similar.
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People need to stop calling the camera R7, R7 is mount designed by greg hastings Replay XD 1080 is the camera....
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go pro just cause it more versatile can use it while snowboarding and surfing, without a worry that its gonna get damaged. thing is extremely durable
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i'm going with the gopro hero 2 just cause i can use the handlebar mount on the barrel of my barrel of my gun...i'll just put a lil padding to protect my barrel...plus a friend of mine works at best buy and i can get it for $100 cheaper hehe!
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i'm going with the gopro hero 2 just cause i can use the handlebar mount on the barrel of my barrel of my gun...i'll just put a lil padding to protect my barrel...plus a friend of mine works at best buy and i can get it for $100 cheaper hehe!
I just bought a handlebar mount for my Contour. Tried it on a barrels, and with the two pieces of rubber or whatever, it works great. Plus, I can mount it so the camera is under the barrel, with less of a "footprint" to it than the GoPro's. Perfect for me, but the R7 Replay would be nice.

Just a thought, does the Replay use swapable batteries like the Contour HD, Contour GPS, and the Contour+? If it doesn't, that would be a bit of an issue for me. As I plan on using my camera for recording footage during big games and such. Need more than just a couple of hours that I can use it before it needs a recharge, that can take a couple of hours itself.
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So I am looking at these cameras and I honestly am not seeing a reason to get the R7 over the GoPro or Contour. I don't care so much about the profile of the camera, I am looking for the best possible video output. Can someone please tell me what the benefits are of this camera over the other established 2 brands (which are both cheaper mind you)

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So, I have researched HD for 3 years in this products development. Camera capabilities and the way to mount them perfectly. Ive used it all. No exceptions.
If you don't care about the profile, which is way odd, then you can see that this is the highest quality product out. NO DISTORTION. And it is not more expensive at all. At all. You get way more for the money, as it includes not only my one of kind patented mounting system, that is 59.95 alone, but you get a list of brackets and mount alternatives and other peripherals. NONE of those other cams do for paintball what this does, AND you can mount it on your car, motorcycle, skate board, hell, go jump off a cliff with it;-)
Ask around dude;-) How many cams to you see the Pros use? ONE. R7Replay. Hope that helped;-)
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This is what I am curious about. I have a Contour HD, and between the R7 and the Contour, they are very similar. One of the things that I do like about the Contour is that the lens can turn 180* but since the R7 is a tube, you can turn the entire body to work for what you are looking to do.

---YES, you got it, spin the cam;-)

I am working on something for an under barrel mount on my camera, and I know that the R7 seems to have only a feedneck clamp, but I can imagine that alot of the clamps where you can attach a flashlight under, over, or next to your barrel would work with the R7 as well.

---Above the barrel and centered is the best place for it!!

My biggest thought though is how durable is it to getting hit by a paintball? I have a waterproof case for my Contour HD, so that adds a level of protection that GoPro would have. But can a R7 take the hit?
It takes hits. Hit it with a brick. Do you think I would work with an inferior product? You would be sadly mistaken if you did;-)
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People need to stop calling the camera R7, R7 is mount designed by greg hastings Replay XD 1080 is the camera....
No, it's the R7 Replay.

They are one in the same, but thanks for the input;-)
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go pro just cause it more versatile can use it while snowboarding and surfing, without a worry that its gonna get damaged. thing is extremely durable
No other cam on the market is MORE versitile than the R7 RePlay!
Period.

It is the smallest, lightest, most rugged, best picture HD, period. That is why I teamed up with them.

It mounts on EVERYTHING. Take it fishin, biking, riding, jumping, sliding, OR make cake and video that. AND it fits paintball guns. Cant bust it;-)
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Mount it on ANYTHING FOR ANY SPORT;-)

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Like the above poster said.

Get the r7, if you're only doing paintball.

I got the Hero2 because I wanted to film paintball as well as wake boarding.
The R7 Replay can be used for ANY sport. ANY!!!!
Paintball is just the bonus;-)
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