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Looking to invest in one of these for travel/cycling throughout the year. Are Go Pro the be all and end all, or are some of the lesser known (and cheaper) brands just as good?
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I had a contour, it was great and significantly cheaper than a gopro.

They've gone bust now I think though.
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Bullettyme wrote:Looking to invest in one of these for travel/cycling throughout the year. Are Go Pro the be all and end all, or are some of the lesser known (and cheaper) brands just as good?
Plenty of equally good alternatives out there these days.

Use both the GoPro and the Garmin, picture quality is incredibly high on both.
Have also had an American one (Accc??) tha twas really cheap, and really effective, until the mounting gave out somewhere in the middle of the desert.
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What irks me about the GoPro and similar clones is that they aren't waterproof without the separate housing.

I've been looking for a new action cam, and I'm probably going to get the Olympus Tough TG-Tracker. Was also considering the Nikon KeyMission 170 (no housing needed).

If you need it to be waterproof then I'd look at those first as you don't have to fiddle with a stupid plastic housing, which have also been known to leak.
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The new go pro 5 is waterproof with out needing additional covers. There seemed to be a few problems with the 4 and sound interference from the wifi but that is fixed in the 5.
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Check out the reviews of GoPro and Garmin at www.dcrainmaker.com/product-reviews/action-cams - blogger who does detailed reviews of sports tech.
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One of the most embarrassing sights you will ever see is a fat, middle-aged twat gurning at the Go-pro on the nose of his pop-out mini-mal, while 'smashing' a 1-foot slopburger

And you see lots of it round our way.
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The 'Xiaomi YI 2 4K' is a superb action camera in my opinion. It's essentially a GoPro at half the price. I believe it might even outperform the GoPro in some aspects. It tends to retail in or around the €250.00 EUR mark, but if you shop around you'll probably find one a little cheaper. I managed to find one on http://www.gearbest.com for €190.00 EUR recently.
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Bullettyme wrote:Looking to invest in one of these for travel/cycling throughout the year. Are Go Pro the be all and end all, or are some of the lesser known (and cheaper) brands just as good?
my boy used one for downhill racing, not sure if the best quality picture, but definitely the best supported
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shanky wrote:One of the most embarrassing sights you will ever see is a fat, middle-aged twat gurning at the Go-pro on the nose of his pop-out mini-mal, while 'smashing' a 1-foot slopburger

And you see lots of it round our way.
Seems standard kit on a paddle board (oaron) too x(
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shanky wrote:One of the most embarrassing sights you will ever see is a fat, middle-aged twat gurning at the Go-pro on the nose of his pop-out mini-mal, while 'smashing' a 1-foot slopburger

And you see lots of it round our way.

Google translate just burst into flames.
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Sandstorm wrote:
shanky wrote:One of the most embarrassing sights you will ever see is a fat, middle-aged twat gurning at the Go-pro on the nose of his pop-out mini-mal, while 'smashing' a 1-foot slopburger

And you see lots of it round our way.
Seems standard kit on a paddle board (oaron) too x(
Stand up paddleboard?

I hate those plums
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guy smiley wrote:
shanky wrote:One of the most embarrassing sights you will ever see is a fat, middle-aged twat gurning at the Go-pro on the nose of his pop-out mini-mal, while 'smashing' a 1-foot slopburger

And you see lots of it round our way.

Google translate just burst into flames.
Fully sick, mate

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shanky wrote:
guy smiley wrote:
shanky wrote:One of the most embarrassing sights you will ever see is a fat, middle-aged twat gurning at the Go-pro on the nose of his pop-out mini-mal, while 'smashing' a 1-foot slopburger

And you see lots of it round our way.

Google translate just burst into flames.
Fully sick, mate

:lol:
:lol: I had to read it a couple of times before I knew what you'd said :blush:
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ScarfaceClaw wrote:The new go pro 5 is waterproof with out needing additional covers. There seemed to be a few problems with the 4 and sound interference from the wifi but that is fixed in the 5.

Noice, I'll have a look at that too then.
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More of a specialised cycling camera so might not have the features and form factor you're after but have a look at the Cycliq Fly 12. Main draw over a go pro for me was the battery life.

https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2016/05/cyc ... eview.html
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Seez wrote:More of a specialised cycling camera so might not have the features and form factor you're after but have a look at the Cycliq Fly 12. Main draw over a go pro for me was the battery life.

https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2016/05/cyc ... eview.html
I have a Fly6, it's been excellent. Friends use GoPros while riding and I think they look clunky and awkward, but the usability of the GoPro might win out for general travel... you see a shedload of them whenever you visit tourist country.
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Nice suggestions, thank you gents :thumbup:

I think as I cycle in Ireland waterproof is a necessity, I'd also be using it for some travel during the summer which does involve beaches, rainforests and lakes. What about the Panasonic Lumix?
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Have to say that a mate had the new go pro with him when we were skiing a few weeks back and the footage is terrific. It's also got a stupidly wide angle lens so panorama shots etc are very good.

When I was researching into buying my contour I found a few ski/snowboard/mtb sites that had comparisons as well as a tech site that looked at the actual performance. I'd recommend looking from both ends.
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