The Good: Easy to use, super durable, allows to customize capture settings
The Bad: none so far
I purchased the GoPro Hero 3 Silver edition shortly after my Contour camera stopped working. After a couple of months of use I can say that I prefer the GoPro quite a bit more. The picture quality seems to be significantly better than that of the Contour and the GoPro also boosts a lot of smart options on how to capture your biking shots.
The camera allows the user to configure the video capture resolution along with the frame rates, plus has the ability to take 11 megapixel photos. The photo options also allow for burst mode as well as a time lapse mode allowing you to snap photos every couple of seconds (you can configure the photo interval). Another great feature of the GoPro is that is allows you to capture in “upside down mode”, meaning you can set the camera upside down and it will record correctly, this is great as I’ve been experimenting with different angles and most recently capturing video from underneath my helmet visor. This is a great capture mode as it allows for an almost true from a riders eyes perspective capture.
In terms of durability I have used this camera is super dusty conditions as well as in muddy/wet conditions and these have had no impact on the camera. As long as you use the “wet” case in wet conditions there are no issues, the only thing is that when the wet case is used the sound quality is a bit tarnished, but that’s a small price to pay to keep your camera dry. I’ve also dropped the camera while in its case and also token a couple of crashes while the camera was mounted on my chest and top of helmet and the camera still works perfect. So in terms of durability, this camera gets a 10/10.
Battery life is fairly good, it does last longer than my older Contour did but I do find myself using it carefully when I am out for a full day at the bike park. If you have it on all the time it will only last a couple of hours, but if you use it carefully (turning it off when not needed) it should last for most of the day. I do recommend buying a backup battery incase the first ones dies and there are some epic shots to be had. Charging the battery takes a while too so even better reason to get a backup battery.
Function wise, the great thing about this camera is that once it is powered on and you hit the record button you hear one beep and it start recording instantly, this is great if you need to record right away, there is no delay in capturing anything.
In regards to other aspects of the cameras functions, this camera unit is pretty user friendly, for the most part you just need to use the power button and then the record button. The only issue I’ve found is when the camera is mounted onto your helmet and if you want to change the capture setting or change from video to photo this will require you to remove the camera or have a buddy configure the settings or you. All other setting changes can be done via the power/mode button so it allows for a pretty easy interface.
Gopro App: With the latest update of the app (at least for Apple) you can now preview your recorded clips and you can also transfer your content directly from the camera to your device via wifi. This is great if you want to ensure that you got the right shot.
So overall I would strongly recommend this camera, GoPro definitely seems to be the leader in action camera and I can see why they are in that spot. The functions of this camera allow customizing your capture settings while recording video and photo in crisp resolution.