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    need input from gopro gurus

    so i have talked my wife into getting a gopro that was the biggest hurdle but now i can decided which one.. this is where i need some gurus.

    i was interested in the hero 3 silver and saw that it was 30fps in 1080 mode and the hero 3+ is 60fps in 1080 mode. now for the difference in cost about $50 is the additional fps worth it? i think the black is overkill for what i want to do with it and the white is well meh... BUT bestbuy.com has their black friday ad up and they have the hero 3 black for $249... if i can swing that i think im good all the way around.

    it will be used on the GTR and my daughters hello kitty power wheels car and who knows for shits and giggles i might attached to my dogs collar once in a while.

    so thoughts?

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    60P frames per second really does help with smoothing out the detail. Water is a difficult surface for video cameras to capture with any clarity. The higher the FPS the better, in general. 720p60 is also the smoothest playback mode for most consumer grade HDTV televisions.

    1080 HDTV sets are often only the 1080i variant (on the INPUT) which ends up being 30 FPS interlaced, which is half the vertical resolution of 1080P during fast motion.

    Choose a video camera model than can do both 720p60 and 1080p60 and you will have several good options for recording quality.

    Actual playback quality, even from excellent quality source video with a fast frame rate, depends on what you use to view it. It is quite common for video players to reduce playback FPS to 30 frames per second.

    That said, when you get both playback and source video to be running in top form (matched on resolution and frame rate) visual quality can be excellent.

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    Get a Contour instead.

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    What makes you recommend the Contour Troy?

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    Size. Ease of use. Less exspensive. Video quality is very good. The video below was shot on 720p, but you can shoot 1080p also.


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    Can you swap batteries? B&H is showing the Contour+2 as being discontinued?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunJosh View Post
    Can you swap batteries? B&H is showing the Contour+2 as being discontinued?
    They are rechargeable, but life is very good. I got mine on Ebay. Contour Roam2

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    Normal HDTV broadcasts are generally 720p at 30 frames per second I believe. I shoot my video at 720p 30 and the quality is fine. the higher fps is good if you want to do slow motion, etc.

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    After losing a GoPro2 in the storm in the Bahamas and misplacing my other one somewhere--or having it stolen out of my car--we began researching a lot. And it looks like for us, the Olympus TG2 seems like it may be the best fit for our needs.

    However, that Black on Black Friday at BestBuy looks plenty tempting...

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    I love my hero 3 black edition! Its awesome and well worth the extra $$$ my 2 cents

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