Thursday, October 27, 2011

Redwood fun after work

Redwood fun after work, originally uploaded by Speedy Chung.

Here you go! Something short as a test clip. I attached my Contour camera on a suction cup; but I realized that the camera shaken pretty badly due to the heavier locking head on the suction cup. I have been exploring different mounting methods and locations - hopefully new video clips come soon. Stay tune!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Contour ROMA first road test

I am glad to report that everything works really well. Check out the video of my short local easy ride and judge it yourself!

The new guy in town - Contour ROMA

Contour ROMA by Speedy Chung
Contour ROMA by Speedy Chung
Contour ROMA, a photo by Speedy Chung on Flickr.
After some back and forth finally I made a decision to get Contour ROMA. People may ask why not GoPro Hero HD? I own a older Hero, and the image quality and sound quality were both very good. But both the mounting and operation were really painful - half of the time I can't even tell the unit is on! The worst part is the mount - you HAVE TO keep the unit up-right, and deal with all the little mounting pieces on the go just simply too much to deal with. So I decided to give Contour a shot. I was thinking about getting the nicer unit - Contour GPS. It has full HD recording; plus GPS tracking to tell exactly your path and location. But after going through some user reviews I realize I rather trade the GPS function for a longer battery life and simpler operation. Just one slid on the top of the unit, it's on and start recording! SImple and easy. It offers Full HD recording at 30 fps and 170 degree wide angle (unlike the Contour GPS, it offers Full HD at 60fps but at 125 degree only). It has laser guild to make sure the lens stay horizontal and it's water proof too (up to 1m depth). The best part is, it's about $70 cheaper then Contour GPS!

I got myself a nice mounting to go along with my new toy - RAM Mounting System. It's made by marine grade aluminum with 1" rubber balls for vibration isolation. Everything so far comes together well - can't way for field this Sunday! Stay tune!