GoPro, Drift, Sony, Outline, gobandit: 5 action test cams!

board cameras, cam action or abuse of language cameras paws (referring to the Paluche of AATON) and GoPro (as compared to the leading brand GoPro), these small video modules that allow anyone to film his exploits abound for some time. We tested five of the leading models that make up the market, with the contribution of three representatives of the Freebord mark for Switzerland and France, although history get in position!

GoPro represents 19.9% ​​of the market for onboard cameras in the world (32% US), a number of comfortable space. The remaining 80% consist of many other manufacturers, attracted by the manna represented by this market. Many opportunistic putting their names on OEM products entry, but also the brands involved in the environment since the beginning (Drift, Contour, gobandit). Others like Sony have arrived recently, but remain perfectly legitimate! It is these manufacturers that we limited our selection. As 1080p cameras with the latest references, except for the GoPro Hero 3. The latter is unfortunately not yet available when we conducted our day of filming in Lausanne …

First freeboard descent multicam in the park of the Valley Youth by eLaptopComputer

Vying for this folder in alphabetical order, the two Contour, Drift HD Ghost, gobandit Live, GoPro HD Hero2 and Sony HDR-AS15. We thank the distributors who lent us some cameras (French press service fault): Pierre-Hugues Davoine, Director ActionCameras.fr (for Drift) and Christophe Papon Ten8ty.com manager (for Contour and gobandit). And we also thank Pierre Linckenheld, Jonathan and Sebastian Jam Ehm, our three riders freeboard (discipline) and representatives Freebord (brand) which are given away to their heart to put them to the test cameras.

GoPro versus competition eLaptopComputer

The second freeboard descent multicam, in the streets of Lausanne by eLaptopComputer

models

Contour + 2

Drift HD Ghost

gobandit Live

GoPro HD Hero 2 + Bacpac

Sony HDR-AS15

Photo Features

actual pixels / video / photo

N.C.

2 megapixel

5 megapixel

N.C.

2 megapixel

11 MPix

3.5 megapixel

2 megapixel

3 megapixel

N.C.

2 megapixel

11 MPix

16.8 Mpix

11.9 megapixel

2 megapixel

Sensor – size

N.C.

CMOS – N.C.

BSI CMOS – 1/3 inch

CMOS – 1 / 2.3 inch

BSI CMOS – 1 / 2.3 ‘

FOV max – opening

170 ° – f: 3.6

(FullHD to 125 °)

170 ° – f: 3.6

170 ° – f: 2.8

170 ° – f: 2.8

170 ° – f: 2.8

(120 ° with stab)

Zoom / stabilization

No no

10 X (digital) / No

No no

No no

no / Digital Steady Shot

lens rotation

#NAME?

yes 270 ° – LED red

Yes 300 ° – multicolor LED

Yes 180 ° – No

Function Up / Down – LED 4

No no

Screen

No

LCD 2 inches

Gorilla glass

0.79 inch monochrome screen

0.67 inch monochrome screen

1 inch monochrome screen

Wireless

Bluetooth

Wi-Fi 802.11 g

+ RF 2.4 GHz remote control

Wi-Fi 802.11 g

Wi-Fi 802.11g and Bluetooth (with Wi-Fi BacPac)

Wi-Fi 802.11 g

Burst / time lapse

No Yes

10 im / s / Yes

No Yes

10 im / s / Yes

No Yes

GPS / accelerometer

Yes No

No no

Yes Yes

No no

No no

Sealing cam / housing

Projections / 60 m (supplied)

3 m / 60 m (optional)

1 m / no box

No / 60 m (supplied)

No / 60 m (supplied)

Microphone / speaker

Stereo / No

Stereo / Yes

Stereo / No

Mono / No

Stereo / Mono

Connectors

Mini USB, mini HDMI, microphone input mini jack 2.5mm

Mini USB, micro HDMI, microphone input 3.5 mm mini jack

Mini USB, mini HDMI

Mini USB, mini HDMI, A / V output, microphone input 3.5 mm mini jack

Micro USB, micro HDMI, expansion slot, microphone input 3.5 mm mini jack

Storage

MicroSD

(4GB card included)

MicroSD (not included)

+ 256 MB Integrated

MicroSD (not included)

SD (not included)

Micro SD / Memory Stick Micro (M2)

Drums

Li-Ion 1050 mAh

Li-Ion 1700 mAh

Li-ion 1200 mAh

Li-Ion 1100 mAh

960 mAh Li-Ion

Dimensions

99 x 56 x 34 mm

102 x 51 x 33 mm

106 x 61 x 32 mm

60 x 42 x 37 (with 47 BacPac) mm

82 x 47 x 24.5 mm

Weight

156 g

167 g

146 g

100 g (126 g with BacPac)

90 g

supplied accessories

Waterproof case, curved adhesive mounts and flat HDMI cable, audio adapter 2.5 / 3.5 mm

Remote control, mask strap, curved adhesive mounts and flat, universal clip, velcro strap, extension micro mini jack, accessory box

mask attachment, adhesive mounting plate, tripod mount, strap

Waterproof case, curved adhesive mounts, flat, helmet strap ventilated headband, swivel arm three directions

Waterproof case, adhesive fasteners, USB cable

video Features

maximum quality

1080p at 29.97 im / s

@ 19.4 Mbps

1080p at 29.97 im / s

@ 17.5 Mbps

1080p at 30 frames / s

@ 15.6 Mbps

1080p at 29.97 im / s

@ 15 Mbps

1080p at 29.97 im / s

@ 16 Mbps

slow down

854 x 480 at 60 or 120 im / s

720p at 60fps / s

848 x 480-120 im / s

720p at 60fps / s

848 x 480 at 60 and 120 im / s

960p at 48 im / s

720p at 60fps / s

720p at 60 or 120 im / s

Container – codec

MOV – H.264 / AVC

MOV or MP4 – H.264 / AVC

MOV – H.264 / AVC

MP4 – H.264 / AVC

MP4 – H.264 / AVC

audio

AAC stereo

AAC stereo

AAC stereo

AAC stereo

AAC stereo

Flow – sampling

128 Kbps – 48 KHz

128 Kbps – 48 KHz

128 Kbps – 48 KHz

128 Kbps – 32 KHz

128 Kbps – 48 KHz

recognized autonomy

46 min 09 s video

0 picture

49 min 45 s video

2123 pictures

23 min 33 s video

1018 pictures

44 min 48 s video

283 pictures

53 min 24 video

427 pictures

Another unique?

resistant aluminum housing

laser sighting

Fashion Flashback video

Support ANT + devices (measuring heart rate, engine speed, etc …)

ProTune mode (1080p 30fps / s @ 35 Mbps)

N / A

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