I have had both and did enjoy both very much. I think I will stick with contour because it is easier to turn on I find, easier to upload videos, download updates. I find there isn't much difference in the video quality between both cameras.
I like contour because of extra things that they offer. I like the new hook up with recon instruments which you can now live stream video directly to your goggles. I will be picking up one of these systems soon. I like the live feed that you can see what your contour is shooting on you iPhone or android phone. I also like this new box that live streams directly from the camera (contour +) to youtube.
I think that contour is progressing so much with new things. then again go pro does have slightly better quality and now can do 3D.
what I don't like about contour is that all the accessories are very expensive. I think around 20 bucks for an extra helmet mount and contour itself is pretty expensive. I spent around $440 for my contour and $300 for my go pro. both brand new.
So basically here it is:
Contour: - way more accessories and cool things to do with your camera
- intuitive new design that many people don't touch on
- low profile helmet mount
- easy to turn on and off
- very easy software updates
- very easy video download
- always coming out with new cameras and accessories to make the camera better
GoPro: - SD card, NOT Mini SD card which is a pain
- many mounts
- relatively cheaper
- intuitive design
- very popular camera
- mounts and replacement parts are in expensive
- slightly higher video quality
- water proof
Contour: - uses Mini SD cards which are a pain
- slightly less quality
- accessories and replacement parts are over priced
- more expensive camera
- less owned, less knowledge
- is not water proof
GoPro: - bulky camera
- awkward mounting on helmet
- hard to turn on initially
- difficult to start recording
- software updates are sometimes difficult to add to the camera
- does not come out with a new camera very often
- does not come out with intuitive new uses for the camera
I will always enjoy both brands and will probably own a go pro again soon. I chose my contour because when I am going out to shoot POV, I like to make sure it is easy to use. I also like the mounting options on the helmet a bit better.
Its honestly your choice, both cameras are great and I don't think one is greater than the other.
and by the way, how much were you looking for your 1080?