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Contour HD 1080p

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Contour HD 1080p
Contour HD 1080p
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ContourHD is the World’s First and Smallest wearable video camera. It’s light but armored body “slides and locks” ContourHD onto a series of mounts for your goggles, helmet, handle bars, vehicle, or anywhere else you want. Wear HD video and record your adventures hands-free! Built to be operated with a pair of gloves on, ContourHD uses a single button to capture hours of HD video to an internal microSD memory card. With no wires or tapes, the ContourHD helmet cam makes it easy to capture Full HD video from within the action. Shoot to share with our Easy Edit software and your own account on VholdR.com. Connect ContourHD to your computer, clip the best parts, and share your helmet camera adventures online in seconds.

Added: 2010-06-23 | Views: 2271 | Item ID: 681

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ContourHD 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: GalFisk, 2012-10-26


I modified the "velcro" mount using magnets, to stick the camera to my helmet. The velcro was too loose, allowing the camera to shake in the wind.
The camera will come loose from the magnets during a riser strike, but is anchored with the anchor wire, which I made cuttable should the worst happen. The anchor point or wire would probably break first though.

I've had the camera shut down if I don't push the button firmly to the front, as the wind speed can be enough to push the button back. Very annoying the time I filmed for money.
High contrasts get pixellation at the edges, especially visible in 720p/60fps. The canopy lines look built from little 4-pixel white squares. I'd like to be able to change the compression to avoid this, as I want the highest video quality I can get.
The camera has a problem with low light, if the light goes below a certain level it will adjust brightness downwards instead of upwards. This is usually not an issue during skydiving though, it only happened during last midsummer's midnight speedstar, after we passed a thin cloud layer. Makes the camera less useful for indoor stuff though.

The camera is very easy to use, without having to look at it. I like the alignment lasers and confirmation beeps.
All in all a solid product in which a lot of thought has been put, but not without bugs. I'd like to try some of the newest offerings, to see how they compare in usage and image quality.


2 fails 1 out of 5 stars

Review by: jonno, 2010-11-08


I'm onto my second Contour 1080p now. The first one went back for return and I've had to do the same for the second. When it works it can be very tempermental and I have heard this from more than one person. The companies forum has quite a few similar complaints. It certainly seems to have software issues which let this camera down. Its a great shame as It has superior picture quality over the Go pro and a more slim line compact design.However until they can come up with a less buggy glitchy device I can't recommend it and certainly would not trust it to capture that one in a lifetime shot without a back up camera.


Great camera 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: LetsGoOutside, 2010-08-31


Really great video from this thing. Looks far better than GoPro on many levels. Super easy to dial with the laser sight, and dead simple to operate. It's also really easy to configure the image settings with the included software.

Now the downside. The 2gb SD card is useless if you're capturing full HD. Does not get a day's worth. But I found a 16gb card for $20, so no problem there.

While I've had good luck with the mounts for paragliding and related activities, they're useless for skydiving or any activity where you're on the ground (biking, snowboarding, etc).

The Cam Clamp is the answer:
http://www.xvusa.com/products.html

Now it's ultra-badass. :) I just got the helmet mount one with the lens kit, but will eventually get the ball to attach it to a harness mount.

Definitely worth buying over GoPro, if you want pro HD image quality on a budget.


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