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ContourHD 1080p Helmet Camera

by Contour
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  • Full HD Recording (1080p) - 1920x1080 pixels - 30fps
  • 5 Megapixel Sensor
  • Internal Microphone
  • Removable Lithium-Ion Battery; records up to 4 hours
  • Aluminum and Fiberglass Water Resistant Body
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.8 x 1.8 inches ; 4.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002QGSYZ4
  • Item model number: 1300
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,002 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 8, 2009

Product Description

From the Manufacturer



ContourHD Camera

By creating the first hands-free HD video camera, ContourHD revolutionized the way people shoot and share video. Wide-angle lens, one button operation, and dual laser alignment set the standard in hands-free video. Using our easy-to-use software, we provide a seamless experience to post, play, and discover new adventures through Contour’s online social community.



ContourHD Product Features:

HD

The ContourHD captures beautiful 1080p video. It utilizes a 135° wide-angle lens that delivers a true high quality image that captures all the action with minimal distortion and no fish eye. It records Full HD in all its glory.

We provide several different camera settings so that you can get the shot that best fits your activity. Choose between 3 resolutions and 2 frame rates so that you get the best shot.


HANDS FREE
HANDS FREE

The ContourHD revolutionized the way people shoot and share video by creating the first wearable HD video camera. The Secret? A low profile design mated to the patented TRail™ system that makes it easy to slide and lock to your body, equipment, or vehicle. The camera, at only 5.2 ounces is the smallest and lightest combination of hands-free video and GPS. It's also easy to operate and use. As simple as sliding a single oversized switch forward to start recording, even with a pair of gloves on. In addition we make it simple to line up your shot with a rotating lens and two lasers that assure you get that perfect shot.

ALL CONDITIONS
ALL CONDITIONS

The aluminum body is tough and water resistant to take all of your outdoor abuse. Use your camera in the snow, sleet, mud, and rain and be assured that you will still capture that epic adventure without fail. If you are thinking of submerging your camera in your next activity use the waterproof case. It can handle depths of up to 10 meters so that you can feel confident your camera is safe and dry.

Audio
Audio

The built-in omni-directional microphone captures the rich sounds of the ride. Using AAC Audio Compression, the bottom-facing microphone assures you that you see and hear your adventure.




Additional Product Features

Track your location, speed and elevation with the ContourGPS camera
STORAGE

The compact and lightweight design principle was carried throughout every detail of the Contour HD. The internal Micro SD card captures hours of HD content while remaining one of the smallest pieces on the camera. When expanded up to 32 GB, it will record over 8 hours of HD content on one card when in Full HD 1080p mode.

SOFTWARE
SOFTWARE

We provide the tools for you to download the videos from your camera to your computer in just a few clicks. Editing is as simple as an "Awesome" button to feature the best parts of your story, then you can become the ultimate producer by adding a title, description, and keywords, and epic location of your video.

COMMUNITY
COMMUNITY

You provide the story, we give you the platform to tell thousands of members just like you. When you want to share it to more than your friends on Contour.com, we make it easy to share to all of your favorite social media sites.

MOUNTS
MOUNTS

Dialing in the ideal angle is a critical component to capturing unique footage. ContourHD makes it easy with custom body, gear or vehicle mounts for the full spectrum of sports from shooting and skiing to high-octane motorized activities.
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Video Formats

Video Format
Resolution
Frame Rate

Full HD 1080p
1920 x 1080
30 fps
To capture those awesome moments in the highest resolution available.
Tall HD 960p
1280 x 960
30 fps
For those sports like surfing that are better suited to a taller image.
Action HD 720p
1280 x 720
60 fps
When frame rate is more important than resolution. The perfect setting to capture the fastest action. It reduces blur and rolling shutter effect.
Contour 720p
1280 x 720
30 fps
When space on your card is at a premium and you need to record that last epic adventure.
FAST SD - WVGA
848 x 480
60 fps



What's In The Box?

ContourHD Camera
MicroSD Card (2GB)
Flat Surface Mount
Goggle Mount
Rechargeable Battery


USB Cable
Lens Cap





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Professional Storytelling
Instant On Record Switch
yes


Waterproof to 1 Meter
yes


Built in Battery
yes


Built-in Tripod Mount
yes


Flush Front Lens
yes

yes
Still Photo Mode
yes
yes
yes
Laser Alignment
yes
yes
yes

Low Profile Design
yes
yes
yes
yes
1080p, 960p & 720p HD Video
yes
yes
yes
yes
USB Output
yes
yes
yes
yes
Internal Mic
yes
yes
yes
yes
2GB Micro SD Memory Card Included
yes

yes
yes
Removable Lithium-Ion Battery
yes

yes
yes
Easy On Record Switch
yes

yes
yes
GPS Video Mapping

yes
yes
iOS/Andriod Support via Bluetooth

yes
yes
Connect View Compatible

yes
yes
Connect View Card Included


yes
Live Streaming via HDMI


yes
External Mic Jack


yes
Wide Angle Lens
135°
170°
135°
170°
Lens Type
Four Element Glass
Custom Six Element Glass
Four Element Glass
Custom Six Element Glass
Lens Rotation
180°
270°
180°
270°
Weight
4.3oz
5.1oz
5.2oz
5.3oz
Dimensions
95x55x34 mm
100x55x34 mm
95x58x34 mm
98x58x34 mm
Included Mounts
Goggle Mount,
Flat Surface Mount
Profile Mount,
Rotating Flat Surface Mount
Goggle Mount,
Rotating Flat Surface Mount
Profile Mount,
Rotating Flat Surface Mount(2)
Included Cables
USB
USB
USB
USB
Mini HDMI Cable
Mic Cable


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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Looking over Contour's support area, I found several others reporting the same problem.
VMaxxed
The camera comes with two mounts, one that sticks decently to hard surfaces and on built for goggle straps that works perfectly on a helmet band.
TCB
You can watch a video that I took at some trails while riding my dirt bike with this camera, it was shot in 720p @ 60fps.
Hector Alejandro Mejia

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

191 of 195 people found the following review helpful By HMMWV TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 11, 2009
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Update 9-16-2010 This is no longer their top of the line cam - the new one is based on this camera but includes a GPS and tags your images with location. You'll need their viewer to see the map movement as the video plays.
Update: 7-2010

Tonights episode of Dirty Jobs showed this camera strapped to a head strap for the host, Mike Rowe, who was 408 feet above the cement floor decending & window cleaning in Hawaii. Troy chickened out on the first 100 feet so alot of the contour HD footage made it into the show. By the 300 foot balcony they got troy on the ropes but his hair got snagged in the safely line and had to get his second "shearing" on Dirty Jobs - it was also filmed on contour HD cams 300' above hawaii. The quality was as good as the cable company could deliver in their 6:1 re-compression of HD. A full HD viewfinderless camera has value when you must get the shot.

using a sandisk 16GB microSD card and the maximum detail [1080P] + best quality I could get 3 hr, 6 minutes of video recorded with battery leftover. If you use the lower resolution setting the battery may be the limiting factor - I have not tried that yet.

I bought this to produce a bluray disc of a police helicopter team, using a gyro stabilized canon professional camera in back and wanting a 2nd angle up front. This comes with an adhesive patch that sticks to the side of the pilot's helmet to give a 135 degree wide field of view. The integrated rails on both sides permit the ultimate flexibility in mounting the camera, and second options for this cam are car mounts, etc.

The quality is GREAT. The lens is the downfall - there is some pincushion effect due to the inexpensive lens and wide angle.
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184 of 190 people found the following review helpful By George Dawson on December 5, 2009
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This is a video of a couple of laps around the John Rose Oval shot at 10 PM under artificial lighting. I thought that the images were good with expected wide angle distortion.

I purchased this camera to record my speed skating at the John Rose Oval in Roseville, Minnesota. Most of my skating sessions are from 9:20 to 10:25 PM. The lighting is similar to a baseball or football field. I had some concerns about reviews that said that this camera was not that good in low light conditions but the images looked good to me.

In terms of ease of use, I don't think you can really beat this camera. The instruction manual is microscopic and you are up to speed on the available controls within a very short period of time. One of the frequent criticisms of the camera is wind noise coming through in the video. It turns out that you can preset the sound level with the software that comes with the camera as a download off the MicroSD card.

I had the most trouble figuring out the mounting system because it was not obvious that it was stuck together with velcro and I did not know how much pressure to exert to pull it apart. I also did not have any goggles that seemed to work, but used an old belt that I cut down and strapped outside of my cap.

After shooting the first video, the playback on the editing software did not go as smoothly as using other software that I had on my computer. The downloads to Facebook and YouTube went very well.

All things considered this is a high value camera that produces quality video. In my case I am using it at night in cold weather and it performs flawlessly.
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138 of 141 people found the following review helpful By PR on February 2, 2010
I bought this camera primarily to be used for motorsports (autocross, track days, time attack, etc.) but took it on my recent ski trip to Breckenridge, Colorado. I'll update the review once motorsport season comes around.

With the GoPro HD and ContourHD 1080p coming out around he same time for the same price point I did a lot of research on both. I was already biased against the GoPro having owned the original Hero Cam Wide.

Mounting
--------
The quick sliding of the GoPro is pretty simple, but the parts that you have to screw and unscrew are difficult. The screws were hard to tighten and it's too easy to lose the screw and/or nut. I also managed to break one of the mounts by dropping it - a bit too easy to break in my opinion. Getting the correct angle by stringing the screw mounts together was a challenge as well.
I like the ContourHD mount a lot more. It just slides on and off and locks into place. While skiing, I was able to slide it off and hand it to my friend so he could take video of me. Using the included goggle mount, the video was pretty steady as long as my ski goggles were on snug. Never worried about it sliding off.
If I were to have gone with the GoPro, I would have to get a ski helmet. It would not be as easy to switch and I feel it looks and feels obtrusive if sticking out to the side, top, or front. The ContourHD, when goggle mounted, sits slimly along my head - not far out so that it feels like an antler. And since the goggle mount sits flush, I always know that what I am looking at (or at least slightly to the left or right) will be what is filmed. This would not be true of a camera that is chest-strap mounted or sticking farther out to the side.
Pointing the camera up/down was difficult at first but became easy to work with.
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