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ContourHD 1080p Helmet Camera
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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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From the Manufacturer
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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Full HD 1080p
1920 x 1080
|To capture those awesome moments in the highest resolution available.|
Tall HD 960p
1280 x 960
|For those sports like surfing that are better suited to a taller image.|
Action HD 720p
1280 x 720
|When frame rate is more important than resolution. The perfect setting to capture the fastest action. It reduces blur and rolling shutter effect.|
1280 x 720
|When space on your card is at a premium and you need to record that last epic adventure.|
FAST SD - WVGA
848 x 480
What's In The Box?
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Four Element Glass
Custom Six Element Glass
Four Element Glass
Custom Six Element Glass
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Flat Surface Mount
Rotating Flat Surface Mount
Rotating Flat Surface Mount
Rotating Flat Surface Mount(2)
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Mini HDMI Cable
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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. I'll deal with it for the price and the shots you can get with it, plus I can trim out the distortion in post editing.
One note - the output is .mov which is fine for macs, but for pc's you will need to transcode if you run premiere pro cs4 from adobe as it does not import .mov natively. Perhaps that is a good time to clip the edges where the bent picture is most noticable.
Another factor to like is the simplicity. With gloved hands you slide the top forward to record and back to stop, with a beep to start and and double beep to stop - it's very hard to mess up except for your horizon, which is why there are detents and lasers.
Detents and lasers?
Yes, - there are detents in the event you mount it on the right and left hand side of a helmet or rotate it in a mount. The 2 lasers can be turned on to tell you what is level with resepect to the imager. This is helpful when you rotate it but you must manually keep track of the bottom of the screen (below the laser points ) as you rotate it, otherwise your output will be upside down.
For the price, you simply can not beat it. Buy a 16 GB sandisk micro-sd card to go with it Sandisk 16GB Microsd Card Note that they have a low packaging option which the card is inside a plastic carrier and inside an ESD bag but no box or other trash with it that goes in the landfill - smart packaging.
One of the other great applications for this is taking HD video where you otherwise would NOT take your $3K camera - the beach - the water park - etc. You won't get the absolute best quality but you will get 1080 p hd that is playable on macs or pcs in native players!
Another great use is for children. It's easy to use, inexpensive, and highdef. For the kids who are beyond the toy grade cameras but not ready for a professional unit, this fills the gap. Adults will love its simplicity. On or Off - no fancy buttons to press, and everything complex is set while attached to the computer.
Finally there is my use - have a 2nd angle view for use with NLE systems. You can now do a/b video fades by time syncing the output from this camera with your primary cam. Be sure to expose something that will sync the two that gets recorded on both at the start of shootng.
I'm only deducting a star becuase of the pincushion effect of the lens. I realize for this price you are not getting an HD lens, and I realize that HD will show any defects, but a few more dollars in the lens would have made this 5 stars - it is oh so close. Be sure to pick up extra memory and batteries if you plan to use it at maximum definition because it makes some big files fast.
I finally got the chance to properly test this with the contour bike mount the other day, and the picture quality is really good! I recommend you check out gaz545 channel on YouTube for some really good examples of bike videos. His videos are actually what prompted me to purchase this item.
DESIGN/DURABILITY: The design is nice. Sleek but unassuming, about the size of a pack of cigarettes. I haven't thrown mine around or anything, but when mounted to my bike it seems steady and doesn't rattle or shift out of place or anything. The grooves on the side of the camera will fit into any compatible accessories such as the helmet strap and bike mount, both of which I have and recommend. The structure seems very solid and can probably withstand a few drops without getting damaged. Most of what you need will be accessed through the back of the camera (see photo) otherwise the on/off is on the back of the camera and the record button is a slide bar on the top of the camera. Quite easy to understand.
VIDEO QUALITY: There are a wide range of settings for video quality including "full HD" quality, which of course takes up more space than other settings. I chose my default setting to be 1280x720, which is YT's native quality for uploads. It can go higher than that and lower, depending on what you want. These settings generally can only be changed when the device is plugged into your computer so you can access the settings software. However, the good thing that was considered when this product was designed is there is a setting for "Hi" or "Lo" on the back, both of which you can set to what you want. (see photo) Presumably you won't be using a lot of settings, so find what works best for you and assign the switches to what you want. I've only used one setting (previously mentioned) and don't anticipate using any others. In sum, the quality is really good.
SOFTWARE: Comes free with the camera itself which is easy to access through the usb that is in the back (see photo). The settings are many, and the booklet that comes with the camera will give you a general rundown of all these settings. As I said before, my setting of choice is 1280x720, though it does go higher. My commute is about 25 minutes. On my default setting, it ended up being about 2gb. Other settings include setting the exposure and contrast. While this is nice, it is somewhat pointless because you cannot set it on the camera itself while on the road. For example, if it is sunny in the morning but then raining later on. There are some pre-set settings like morning and night, etc... but the camera seems to auto-expose anyway (within reason). It also comes with software in which enables you to share and upload directly to the Contour website, which is just a bit of a social tool that I don't plan on using. There's also settings for audio sensibility. I am still playing around with it to see what gives me the best setting.
AUDIO: The audio may be the weak point. As of now, I have usually mounted the camera to my handlebars, which produces weird particled noise when I go over rough surfaces, etc. The general city ambiance seems to pick up nicely though, and I had to set the sensitivity rather high for this. When testing it in my apartment, voices including my own were very soft on the default setting. I imagine that the audio will be improved if mounted to the helmet strap, where it will be free of jostling from the bike. Still, a very nice bonus to have audio capabilities.
BATTERY: Seems solid. I've gone for 30 mins straight and haven't ever run out of battery while on the road. Just remember to charge it each night, as well as dumpoing the files.
ACCESSORIES: Definitely buy a larger MicroSD card. A 2gb comes with it, but it won't hold very much. I'd suggest an 8 or 16... you can always dump the files each night so you don't have to go overkill unless you go on a huge bike ride and won't have computer access. I'd definitely recommend the bike mount or the helmet strap mount. Both are vital to the ContourHD experience.
It's really inexpensive for what you're ultimately getting, this is definitely an awesome buy for the everyday cyclist or adventurist that want to capture/archive some of their moments on video.