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Contour+ Plus Camera

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  • Custom Wide-Angle Lens+ 6 Element Glass Lens, 170 FOV, F2.8HD Video+ 3 Resolutions and 2 frame rates
  • Configurable White Balance; Removable Rechargeable Battery; GPS Enabled
  • Bluetooth Enabled+ Use your iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, and iPod Touch (3rd and 4th Gen) as a viewfinder
  • 5MP still photo mode Configurable+ Manually set white balance, exposure, and sharpness
  • Android connectivity coming soon HDMI Output+ Stream video, audio, and view your videos Microphone Plug+ Connect an external microphone.
  • Bluetooth Enabled+ Use your iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, and iPod Touch (3rd and 4th Gen) as a viewfinder+
  • Bluetooth Enabled+ Use your iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, and iPod Touch (3rd and 4th Gen) as a viewfinder+
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Product Description

Product Description

170 Ultra Wide Field of View vs 135 (compared to the ContourHD & ContourGPS). flush front lens for easy cleaning. 270 on axis smooth lens rotation, 80 degrees more freedom than before. external camera controls like white balance. HDMI playback of full HD video. streaming video through HDMI port. rear door pass through for USB and HDMI ports. higher performance GPS receiver 4 Hz. external microphone jack. fast change battery latch.

From the Manufacturer



Contour+ Camera

The Contour+ captures beautiful 1080p video. It utilizes a 170° wide-angle rotating lens that delivers a true high quality image that captures all the action with minimal distortion and fish-eye. It records Full HD in all its glory.

PROFESSIONAL STORYTELLING

Professional storytelling demands the right tools and the right technology. Designed as our first hands-free camera for the true filmer, the Contour+ delivers both for this advanced segment with expanded capabilities and supplemental features. Packed with the highest level of progression of any hands-free to hit the market, Contour+ is made to capture not only the action but also the full story with depth, focus and clarity. The result is rich video from one camera with all the tools to do the job.



Contour+ Product Features:

FIELD OF VISION
FIELD OF VISION

Stunning footage is what makes the shot and the Contour+ is specifically set up for capturing the perfect visual. The reason is a market-leading mix of tech functions from a six-element glass lens and 1080p video quality to adjustable white balance for dialing in the details of each location. The Contour+ also expands normal perspective with a F 2.8, superwide-angle lens, integrating peripherals and backdrops that get cropped with a narrower focus.

FULLY CONNECTED
FULLY CONNECTED

With all our modern devices, connection is key—so we’ve made the Contour+ the most connected POV camera ever. First up is Bluetooth, which provides filmmakers a wireless viewfinder to check the angle on their phone before dropping in. The camera also connects via an HDMI port, allowing instant replay on a laptop or widescreen direct from the microSD card. The upside is eliminating the lag time of downloads and transfers when checking footage on location or back home.

made for iOS
LIVE ACTION
LIVE ACTION

Action moves at real time, so why deal with a delay in the coverage? The Contour+ enables live streaming—via HDMI and external transmitter—creating a direct connection to film shoots, event coverage and contest runs. Whether for broadcast or simply building a following, this capability allows filmers and athletes to provide an inside window when the action is happening. No other hands-free can make this claim, so grab this one if you’re headed to the X Games.

CRISP AUDIO
CRISP AUDIO

Video is only one part of the story, which is why we’ve equipped the Contour+ with an external 2.5mm microphone jack. This crisp audio capability allows you to interview characters from friends and fellow athletes to random people that appear in your shots. And, by capturing dialogue that gets said in the heat of the moment, you’ll add an additional standout quality to segments and stories. It’s a tool utilized by true pros that we thought you might need. Just keep it clean.


Additional Product Features

GPS
GPS

Location is a central element of any story and the GPS receiver in the Contour+ tracks exact location, speed and altitude while shooting in hands-free HD. The slick feature links personal footage to a specific place and adds interactive depth to your story.

STORAGE
STORAGE

Running short on space is a huge hassle, which is why the Contour+ stacks all your footage on a removable microSD card. Compatible with cards up to 32 gigs, the setup allows an easy swap to a fresh card when you’ve filled the first one to capacity.

STRENGTH
STRENGTH

With a burly, water-resistant aluminum shell, the Contour+ is made to take a beating in extreme environments from raging storms to muddy tracks. For full submersion sports add the waterproof case to keep it dry up to 60 meters deep(available summer 2011).

MOUNTS
MOUNTS

Dialing in the ideal angle is a critical component to capturing unique footage. Contour+ 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.
Still Photo
2592 x 1944
3, 5, 10, 30 or 60 sec
When you want to freeze frame the action, the photo mode is your perfect shot. You can pick from 5 rates to best capture that moment.



What's In The Box?

Contour+ Camera
MicroSD Card (2GB)
Rechargeable Battery
USB Cable
Mini HDMI Cable


Microphone Cable
Lens Cap
Rotating Flat Surface Mount
Profile Mount





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ContourHD Camera

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ContourROAM Camera

ContourROAM

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ContourGPS Camera

ContourGPS

Video Mapping
Contour+ Camera

Contour+

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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Product Information

Product Dimensions 3.8 x 1.4 x 2.4 inches
Item Weight 5.3 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.8 pounds
ASIN B004Z75V08
Item model number 1500
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Customer Reviews
3.2 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #17,494 in Camera & Photo
#240 in Electronics > Camera & Photo > Underwater Photography > Camcorders
#923 in Camera & Photo > Camcorders
#2,913 in Sports & Outdoors > Outdoor Recreation > Climbing
Date first available at Amazon.com May 7, 2011

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So I picked this Contour + up after buying a GoPro HD, with the intention of returning the GoPro.
I haven't returned it yet, so I've been going out testing the 2 camera's side by side, trying to figure out which I like better.

Here's my initial thoughts.
I like the form factor better on the Contour +. I did a couple of hikes with the GoPro HD and felt like a complete idiot with the camera sitting on top of my hat, using the head mount. It was heavy, and flopped around a bit. The Contour+ on the other hand, sat nicely on the side of my head, and was a lot less goofy looking.
I've taken them both in my car, and had issues with the GoPro, where the mount came loose from vibration, and I had to catch it, and adjust the knob again while driving. Dangerous!
The Windshield mount on the Contour is not that good though, as it shakes, and is not a very tight fit where the Suction cup mounts to the mount...It holds, but the whole thing just wiggles all around, creating shaky video. not cool. But it holds very very well.

Now, to the Camera's...
I find the overall sharpness of the Contour better, with slightly better definition and clarity over the GoPro HD, BUT...I find the color a little green. The GoPro is not as sharp, as I just said, but the colors are more vibrant.
The Fisheye on the GoPro is a little more prominent than the Contour+ but they both have fisheye effect from the wide angles of their cameras.
The Contour + handles light MUCH MUCH better than the GoPro HD, and as I shot side by side comparisons, on one tree lined street, there was a truck parked in the shadows...On the GoPro I did not notice the truck at all! On the Contour, it was very well lit, and showed up clearly!! Very cool!
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I bought this for skydiving

Pros
-great picture quality. Significantly better than the gopro hd.
-switch is really easy to use and positive - it's easy to flip just before you jump out of the plane
-great size

Cons
-camera crashes. In my case, I have lost several important skydives to this
-bluetooth viewfinder functionality is so unreliable/buggy as to be unuseable
-battery live is really poor (It can't handle 8 skydives in a day without recharging). Each skydive is about 1 minute of freefall, followed by a few minutes of canopy flight.
-although the record on/off switch is easy to use without seeing the camera (when it's mounted on your head), you still have to turn the camera on with a small button on the back. This isn't nearly so positive.
-the video importing is annoying; as soon as you import the files, the contour starts creating file001 again, so you end up with loads of movies with the same filenames
-gps is a nice idea, but not really accurate enough for skydiving. It's frequently significantly off location even on a clear sunny day, and it turns out that many of my skydives actually go upwards
-the bundled video management doesn't contain even the most rudimentary editing capability, so you can't even trim your videos to remove the fluff at the beginning/end
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As an owner of the older ContourHD 1080p, I looked forward to taking my new Contour+ on a recent snowboarding trip to New Zealand. Although I was keen to make use of the new features, such as the GPS and Bluetooth preview/settings, I was mainly interested in seeing the results of the new lens and super-wide field of view.

Before I cover the new features, I should mention the things that haven't changed:

Form Factor - The size, weight and shape of the Contour+ is pretty much the same as previous models. I prefer it to some of the other offerings for both practical and aesthetic reasons. When mounted on a helmet, wrist or leg it doesn't look like I've got some monstrous appendage growing out of me. This may seem like a styling issue but it has very practical implications when getting on, riding and getting off lifts. It doesn't contact safety bars and I'm able to turn my head without it hitting surrounding objects, or people. There are some mounts for other cameras, like chest mounts, that avoid these issues, but chest mounts for snowboarding don't work very well as the direction of travel is generally not where your chest is facing.

On/Off Switch - The placement and function of the on/off switch is such that it is reasonably easy to operate, yet it can't be accidentally operated.

Record switch - Although the Contour+ record switch is now chunkier due to the GPS antenna, the actual operation remains similar to the ContourHD version. It's well placed and positive in operation and, if anything, it's easier to operate with gloves than the ContourHD, although I never had a problem with the older ContourHD. The familiar beeps used to indicate various states are loud enough to hear without being intrusive.
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I have researched POV cameras, and this seemed to be the best out there. Yet, I'll describe both pros and cons so that buyers beware.

Pros:
- Great form factor with several mounting options, unlike the other POV cameras out there.
- Wide angle
- Full 1080p HD @ 30 Hz is great
- Support known to be great, and my experience confirms that.

Cons:
- High price
- GPS accuracy is a disaster. It is a joke that they market this camera for sports applications, and they show videos of people skiing, skydiving, doing motorsports, when the camera can't measure speed with any acceptable accuracy. At 4Hz GPS sampling rate, which is barely acceptable for high speed action, the speed captured by the GPS hardware of this camera can be up to 25 Mph off!!! Clearly this is garbage! Even worse, Contour can't do anything about it, and they gave me the answer that the camera is "operating within specifications". What kind of a lousy specification is that exactly, and who in their right mind told them that this was adequate for the all the applications they are pushing this camera for?! They asked me to lower the sampling rate for better accuracy. 2 Hz gives me a 12 Mph error, still nonsense. And 1 Hz is a ridiculous sampling rate that I don't even care to use it!
- Bluetooth is unstable and will frustrate you! They never got it right from the first day they released that bluetooth card. It is a great feature that gives you a view finder to adjust your camera before you use it -- when it works. However, the instability can disappoint you. You just have to figure out a way to deal with it. This is just another example of an area where Contour just cut corners for the sake of releasing a product way before it was fully ready for production.
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