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4.0 out of 5 stars Contour HD helmet camera, 17 Nov 2011
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This review is from: VholdR ContourHD 1080P Helmet Camera (Camera)
I was very happy at paying less than half RRP for this product, partly through the value of online shopping and partly because there is a newer version of the camera on the market.
The camera was really easy to set up out the box. The software that comes on the 2gb micro sd card within the camera was easyto use with windows 7 and allows two you to set two pre-set recording quality. These are then easy to change from "Hi" to "Low" at the flick of a switch. You can use Windows Media Player / explorer to open and view the movies so I just use the Contour software for settings.
I'd have preferred an extra setting as it would be nice to be able to toggle the dusk setting on or off whilst out and about. Still it just means I need to think ahead a bit.
I bought the camera for mountain biking and the only downside of what comes in the box is the selection of mounts. Basically you get a solid surface mount and a goggle strap mount. I'd have liked the vented helmet mount. However a few zip ties and some velcro later I had the camera mounted securely to my helmet.
The two little lasers are great for lining up the camera and with the wide angle of the lens it is pretty hard not to get your target in shot. I've even used the camera as a hand held cam and it is still easy to shoot on target.
The down sides are the ability to go from day light to low light. The camera takes a while to adjust itself if you zoom into some woods and this can leave big chunks of film pitch black. If you can stop just at the entry to the wooded section for about 30 seconds the camera's exposure sorts itself out - or cup your hand over the lens to fake darkness as you approach the woods.
Future things I plan to do with the camera are bodge a lens hood to stop glare (this may look totally stupid on a helmet) and I plan on getting the bike mount and vented helmet mounts for more shooting angles. I think the footage from one POV gets dull after a few seconds. Any way this is a great "toy" the quality of video output is really good if you have the right light. The ability to swivel the lens is genius but it took me a week to work out that it did swivel - now I've got more mounting options.
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