VholdR ContourHD 1080P Helmet Camera (Old Version)
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- Full HD 1080p
- Fully configurable
- Wide angle, 135 degree wide angle lens
- 180 degree lens rotation
- Twin laser guides
- Integral MicroSD card storage
- Compact design
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The good folks at Contour bring us a successor to the ContourHD, named the ContourHD 1080p Full HD Helmet Camera. That's right - a full 1920 x 1080p camcorder for recording all your adventures on land, in the air, on the side of a mountain.... pretty much wherever you feel the need to explore. The ContourHD 1080p not only records in 1080p, but also offers up 4 other resolution choices depending on your needs: 1280 x 960p at 30fps, 1280 x 720p at 60fps, 1280 x 720p at 30fps, and standard definition 848 x 480 at 60fps. Record whatever your heart desires with this extremely lightweight and easy to use 5MP camcorder. | All your video is captured to microSD memory cards (2GB card included) up to 16GB for easy flash memory recording and transfer. When using a 16GB card you can record for up to 8 hours! Considering the built-in lithium-ion battery lasts for 4 hours on a single charge, that's pretty awesome. And you'll capture all your adventures with the fixed focus 135° lens that keeps the entire scene in focus without over-distorting things. A built-in microphone rounds out your video by capturing the sounds that go along with every adventure.
Full HD Wearable Camcorder
ContourHD is the World's First and Smallest wearable video camera. Its light (4 ounces) but armored aluminum body means you can capture video in any weather conditions. Its TRail mounts "slide and lock" 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!
One Button Record
To be operated with a pair of gloves on, ContourHD uses a single button to capture up to 8 hours of HD video to an internal MicroSD memory card (compatible up to a 16GB card). With no wires or tapes, the ContourHD helmet cam makes it easy to capture Full HD video from within the action.
ContourHD is a shoot to share experience including 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.
Amazing Video Clarity
Big or Bigger Video
ContourHD1080p has five video resolutions you can choose from to remember your HD adventures.
Full HD - 1080p (1920x1280)
Tall HD - 960p (1280x960)
Action HD - 720p (1080x720)
Contour HD - 720p (1080x720)
Fast SD - WVGA (848x480)
Framed for Speed
If you'd rather pick your resolution by frame rate, ContourHD1080p offers two different frame rates, 30 frames per second or 60 frames per second. Now the fastest action will be butter smooth and ready to replay in s...l...o...w... motion.
30fps - 1080p and 720p
60fps - 720p and WVGA
ContourHD1080p gives you choices. Use the Easy Edit software to dial in your contrast (high, med or low), exposure (-4 to +4), metering (spot, center, avg), and the sensitivity of the microphone. ContourHD1080p is now the world's most configurable HD wearable camcorder.
Capture the Whole Scene
At 135 degrees, the ContourHD Wearable Camcorder lens strikes the perfect balance in capturing the entire scene without over-distorting the video. Its single focus lens keeps the entire scene in focus, recording video much like you remember it.
8 Hours of HD Video
An all-in-one HD wearable camcorder means there are no wires or tapes. ContourHD records to a removable, internal MicroSD memory card, capturing up to 8 hours of HD video (compatible up to a 16GB Memory Card).
With Full Audio
We believe video from within the action is better with sound! The ContourHD microphone does its best to keep the wind noise to a minimum while keeping the sounds of the ride rich. Configure the microphone on your ContourHD1080p camera to the action sounds you want.
Easy to Use
Smallest in the World
Fitting in the palm of your hand and weighing almost nothing (4.3 ounces), ContourHD is the smallest and lightest HD Wearable Camcorder in the world.
|Wearable Anywhere |
We take "wearable" seriously! With our patent-pending TRail Mounts "slide and lock" ContourHD helmet cam onto a series of mounts for your goggles, helmet, handlebars, vehicle, or anywhere else you can think of.
One Button Record
ContourHD's operations couldn't be simpler. Slide the record switch forward to record and slide it back to stop. Do you need silent mode (no beeps)? We have that option too.
|Armored Body |
A water-resistant HD wearable camcorder for all seasons, its anodized aluminum body withstands dust, dirt, mud, and snow. It's also shock, vibration and impact resistant.
Dual Laser Alignment
Have you ever seen a camera with lasers? ContourHD uses two of them and a 180° rotating lens to ensure you line up the shot every time. Turn on the lasers and rotate the lens until they are horizontal. Congratulations, you just lined up your shot.
No need for AA batteries with your ContourHD HD wearable camcorder. Powered by a removable, rechargeable battery you'll get up to 4 hours HD video with either model.
Click to Share Online with a Mac and a PC
The included Easy Edit software makes it simple to import your videos from the camera, clip out the best parts, and post them to VholdR.com. Show your friends what you did and earn props from the community.
Easy Edit: Import, Watch, and Share YOUR HD videos with the world.
The perfect complement to your wearable camcorder, the included Easy Edit software takes the work out of publishing your high definition adventures online.
Import with Ease
Use the USB cable to connect your ContourHD, select "Import," and we'll have your videos downloaded to your computer, added to the folder of your choice, and ready to be played on your computer in a matter of minutes
Watch in Widescreen
Your videos play in a widescreen or full screen format with controls to stop, start, and fast-forward to find your favorite parts.
*Note: HD Video requires a quality graphics card to play smoothly
Clip the Best Parts
Find the best part of your video, select the "Set Start" button at the beginning of the clip, the "Set Stop" button at the end, and wrap it up with the "Finish" button. Congratulations, you just clipped your video.
Add Your Tags
Be the producer and enter the title, date, tags, description, and epic location of your video. Now your videos will play on VholdR.com next to a beautiful map and be searchable by fellow enthusiasts.
Click to Share Online
Publishing your videos to VholdR.com takes a single click..."Share." Even if you drop your internet connection in the middle of the upload, the Easy Edit software will remember where you left off and continue from the same spot.
|Video Resolutions ||Window Size||Frame Rate||Record|
|Full HD – 1080p ||1920x1080 pixels||30fps||15min/GB|
|Tall HD – 960p||1280x960 pixels||30fps||15min/GB|
|Action HD – 720p||1280x720 pixels||60fps||15min/GB|
|Contour HD – 720p||1280x720 pixels||30fps||30min/GB|
|Fast SD – WVGA||848x480 pixels ||60fps||30min/GB|
5 Megapixel Sensor
Codec: H.264 (AAC audio)
File Type: .mov
AAC Audio Compression
135o - 960p and 720p
110o - 1080p and WVGA
Capacity: 16GB (2GB included)
Battery & Power
Removable Lithium-Ion Battery
Record Time: Up to 4 hours
Charge via USB to Computer or chargers (sold separately)
Charge Time: 4 hours (average)
Aluminum and Fiberglass Body
Compatible with TRail Mount System
Easy Edit Software
Mac (10.4, 10.5, & 10.6)
Windows (XP, Vista, Windows 7)
Videos Download via USB 2.0
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Sound quality - The use this CountourHD as been getting is mainly on a motorbike so the biggest problem has been the recorded sound. Above 80 km/h, due to wind noise you will not record the exhaust's sound; this is with the camera mounted on your helmet or behind the windshield of the bike. Newer models have the mic in front of the camera or attachable mics. Compare videos and do some research. If sound at high speeds is important to you, consider other newer models. Besides the above situations the audio quality is good and you have the option the raise the mic gain if it's recording to low.
Built quality - The design of the camera is sturdy and aerodynamic (on a helmet it stayed put with the adhesive mount at speeds of 270 km/h). The descriptions say it's impact resistant (but to say just this is a bit relative). For more safety against damage you have a silicone cap and the waterproof casing. Things like lasers built in for alignment and an easy record switch are a plus (newer models have a raised knob and instant ON, which is better).
Acessories - The accessories that are boxed are good but they are for sticking to one surface and never taking off again, so you're limited. Also, they are flat and not so good for curved surface like helmets. The camera should come already with the Universal Mount, since it has threaded hole, standard of all photography equipment; this would allow you to purchase lower priced mounts, such as suction cups and handlebars mounts. The SD card is of low capacity and you should order 8 GB or more with your purchase.
Others - For playback of the videos you should have newer graphics card, i.e. AMD HD5xxx and up, or nVidia 3xx and up, so that it's the graphics card that does the decoding of the video stream and not the CPU (previous models won't help since they don't have decoder). This is part is just a note because of other reviews mentioning requirements.
Veredict - For the price you pay (135 pounds) it's definitely worth it. It gets 4 stars because you could have better mounts out of the box and mic captures a lot of wind noise. Newer models are better but they are also more expensive; the rating doesn't come down cause of that since you're given options.
The flat surface attachment sticks very well, (but leave 24hrs to set and clean with ipa first).. Even after a bike crash, the camera stayed putt, and showed no damage at all..
Very simple to use, though the switch in an ideal world, would have a raised knob, so its easier to slide whilst wearing cloves.. even so, its not much of a problem..
Video quality is very very good, even on SD setting..
Bad points: Accessories are quite expensive (£16 for a second flat surface mount)
Adjustments can only be made from connecting to a pc/mac - apart from adjusting hi/low quality.
The microphone is very sensitive, so some trial and erros is needed to get that perfect range..
Still giving this camera a 9/10 tho...
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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