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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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Technical Details
StyleWithout Motorsport Kit
Weight550 Grams
Resolution1080 pixels
Batteries Included?Yes
Additional Information
Product Dimensions17.8 x 12.2 x 4.6 cm ; 122 g
Shipping Weight630 g
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Batteries:1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Item model number1300
Date First Available21 Dec. 2009
Best Sellers Rank 184,983 in Sports & Outdoors (See top 100)
Discontinued by manufacturerYes

Product description

Product description

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.

Manufacturer's Description

contourhd1080p ContourHD1080pContourHD1080pContourHD1080p is the World's First Full HD Wearable Camcorder to shoot and share 1080p video. Perfect for an outdoor enthusiast looking for the ultimate video quality you can configure. It features four HD settings (1080p, 960p, and two at 720p) with two frame rates (30fps and 60fps) and four configurable settings (metering, contrast, exposure, and microphone sensitivity). But, most important the ContourHD software will share your adventures in "Lifelike" 1080p video to With its single button operation and dual lasers for alignment, ContourHD1080p brings the biggest HD video online with the popular and easy to use ContourHD camcorder line.

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.

Share Online
ContourHD is a shoot to share experience including our Easy Edit software and your own account on Connect ContourHD to your computer, clip the best parts, and share your helmet camera adventures online in seconds.

Key FeaturesContourHD1080p on goggles

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 AnywhereWearable 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
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 BodyArmored 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.

Rechargeable Battery
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 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 next to a beautiful map and be searchable by fellow enthusiasts.

Click to Share Online
Publishing your videos to 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

Internal Microphone
AAC Audio Compression

135o - 960p and 720p
110o - 1080p and WVGA

Removable MicroSD
SDHC compatible
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)

Water Resistant
Aluminum and Fiberglass Body
Compatible with TRail Mount System

Easy Edit Software
Compatible with:
Mac (10.4, 10.5, & 10.6)
Windows (XP, Vista, Windows 7)
Videos Download via USB 2.0

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Image quality - Is very good during daylight conditions and dusk but at night don't expect much (which is kind of obvious). Comparing videos with cameras that also feature Full HD, the differences (if any) aren't decision makers. The image options are adequate but they are also the same as other cameras like this.

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.
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Though a little fiddly to get out of the well packaged box.. Once out, there's enough charge on the battery to play with your new toy..

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...
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Please make sure you have a computer capable of playing High definition video before you buy this camera! I won't repeat points made by other reviews except to agree that accessories are ridiculously expensive. One tip the battery is identical to a Nokia BL-5C available on eBay for about £3.00. I got a desk charger & battery for less than £6.00 including Postage.
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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.
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It took me a long time to make up my mind between this contour and the go pro.. In the end it was the contours sleek looks that won me over as i couldnt imagine myself doing mountain biking with the bulky Go pro strapped to my head! Well anyway when i decided upon the contour i was next left with the dilemma of which contour!! i was stuck between the roam and the older but higher spec VholdR.. they both cost the same so money was not an issue.. In the end i went for the older model as it had the 60fps option which i deemed quite important for fast action recording.. In retrospect i can see how the roam benifits from lots of tweeks made after a couple of years experience! Firstly the slide record switch on the VholdR is flat and quite awkward to use especially with gloves..this has been rectified on the roam also the power button on the back has been greatly improved.. Also the roam comes with more rotateing options on the lens.. i didnt think this would be an issue but there have been moments where i could have done with it! Also when the lens is set in the 'neutral' position there are a couple of millimeters play which is very annoying and quite off putting especially if you expect to be traveling downhill at high speed over rough ground, the last thing you want is your lens rattleing from side to side.. this is apparently an issue with a lot of reviewers.. luckily for me i dont have it set in the neutral position so it hasnt been an issue to date.. But now for my major gripe with the contour! i could not get the software to upload on my windows vista computer.. In fairness to the contour support team they were fantastic.. spending hours with me on the fone trying to sort out the problem.. But alas to no avail..Read more ›
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