Contour+ Camera Review

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Bottom Line
The Contour+ has a superb usage factor, takes great high-definition video footage, with good clarity and realist colors, and the additions of GPS mapping capabilities and the Mobile App interface for viewing and configurations make for an exceptional package. What I really like about the camera was the usefulness of the switching. When turning it on, or switching recording on and off, you get a loud and distinct beep, and in addition, the mechanical feel for what is happening. The camera is compact and light, and the Aluminum and fiberglass body haven proven to be tough and durable, as it has taken lots of tree impacts, an occasional drop into the rocks, and a couple of good crashes. The TRails mounting is a bit sloppy, but the tolerances have greatly improved over its predecessors. The capability to use a iOS and Android smartphone as a viewfinder for alignment and camera configuration is an extremely useful feature, and allows in the field adjustments.

I would have liked the 960p resolution to have a faster fps option, and the camera really needs to be bumped up to at least a 10MB sensor, to compete against the competition. The loss of the Laser sighting makes alignment tough if you forget your phone on a ride, and the camera is pretty expensive.

Strengths

  • Contour App and Smartphone interface – viewfinder and camera configuration
  • GPS video mapping capabilities
  • 270° rotatable, flush and six element glass lens
  • Loud indicative beeps
  • Mechanical slider
  • Lightweight and small form factor
  • HDMI interface
  • External Mic
  • Great video quality

Weaknesses

  • Smartphone – only iOS and Android compatible
  • Only 5MP sensor (needs 10MB minimum)
  • No Laser sighting
  • Expensive
  • Internal Mic is poor
  • Mounting system
  • Mediocre in low light

MSRP: $499.99

Overall Rating:

4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

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Contour+ Specs
Video

  • HD 1080p (1920 x 1080) at 30fps
  • HD 960p (1280 x 960) at 30fps
  • HD 720p (1280 x 720) at 30fps
  • HD 720p (1280 x 720) at 60fps
  • 5 Mega-pixel CMOS Image Sensor
  • 2.8″ aperture
  • H.264 Codec (AAC Audio)
  • File Type *.mov

Memory

  • MicroSD card
  • Maximum 32GB (2GB included)

Audio

  • Internal microphone
  • External Mic Jack
  • AAC Audio compression

Lens

  • Custom Six Element Glass
  • 270° rotatable
  • Flush
  • 960p and 720p – 170°
  • 1080p – 125°

Body

  • Water resistant
  • Aluminum and Fiberglass body
  • TRails mount system

Battery

  • Removable Litihium-Ion Battery 3,7V 1050mAh
  • 2-2.5 hours record time
  • Charge via USB or Optional Charger
  • Charge Time 4 hours

Camera Kit

  • Countour+ camera
  • 2GB MicroSD Card
  • Connect View Card
  • Profile Mount
  • Flat Surface Mount
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • USB Cable
  • HDMI Cable
  • Mic Cable


About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • Brian says:

    Great review. I had this or the model below on my wish list but switched to the Hero2 for my wish list after looking closely at the mounting options. Can’t believe it doesn’t come with a vented helmet mount.

  • Thad says:

    I just scanned the entire review and didn’t see a ” $ “. Thank you for writing it, but I’m not reading it.

    • Brian Mullin says:

      It’s on the last page just before the Overall Rating, I’ll stick it in the first page for clarification. Retail is $499

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