ContourHD 1080p Review

Cameras Pro Reviews

Camera Features
On the back of the camera is a simple on and off button, along with two LED’s that informs you of the available memory and battery levels, and they fluctuate from green (80-100%) to yellow (20-80%) and finally red (0-20%). The front has an LED that indicates if the camera is on (green) or in record mode (red). The lens rotates 90 degrees right or left of the top center, which allows the camera to be mounted at varying angles, and the dual Lasers can be focused on an object to indicate the horizontal alignment for proper recording. Contour’s TRails mounting system, is sort of like tongue and groove, and the camera has two female groove’s, and the mounts have two male tongue’s (insert joke).

con_controls_1_1

On the top of the camera is a mechanical slider that turns the recording mode on and off. Inside the rear door, is the battery slot, a switch to change between preset video resolutions (aka Hi/Lo), a MicroSD card slot, a mini USB port and a battery charging indicator.

con_controls_2

Impressions and Usage
Mounting
The camera only comes with a flat surface, and goggle mounts, while the more useful vented helmet is an optional accessory. Not having the helmet mount as a basic item in the camera kit is a huge faux pas on Contour’s part, as anyone who rides a mountain bike have a need for that item. I found that goggle mounts were useful if you had a wide Velcro strap, which I procured from one of my night light kits.

con_helmet_mounts

The TRails mounting system is pretty easy to use, just line up the male and female parts, and push the camera backwards until it reaches the front stops. Unfortunately, there is some subtle inherent sloppiness in the system, which is difficult to get rid of, and rough trails and loose helmets, exacerbate the issue. I found that the goggle mounts displayed the least amount of slop, and was the most stable to use. The latest version of the helmet and handlebar has greatly improved the issue, but has not alleviated it. For additional safety in case the unit falls off, each of the mounts has a lanyard that snaps into an accompanying one on the camera.

con_helmet_1

The helmet mounts have a small amount of pitch control, so the camera can be tilted up and down. The handlebar mounts works decently once it’s set up properly, and the ball socket system let you point it just about anywhere, though the clamp only works on the narrowest part of the bar.

con_bars

Weight:

  • Camera – 102.1 grams
  • 8 GB MicroSD card – .2 grams
  • Battery – 21.6 grams
  • Total – 123.9 grams

Size:

  • 96mm long x 55mm tall x 34mm wide

Next » Camera Usage

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.


(Visited 9,136 times, 1 visits today)

Related Articles


NOTE: There are two ways to comment on our articles: Facebook or Wordpress. Facebook uses your real name and can be posted on your wall while Wordpress uses our login system. Feel free to use either one.

Facebook Comments:



Wordpress Comments:

  • George says:

    I have one of their original vholdr cameras, and have had issues with it from day one. They had me send the camera back to them twice and I still have the same issue. However now they wont support the product since I’ve had it for over a year.

  • leel says:

    That’s pretty much bang on including comments re mounts

  • Sir Bikes says:

    No matter what camera you choose, the most common problem I see with pov video is shaky video due to poor mounting. It’s not necessarily due to the mounts provided by the manufacturer, although there’s always room for improvement. It also has to do with how and where you mount the camera. It has to be very solid and stable – not just the mount, but whatever you mount it to. My secret is counterweighting. You can see my setup here:
    http://www.sirbikesalot.com/entry.php?fid=311

    Check out my latest video using the Contour HD. This little camera has impressive video quality. Its weakness is anemic, noisy audio (electronic noise):
    http://www.sirbikesalot.com/entry.php?fid=348

    It’s very, very difficult to film fast moving objects in the woods, esp. on a sunny day, with any camera, let alone a small pov camera with a small lens.

  • tanpatnode says:

    I recently got one to use and i LOVE it! The only thing i do wish it had was an option for an external mic. I went on a mountain bike ride and it worked great. For some reason it was a little shaky but I had it mounted on my bars so it got whatever the fork missed. Now I would like to try a Hero. Compare the two!

  • Bob Ramsay says:

    Just want to say thanks for the great review of the Contour 1080. I’ve had mine for a while but haven’t been able to use it to it’s best ability, you’re article has really helped me understand the camera. Well done, cheers

    Bob

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*
*