ContourHD 1080p Review

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Bottom Line
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 Laser sighting is the best on the market for leveling your FOV, and you get a real time sense of what will be recorded, which is really nice, since once it’s on top of your head, you lose visual alignment cue’s. 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 system leaves something to be desired, and the rail and groove system is a bit sloppy, and no matter how I used it, there was some inherent wiggle. The Vented Helmet mounts need to be part of the camera kit, since it is a key item for mountain bike usage.

The ContourHD 1080p took excellent high definition video footage, and it had great clarity with realist colors, and it has the best usage factor of all the sports camera I have used.

Strengths
- Laser leveling system
- Rotatable lens
- Loud indicative beeps
- Mechanical slider
- Light
- Great video quality

Weaknesses
- Lens can collect mud
- Microphone
- TRails Mount system can be sloppy
- Lack of Vented Helmet mount in kit

MSRP: $279.99

Overall Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

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ContourHD Specs
Video

  • HD 1080p (1920 x 1080) at 30 fps
  • HD 960p (1280 x 960) at 30 fps
  • HD 720p (1280 x 720) at 30 fps
  • HD 720p (1280 x 720) at 60 fps
  • SD WVGA (848 x 480) at 60 fps
  • 5 Mega-pixel CMOS Image Sensor
  • H.264 Codec (AAC Audio)
  • File Type *.mov

Recording Time

  • 1080p,960p,720p(60fps) – 15min/GB
  • 720p (30fps) – 30 min/GB
  • SD – 60min/GB

Memory

  • MicroSD card
  • Maximum 16GB (2GB included)

Audio

  • Internal microphone
  • AAC Audio compression

Lens

  • 960p and 720p – 135 degrees
  • 1080p and SD – 110 degrees

Body

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

Battery

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

Camera Kit

  • Countour HD camera
  • 2GB MicroSD Card
  • Google Mount
  • Flat Surface Mount
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • USB 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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  • 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

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