View your Contour GPS Camera videos on your mobile phone



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One of the top questions we get from our website visitors and customers is - “Does the camera have a LCD screen (viewfinder)?, Unfortunately up until now, many of the wearable cameras lacked an LCD screen making it difficult to line up the perfect shot and having to wait until you are in front of a computer to view your masterpiece.

Contour, which happens to be one of our top selling and favorite brands - in a stellar display of market leadership just announced the release of a mobile phone app which when combined with a Bluetooth module will stream live video (what you are shooting) straight to your mobile phone, turning your phone into a live viewfinder. Sweet!

Just in case the so-sweet-live-video was not enough, you will now be able to control the cameras settings via your phone, too. This enables you to set video and photo modes, quality, frame rate, exposure, metering, mic sensitivity, gps, and more straight from your phone letting you adapt to changing light conditions and other factors. Say you are a skier. Imagine you start your day nice and early setting you camera for low light conditions and as you climb up to the top of the mountain to shred that perfect line, the sun comes out in its full force and you now adjust your exposure setting way down ensuring a perfectly exposed video. Nice!

In addition to viewing live video and being able to adjust camera setting you will be able to monitor GPS signal strength, battery life and available memory right on your phone display.
The new feature is backwards compatible through a firmware update, so for those of you who have purchased a Contour GPS camera already you are good to go with a simple firmware update, mobile app download and the bluetooth module.

The Bluetooth function will work with Apple iPhones and iPod Touches and with Android phones.  The mobile apps are in development as I write this for both platforms; the Apple version is expected to be released March 1st.

For this wireless viewfinder masterpiece, Contour is taking home the Innovation Award tomorrow at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Contour’s official press release on these new features:

Contour Turns Your Mobile Phone into a Live Viewfinder for its ContourGPS Camera

01.05.2011– (Seattle, Wash.) – Contour, a market leader in hands-free video cameras, is announcing a new feature for its award winning ContourGPS model: Bluetooth. Already the first hands-free video camera to capture speed and location in real-time, Contour is unveiling a built-in Bluetooth chip in the ContourGPS along with a mobile app that together enable your phone to become a live viewfinder. Now you can see what your camera sees while configuring your settings, all from the most remote locations. Applications are currently being developed for the Android and iOS platforms. Contour will be demonstrating this new functionality at the Consumer Electronics Show.

“We’re excited about turning a phone into a live screen for the ContourGPS and delivering the single feature nearly all of our customers have been asking for,” says Marc Barros, Contour’s CEO. “ContourGPS was already the first hands-free camera to introduce real-time GPS, bringing a whole new level of video storytelling to our customers around the world. But with the enabling of Bluetooth, ContourGPS becomes the only hands-free video camera with a wireless viewfinder.”

Hands-free is one of the fastest growing video camera categories, but it’s often limited in its application by the lack of a screen. By unlocking Bluetooth, ContourGPS opens itself to connectivity with audio, remote control, and mobile accessories. Most importantly, it enables a mobile app to turn your phone into a live viewfinder.

The ContourGPS camera brings together three of the hottest trends: location, mobile, and video. It goes beyond being just a camera – it’s an all-in-one platform that offers innovative software in conjunction with a vibrant online community. Customers can record, post, and share their video adventures while tracking their path, speed, and elevation on a map – all at the same time. A rugged video camera made specifically for the estimated 100 million outdoor enthusiasts around the world; ContourGPS makes it easy to capture video from within the action and share it online in seconds.

A 2011 CES Innovations Award Winner, ContourGPS ($349.99 MSRP) is being displayed at the Digital Experience Event on January 5th and at the company’s CES Booth #35155.

About Contour
Contour is the market leader in hands-free, location-aware video cameras. Producing adventure storytelling tools based on a simple intuitive design, Contour enables modern-day explorers to use location-based video to replay their personal tales of action, adventure and travel, sharing them with world at the touch of a button. For more information about Contour please visit www.contour.com.
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What does every one think?  Will this change how we shoot and view hands free videos? Would be nice to see this for the iPad.

Please leave your comments and / or questions below.

 


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Comments

By BK
07 01 2011 at 10:36 AM

- Is the ContourGPS with the built-in bluetooth currently available for purchase?

- also, does the image capture (photo) function embed the GPS-spatial data with each individual image as it is captured?


By skifreely
07 01 2011 at 05:17 PM

This is AMAZING. Step aside GoPro, Contour has officially become the best POV camera on the market.


By PointOfViewCameras
11 01 2011 at 03:38 PM

@BK Yes, the ContourGPS is in stock. Bluetooth module will be available for purchase as soon as it is released by Contour.

The GPS data is embedded into video files only.


By PointOfViewCameras
11 01 2011 at 03:41 PM

@ skifreely LOL, glad you like this latest add on from Contour! We were just informed that our test samples will be ready this week. Can’t wait to test it out!


By AB
18 01 2011 at 12:03 PM

Is this bluetooth feature available (or will it be any time soon) for the contour hd 1080p?


By Doc_Nature
18 01 2011 at 06:44 PM

What exactly is the “Bluetooth Module” ?  Software or Hardware and if it’s HW then were does it Fit / Connect ?  Is this a totally free upgrade ? 

Any reason for waiting till this is fully tested and officially released before buying my Contour GPS ? Wouldn’t this require a faster processor in the camera or some other hardware refresh to make everything run smoothly ?


By Rob Knight
21 01 2011 at 08:54 AM

The ability to change settings on a ContourGPS and view what he camera sees is of great interest. Is the iOS app available yet on iTunes? When can I drop by your store in Van. for a demo?


By Pointofviewcameras
21 01 2011 at 08:53 PM

Hi guys,

The bluetooth module is both software and hardware, its a firmware update on the camera, plus a phone application, and also a hardware chip that you insatll inside the camera. 

No reason to wait, as Contour has guaranteed all ContourGPS cameras will work with the module without issue.  Its something they have designed from the outset into the Camera, but they have only just told us now.  Cool secret features!  Yay!


By Pointofviewcameras
21 01 2011 at 08:54 PM

The app isnt available anywhere yet except to beta testers.  It should be launched soon though, although we dont have any exact dates.  Keep checking back!


By James Baker
26 01 2011 at 01:43 PM

Any idea if there will be an app provided for the palm webOS interface? I’m on the fence about buying it and this is one of those things that I think would lean me towards getting one because it’d be frustrating to have to get a different phone so I could use the app.


By JSull23
28 01 2011 at 09:09 AM

does anyone know whether the bluetooth signal would work if you put the camera underwater and whether live ouput will still exist ?


By PointOfViewCameras
28 01 2011 at 05:24 PM

@JSull23
BlueTooth range can vary greatly in air (1m to 100m depending on the class). BlueTooth uses an electromagnetic wave to transmit data. Water molecules absorb these microwaves very easily and therefore decreases the range significantly. While we haven’t tested the range underwater (since the current underwater housing doesn’t fit the GPS camera), it’s safe to say that putting the camera underwater would not give you the same results as using BlueTooth above water in open air.


By PointOfViewCameras
28 01 2011 at 05:27 PM

@James Baker
Contour has not yet released any information about apps for the Palm webOS. However, the plan is to be able to support other 3rd party devices in late spring after they release the BlueTooth chip and apps which are currently pending approval.


By Xtrema
30 01 2011 at 06:37 AM

AB Wrote
18 01 2011 at 12:03 PM
Is this bluetooth feature available (or will it be any time soon) for the contour hd 1080p?


Any chance of a reply grin


By PointOfViewCameras
31 01 2011 at 01:12 PM

@Xtrema
The BlueTooth chip will be available after final approval for the mobile apps. Contour is aiming for early Spring.


By Bill
18 02 2011 at 10:32 PM

What is the projected cost of the bluetooth chip/upgrade?


By Domingo RODRIGUEZ
19 02 2011 at 02:34 AM

Hi, Will the Bluetooth chip Module be user installable or will need to be send somewhere?

Thanks


By PointOfViewCameras
21 02 2011 at 11:38 AM

@Bill
The cost information hasn’t been released yet but should be available by Spring.

@Domingo RODRIGUEZ
You will be able to install the chip yourself. On the Contour GPS camera, you’ll notice a small spacer to the lower left side of the battery. With the battery out, you can remove this spacer and replace it with the GPS chip that will look exactly the same as the spacer but will have the metal contacts and internal electronics.


By Xtrema
25 03 2011 at 04:29 AM

Now that the chip is on sale can you please confirm that if I puchase one it is compatible with ContourHD 1080p as all the promotional magumba out there is for the GPS alone.
Thanks


By PointOfViewCameras
25 03 2011 at 09:47 AM

@Xtrema
The Connect View accessory is only compatible with the ContourGPS which has an expansion slot to accomodate the chip. It cannot be used with the ContourHD 1080p.


By Erikvanzon
16 05 2011 at 12:25 AM

Hey Guys,
Could you perhaps post a small table or provide information on how both the GPS and viewfinder bluetooth module affect batterylife? What would be the recording time for example on 1080p with both the bt module and gps enabled. What would it be without and with either one of this options enabled?
With the new waterproof case on the market I guess this camera is a must for diving this summer!
Thanks!


By PointOfViewCameras
16 05 2011 at 07:29 AM

@ Erikvanzon
We don’t have any exact specifics on how much battery life is affected in varying resolution modes or with Bluetooth and GPS enabled but can tell you that the maximum battery life is in lowest frame rate, video quality and resolution mode. With GPS on, you will use some additional battery power. Bluetooth will also use battery power but is only enabled when you have the Contour Camera App running with the camera in bluetooth mode; so this would be while seeing the live preview or adjusting camera settings. Once you start recording, the Bluetooth function is turned off.


By Rob Freeman
03 06 2011 at 12:31 PM

We are considering a purchase. Does anyone know the bluetooth range of this camera? We want to film ATV racing from a remote control helicopter.


By PointOfViewCameras
03 06 2011 at 12:54 PM

@ Rob Freeman
The Bluetooth range is over 20 yards from what we’ve tested. However, it’s used only for live preview and to adjust the Contour camera’s settings. You cannot start/stop recording or view live while recording with your mobile device so there would be no use if the camera is far out of reach on a RC Helicopter.


By Cambo
06 10 2011 at 12:53 AM

How much will the app cost an where can I find it because I have checked just about everywhere. this is extreamly important!!!


By PointofViewCameras
07 10 2011 at 08:46 AM

@Cambo
The App is free for iOS and Android. You can find more detailed information and links to the mobile apps on the App Store and Android Market here: www.pointofviewcameras.com/contour-connect.


By Jerry Slayton
23 12 2011 at 07:49 AM

You state: “...will stream live video (what you are shooting) straight to your mobile phone, turning your phone into a live viewfinder. Sweet! “

Then to Rob Freeman’s range question you say “...it’s used only for live preview and to adjust the Contour camera’s settings. You cannot start/stop recording or view live while recording with your mobile device so there would be no use if the camera is far out of reach on a RC Helicopter.

Which is it? Can one see what its shooting or not? Not very useful if not.


By PointofViewCameras
27 12 2011 at 10:40 AM

@Jerry Slayton
The Live Viewfinder function only works while the camera is in standby mode allowing one to adjust the camera to the perfect angle before they begin recording.


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