Contour Connect View Review



O.K. you non-lazy, outdoor, sport enthusiast people… it’s finally here…

Connect View for the ContourGPS!!

It’s time to take helmet cameras to the next level.

We were given two of the Connect View cards to play around with for the past month and have been pacing back and forth waiting to be able to tell the world it’s here!

So today is the day. We have it in stock and were shipping orders right now!

So I’m just going to break it down and give you a general idea of what the Connect View card will be able to do for you.

In a nut shell: You can now wirelessly preview what you are about to shoot with simply using your smart phone.

Contour Connect View


It all starts off with your ContourGPS with the latest firmware upgrade. There is a little spacer found next to your battery slot that has been until now, just a slot with a plastic unusable card to fill that slot.

Now for roughly $30.00 you can order a Connect View card to replace that little plastic filler. You just simply remove you Contour battery and then slide the blank card out and replace it with the Connect View card with the connectors facing inwards. It slides in effortlessly and your half way there.

Next you want to download the free Contour Camera App for your iPhone or iPod touch. You will be able to use Connect View with Android phones in the near future but for now we will just focus on the iPhone and iPod touch.

After you have enabled your Bluetooth on your iPhone you simply power on your Contour. You will find the secret button located in front of the record switch, just press down on the solid blank area until you feel a “click” and watch the little light flash from light blue to a dark blue. Once the Contour has recognized your phone, it will say “connected” then touch the Contour Camera App and voila! You now have the largest wireless LCD preview screen for your POV camera!

Not only can you now preview what you are about to shoot enabling you to set up your shots for the perfect angle, you can also go into the “Settings” menu on your mobile device and adjust the camera settings.

You have the option of changing:

  • between NTSC and PAL mode depending on where you live
  • resolution settings: 1080p, 960p or 720p @ 30fps, 720p @ 60fps or photo mode
  • video quality: medium, high or max
  • mic level by sliding the bar back and forth
  • GPS on or off (saves a little battery)
  • contrast, sharpness, exposure and metering
    You can adjust the lighting settings to:
    • Every Day Outdoor
    • Dusk
    • Custom which will allow you to tweak you Contour as much as you like

You can program these settings from your mobile device and dedicate them to Position 1 or 2 so you can easily switch back and forth on your camera depending on the lighting and action in the field. For example, Position 1 could be 720p @ 60fps with lower lighting and Position 2 could be 1080p @ 30 fps with every day outdoor setting.

So to sum it up guys, this will now allow you to preview and tweak the footage you are about to capture giving you more than ever the ability to capture the perfect shot with simply looking at your phone. Stoked!!

Cheers,
Mark Zealand

 

 


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Comments

By Tom Kulzer
22 03 2011 at 02:22 PM

Very exciting release of the Connect View card.

I would love to see the software be able to sync the date/time on the camera with your phone. It’s a huge pain when swapping out batteries on the mountain the camera always resets the date/time. This makes editing footage later very difficult when it all has timestamps all over the place.

Better yet, a future version of the camera should have a watch battery or capacitor that keeps the date/time for a few minutes while you swap the batteries.

Keep the great products coming!  I own an original ContourHD and a ContourGPS.


By PointOfViewCameras
22 03 2011 at 02:40 PM

@Tom Kulzer
The ContourGPS should be able to maintain the time/date setting if you’re simply switching out the battery. If the camera’s GPS is on, the GPS will be used to automatically set the time. If your camera’s time and date is getting reset, update to the latest firmware. If that doesn’t fix the problem and you bought the camera from us, please contact us by email, live chat, or phone and we can assist you with an exchange. If you purchased the camera elsewhere, please contact the retailer or Contour Support to assist you with an exchange.


By Ashley
29 03 2011 at 09:29 PM

Wow, this looks amazing! Is it compatible with all iPhone versions??


By PointOfViewCameras
30 03 2011 at 10:05 AM

@Ashley
This is totally amazing and is revolutionizing the world of POV cameras. The iOS App is compatible with iPhone 4G, 3GS and 3G as well as iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation) and iPad.


By Graham
09 05 2011 at 02:22 PM

The contour not having a built in lcd screen was keeping me from purchasing it.  Now that this is out, I believe I will be buying one soon. 

Will this app eventually let you preview your recorded footage as well?  That would be awesome.


By PointOfViewCameras
09 05 2011 at 02:52 PM

@ Graham
The app only does live preview at a lower frame rate at this time. Contour hasn’t released anything about what their plans are with the App, but we expect to see more features as technology advances.


By Trevor
13 06 2011 at 11:40 AM

What is the current range of the bluetooth?  I have 4 GoPro’s but am very interested in your new development… will you be able to remotely start recording in the future?  I would swap out all my GoPro’s if that could happen.  Also how does it work with more then one camera?


By PointOfViewCameras
13 06 2011 at 12:45 PM

@ Trevor
We’ve successfully been able to view the live feed and configure the camera up to over 25 feet from the camera. There aren’t any specifications on the maximum distance but it can vary depending on interference. The app is strictly for a live preview before filming and to configure the camera’s settings. Nothing has been released yet on new features that might be added in the future.


By Lloyd
13 07 2011 at 10:01 PM

Is this feature going to be made available for Blackberry users in the near future?
Thanks


By PointofViewCameras
14 07 2011 at 08:44 AM

@Lloyd
No plans for Blackberry support have been released yet, but Contour is currently working on releasing an Android App.


By Fred
02 09 2011 at 01:37 PM

Sounds great but won’t pair


By PointofViewCameras
05 09 2011 at 08:11 AM

@Fred
if you’re unable to pair your ContourGPS to a support iOS device, there are three possible causes. 1) The Connect View card could be inserted too far into the camera, 2) you need to update the camera’s firmware version, or 3) the Bluetooth module does not have have a valid Bluetooth ID.

If necessary, reseat the Connect View card so it is flush with the back of the camera, pushing the card past flush with the back of the camera will result in the card’s contact points not being lined up correctly.

In order activate the Bluetooth module in your ContourGPS, your camera will need to be running firmware version 1.12 or later. To verify the firmware version of your camera, launch StoryTeller on your computer and connect your camera with the USB cable. In StoryTeller, go to Tools > Configure Camera and select the Camera tab. You will find the firmware version number of your camera listed there. StoryTeller should prompt you to update your camera firmware if it is not up to date.

You must connect your camera at least once to StoryTeller so that it can assign a unique Bluetooth ID to the camera’s Bluetooth module. The computer running StoryTeller MUST be connected to the Internet during this process. The assignment of the ID will take place automatically after the camera is connected to StoryTeller for 2-3 minutes. You can verify the ID file was copied to you camera by looking for a file entitled “bt.adr” in the root directory of the camera’s SD card.


By yaari sieradzki
14 12 2011 at 09:13 AM

when one can expect to get connection with contour gps and android?


By PointofViewCameras
14 12 2011 at 10:43 AM

@yaari sieradzki
The Contour Connect mobile app for Android has been out since July. You can find more information in this blog post.


By John Fountain
16 12 2011 at 05:28 PM

i like this idea - but i like the “control” options with something called the Looxcie camera and iPhone app
http://www.looxcie.com/companion-apps/looxciecam

any thoughts on this sort of control ability coming to contour, or other POV cams?


By Shayne Page
17 01 2012 at 07:59 AM

Great looking camera.  I have the Drift HD camera which I purchased from you.  I wish there was some way to coordinate it’s video with GPS tracking.  Two of the reasons I purchased the Drift was the ability to charge while using the camera and the remote control.  Can the contour be plugged in while filming and does the iPhone control the camera also?

Thanks


By PointofViewCameras
24 01 2012 at 03:07 PM

@Shayne Page
You can use a separate GPS tracking device and sync the data to video taken with any camera. The ContourGPS and Contour+ make it even easier by incorporating a GPS module into the camera with telemetry data integrated into the video file.

The Contour Car Charger and Contour Universal Wall Charger allow you to power the camera while recording.

The Contour Connect mobile app currently allows you to adjust settings and see a live preview. A future update will allow for start/stop recording functionality from your iPhone.


By mike
29 06 2012 at 04:18 PM

Like many others, I’ve never been able to get the bluetooth to connect to either the Iphone or an Ipad.  Complete waste of money.


By Tibor Bodi
16 07 2012 at 05:36 AM

Is there a BlackBerry download to pair my Contour + through bluetooth? I tried and it asks for the Contour’s code to enter on my BB Storm? What is the code and is it possible that it may work?

Thanks, Tibor


By PointofViewCameras.com
16 07 2012 at 09:25 AM

@Tibor Bodi
The Contour Connect View card is only needed for supported iOS devices. The app is available for iOS and Android and there is no App for BlackBerry devices at this time.


By John R
28 11 2012 at 07:46 PM

Any idea if with the new contour+2 and the iPhone app you can switch between different cameras on the fly?


By PointofViewCameras
29 11 2012 at 12:15 PM

@John R
We just received in the latest batch of Contour+2 cameras. After updating firmware and the app, we tested a couple out and found that you can activate the Bluetooth on multiple cameras and change which camera you’re paired to on your smartphone’s Bluetooth Settings Menu. You can have the Bluetooth set to remain searching for up to 90 minutes before it automatically turns off on the Contour+2.