Contour+ (Contour Plus) Camera Review
Contour has officially announced the latest Contour+ or Contour Plus camera to their line-up of HD helmet cameras.
Contour+ is Contour's answer to user demands for a modern action cameras. The lack of a viewfinder and less than ideal sound had been issues often brought up by their clients. It appears Contour has listened and came up with solutions to those difficulties.
Professional storytelling demands the right tools and the right technology. Designed as our first hands-free camera for the true filmer, the Contour+ delivers both for this advanced segment with expanded capabilities and supplemental features. Packed with the highest level of progression of any hands-free to hit the market, Contour+ is made to capture not only the action but also the full story with depth, focus and clarity. The result is rich video from one camera with all the tools to do the job.
With all our modern devices, connection is key — the Contour+ is the most connected POV camera ever. First up is Bluetooth, which provides filmmakers a wireless viewfinder to check the angle on their phone before dropping in. The camera also connects via an HDMI port, allowing instant replay on a laptop or widescreen direct from the microSD card. The upside is eliminating the lag time of downloads and transfers when checking footage on location or back home.
Video is only one part of the story, which is why we’ve equipped the Contour+ with an external 2.5mm microphone jack. This crisp audio capability allows you to interview characters from friends and fellow athletes to random people that appear in your shots. And, by capturing dialogue that gets said in the heat of the moment, you’ll add an additional standout quality to segments and stories. It’s a tool utilized by true pros that we thought you might need. Just keep it clean.
What's the Plus in Contour+?
- HDMI output
- Increased field of view from 135° to 170°
- Built in Bluetooth capabilities
- Built in GPS
- Microphone input
Here are the detailed technical specifications for the Contour+
|Optics||Angle of View||170° in 960p, 720p, and Photo|
|125° in 1080p|
|Lens:||Rotates 270°, from -90° to 180° allowing inverted mounting|
|Flush front lens|
|Video||HD Resolution Settings:||Full HD - 1080p: 1920x1080 pixels at 30 fps (PAL 25 fps)|
|Tall HD - 960p: 1280x960 pixels at 30 fps (PAL 25 fps)|
|Action HD - 720p: 1280x720 pixels at 60 fps (PAL 50 fps)|
|Original HD - 720p: 1280x720 pixels at 30 fps (PAL 25 fps)|
|Sensor Type:||5 Megapixel Sensor|
|Video Format:||H.264 compression, NTSC or PAL, saved as MOV (.mov) file|
|White Balance:||User configurable|
|Audio||Microphone:||Built-in omni-directional microphone|
|External mono microphone jack|
|Compression:||AAC Audio Compression|
|Capture Modes:||Time Lapse at intervals of 3, 5, 10, 30 or 60 seconds|
|GPS||Type:||Built-in 4Hz GPS receiver
Time To First Fix using AssistNow Service
|Configurable Sample Rate:|| 0: No Data
1Hz: record coordinates once per second
2Hz: record coordinates twice per second
4Hz: records coordinates four times per second
EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
|Storage||Memory:||MicroSD card, up to 32GB capacity|
|Average Recording Times:|| HD: 30min/GB
|Connectors||HDMI:||HDMI port for live streaming on HDTV|
|PC Connection:||USB 2.0 (data connection and battery charging)|
|Power and Battery||Battery Type:||Rechargeable Lithium-Ion|
|Battery Life:||2 - 2.5 hours|
|Charging:||Via USB to computer or included USB Power Adapters|
|Charge Time:||Approximately 4 hours|
|PC Compatibility:||Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7; Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6|
|Software:||Contour Storyteller Application|
|Dimensions (H x W x D):||
2.3" x 1.3" x 3.86" (58mm 34mm x 98mm)
|Weight:||5.3oz / 150 grams|
|Operating Temperature:||5°F to 104°F / -15°C to 40°C|
|Warranty:||Contour (formerly Twenty20 VholdR) warranties the ContourGPS for 180 days from the date of purchase of product, unless otherwise indicated by your local government’s warranty laws. The warranty applies only to defects in material and workmanship and not situations caused by impacts or abuse. For complete warranty information, please refer to the Product Information Guide.|
The evolutionary Contour+ camera is scheduled to launch sometime this spring. Just in time for the outdoor sports season.
Stay tuned for the latest updates! Check out our Contour+ Camera Review page for more details on this exciting announcement.