Check out my road and trail test of the ContourHD 720p wearable video camera:
I finally got some time to test out the ContourHD camera. The first wearable 720p HD POV solid state camera. And I love it.
There is an ever better version of this camera coming out in about a month that will shoot 1080p video in the same form factor. The video that I have seen thus far shot with the 1080p camera is spectacular.
This video blog will discuss the features, versatility and the video quality of this great little 720p camera. I will soon have the 1080p version to test and I will post my review in a future blog.
I mounted this tiny camera with only gaffers and electrical tape to my car and travelled down the highway at 70 miles an hour. I also demonstrated how easy it is to mount to a mountain bike using just electrical tape.
I even enter a smelly sewer pipe with a book of matches to show you how it does in very low light!
A few things to note before watching the video below:
All audio was recorded from the ContourHD camera (except my voice over). I did find a slight static problem with the audio when the camera was mounted inside my car. You will hear it. Not certain what that issue was. UPDATE: I have been told by the manufacturer that this problem has been fixed in the current shipping contourHD cameras.
The standard definition footage was shot at 60fps, but I was unable to playback the footage with Final Cut Pro at the faster frame rate for slow motion. I will need more time to test this out.
I had an issue with the card filling up and not properly deleting the 2GB micro SD card. The camera refused to record. I simply reformatted the SD card using DOS FAT and this fixed the problem. I was told by the manufacturer to be sure to delete the files off the card and empty the computer trash can.
The camera did come with two mounts, the goggle mount and a sticky-pad mount. I only used the goggle mount. I did not want to waste the sticky-pad mount for this test. I found that electrical tape and gaffers tape worked very well instead.
The footage is sharp, but not THAT sharp at 720p. The camera I tested is available at BH Video for $280. I would much rather be using the newer 1080p ContourHD camera that will soon be available for $330.
In conclusion, this is a great POV camera for the price. The 1080p version will be a must by and will include options to adjust mic gain, exposure and a few other things by using the easy video software that is included with the camera for Mac and Windows.
Read this email I received from the company:
On Tuesday September 29th, 2009 we officially announced a big brother to ContourHD, the ContourHD1080p.
An addition to the family, ContourHD1080p is identical to ContourHD except for two features:
1. ContourHD1080p has five video settings instead of two:
Full HD – 1080p (1920×1080) at 30fps
Tall HD – 960p (1280×960) at 30fps
Action HD – 720p (1280×720) at 60fps
Contour HD – 720p (1280×720) at 30fps
Fast SD – WVGA (848×480) at 60fps
2. You can configure Contrast, Exposure, Metering, and Microphone Gain for the ContourHD1080p from within the Easy Edit software.
Built for the Professional Market
ContourHD1080p was built for production companies, professional videographers, and hardcore video enthusiasts, with the means (i.e., a powerful computer) to take advantage of the upgrade in resolution. We created a simple page called “Which to Buy” to help you make the best decision.
Which to Buy>>
News for You
ContourHD1080p will be available late October from our retailers for purchase at $329.99. A few of them have even begun pre-selling the product. In November we’re finally going to be able to provide an upgrade program for any VholdR customers who want to buy a ContourHD (stay tuned for an email with the details).
Some More Goodies
It gets better. In November we have a new Lens Kit coming that not only includes a lens repair kit, but enables you to screw on standard 37mm filters. That means you can use a standard camera filter on your ContourHD or ContourHD1080p to adjust for lighting conditions on the go!
That’s all for now. Check out the new camera pages on the site and the new launch video from our boy Ryan Cutter.
For more information on this camera system and for a list of retailers where you can buy one please visit, http://www.vholdr.com.
If you want to see the ContourHD 1080p footage look at this!
This camera would have been nice to have a month ago! I had to bolt a Canon 5dmk2 to my head at a mountain resort in New Hampshire! Read the blog here!