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+ Camera
Contour+ Camera - Side View
Contour+ Camera - Back View

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

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.

Fully Connected

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.

Crisp Audio

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
Photo Resolution: 5MP
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
Accuracy: +/- 10m
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
Bluetooth Type: v2.1
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
Additional Information Body:

Water Resistant Aluminum Shell
TRail Mount System
Rear door pass-through for USB and HDMI ports
Fast-change battery latch

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.

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