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Contour+ Video Camera Review

Oct 12 2011, 2:13pm CDT | by , in Reviews | I4U Gadget Reviews

Contour+ Video Camera Review
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Expensive camera with few accessories, but records well

Specifications

The Contour+ camcorder comes with the camera and two basic rotating flat surface mounts. It also includes a profile mount. It also comes with a 2GB microSD card along with the cables you need for hooking it to your PC. The camera sells for $499.99.

In Use

I have already mentioned that the Contour+ is aimed at people that like the GoPro cameras. I have a GoPro Motorsports Hero HD camera and it cost $299.99 making it much cheaper than the basic Contour+. The GoPro also came with a suction mount for that price and a water resistant enclosure, which the Contour+ lacks. The Contour+ is able to survive rain without a case though.

I will also say going into this that I specifically asked for the car mount kit with this camera to allow me to directly compare video footage from the racetrack with the footage that my GoPro provides. Contour+ did not send the car adapter leaving me no way to mount the camera, making video comparisons impossible short of sticking an adhesive mount on my car, which I will not do.

The big thing that the Contour+ offers over the GoPro is that this version has integrated Bluetooth. That means you can use your iPhone or Android phone with a special app to see on your smart device what the Contour+ is viewing. The thing I have hated more than anything else about the GoPro is that you just have to hope you are getting the shot you want when recording. With the iPhone or Android devices, acting as your viewfinder you can be sure you have the shot before you get to your PC.

The Contour+ is also easier to adjust, all you need to do is turn the front lens to set the angle of view whereas the GoPro you have to walk thought a bunch of menus. That is about the end of the benefits though. When the Contour+ costs so much, it should come with a windshield mount. As it is, you have to buy the camera, then buy the mount for another $39.99 for your car.

Gripes about mounts aside, the Contour+ records video in 1080p resolution and the video looks as good as you expect. When you get down to choosing between the Contour+ and the GoPro it comes down to are the extras like live video capability, a mic input, and Bluetooth connectivity important enough to you to spend the hundreds extra the Contour+ will cost over the GoPro. Outside those features, the two cameras are on equal ground.

Verdict

Pros

  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Easy to adjust

Cons

  • Expensive
  • No car mount included
 

Conclusion

The Contour+ makes very nice vide and has nice features. The real downside is the cost difference between the Contour+ and the GoPro.

8.0
10
 
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