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The ContourHD (and it’s full HD cousin the ContourHD1080p) allow you to shoot and share in full HD video with the only camcorder small enough to wear on your goggles.  For that matter you could stick it anywhere on your person as it’s small, light, and still very powerful.  It’s made from a tube of black anodized aluminum and attached to strong ABS plastic mounts. It’s weatherproof (but not waterproof unless you get the optional case) and built to stand up to extreme conditions.

How Does It Work?

1080_frontIt works really, really, well!

The ContourHD is an all-in-one wearable camcorder that records HD video directly to a removable microSD memory card, and it also includes Mac/Windows software so you can share your adventures online. Its use couldn’t be simpler—even with a pair of gloves on. Slide the single record switch forward to record and then slide it back to stop. The TRailTM Mount System slides and locks the camera onto a series of mounts so you can wear ContourHD on your goggles, helmet, handlebars, and/or a vehicle. Its wide angle lens, two lasers, and 180° rotating lens are designed to make video easy to capture from inside the action. It is powered by a rechargeable battery which has a 3 hour active life. It’s easily replaced for more recording time as well.

When attaching the ContourHD to your helmet (or whatnot) you can activate the laser mode which allows you to twist the front ‘lens’ of the camera to align the lasers horizontally. The lens is a wide angle (135°) fixed-focus lens that is amazingly good in spite of the tiny size of the camera overall.

Perfect for outdoor use, ContourHD’s all-in-one design means you can record hours of HD video without any tapes, wires, or separate recorders; instead record all of your adventures to a removable microSD memory card (compatible up to 16GB). Its light but armored aluminum body (4 ounces) lets users capture video in any weather conditions. ContourHD’s TRail™ Mounts seamlessly attach the camera to the body, helmet, goggles, and/or a vehicle for hands-free recording.  Turning it on is a simple matter of sliding a large switch on top, (glove friendly!) to on!

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Not being a base jumper myself I could only test this attached to my car as my bicycle has flat tires and it seemed pointless to attach it to the stationary bicycle at the gym! The good news is that the ContourHD is tough and could take highway speeds and keep on recording with zero problems. Wind noise wasn’t nearly as bad as my other HD cameras either. The mic on the ContourHD does a very good job here.

It’s price is right and the features are just about everything you could ask for!

http://www.vholdr.com/contourhd/features

ContourHD MSRP: $299.99

ContourHD1080p MSRP: $329.99

techSchematicDetails

5 Megapixel Sensor
Codec: H.264 (AAC audio)
File Type: .mov

Audio

Internal Microphone
AAC Audio Compression

Lens

135° – 960p and 720p
110° – 1080p and WVGA

Memory

Removable MicroSD
SDHC compatible
Capacity: 16GB (2GB included)

Easy Edit Software

Compatible with:
Mac (10.4, 10.5, & 10.6)
Windows (XP, Vista, Windows 7)
Videos Download via USB 2.0

What’s In the Box

ContourHD Camera
MicroSD Card (2GB)
Goggle Mount
Flat Surface Mount
Rechargeable Battery (3hrs)
USB Cable

Battery & Power

Removable Lithium-Ion Battery
Record Time: Up to 3 hours
Chargia via USB to Computer
or chargers (sold seperately)
Charge Time: 4 hours (average)

Body

Water Resistant
Aluminum and Fiberglass Body
Compatible with TRail Mount System