HD Wearable camera of choice
By Andrew McLean October 25, 2010
I've used the Contour HD 1080p for about six months and held off on writing a review of it as I wanted to be sure I was giving it a good testing. Now that I have, I'm sold on it! It is so small and portable that it goes beyond a helmet camera and is more of a wearable cam - you can hand hold it, mounting it just about anywhere, clip it to a helmet, handle bars, a hat, chest harness or just about anything.
I have been using it mostly for skiing and in that regard it is great. The on/off switch is big and has a positive feel to it so you know if the camera is running. It also has a very audible tone for on and for off, so you don't end up filming the inside of your pack while you thing the thing is off.
The quality of the image is impressive. Actually, it is so impressive that I had to get a new computer just to process the video. If you shoot hi-def, it takes a fast computer and a huge hard drive to store and edit it. This has nothing to do with the Contour HD, but beware.
I was very happy to see that the memory cards for this camera were cheap - like $10 for a 4GB, or maybe even less.
My biggest concern with this camera, which I have heard others say as well, is that you have to set it with a computer and once it is set and out in the field, you can't change it. This is a problem if you set it for a sunny day and then ski into the trees as the trees to completely black. So, you have to be careful about your settings and learn what works and what doesn't work with the camera.
- Super durable
- Easy to use in the field
- Can be attached to just about anything
- Can be rotated to any angle
- Can be handheld
- Pretty good audio, or at least good enough for me.
- Many accessories like clips, holders, extra batteries, etc.
- have to set camera up with a computer. Can't adjust in the field.
Overall, a modern miracle! Highly recommended.
Nailed It? 9 Yes