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Create your very own Full 1080p HD highlight reel and share it with the world. Face shots, cliff drops, road gaps, base jumps and everything in between come to life with the VholdR ContourHD 1080p Wearable Camcorder . You start off with 2GB of memory and 30 minutes of recording time in 1080p and can expand all the way up to 16GB for 240 minutes of mind-blowing sickness. VholdR techies respect the needs of video junkies everywhere and have added the ability to configure the video, light, and time of every shot you take. The CountourHD 1080p is water, impact, and vibration resistant so you don???t have to worry more about the camera on your head than the line in front of you. This camcorder has so many features we have torrents of saliva pouring from our mouths and can???t talk anymore. Look below and to the right for everything else you need to know-We???re on our way out to capture some epic Utah singletrack in 1080p.

  • Mount this sweetness on your goggles, handle bars, helmet, vehicle or anywhere else you can fit it using the goggle and flat surface mounts included with your ContourHD 1080p
  • At 4.3 ounces this is the smallest wearable HD camcorder in the world
  • Slide a switch forward to record and back to stop-Finally, one touch recording and no more fumbling
  • Use the easy edit software to configure your ContourHD 1080p- Choose from high, medium, or low contrast; adjust your exposure from -4 to +4; select spot, center, or average metering; and adjust the gain of the microphone
  • Easy Edit Software is compatible with MAC (10.4, 10.5, 10.6) and Windows (XP, Vista, Windows 7)-Video is transferred to computer via USB
  • Use the 180 degree rotating lens equipped with a dual laser alignment system to line up your shots
  • Uses a removable lithium-ion battery with a record time of up to 3 hours that can be recharged via USB to computer charger included in 4 hours- Wall chargers sold separately
  • Included in the box are your ContourHD 1080p camcorder, a 2GB MicroSD memory card, goggle mount, flat surface mount, rechargeable battery, and USB cable
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Great Camera

    I bought this on sale. It was a great way to get a camera without spending a lot. I was impressed with how well it works, mounts great on the side of my full face helmet and you do not even know its there. The video comes out great and the software with it is so easy to use.

    if you can afford it get a GoPro

      You get what you paid for. This camera is cheap at 137 and this camera is cheap in quality. the camera does not work well at night. the image was very fisheyed and tunneled. the resolution was not very good for "HD" the mounting system is a joke with no support to hold the camera from shaking, making your shots useless. it is light wt. and compact but thats the only thing going for it.
      with two modes of shooting hi and low i didn't see a large difference, not enough to write home about.

      My camera was returned because it was not recording after only two days of use. i used it to test it out around the house and the second time i did a helmet run and when i got home all my shots were not saved on my card. nothing would show up when just the day before my videos were on the 2Gb Card that it comes with.

      i would not buy this camera again.
      i say spend the money if you're going for action shot camera and get a go pro camera better mounting system, better resolution, and play back feature on camera.

      For the $, you WON'T beat it!

        Let the GoPro v. Contour debate rage. Each has there own particular set of positives, and negatives. I will say, with some degree of certainty, that the Contour HD is pretty much all you'll ever need.
        It's slimmer, lower profile, and much easier to use than the GoPro family.
        I bought the XL handlebar mount and the vented helmet mount. Both work perfectly.
        On the helmet, it's hardly noticeable. The weight of the unit is minimal. The beauty of the Contour paired with the vented helmet mount is the fact that, because of the adjustable lens on the camera, you can use almost any of the vents to mount the unit. I ran it on top the first time, then mounted it lower on the side vents after that. Worked perfectly.
        As shown in the pic I posted, The XL handlebar mounts works great as well. I ran it yesterday, expecting the video to be a bit shaky...it wasn't. The image is 'stabilized' per se, but it was still pretty damn smooth, even though I was banging down a dirt road on my CX bike.
        I did have a slight technical glitch that was ZERO fault of the camera. My el cheapo, 3 year old laptop didn't seem to have enough cajones to process the video.
        I posted on the Contour message board and had an answer with hours. I followed the directions, and downloaded the suggested software. Perfetto!
        I also came to the realization that running the playback through Quicktime eats processing power. A quick switch to WMP and the video ran smooth like butter on a bald monkey.
        For $140-ish bucks, it's really hard to go wrong here. Even with the 16gb SDHC card, and the extra mounts, I still dropped less than $200. Beat that GoPro...

        For the $, you WON'T beat it!

        Keep in mind if you want to take this camera rafting, or diving, you'll need to drop and extra 40 to only go down 10 meters. If you want to dive any deeper it will be even more money. I'm not saying that this is not a good by or a good camera, but the mounts are more expensive than gopro mounts, and the housing is an extra 40 as well.

        That's all fine and well, but as I mentioned in my review, at $140, plus the mounts ($25 for the XL bar mount and $20 for the vented helmet mount), and even the 16gb card ($20), I still came out spending less money than the basic GoPro. If I buy the h2o-proof case, I'm still at less than $250.
        If you want to spend upwards of $300+ for a GoPro, and the mounts needed, then by all means, buy the GoPro.
        Money was a consideration, as it is for most folks.
        I will also say that we played with both cameras at the bike shop, and the majority decision was that the Contour was a better deal as a bicycle specific camera. It's less bulky, and mounts cleaner to both a helmet, and the bars.

        ContourHD..its just ok

          Price is good but it comes with a 2Gig micro SD card which is only good for about 30 mins of video. The other issue I noticed when I got the camera was that the video is slow on the "hi" setting. The audio is normal but since the video is slow they are not synced and it looks like you are just going super slow. Even after upgrading to the 16gig card with a "10" rating its still slow however, on the "Lo" setting it works like a charm. Super clear video without any blurr, its easy to operate with gloves on, the laser beams are actually quite helpfull when making sure its aimed properly, and the rotating lens is a nice touch. If the video worked on the "hi" setting I'd have given it a 4 star rating and if it had better low-light video quality I'd have given it 5.

          RTFM

          The default settings are:
          HI: 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
          LO: 1280 x 960 @ 30 fp

          Hook your camera to a PC/Mac and adjust it accordingly. Btw, it sounds like you're viewing the raw video file and your computer can't handle it, that's why it's playing back so slow. You need to edit and export it using an app like iMovie (or something similar).

          What a bargain!!

            I don't know what Andrew Mclean there is thinking (no offense man), it is NOT the HD wearable camera of choice (but that's just my opinion I guess), that title goes to GoPro (more user friendly, more rugged, better video quality), but for under 150 bucks!?!? Hell yeah! I have a lot of experience with both (contour/ GoPro) in many different arenas, but primarily skiing and snowboarding. The contour is manageable once you figure it out, it's rugged enough for most uses (don't ski in the rain with it folks. You know what, just don't ski in the rain period, it blows), and the video quality is pretty darn good (audio sucks). You can't even get this for 150 bucks at an R.E.I used gear sale, much less $137.99. Get it if you don't have one so you can document your gnarlyness and impress the ladies (or dudes) with your epic adventures. Hell, buy two!!

            Awesome cam!

              Was debating between the Contour and the GoPro. Between the better mounts and price I chose the Contour and couldn't be happier. Haven't had a chance to use it in the snow but used it on a backpacking trip and took some great video. Get a bigger memory card and you are set!

              excellent

                I was using a friend's gopro last winter season and was on the hunt for it when I found the contour HD 1080 on sale and decided to purchase. So far I am very pleasantly surprised and actually prefer it to the gopro for a few very important reasons: 1. Form factor: the contour is rounded and a bit thinner than the gopro w/ case, which made it a little scary to carry in my pocket. It is also easier to hold in your hand and feels less bulky on the helmet…unless youre like that crazy guy using the waterproof case for snowboarding (not necessary) 2. Useability: the record switch is much much easier to use 'in the field' than the button on the gopro.

                IMO, the gopro has some advantages over the contour (for ex/ it can take still shots; picture quality seems a bit better-warmer picture; totally waterproof, whereas the contour is water resistant sans the optional case…but again, in terms of actual use, it is my opinion that the contour works better.

                Great deal!

                  At this sub-$150 price this is a great deal. I purchased one for mountain biking & skiing. The video looks great & smooth if you have the unit mounted to a decent hardpoint. One of the tests I use for determining video quality is how well the cam adjusts back & forth from light to dark conditions while going fast such as riding downhill in wooded/ridge sections where you are in the dark of the trees one second & then the next you are exposed in direct sunlight. I think the Countour 1080P handles this situation very well. The colors look great too. My opinion is that the colors on the gopro are never saturated enough with a washed out look. The Contour colors are vibrant & pop. Plenty of mounting options. Since there is no viewscreen it took two rides to get the level thing worked out so my POV is where I want it, but the dual laserbeams on the Contour make finding the sweetspot pretty easy. 135 degree POV is nice, better than I was expecting.

                  Hope yours works better than mine.

                    My problem is due to a number of factors.
                    1. Camera I purchased was not working properly.
                    USB connection to several computers not possible, I could not get to settings in camera that required it.
                    2. Expensive RMA process due to paperwork charges, I live in Canada.
                    I should have bought it where I lived, even it it cost $100.00 more.
                    Thanks

                    A lot of first time posts

                      After reviewing the feedback, I could not help but wonder the majority of the positive feedback was from people with (0) next to their name. The ratio for first time posts for one product is uncommon which makes me think they are fake. Can BC confirm any of the names associated with the product actually bought the product?

                      Yes, all of these reviews are real and unique to Backcountry.com. I think the ratio of first time posts is due to the fact that a number of these reviewers were drawn in by this great deal on the Contour 1080p. We've sold a large number of these cameras in the last two months.

                      Good Camera Quality, but Lacks Ability to do Stills

                        This camera shoots very good quality video. For my uses, I decided that I needed a camera that also shoots still images so that I do not have to always carry 2 cameras. I was able to capture still images from the video I took that were good enough for screen or web display, but this was a hassle. I also found the record slider to be a little cumbersome and I would get a lot of camera movement while turning on and off. I also had trouble working the slider with gloves on.

                        This camera is for you if you want a simple, light weight camera.
                        This camera is not for you if you want to be able to capture still images and video from the same device.

                        Great Buy- Amazing Camera

                          I used a friend 720p Contour in Moab and at Sol Vista and loved it. I recently purchased the 1080p Contour along with the vented helmet mount. The camera is great- super easy to use with little setup required. Definitely download the Storyteller app as this will allow you to access the internal camera features such as resolution adjustment, frame rate, brightness, contrast, etc..

                          The camera uses two lasers for "view finding" so to speak, it basically lets you know what you're looking at. The REC on/off is easy to use with riding gloves on, even while riding down the trail. The lens can be rotated 180 degrees to allow for multiple mounting orientations and it removes the need to rotate the video during processes (great feature).

                          Everyone becomes torn between the go-pro or the the contour. This camera is easier to mount, works equally well, has a sleak design (isn't a box like the go-pro) so it sits lower on your mounting point which limits the amount of stuff (branches, etc) hitting it.

                          The sound quality it also fairly high- on down hill sections wind noise does over power most of the actual sound.

                          Overall i would suggest this camera to any adventure seeking person looking to capture their fun. This camera will get used for auto/motorcycle racing, skiing, kayaking, and mountain biking with me. Uses are pretty much endless.

                          Unanswered Question

                          I'm thinking of buying this for my 13 yo...

                          I'm thinking of buying this for my 13 yo for christmas. I also need some editing software (inexpensive!) Recommendations? I don't want to get the wrong kind (pretty ignorant about this sort of thing...

                          Can you use this camera underwater?

                          Can you use this camera underwater?

                          The newer Contour GPS and Contour + have...

                          The newer Contour GPS and Contour + have the ability to use live preview - does the HD have this? Is it something that's necessary? Being a first time POV I would assume it's harder to get the angle right without a preview.

                          This version does not have a live preview option. This means you need to make sure you not only have the angle set right, but the brightness and contrast settings correct as well. I have several videos that were washed out and useless since it was supposed to be cloudy (and I set the settings for cloudy) then the sun came out. The preview is not necessary, but very nice to have. If you are wanting a POV for a good price, its hard to beat the HD though.

                          Does this camera have zoom? Need a camera...

                          Does this camera have zoom? Need a camera for filming deer hunts, was wondering if this would be a good camera for that or not?!

                          This camera does not have a zoom feature. Unfortunately due to the compact size there is only so much hardware they can fit inside it. If you are looking for one with a zoom, go to a camera site, they sell all sorts of small camcorders these days with some zoom capability. If you are looking for something you can wear for some pov (point of view) footage, you are unfortunately going to have to sacrifice the zoom.

                          This camera does not have a zoom feature. Unfortunately due to the compact size there is only so much hardware they can fit inside it. If you are looking for one with a zoom, go to a camera site, they sell all sorts of small camcorders these days with some zoom capability. If you are looking for something you can wear for some pov (point of view) footage, you are unfortunately going to have to sacrifice the zoom.

                          The GoPro 1080 will take a single exposure...

                          The GoPro 1080 will take a single exposure automatically every 30 seconds, 60 seconds or every 5 minutes. Perfect for recording a long bike ride. Does the ContourHD have any such capability?

                          soo, I assume with the design there in NOT...

                          soo, I assume with the design there in NOT a chest mount for this camera??? If there is, I'm defi buying one!!! thanks

                          No helmet mount?

                          No helmet mount?

                          There are several helmet mounts. It all depends if you have a vented helmet or not.

                          If it's vented, you can use the Contour 2755 Flex Strap Mount or the VholdR Vented Helmet Mount Support system. went with the Flex Strap since you can use it for other mounting options as well.

                          If it's a vented helmet, you can get either the Contour Flat Surface Mount or the Contour Rotating Flat Surface Mount.

                          Can you silence the beeping on this camera,...

                          Can you silence the beeping on this camera, so it is silent?

                          Yes, the ContourHD can be set to silent mode by sliding the record switch into the record position BEFORE turning the camera on. Once in silent mode, you won't hear any beeps. You can get back into normal, beepy mode by turning the camera off and sliding the record switch into the off position before turning the camera back on.

                          I recently bought this Camera. I'm playing...

                          I recently bought this Camera. I'm playing with it trying to determine best setting for video's. I use it while riding my Harley. Can someone suggest the best setting's for quality without over using memory and battery? Thanks, Ron

                          so what programs and software do you use...

                          so what programs and software do you use to edit the footage? I can't seem to change the default file settings to anything other than quicktime.

                          The camera records in a .mov format so any readily free software should work. I use the editor that came with my windows machine. If you are trying to open a contour file and your computer keeps opening with Quicktime, that is a computer issue. You have quicktime set to open any .mov file. I believe you can right click on the file and use the open with option to use another software.

                          Is it water proof; can I use it running...

                          Is it water proof; can I use it running rapids or kayaking?

                          It is only water resistant, which means you can use it as is around moisture (aka snow, rain), but you can not submerge it or should not use it as is around water. When Kayaking for example. To protect it for kayaking, surfing, etc. get the waterproof case. You can still operate all the buttons while it is in the case. Cheers!

                          strictly for snowboarding... will i need...

                          strictly for snowboarding... will i need to get the waterproof case?

                          No. It is already water resistant so it will be able to handle the snow and rain on its own. If you want to take it swimming I would suggest getting the waterproof case, but you don't need the case for snowboarding. I would go with the Contour ROAM over this camera as it can go up to 32GB, but for this price you should be pretty happy with this camera!

                          What program are you using to change the...

                          What program are you using to change the exposure settings? The only flexibility that I can see with the Hi and Lo settings (at least in Storyteller) are HD Mode and Quality -- exposure has to be set across the board on a different tab.

                          Any help on this would be great!

                          Thanks for your response. I obviously found those tabs, or I wouldn't know you could adjust this camera at all. My question was how, if at all, it is possible to INDIVIDUALLY adjust the EV +/- & contrast settings for the Hi and Lo settings on the camera. I am aware that you can adjust these settings using the "Configure Camera" option in Storyteller, but the changes you make apply for both the Hi and Lo settings, so they are not individually adjustable. Some people have mentioned that they were able to make white balance adjustments that were unique to each setting, but I can't seem to figure out how.

                          For skiing does this need a water proof...

                          For skiing does this need a water proof case??

                          Unanswered Question

                          If I want to mount it on, say, 3 different...

                          If I want to mount it on, say, 3 different helmets in defferent times, should I take this: Contour Flat Surface Mount Adhesive 2 Pack?

                          Also: will this work in water (i.e. mounted on a surf) with water-proof case (Contour Contour HD Waterproof Camcorder Case)?

                          Thanks!

                          Changing settings while in the field? ...

                          Changing settings while in the field? This is a half question as I'm wondering how other Contour users do it, or don't. You can't change the exposure settings once you are in the field and they are fixed, so you have to decide ahead of time what to set it up for on any day. Setting the exposure for clear, sunny snow means that it will be totally dark once you go into the shade or trees.

                          I've gotten around this by using the "Hi def" and "Low def" settings on the back of the camera more like "Sunny" and "Shady." I leave both resolutions at the same setting, but then change the exposure so that my "Hi Def" is really sunny snow and "low def" is really for the shade. It is pretty easy to switch between them.