The New ContourROAM - First Look

Sep 8, 2011
by Ian Hylands  
  The other day the UPS man showed up with this beautiful package...

  Contour have just released a brand new camera that is remarkably easy to use, which means you'll use it more often.




  The new ContourROAM makes capturing your stories in video easier. It has some great features that simplify the whole POV Video experience.

One Button Record - Slide the Large On-Record Switch forward and the ContourROAM powers on and starts to record immediately.

Waterproof and Tough - ContourROAM is waterproof to one meter and built to withstand any environment.

Beautiful HD video - Get the full shot in 1080p HD with a 170 degree wide angle lens that's enclosed in a smooth, flush-front housing.

Rotating lens with Laser Line - Once mounted, rotate the lens and level your shot using ContourROAM's built in Laser Line.

Mountable - In addition to Contour's extensive TRail mounts, you can easily mount the ContourROAM using the built-in standard tripod thread. (This is a huge plus for those of you that already have a plethora of 1/4 20 tripods and mounting hardware)

  The large status button on the back also turns on the laser levelling line.

Features:
- HD Video

- Waterproof

- Instant On-Record Switch

- Sleek Design

- Status Button

- Wide angle 170 degree f2.8 lens

- Flush-front lens

- 270 degree on-axis smooth lens rotation

- Laser Line

- Built-in battery

- Tripod mount

  The ContourROAM is fairly simple inside. There is a reset button, a format button, a USB port, and a card slot, that's it.


Specs
· 3 HD resolutions - 1080p at 30fps, 960p at 30fps, 720 at 30fps
· 2 frame rates - 30/25 FPS
· 5MP still capture - 1, 3, 5, 10, 30 and 60 second intervals
· 270 degree on-axis smooth lens rotation - Lens-ring will rotate from -90 degrees to +180 degrees.
· Adjustable Microphone sensitivity
· Waterproof - Designed to the IPX7 standard rating, ContourROAM is submersible up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes.
· Dimensions - 100x55x34mm
· Camera weight - 5.1 oz
· Price $199.99 USD

  The status lights in green and the switch, showing the red record light when it's in the on position.

Pinkbike's Take
The ContourROAM is a very easy to use, albeit somewhat basic, POV camera. It has one large easy to use switch on the top that turns the power on and starts recording all in one motion. The switch itself is very similar to the record switches of the Contour+ and ContourGPS models, it's large and easy to use even on your helmet with gloves on. I had no problem at all turning the camera on and off with bike gloves on while it was on my helmet. Contour claims that camera turns on and starts to record immediately, however in my real world testing it took about 1.5 - 2 seconds, which is still remarkably good. When you turn the camera on there is also a very easy to see battery and memory card status light that lets you know roughly how much space and battery time you have left. Green indicates more than 50% left, yellow 20 to 50%, and red less than 20% left.

The HD Video quality on this new camera seems very comparable to my current ContourGPS, and the wider 170mm lens is a welcome addition. The camera seems to work in various light conditions with no problems and no adjustments. Which is great because there aren't any. Once you set the video size and microphone level using the Storyteller app, it's pretty much just point and shoot. The large 2.8 aperture made easy work of twilight shooting, and even in the toughest light right after sunset it performed fairly well, with just a minute or two where the bright sky caused the video to be a wee bit dark. That's as good as or better than any other POV camera I've tested. The leveling laser line works well, even with the camera mounted to your helmet you can easily adjust the camera to a perfectly level orientation, although you will probably need to remove your gloves for this part. And while it's not nearly as cool as the GPS and + models with their Blue Tooth and GPS capability, Contour have put some great features together and turned out what seems at first look to be a very practical and easy to use POV camera. The things that I didn't get a chance to play with so far are all the various video and still modes (I just used the 1080 mode) and the waterproof feature. Also in the box from Contour was a new flexible strap mount that made it very quick and easy to attach the camera to any kind of post or bar. Two different length straps look to accommodate everything from a handlebar to a roll bar.

Look for a full review of this camera with some footage once we've had a chance to really put it to the test.


Pricing: $199.99 USD on the Contour website

For more information please see the Contour website



150 Comments

  • 76 1
 I've used both the GoPro and the Contour and in my opinion these are the advantages/disadvantages of each:

GoPro - Adv:
- Currently the majority's favourite
- Reletively cheap
- Very good picture & sound (considering size/type of camara)
- Low wind noise (lets face it, these cameras are always going to placed in 'windy' environments!)
- Mountability (chest mount harness - which btw is very uncomfortuble so maybe a disadvntg)
- Removable/interchnagable Battery
- More water resitant (in comparison)

GoPro - Dis:
- Bulky
- Looks 'weird' when mounted on helmet (looks like some kind of stupid radar/gps system!)
- Is it recording? Who knows? (basically you need a good grasp of the controls)
- Display is pipe! again, you need to read ALL the instructions and memorise them!
- Clumbersome
- Build quality feels questionable (in comparison)

Contour - Adv:
- Good picture and sound (not much difference, tbh GoPro setup correctly is probably better)
- Sleek/stylish design (looks better)
- Much easier to use (one touch recording)
- Setting up and retreiving video is excellent and fairly easy
- Very well made, feels it too, even though its fairly light
- Can dis-attach/give to someone else or clip on to a different mount very easily

Contour - Dis:
- If you know what your doing, they're aren't as many features as GoPro
- Not chest mountable, although something could be fashioned to make it so (it would probably look like *£%$ tho!)
- Built in battery, not interchangable so once your out of juice, your out!
- Picks up wind far more than the GoPro
- 1m Water resistance, that's not good! (especially if you enjoy more extreme water sports)

Hope this helps but no doubt i'll of shot myself in the foot with this Smile
  • 10 0
 Great comparison MrTurbo tup
  • 2 0
 Thats all great information. I am in the market for a POV camera to replace my ATC-3K one, which i dont like because of the ridiculously narrow field of view. Am pretty much decided on the GoPro HD, so this information was very useful
  • 2 0
 To completely fix wind noise on the contour- wrap it in a sock and rubber band it on! Sounds retarded but it cuts out probably 95% of the wind noise, costs nothing, and all you can hear is the sound of the trail (which it doesn't muffle at all, just the wind!) However the contour is pretty bad going in and out of light that is facing you, there is a brutal glare.
  • 12 4
 Turbopune, that is a great comparison, however keep in mind that you just compared features of this camera such as it's waterproof abilities and also it's battery and those are brand new features that you've never even seen before. 2 points in particular:

The battery while not being replaceable should last significantly long for two reasons.
1. Because it doesn't have to be replaceable the designers can better engineer the camera around a larger battery.
2. The single switch power and on means that there will be much less time standing around with the camera on while you're not recording, so you'll use less battery.

Waterproof to 1 meter, how is that not good? I think you're missing the point that that is without a case. Of course you can't even really use the The GoPro without a case, but it's not waterproof at all without it. With the Contour waterproof case this should be good to at least 10 meters, if not 60. (there is no case listed for this camera yet so I'm making assumptions based on their other cameras.) And if you want to go diving there is a scuba case available that can go deeper than you can. And the Contour flat lens performs better for me under water than the GoPro, which seems to distort a little.

You mentioned shooting yourself in the foot, I hope it didn't hurt too much....

You also forgot one important comparison, which for me is a big one. The case. With a GoPro you have to use a plastic case. Without it the camera isn't waterproof and you can't mount it to anything. The Contour has a case available (and this one will have) but without it you can still use all the mounts etc. And this new camera has the bonus feature of being able to be stuck on a tripod without needing any kind of accessory.
  • 8 1
 For me personally I love the fact that GoPro has the LCD bacpac! Contour does not.
  • 1 0
 i would buy this if they could ramp up fps to 120 @ at least 720p @ any angle lens, only reason. they need some dedicated slow mo cameras that dont have all of that picture crap you dont need if you dont want to use it for pics (i.e. if they had a cannon 7d with a higher frame rate, but no photo capabilities, therefore not expensive (as expensive)
  • 4 0
 I find the GoPro chesty mount actually quite easy to use and reasonably comfortable. I am not a fan of the "TRails" on the Contour - they just got caked with mud while riding, and every time I would mount/dismount the camera, it was a gritty mess. I chose the GoPro even though it is not perfect. If I could improve it, I'd like to ask to make the chime for the record on/off a lot louder - while riding, and while the cam is in its case, it's nearly imperceptible.
  • 6 3
 gopro all the way. contour is really just a company that wants to be right there with gopro. but the versatility of the gopro is so much further. you can literally attach to anything while you are doing whatever the heck you want. and isnt that the importance of it? Plus the plastic water proof case i find is really nice because you can use it to not only keep it from water damage but it protects it from whatever else elements are out there. GO PRO!!!!!!!
  • 2 0
 @TurboPrune not trying to bash you but GoPro's also have one touch recording setting, and I do agree that it's hard to memorize all the GoPro options, but are very nice once you memorize them.
  • 4 2
 @airsoftesneeto - everything you mentioned about them we can do too. Every single thing. Including the case, mounting to everything -except the chest - I'll give 'em that. We are waterproof w/o a case. We have cameras w/ GPS. We have cameras with Bluetooth. I think each brand has awesome benefits. We are stoked that people are out taking video, even if it's not with our camera. It's ALL good for our market.
  • 6 0
 im afraId mr turbo FORGOT to mention that gopros are ABSOLUTLY FREAKING BOMB PROOF
  • 2 1
 Hold on to your hats. The next generation smart phones and 5" tablets with Android 3.1 will have USB host (or Bluetooth), enabling you to use a relatively cheap HD webcam. Mount the smart phone on your handlebar (with a little protection) and monitor what you are recording. No doubt someone will develop software to add native GPS and who know what else once this approach gets going.

Low mass web cams should reduce vibration and help minimize the Jello effect too. Changeable lenses, why not. Multiple cameras, sure. Coming soon, I hope!
  • 2 0
 @ contour. well awesome! i guess im just a little biased thats all haha. just market your stuff more!
  • 1 0
 I love my gopro, but wouldn't mind trying a contour sometime! But to be honest contour does (in my opinion) have better video quality sometimes.
  • 2 0
 I'm GoPro all the way. I have used both and I'll stick with my hero. The Contour was nice but I like the quality of the GoPro compared to the Contour. Kudos to both brands for making great cameras we can all afford!
  • 1 0
 I find the chest mount pretty comfortable. and i find that gives you the best angle. (the helmet mount seems to squash the size of a jump and make the gradient of the hill a lot flatter than it really is.)The Go Pro may be bomb proof, but its not Ken Block proof.

www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=431954390764&set=a.161073115764.121142.139454585764&type=1&theater
  • 1 0
 Contour make some lovely stuff, but they still lack what go-pro has in terms of flexibility. Not only with mounting, but photos and time lapses. I use the multiple photo capture setting on my go-pro more than the shooting video.
  • 1 0
 LOL @ hoolydooly
  • 1 0
 @Tomgrundy - all 3 of our models shoot photos in time lapse mode.
  • 1 0
 Does any of the contours have 60fps, this is somewthing that i love about my gopro. The chesty mount is the mount i use 90% of the time for biking and skiing, I couldnt recomend it more. Also do Contour do suction mounts?
  • 1 0
 Both the ContourGPS and the Contour+ have 60fps at 720p, same as the GoPro HD
  • 2 0
 Theres no memorizing to be done with the GoPro menu. If you have the LCD bacpac like i do, then she runs just like a normal digital camera. Also on the smaller LCD screen on the front, although cluttered with weird abbreviations, at least lets you know roughly where you are. I see no kind of display anywehere on the Contour.

GoPro all the way, however i do like the Contour GPS, but would i spend $350 for purely just that feature..... ahhhh. I think i'll wait!

Like Contour just posted a little further up the page here... Just get out there and film! They do more or less the same shit, its down to the user to make one video stand out over the next.
  • 1 0
 It is possible to Chest Mount the Contour, check out this video www.pinkbike.com/video/217686
  • 1 0
 interesting. I wouldn't like that on the chest. I have ridden where with the Chesty mount and like it but i have also slammed the camera too.
  • 1 0
 @launchcanada - not exactly a ideal chest mount though.

@ianhylands - cool i expected that they would have done, just wasnt sure.
  • 23 5
 Like it, but im still thinking Gopro is better
  • 6 2
 thing about go pros are they are so heavy compared to a contour, but im still going with gopro
  • 3 2
 It's hard to really say that unless you'e used both cameras. Have you?
  • 6 0
 "1080p at 30fps, 960p at 30fps, 720 at 30fps"
the contour cant film at 60 fps...what a joke
and there is no 3D or rear screen available
  • 1 0
 only 720 at 30fps? How can you do glorious slow with that?
  • 1 0
 You use a GoPro. 720p at 60fps. I'd definitely consider a Counter, but the GoPro does better slowmo.
  • 1 0
 ...and it won't pick up the kids from school, remove embarrassing lipstick stains. deliver a pizza, mow the lawn, get rid of unwanted facial hair, find that lost sock, or relieve kitchen drudgery...but it might entertain visiting relatives...
  • 1 0
 Or you use a ContourGPS or Contour +, 720 at 60fps. Not saying it's better or worse than GoPro, but they're not the only ones that do slo mo.
  • 2 0
 @Worm-Burner yeah tom waits!!!
@IanHylands the contour + is 499.... and the gps is the same price as the gopro but isnt water proof, worse mounting, comes with less stuff, no 3D option, no rear screen option, etc.
  • 1 0
 Worse mounting? The Contour mount system is great! It's compact, rotating, and its extremely easy to put on and remove.
  • 1 0
 A huge benefit of the Counter is the ability to rotate the lens. That shit is awesome.
  • 1 0
 yeah the ability to rotate the lens is pretty sweet, but for either camera you can rotate the shot on a computer
  • 1 0
 The thing is with a Gopro if you film with the camera sideways, rotating the shot on the computer makes like either a, really tall, or b, bad wuality, as wehn you cut it down to the proper height, it will need to be stretched a bit, which makes the quality worse.
  • 14 0
 Already got a Contour, saving up for a Contour+. Not overly keen on the Go pro, i like the sleek look of contour. Its all down to personal taste, what really pisses me off is all the people who own neither and continually slag Contour off, yes my model has wind noise issues but that is easily remidied in editing.
  • 7 0
 Well said dude! If ppl see GoPro everywhere they automatically think it is better without checking for it out for themselves. Its the old lemming syndrome Facepalm
  • 3 0
 I agree, i posted the adv and dis for each (above) but in my opinion, the Contour is a better overall camera (unless you're an avid film maker)!
  • 3 1
 IF you are an avid film maker, then you can't beat our other model, the Contour+. It is freakin' rad for high-end POV.
  • 1 0
 I found this on you tube, its a link to a DIY chest mount for a Contour.Sometimes it works sometimes it doesnt.Am i doing something wrong or is it because i am doing it on my Iphone.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUqEOYj2Rvc
  • 10 0
 I work over at Diablo Freeride Park and I have seen (and own) a lot of video from both the ContourGPS and the GoPro Hero HD... after Contours recent firmware update, the video quality is VERY similar. I am defiantly going to pick up one of these and give it a try!

As for the waterproof issue: contour.com/products/hd-waterproof-case 40 USD and its waterproof to 60m and it has a flat lens which makes for crystal clear underwater footage, from what I have heard, GoPro is releasing a flat lens kit for their housing this season to correct the "out of focus" issue while shooting maritime footage.

I think Contour and GoPro will be long time competitors, they both make a great product and each one has features the other one doesn't... As long as they both stay near the top of the hands free video market, it will keep the cost down for Contour and GoPro users alike.
  • 17 2
 But a GoPro will help me go pro, right? A contour just helps me understand elevation... I just go by the name of the product. Oh, and colours.
  • 2 5
 Say, if I didn't know any better, I would have to say that you are getting paid to say that.
  • 3 0
 Absolutely not sir, I OWN both Contour and GoPro cameras. They are both great. I am in NO WAY saying one is better then the other. I am just stating what I have seen over the past years as Hands Free Video market is exploding. Both cameras have their pros and cons... its up to each user to figure out which is better for them.
  • 12 0
 built in battery is a minus imo..
  • 4 0
 BINGO. for this reason alone GoPro gets my money everytime.
There is nothing worse than being out for a full day and having to worry about your battery not lasting. Not when you can throw a spare in your pocket and know you;re good.
  • 1 0
 Built in battery, trying to be Apple. Buy 2 to last a whole day of riding. Maybe 3. LOL.
  • 2 0
 the gps one.. does have a changeable battery right... i was checking them out a week ago orso..?
  • 9 2
 this looks great, my only objection and the reason i think that a lot of people will possibly favour the go-pro is the ability to chest mount, for MTB at least i really feel this gives a better rider perspective. I realize however short of a complete redesign there really is little that can be done by Contour to amend this.
  • 5 3
 IMO the chest mount is by far the worse mount for getting good footage. It shakes so badly that it is difficult to get a decent video. I'm not saying go contour or gopro, they are both great pov cameras in their own way.
  • 3 1
 Chest mount is shakey anyway unless you tighten it like hell or only ride up to 1 km/h.
  • 2 0
 You can give the chest mount a lil selfmade feature with hard paper under it, but this looks stupid.
Why are there 2 Video modes with 30 and 25 fps? I know that the human eye see fluent pictures at 25fps but is there any difference between 30 and 25? Slow Motion cant be used with this low fps rates anyway.
  • 4 0
 Because of TV systems. America = NTSC 30FPS. (Most of) The rest of the world = PAL 25FPS
  • 1 0
 We don't have a chest mount, but I think you still see a pretty awesome perspective from the helmet. Danny Hart's A Line run looks amazing: contour.com/stories/danny-hart-jeep-air-dh-crankworx-2011--2
  • 1 1
 I'm thinking of getting helmet/portable/crash camera and I like Contour+ features a lot but the fact that it is a tube shaped object limits it's mount options – you can't mount it on a flat surface (chest, helmet, head-tube, car bumper, wall etc.) you always get this side view and in my book it's not a real POV (point-of-view) it's POS (point-of-sideview). Build-in batteries is a bad move too. I have a sound recorder with internal batteries and I regret it every time.
  • 1 0
 @Raketa - you can mount the cameras all over your bike and helmets... REALLY easily. Check out some cool bike mount options in this video we made for Fox: contour.com/stories/pov-fox-racing-shox
  • 2 0
 my only objection is that i own neither :s
  • 2 0
 @Contour Thanks for the link. That prototype mount sounds interesting.
  • 3 0
 I love my GoPro HD, but I'm very curious to try the contour... I like the one-touch operation, which is arguably the worst feature of the GoPro: reading/deciphering the friggin display to tell what mode it's in and how it's recording. A read through the manual is all it takes, but I've had it for almost 3 years now, and I still can't remember it all.

The chest mount IS the best perspective, but have you ever tried to wear it? It's decently uncomfortable.
  • 2 0
 Have a look at GoPro's "One Button Mode".
  • 2 0
 GoPro's one button mode is great, and also really saves on battery drain. My only comment in comparison is that the button is tiny and sometimes hard to get a positive feel for when it's on my helmet and I have gloves on. I've done runs never knowing whether the camera was on or off. Having said that if you already have a GoPro the one button mode is a great feature.
  • 1 0
 I never realised about this "One Button Mode" that you speak of but I googled it and found this...

http://pointofviewcameras.com/blog/pov/article/gopro-settings-menu-overview-one-button-mode

I guess it may be helpful to a lot of people if it works! (I have not tried it yet but seems to be good if you just use one feature, e.g. just video.) Thanks cherouvim!
  • 3 0
 about the chest mount argument. I find that yes the video is shakey and sometimes annoying its the only one that shows how big some of the jumps / drops / hits are. helmet mount because how your neck and shoulders and arms are used to absorb so many of the hits make the video really smooth and make some rough trails look like a bike park.
  • 1 0
 Can't agree more. Helmet mounting also increases distance from the ground and that results in reduced sense of speed.
  • 3 0
 i have a contour gps and they are really great, the only thing i don't like about them is the fact that they have less mounts than gopro however the camera quality is nicer on the contours
  • 3 0
 The problem I see is there is no 60fps feature. The 60fps is what makes the contour so good, I have a contour gps and I only use it in the 60fps mode for 90% of what I film. But defiantly a good concept!
  • 3 0
 GoPro wins, this cam does not even do 60fps @ 720p, cant mount it on your chest, limited mounting capabilities,cannot swap batteries, GPS is cool but seriously who really uses that?
  • 4 0
 Please actually think about something before you comment. This camera is brand new, costs $199.00 and actually has a lot of mountain capabilities, the only one it's missing is the chest mount. It does not have GPS. You're right that it doesn't have 60fps, but the more expensive ones do, apples to apples please when you compare things....
  • 1 0
 anyone know if this version still comes with the goggle mount if u buy the camera unit? or even better what mounts come with it exept for the one mentioned bout rollbars/bars...? sorry if i have missed this out when reading. p.s witht he battery not being interchangable i take it can be reacharged?! (stupid question i know...)
  • 1 0
 @Arwan this will come with a low profile mount and a flat rotating surface mount.
  • 1 0
 would you still be able to buy a seperate goggle mount for it i take it though?
  • 1 0
 Sure you can, but I wouldn't recommend it for biking. Stick with a profile mount. They're awesome.
  • 1 0
 cool, not to keen with the plastic stuck to ur helmet all the time though so goggle mount will solve that Smile
  • 1 0
 I think a couple of GoPro's great selling points are missing.

Crash and scratch/break the housing or lens = buy a new $40 housing instead of a new $300 cam!
You can buy "BacPac" add-ons that will let you modify the cam and what it can do.

The housing was a big thing for me when I was choosing, and I really love it now that I have crashed a couple times and the expensive stuff is still safe inside the scratched housing!
  • 2 1
 You realize you can buy a case for any Contour model, right? Even so, without a case they're super strong. I crash on mine on my bike all the time (unfortunately) and it holds up amazingly well.
If I want to have that extra protection I pop it into the case. Honestly though, I've never needed the case for biking or snowboarding, and I crash pretty damn hard. It's probably my best skill.
  • 1 0
 besides making awesome cameras of course Smile
  • 1 0
 @Nygaard : and you can buy separately a replaceable lens kit, no need to buy a new camera if you scratch your lens
contour.com/products/replacement-lens-kit
  • 1 0
 Another BIG plus fpr the GoPro, it seriously captures colours a lot more than Contour... and to me, that is a HUGE disadvantage to the contour, but still, im loving the fact that contour has a gps system in one of their models.
  • 1 0
 I was in his day a brave ATK2000 shit was.
Now I've been watching this time of the cameras and still evolving Contour GoPro but I found the way the Drift (driftinnovation.com). Do you think? Someone here has tried it?
  • 1 0
 Am I the only one noticing that in fact, this new Contour is actually (or will probably be) the replacement of the Contour HD1080?
And still oh so funny to see that when a new product from a brand is shown and tested, all the fans from the concurrent brand wake up in the same time... ;o)
  • 1 0
 @ Contour : any reason why one could not improvise with the Contour Helmet Mount ? like finding a way to put it on the handle bar - i am pretty good at doing things like this and have no doubt i could figure a way to mount it somewhere lower for a more accurate biking experience but would appreciate some input from anyone but especially Contour. [ the feedback from MANY riders about Helmet Mounts is always the same : not a very accurate look at DH trail riding especially steep gnarl, drops etc. make them look tame while chest mounts or bars would improve this ]
  • 1 0
 Contour has alot of cool features and gadgets.... but all I really care about is the ending image.... gopro "crispness" and raw footage is much better... much easier to color correct and just in my eyes is more visually appealing. Not anything against Contour but I would really be stoked to see Contour jumping ahead of the competition by increasing the picture department instead of the gadget and sales department. Thats my 2 cents... cheers!
  • 1 0
 @dhjunke : ABSOLUTELY FALSE!!! I used both cameras, and with GoPro you DON'T NEED to pull the memory card out : you can plug the GoPro straight to your computer with the USB cable (I did so cuz I have a white MacBook, and they do not have any card reader, only 2 USB slots)...
and I agree with topecco : don't throw sh*t on a product you don't even know the use...
  • 4 0
 How many of these bloody things are they going to release in one year...
  • 8 0
 People asked for changes to the cameras and Contour listened. I say props to them for being a company that listens to their customers.
  • 2 0
 I'd be nervous about getting one knowing that a new one could come out in a month or two and make mine obsolete...
  • 3 0
 Thats the way stuff works in this world. You buy something and then it becomes obsolete so quickly.
  • 1 0
 This isnt going to replace any contours, its just another addition to the list. You now have Contour ROAM, Contour GPS, Contour+. All at different price ranges with different features. It makes a lot of sense to me appealing to both ends of the market.
  • 1 0
 This doesn't make any of our cameras obsolete. It's just a different offering - a more affordable one!
  • 1 0
 can you read my comment [ about 15 comments above ] and let me know what you think ? thanx.
  • 1 0
 between my missus and myself we have a GoPro and the Contour GPS and i prefer the Contour, simply because its easier to use. i guess its like mac v pc. both do the job though.
  • 3 0
 Can you even use the GoPro without a case? This case/no case arguement seems pointless.
  • 1 0
 Is there any way/ do you get a helmet mount that will fit on a full face - sorry if I miss read it just not sure what attachments you get with it?

Thanks
Tazzy
  • 1 0
 I used the vented helmet mount and attatched it to my peak on a full face skid lid in France, it worked fine for me and i never got any footage of my peak.
  • 2 0
 There are several mounts that will easily fit on a full face helmet, and you can mount on the top or the side, with or without adjustability. Check the mount page on their site
  • 5 3
 Water proof to 1m isn't rlly water proof, I'll stick to GoPro thanks
  • 9 1
 yeah well the gopro isn't waterproof without a housing, you can get waterproof housing for the Contour too.
  • 5 0
 but the waterproof housing comes with the go pro, go pro has better video quality, removable battery and just totals to a better helmet cam.
  • 2 0
 Yes, but you can't really use the GoPro without the housing, the Contour doesn't need to have one most of the time. Less things to undo and mess with if you're not underwater. I'm not really biased either way, I have and use both Contour and GoPro. You're saying that GoPro has better video quality, can you post a side by side comparison for us? It would be nice to see how much better the GoPro actually is shot on the same day on the same track in the same conditions with the same camera settings on both cameras.
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 someone posted one a while back, not sure what the video is called though. the go pro outdoes it in every way
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 A While back means it was one of our older camera models. These two latest cameras have massive improvements in video quality and I think a side by side comparison is a fair way to judge video quality.
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 @IanHylands : a french magazine did a comparison between the GoPro HD and the Contour 1080HD (link : www.velovert.com/article/2967/comparatif-go-pro-hd-contour-hd-1080p). they did a test ride with both cameras mounted on the same helmet (one on the left side, the other one on the right side) to shoot the same trail, at the same time to make sure testing conditions were exactly the same. I let you appreciate and make your own opinion...
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 Thanks ElMaz, that's an awesome comparison! I'd like to do it again with one of the newer Contour Cameras instead of the HD. I'm pretty sure the GPS and the Plus as well as the ROAM have improved on that camera, and this footage looks pretty good. On my 21" screen watching it in 720HD the only real difference that I notice is that the shutter on the Contour (rolling shutter effect) is more noticeable at the bottom of the frame. But the Contour is also pointed more at the ground so it's more susceptible to this effect as well. After the Interbike show I'll do a test with a few different cameras and see how the new ones compare...
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 Ian, if your going to do it you should try and make it a side by side in the same video. That would much easier to tell quality that having to look back and forth between the two different videos. There is one on here like that but I'm not sure who made it. If i come across it I will post it here.
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 www.pinkbike.com/video/151302 this is it here. The go pro is in 1080, but at least it still provides some comparison.
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 Well you can't really base any criticism of either camera on that footage. What I can see is that the Contour is a little bit dark, and the GoPro is way bright, acutually blown out on occasion. The Contour actually looks much better in some shots, even though it's only in 720 mode compared to the GoPro in 1080. They both suffer dropouts, and the whole video looks like it was trashed a little in the conversion and upload process. The thing about the Contour being a little dark is that you can adjust it in the camera. You can't take the bright GoPro and make it darker except in post as far as I know. Basically if I was buying a camera based on this I wouldn't be stoked on either one really. I'll do a good comparison of the the cameras I have in a few weeks...
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 what i took away from this comparison was only the wind / noise factor did not seem to be evident at all on Go Pro while the Contour sounded like a jet taking off all through the vid; they both seemed close re: the vid quality itself - i was favoring the Contour until i saw this video - personally i don't want to improv with a 'sock' around the Contour as suggested by someone on this page - but, still am uncertain - i may hold my breath a little longer and wait for all these ' bugs' to get fixed....
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 Or, if you don't want the audio, just turn the mic sensitivity on the Contour down or off, you're probably going to add music to a riding video anyway. If you're making a proper video and you want real bike noises you'll probably use a dedicated audio recorder and a proper mic anyway...
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 So what exactly is different in this version as opposed to the previous?
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 correct me if im wrong but i noticed this contour doesnt record 60fps like the go pro?
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 No, the GoPro and the more expensive ContourGPS and Contour + all have a 60 fps at 720 option. This one doesn't.
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 i think they both look great but from all the footage ive seen i think the gopro's a bit nicer just my opinion..
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 Well a GoPro can go 60m i do believe, this can go 1. Also they say it it 170 Degree Wide Angle but the lens cover says 90?

I Have and always will be for GoPro!
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 Do you actually read the articles? The reason it has the numbers on the side is because the lens rotates, this camera can be mounted at any angle and be capable of having a flat image. No more billboards
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 And if you put this in a case it can go as deep as you want as well.
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 After watching the video i was more impressed Smile
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 it always makes me laugh so loud when I read "...the GoPro can go x meters waterproof, the Contour can not..."
come on guys, writing such comments on Pinkbike makes no sense : you'll NEVER go underwater with your bikes, won't you???
if so, then you're not biking : this sport is called diving...
would be understandable if you intend to do a multi-purpose-using of your cam, but truly, how many of us does?
and if so, how many of us really need an x-feet or meter waterproof camera?
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 love the ad Big Grin
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 me too!
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 price is $199 and is available now according to their site
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 Contour's prace is $199?
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 Yes, for this camera the price is $199.99 USD
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 When can we buy it from amazon !!!!
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 Available now on Amazon.
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 Can you please send me the link . Can find it on amazon.co.uk only have the Outher ones not the roam Frown
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 Can't**
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 GoPro absolutely shits on Contour! Stop complaining about ease of use! If you can't figure out the use of either camera, you shouldn't be alive. I don't know how Contour does it, but with GoPro you literally pull the memory card out and plug straight into your computer or memory card reader.
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 HAHAHAHA! I love that comment...a classic...You don't know how contour does it, but you throw them under the bus anyway!
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 Really, you have to take the memory card out of the camera? That seems like a lot of work, I never do that with my Contour. (or my GoPro either just to be fair)
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 Yea but the GoPro comes with the two cases so yes it's waterproof contour does not
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 would be nicer if this camera had GPS built
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 so whats the differnce with this contour compared to the other ones
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 It's a lot cheaper, and has just one one switch to turn it on and start recording. And it has the same lens as the Contour + which is nice, and it also has a built in 1/4 20 socket and it's waterproof to 1 meter without a case.
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 that thing is all in one
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 how much
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 $199 US
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 AWESOME!
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 go pro all the way!!!!
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