Doesn't have the quality of rivals, but this lightweight camera is a tempting, feature-packed cycle camera
Review Date: 15 Feb 2012
Reviewed By: Jonathan Bray
Price when reviewed: £416 (£499 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
A day on the trails can be great fun, but it’s even better if you can relive the best bits at the end of your ride. Step forward the ludicrously-advanced, almost stupidly feature-packed Contour+ helmet camera.
Not only does this video camera include a 170˚ wide-angle lens and full 1080p video capture, it also packs a GPS radio that records your position alongside the video track.
Use the bundled Contour Storyteller software to upload video from the camera’s memory (it comes with a 2GB microSD card for storage), and when you play it back you’ll see your track overlaid onto Google Maps in an inset window, with your position updated as the video progresses.
That’s not all. Bluetooth connectivity allows you to position the camera and adjust various settings using a free smartphone app (available for both Android and iOS) – a cracking idea.
Quality isn’t quite as good as the superb GoPro HD Hero 2, and there aren’t as many shooting options. Its tough aluminium case looks great but is only “water resistant” – you have to buy an extra case to make it fully waterproof.
It’s still a great camera, though, plus its lighter weight means it’s more comfortable for side-mounting than the Go Pro, and therefore more suitable for cyclists.
Author: Jonathan Bray
you would need to be minted to spend so much on a helmet cam when any of the others can be bought for much less.
By GlidemanUK on 15 Feb 2012
I'd expect Ridley Scott's help for that price, and have the biking abilities of Danny Macaskill.
By glasstech on 16 Feb 2012
So, after the Bushido and the Contour+, I'm looking forward to a review of the Boardman Road Pro Carbon!
Stick to your specialist knowledge, guys & gals. I thought mobile phone reviews were pushing it, but at least they have pc-like functionality now.
Nobody who is spending this much money on cycling equipment is going to use PCPro as a review source.
Similarly, if I wanted a laptop, I wouldn't go to cyclingnews.com, I would come here (as a starting point).
By mppreece on 16 Feb 2012
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