Pros Excellent picture & video quality in a compact package. Nice range of optional accessories to mount camera almost anywhere, including an available waterproof case. Very good sound with the optional external microphone. Nifty GPS video mapping.
Cons A far cry from the advertised water resistant, this high priced camera should not leave the house without the waterproof case, if just to keep the dust out (To be clear, full submersion requires waterproofing, water resistance should stand up to some rain
Summary From the Contour website : "With a burly, water-resistant aluminum shell, the Contour+ is made to take a beating in extreme environments from raging storms to muddy tracks."
The Contour's rear plastic door shuts & locks just like any regular camera's battery door; which is probably why those cameras are not marketed as water resistant. Contour's "overly enthusiastic" advertizing is what earns the low rating.
A very light rain was enough to shut this camera down (after a good drying out, it did restart, but all of that recording was lost), so "support" was contacted. Following a long and irritating discussion, it came to light that the Contour+ is not water resistant, but more "splash proof" and that the extreme environment raging storms are meant to be snow storms, not rain. Hmmm...
I bought the Contour Plus ($500) for it's GPS mapping, external mic and compact design. The need for the waterproof case cancels the external mic feature and makes the whole deal less compact, so the cheaper Contour GPS ($300) would have done the same job.
Battery life doesn't seem to be a problem - I've had the camera record video, sound & GPS for close to a hour at a medium quality setting of 720p @ 30fps (outside temperature around 20C) before I shut it off myself. This setting uses 1Gb every 15 minutes, so an 8 or 16Gb SD card should do the trick.
In the end, if picture & video quality are important, this is a great camera, as are the Contour GPS and Contour Roam.
Pros fantastic video , great stills , and stable gps info. Very easy to use as is the GPS model. The new updated software makes the GPS feature and the I Phone viewfinder simple to use. I wass worried about no sighting lasers until I rememebered the I phone v
Cons I need a bigger battery as the card i have lasts 8 hours at 1080P
Summary Probalby over kill compared to the GPS model but we all want the best with the most features and this is IT!
Pros great picture, specially at 720p 60 frames.great features like the aligning laser,gps ,user friendly story teller software,glove friendly record switch ,upgradable 32 GB memory card,its small design looks good and high tech on helmets and blue tooth to sy
Cons for me the worst problem with this camera is battery life.after an hour of riding and less than 4 minutes of actually recording time the battery went dead.to me it would had been nice if i could get an hour of recording time.you cant have the camera charg
Pros The camera has great quality, convenient alignment lasers, and is light and compact
Cons The mounting rails are a bit cumbersome. Sliding them on and off can be tough at times.
Summary The camera is a great camera with the option to rotate the lens so no matter where it is placed you can get a picture that isn't tilted. The GPS features are also nice though sometimes do not track correctly, but it still gives you the general area where you are at. The camera is very lightweight and sleek, but does have a couple of drawbacks. The first is the on/off button at the back can sometimes be tough to activate, and the mounting rails are a bit difficult to work so it's hard to mount. This means it also is very unlikely it will fall off when riding or playing, but there ought to be another option than the slide rails.
The last issue is with how it handles video. Currently it records until full and then stops, but it would be very nice to have an option to record continuously, overwriting initial videos once the card is full. It would also be nice to have an external audio jack so when mounted to a helmet you can have a microphone next to your mouth for commentary. There's nothing worse than cranking on a cool video only to have your ears blasted by wind sounds.
Pros Suitable shape of the device in contrast to most obvious competitor.
Cons Sometimes footage has no sound.
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Summary The device decides to record sound or not by itself. And you never know is there a sound in the footage you're getting. The issue is more the 6 months old, but there're no progress in support.
The bluetooth service is very poor. You cannot shoot or view clips, even delete unwanted clips or shots. The only things you can do by bluetooth is to see where the camera looks while it's idle and change settings you're never want to change once had set.
On a hill I see the dominance of GoPro devices, and this moment I know why it is. It looks weird, has restricted mounting facilities due to it's shape but it does it's job well.
The Contour+ announced as a device with advanced technologies that are inefficient in action. Moreover the camera unable to surely do even the primary job.