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VholdR ContourHD 1080p Helmet Cam Review

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Hot on the heals of their ContourHD release, VholdR quickly comes to market with a premium version that supports full 1080p HD resolutions. Record life-like, full resolution, 1080p HD video on your head and share it online in seconds with VholdR's new ContourHD1080pTM, the world's first full 1080p HD wearable camcorder that allows you to shoot AND easily share high-definition video. At just $329.99, the ContourHD 1080p was designed with the needs of outdoor enthusiasts in mind. This durable camera provides amazing video clarity (choose between a plethora of high definition or high action video modes), ease of use, and a host of mounting options and accessories. VholdR continues their successful ContourHD series with the same form factor, and a increased level of video quality of prosumers and consumers alike.

Highlights of the ContourHD 1080p:

  • Full HD - 1080p (1920x1080) @ 30 fps
  • Tall HD - 960p (1280x960) @ 30 fps
  • Action HD - 720p (1280x720) @ 60 fps
  • Contour HD - 720p (1280x720) @ 30fps
  • Fast SD - WVGA (848x480) @ 60fps
  • 135-degree wide angle lens
  • 5 Megapixel Sensor
  • Internal microphone (Adjustable)
  • Quicktime H.264 MOV with AAC Audio
  • MicroSD/SDHC up to 16GB (2GB included) - Up to 8 Hours of HD video
  • Rechargable Lithium Ion Battery - Up to 3 hours per charge
  • iPod(USB) Charge Compatible
  • Adjustable Contrast, Light Metering, Exposure and Mic Sensitivity
  • Fits VholdR TRailTM mount system
  • Easy EditTM and Share software
  • Read the full review with sample video after the jump!


VholdR ContourHD Helmet Cam Review

Record HD video on your head and share it online in seconds with VholdR's new ContourHDTM, the world's first HD wearable camcorder. At just under $250, the Contour HD was designed with the needs of outdoor enthusiasts in mind. This durable camera provides amazing video clarity (choose between high definition or high action), ease of use, and a host of mounting options and accessories.

Highlights of the ContourHD:

  • HD (1280 x 720) at 30 fps SD (Actual 29.97)
  • SD (858 x 480) at 60 fps (Actual 59.960)
  • 135-degree wide angle lens
  • MicroSD/SDHC up to 16GB (2GB included)
  • Internal microphone
  • Fits VholdR TRailTM mount system
  • Easy EditTM software
  • Quick Start guide
  • Read the full review after the jump!


GoPro Helmet Hero Wide Helmet Cam Review

GoPro Helmet Hero WideRecently, GoPro introduced the impressive GoPro Helmet HERO Wide to its wide lens camera family of products, which also includes the Wide HERO, the Motorsports HERO Wide, and the Surf HERO. Priced affordably at $189, the new Helmet HERO Wide produces unique video footage using a 170-degree fisheye lens, while the increased still photo resolution (from 3 megapixels to 5 megapixels) provides crisper, brighter pictures. With outstanding products and a broad range of mounting options, the HERO Wide series provides a great value for wearable video enthusiasts.

Highlights of the GoPro Helmet HERO Wide:

  • 512 x 384 television quality resolution
  • 30 frames per second
  • Super wide angle, 170 degree field of view
  • Supports NTSC and PAL formats for video playback on television
  • Waterproof to 100 ft
  • Take photos in single, burst, and timed modes.
  • 5 megapixel resolution for still photos
  • Small LCD screen displaying battery, modes, and status
  • Automatic white balance
  • Removable SD card storage (up to 2GB SD cards)
  • RCA cable to television compatibility
  • USB cable to computer compatibility
  • AAA battery powered
  • 4 different mounting bases
  • Waterproof and impact resistant case
Table of Contents for Review of the GoPro Helmet HERO Wide

What You Get

The  GoPro Helmet HERO Wide comes with:

  • 5 Megapixel Helmet HERO Wide Camera with 170 degree wide angle lens
  • 1 Shockproof/waterproof quick-release housing
  • 1 Headlamp-style head strap
  • 1 Vented helmet strap
  • 2 Curved 3M™ adhesive mounts
  • 2 Flat 3M™ adhesive mounts
  • 1 Three-way pivoting side arm assembly
  • 2 Quick-release buckles
  • 1 USB/RCA combo cable
  • 1-Year warranty

The GoPro Hero Wide


The GoPro Helmet HERO Wide camera's compact, cable-free design encourages new filming opportunities through creative mounting locations that are unhindered by proximity to the user, such as the stern of a 15-foot sea kayak, the nose of a long-board surfboard, the wheel well of a stock car, or the front fender of a motorcross bike. Waterproof to 100 feet, the Helmet HERO Wide can even scuba dive.

The GoPro Helmet HERO Wide camera provides a wearable video system that allows users to capture the most sought-after shots, regardless of location.

Mounting Options

The Helmet HERO Wide comes impressively equipped with multiple hardware mounting options:

1. Headband mount: No bulkier or heavier than a high-powered headlamp, this strap configuration keeps the camera firmly attached to the user's forehead for more accurate video capture. The sturdy headband mount allows users to quickly and easily remove the unit to check its status, change menu options, or store it for later use. The mount can even be worn outside of some helmets, especially those designed to accept headlamps. Although it is not as dignified as a lipstick camera, the headband mount makes up in usability what it lacks in style.

2. Helmet vent-hole strap mount: For activities that warrant a helmet with air ventilation holes, this non-adhesive mount is an easy method for attaching the camera to helmet surfaces. Furthermore, it is easily transferrable to a different set of ventilation holes on the same helmet or to a different helmet entirely. It has the benefit of being an adhesive-less and easy way to attach the camera to the helmet surface, as well as being easily transferable to a different set of vent holes or to a different helmet. Using vent holes located in the front of the helmet has the advantage of keeping the camera low profile and safe from clothes lines, tree branches, and other yard dangers during the occasional wipeout. The vent-hole strap mount provides the least risk of the camera being ripped from the mount. The straps are solid, yet there is enough slippage and flex to absorb some impact when necessary.

3. Base mount with single pivot: This mount provides numerous camera mounting options courtesy of the well-built pivot mechanism, which ensures that your footage will be captured in the angle that you desire. After sticking the base to a smooth surface with the provided adhesive patches, sliding the quick release camera mount onto the base, and pivoting the camera to the desired field of view, simply tighten the knob (by hand or using the recessed screw head improved strength).

4. Base mount with double pivot: When a helmet isn't the ideal mount to capture the best footage, the double pivot mount is useful for the side of a bike, car, four-wheeler, or similar places. The second pivot simply returns the camera to a horizontal position, while the camera's menu settings give users the option to rotate images 180 degrees or 90 degrees.

In addition to these mounting options, users should also take advantage of other mounts from GoPro, including handlebar/seatpost, chest harness, roll bar, and surfboard mounts.


The Helmet HERO Wide scores high in overall usability. It has a simple one-page manual for quick reference or easy (partial) memorization. The two-button configuration is ideal for adjusting settings or using different modes, such as video, triple shot sequence, photo every five seconds (up to 700 photos on a 2 GB SD card), and self-timer photography, all of which are displayed on the unit's compact LCD screen. A single camera cord is used as an A/V cable connector (NTSC and PAL), as well as a USB connector to a computer. Both Mac and Windows users can seamlessly upload and edit files. The open design of the camera and two-button configuration make it simple to record. Additionally, two different flashing LEDs display recording status on both sides of the camera.

The Case

The camera's waterproof case (up to 100 feet) is one its most impressive features. Inside the case, the camera is durable enough to be placed on a keychain, attached to a backpack, or clipped to a climbing harness, making it easily accessible for capturing great footage. The 100-foot waterproof rating combined with the graceful movements of snorkeling or scuba diving make it ideal for underwater pictures or videos.

Super Small

Outside of its case, the Helmet HERO Wide is exceptionally small. In fact, the camera can fit easily inside a closed fist, yet it can hold approximtely an hour of video footage.


While the Helmet HERO Wide is a strong, versatile camera, there are some drawbacks that users should keep in mind. One drawback centers on the video quality, which is not adequate for producing high-quality professional videos. However, the quality is perfect for the Web or standard television viewing.

Another significant problem with the camera is its short battery life. During testing, the Helmet HERO Wide only provided about two hours of recording time using NiMH rechargeable batteries and three hours using lithium batteries. Alkaline batteries produced even shorter recording times.

Many users have also found the upside-down LCD screen cumbersome. It should be noted that the design was intended to benefit users viewing the screen while upside-down. The camera also does not include a video monitor for reviewing footage, thus footage can only be reviewed using a video monitor, such as a computer.

Angle reference marks on the camera would be a useful addition to the camera because it would allow users to switch angles for different applications.

GoPro Helmet HERO Wide Documentation

To view the instruction manual for the GoPro Helmet HERO Wide, click here.

MPEG4 Codec Settings

The basic codec settings for the GoPro Helmet HERO Wide are as follows:

Video: MJPEG, 30 fps, saved as .AVI file

Audio: 8kHz, mono

Sample Video Clips, RAW and Unaltered

Here are a few sample videos that have been uploaded and compressed through Vimeo and are intended to give you a feel for the ultra-wide field of view and overall video quality.

Sample Video Frame Grabs

Recording Capacity

The GoPro Helmet HERO Wide has removable SD card storage for up to 2GB SD cards, which allows users to record up to 56 minutes of video or capture up to 700 photos.

Battery Time

The GoPro Helmet HERO Wide camera requires 2 AAA batteries. For best results, the manufacturer strongly recommends lithium batteries, which provide up to three hours of battery life. Using NiMH batteries, users can record up to two hours.

Warranty and Support

GoPro provides a one-year manufacturer's warranty on the device. Returns are only accepted for defective or unopened packages.

Helmet Camera Central is here to assist with any issues that may arise with any products that have been purchased from us.


A software bundle is not available with the GoPro Helmet HERO Wide.

Summary and Recommendation

With the new wide angle lens and numerous mounting options, the GoPro Digital Helmet HERO Wide is designed to meet the needs of consumers searching for a quality camera at a great price. The waterproof rating of 100 feet makes this an ideal unit for scuba diving, kayaking, and surfing. The durable bomber case provides ample protection from the elements to ensure the longevity of the camera.

Helmet Camera Central recommends this unit to cost conscious consumers looking for a sturdy, reliable helmet camera for capturing events and posting them on the Web. This unit is not recommended for a videographer or consumers looking for production equipment to produce DVD quality video.


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GoPro Motorsports HERO wide camera footage from Loretta Lynn’s MX race

GoPro Motorsports HERO wide camera footage from Loretta Lynn's MX race

We rocked out to Loretta Lynn's to test our new Motorsports HERO Wide camera on some rippers at the races. This comes from our man in the field who edited the video down with poor compression and he chopped off the top and bottom of the video during editing...so we're not seeing the full wide top/bottom view...but still a good test of what's coming end of August. Rock and roll...

Cast: GoPro