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VholdR Introduces ContourHD: The World’s First HD Wearable Camcorder

HD Video from a Shoot and Share Camcorder Small Enough to Fit on Your Goggles

The VholdR ContourHD is a revolutionary product designed to meet the recording needs of outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers. The ContourHD is equipped with a host of features allowing users to capture video in high definition and from virtually any angle. For an overview of the camcorder's features and functionality, check out the VholdR press release below. For Helmet Camera Central's full review of the ContourHD, click here.

VholdR, the market leader for shoot and share wearable video cameras, is introducing ContourHDTM: The World’s first (and lightest) HD Wearable Camcorder. The ideal video camera to shoot and share your active lifestyle, ContourHD combines amazing video quality (choose between crisp High Definition or smooth High Action SD), hands-free wearability (attach ContourHD to your goggles, helmet, equipment, or vehicle), and one button simplicity (single button to shoot and share online). Light enough (4 ounces) to fit on your goggles, this compact and rugged video camera makes HD quality video affordable to capture and publish online for the estimated 75 million adventure sports enthusiasts around the world.

“ContourHD is the perfect camcorder for the weekend warrior in your life who is skiing, boarding, mountain biking, or even riding a motorcycle,” says Marc Barros, VholdR’s CEO. “ContourHD and our Easy Edit software are making HD action video easy to shoot and share online in seconds.”

Perfected for outdoor use, ContourHD can switch between crisp HD quality video captured at 30 frames per second or butter smooth SD quality video captured at 60 frames per second. Its all-in-one design means ContourHD has no wires or a separate recorder, but instead captures up to 8 hours of HD video to its own internal microSD memory card (compatible with up to a 16GB card). Armored with an aluminum body and two lasers for quick alignment, ContourHD is ready for any weather or adventure sport.

The launch of ContourHD also includes an HD upgrade to the company’s Easy Edit software (VholdR Desktop) and online adventure sports community (VholdR.com). Plug ContourHD into the computer with the included USB cable and quickly import, clip, and share your videos to the growing international community on VholdR.com. Syndicate your adventures to Facebook,Twitter or MySpace and publish your trip to friends or total strangers.

ContourHD Features

  • 2 Video Settings

High Definition: Fill your screen with vivid, widescreen (16:9) action video. With a full 1280x720 (pixels) window and 30 frames per second, your videos will be just how you remember them, big and awesome!

High Action: Ideal for making the fastest adventure sports appear as smooth as butter. Recording standard definition video at 60 frames per second (twice as many frames as TV quality video) you won’t miss any of the action.

  • Record over 8 Hours of HD Video

ContourHD can record up to 8 hours of HD quality video or 16 hours of SD quality video to an internal microSD memory card (compatible up to a 16GB memory card). Powered by a removable, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, this robust camera recharges through a USB cable connected directly to your computer.

  • Wide Angle Lens:

At 135 degrees, the new ContourHD lens strikes the perfect balance in capturing the entire scene without over-distorting the video.

  • Wearable Anywhere

Patent-pending TRailTM Mounts “slide and lock” ContourHD onto a series of different mounts for your goggle, helmet, handlebar, vehicle, or anywhere else you want to mount it. Wear HD video on more than just your head.

  • One Button Simplicity

ContourHD’s operation couldn’t be simpler with a single oversized record switch (to be operated even with a pair of gloves on) and click to share software.

  • Laser Alignment

Two lasers and a 192o rotating lens ensure you line up the shot every time. Turn on the lasers and rotate the front lens until the two laser points are horizontally aligned.

  • Armored Body

A water-resistant camera for all seasons its light (4 ounces/116 grams) anodized aluminum body withstands dust, dirt, mud, and snow.

  • Easy Edit Mac and PC Software

Easy Edit™ software (Mac and PC compatible) makes it automatic to import your videos from the camera, clip out the best parts, and share them to VholdR.com.

ContourHD will be available for pre-order from Helmet Camera Central April 27, 2009 for $279.99.

About Helmet Camera Central

Helmet Camera Central was born as a result of our helmet camera experiences from our video consulting business, Two Brothers Video. Helmet Camera Central is a resource designed to help people find objective and pertinent information about helmet camera systems. Since 2005, we have reviewed numerous helmet camera systems with an unbiased and objective point of view. Our reviews focus on the functional and usability aspects of helmet camera systems. Since we use helmet camera systems in addition to selling them, our reviews result from actual day-to-day experiences with the products. Ease of use, reliability, and quality are our top priority. Rest assured, the helmet camera systems that we recommend and sell at DiveCamCentral.com were chosen for good reason: they rock! There are many systems out there, but the ones we recommend provide exceptional quality and services for the best return on your investment. We are also here to answer your questions and help you choose a helmet camera system that meets your needs. If one of our recommended systems is a fit for you, you can find it at HelmetCameraCentral.com. And if our recommended systems do not fit your needs, we will put you in contact with the right vendor to find the best solution.

Epic Stealth Cam Digital Action Camera

NOTE: As of 2010 Epic has released a new HD version of their cam, it's a great helmet cam and we definitely recommend it. You can check out the product page and purchase it here. We should have a full review up shortly.

EPIC Stealth CamLet's welcome yet another player to the consumer wearable camcorder marketplace. The EPIC Action Sports Camera from StealthCam is an entry level helmet camera that directly competes with the GoPro Hero and the Oregon Scientific ATC Series. The form factor is similar to the ATC2K series, but differs in that a waterproof housing is available. There are 3 mounts included standard with the EPIC: A waterproof housing (no depth rating), Strap Mount (helmets, etc), and a Shock Resistant Saddle. The retail price is $149.99. Overall this is an inexpensive but fun helmet cam mostly targeted at very entry level videographers and YouTube'ers.

The video frame size is 640 x 480 and the still shot mode claims 5.0MP. The product manual claims 30 frames per second, but the sample videos on their site shows what appears to be a variable frame rate. The EPIC Stealth Camera uses a CMOS sensor and most likely does not perform well in low light situations. The manual states a Camera aperture of 2.8mm- which is not considered wide angle, probably comes in around 48 degree field of view. Epic Stealth Cam Specifications No mention of the video codec being used to compress and deliver the video. The audio on the sample videos is audible and quality is ok. The unit does have a internal clock that can be set with the 2 buttons, but the manual notes that when batteries are removed/changed that the clock will reset itself. The unit connects to PC's and MAC's via standard USB connections to transfer video, or the standard SD memory card the unit uses can be removed and inserted into a SD card reader. The unit takes AAA batteries, and reported runtimes are around 1 hour on a fresh set.