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Contour GPS review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £245
inc VAT

As long as you don't expect quality to rival footage on BBC HD, the Contour GPS is a decent hands-free action camera


sensor, 1,280×720, 1,920×1,080, N/A zoom, 150g

Plastic rails on either side of the camera allow it to be connected securely and removed from any mount, and the lens rotates 270 degrees so you can mount it on a variety of surfaces. The aluminium body is tough and rain-proof. An optional waterproof housing costs £30. Build quality is mixed: it feels sturdy overall, but the power button didn’t work on occasion.

Video quality is fairly good considering the size of the lens, but it’s more on a par with a Flip Ultra HD than a handheld camcorder such as Canon’s similarly-priced Legria HF R206

. Colours are accurate, and exposure changes quickly to changing light conditions. However, there’s significant purple fringing on high-contrast lines and a fair amount of video wobble and shake when the camera is moving around – as it will for most of its journeys. It’s disappointing there’s no apparent image stabilisation.

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Once you’ve shot your footage, you upload it to Storyteller, which lets you mark the best part and upload it to Contour’s website. This keeps the GPS information, which is lost if you upload to YouTube. There are no other editing functions.

The Contour GPS isn’t perfect, but it will give you a decent enough record of your day’s events. The shaky video is our biggest gripe, but if you have some decent video editing software, much of that can be eliminated. If you need a hands-free video camera, the Contour is a decent choice.

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Basic Specifications

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Optical zoom N/A
Digital zoom N/A
Sensor pixels 5
Widescreen mode native
LCD screen size N/A
Viewfinder type N/A
Video lamp No
Video recording format H.264
Video recording media microSDHC
Video resolutions 1,280×720, 1,920×1,080
Maximum image resolution 1,920×1,080
Memory slot microSDHC
Mermory supplied 2GB microSD
Flash no


Digital inputs/outputs mini USB
Analogue inputs/outputs none
Other connections ConnectView card slot
Battery type Li-ion
Battery life 2h 20m
Battery charging position camcorder
Size 58x34x95
Weight 150g

Buying Information

Warranty one-year RTB
Price £245

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