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New HD camera, New video of riding in Wilmington

(updated: Feb 21, 2010)

This is my latest camera, the one I've been waiting for for several years. Now the technology has advanced enough that Twenty20 has introduced the world's smallest High Definition 1080P wearable camera, the ContourHD 1080P.

The ContourHD 1080P.


I recently got hold of one of these new babies and did some filming. I am pretty impressed overall with the quality of the video.

This is some of the riding I did from last week.

Riding in Wilmington from Sir Bikes on Vimeo.


The company also makes several mounting options, from a goggle mount to a standard 1/4"-20 tripod screw. They even offer a waterproof enclosure option.

Everything is self-contained. There are no wires or battery packs or anything. That's the entire thing. The Li-Ion battery lasts three hours and I bought a 16GB microSD card which will record about 2.5 hours of HD 1080 video.

Editing compressed HD video is a bit more challenging. In order for me to edit and not have choppy video, I had to transcode the camera output into a more edit friendly format. I use Apple ProRes 422 which works really well.

An inner tube perfectly counterweights the camera, and comes in handy if you get a flat.


The camera also has two lasers used to align the camera. You just rotate the lens until the two beams are horizontal. It has a sliding switch on top to start/stop recording. Easy.


Normally, I've always mounted cameras on the side and counterweighted the opposite side for maximum stability. But this camera being so light I may try mounting on the top of the helmet to see if I can get my handlebars in the view. I'll post some more info about different setups as I learn more.

Overall I am impressed with how light the setup is given the high image quality. It sure beats wearing a full camera on your head (my previous setup). Those days are gone now.

-SBA

Here are some still frames captured from the camera:


















Filed Under: Ride Reports > North Carolina > Wilmington



14 COMMENTS:

1. Erik said...

Been considering the Pro camera and other lipstick versions. That looks nice. I remember your full set up and as I recall a pvc pipe of quarters to counterbalance. You've gotta be pretty happy with this.... Thanks for sharing - very interested in your future endeavors with this camera....

Feb 22, 2010 @ 11:34 AM


2. Randy Pridgen said...

Where did you find the best price?

Feb 22, 2010 @ 5:25 PM


3. SBA said...

Lots of places seem to carry the standard one, all around the same price. I got the 1080p direct. You can also get it from Two Wheeler Dealer.

Feb 22, 2010 @ 7:22 PM


4. Don Brown said...

What trails were those that you rode for the filming? Thanks.

Feb 23, 2010 @ 6:55 PM


5. Stampers said...

Take a look at the helmet pro HD (299.95). Its 1080p too and can do 60 fps so you can do slo motion. I've riden some DH with it mounted to a chest mount and the view is amazing. You get the handle bars/wheel in the picture.

I had the VIO POV1 before that and HelmetPro is 10 times better. Much easier to use, lighter, image quality is unmatched.

Feb 23, 2010 @ 7:05 PM


6. Sir BTK said...

thats dow road trials

Feb 24, 2010 @ 9:54 AM


7. Sealife said...

Does the new cam have image stabilization?
That was one thing about your older videos that I loved, nice stable image.

Feb 24, 2010 @ 10:55 AM


8. jsavage1 said...

hey i just recieved my helmetpro hd today!! i will be riding those same trails sat. with some friends, would love the double video cam action if your interested SBA.

Feb 24, 2010 @ 1:14 PM


9. biggoofy said...

yeah it would be great to have twice the footage and a person that really knows the trails unlike before when we had to guess

Feb 24, 2010 @ 4:14 PM


10. chillyjoe said...

was wonderin where the trail is you were ridin ! carolina beach? where is trail head and where does it end ? would like to try it ! if some one is goin this saturday i would love to tag along ! thx so much! or sunday after 12!

Feb 24, 2010 @ 5:04 PM


11. SBA said...

No, the camera does not have image stabilization, that is why I have to mount it on my helmet and use a counterweight = maximum stabilization.

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You mean Dow Rd? I do not condone riding there. Federal Property off limits unfortunately. And it is patrolled. See my Disclaimer below.

Feb 24, 2010 @ 7:36 PM


12. lamm hammer said...

that is awesome. way better that the brick yeah had to wear for years.

Feb 28, 2010 @ 12:13 PM


13. kieran said...

I owned a helmet cam (and sold it shortly after I got it). The CMOS sensors these things use have serious problems with jello-vision. rolling shutter. So how do you feel about this one? One of the reasons your previous cam was so good was it was a real video camera, not one of these thingies. Think you'll get close to the quality?

Mar 3, 2010 @ 6:14 PM


14. eric said...

I picked up a GoPro recently. It's pretty cool. Good for the bike and the surfboard. Yesterday's commute (or, I guess, some of it): http://vimeo.com/10050967

Mar 10, 2010 @ 7:37 AM


 

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