Picking out a video camera these days is like trying to pick out what laundry detergent to use: too many brands to decide what is best for your needs. If you’re more focused on capturing stunning scenery or adrenaline pumping sports, Contour could have the camera for you.
Contour claims that the Contour+2 is the “next evolution in action video”. But just how evolutionary is it? The Contour+2 offers action video shot at 1080p or 720p, slow-motion video shot at 480p at an incredible 120fps (frames per second). When shooting in 120fps, the playback video will seem normal. However, when slowed down via an editing software, the video will be crytal clear. There is also a photo mode capturing HD style pictures every 1,3,5,10,15,20,30,45, or 60 seconds. It’s safe to say they live up to their company’s claim. At a price of $399, the Contour+2’s price sits on the high side in the camcorder world. However, the Contour+2 is durable, waterproof, has a built in GPS, has a laser alignment, and contains rotating lenses so you can mount the camera just about anywhere and you will never miss a shot. Still not convinced? With the slide of a switch, the Contour+2 goes from standby mode (where it does not drain battery life), to automatically recording. It has the production value for professionals and the configuration for novices.
pros: High-definition, 120fps (at 480p) or 60fps (1080p or 720p), waterproof, GPS, rotating lenses, easy to use
cons: Bit on the high side at $399
The other camcorder that Contour offers is the ContourRoam2. The main difference between the Contour+2 and the ContourRoam2 is that the ContourRoam2 is priced at $199 as opposed to $399. There are other differences that some might consider to be major, but in reality, they’re pretty minimal. For instance, there is no slow-motion feature and thus no 120fps that the video can be shot in, and there is no built in GPS. That’s right. The camcorder is still waterproof, still has the rotating lenses, and can still be mounted to nearly everything imaginable (bikes, helmets, snowboard, surfboard, etc.). The mounts are not included. The ContourRoam2 is a solid bet for someone who is not all about the flashy accessories and instead just needs the camcorder for capturing video in HD at 60fps.
Pros: High-definition, 60fps, waterproof, rotating lenses, easy to use, cheaper
Cons: No slow-motion, no built-in GPS
There are many other competitive action cams out there. Some of the notable ones are the GoPro Hero 3, the Sony Action Cam, and the Drift HD Ghost. Most will say that the GoPro Hero 3 shines above them all, but it comes down to personal choice and what you’re looking for in an action camera.