ContourHD unboxing and hands-on
The body itself is durable, made of aluminum, is water-resistant, and interestingly the entire internals of the camera rotate through 192 degrees, meaning regardless of how you mount this thing you can get video that's right-side-up -- or at some crazy angle if you're so inclined. The only problem we had with construction was with a flimsy internal latch which occasionally didn't hold the battery tight enough to make solid contact. A removal and re-insertion fixed that in most cases, but we're wondering how that clip will hold up in the long run.
Included are mounts for a goggle strap or any smooth surface via a 3M adhesive disc, while a handlebar mount is also on-offer. Sadly there's no suction-cup mount available, but one is coming, as is a mount enabling the thing to be screwed onto a standard tripod or any of the zillions of other types of threaded mounts out there. There's an internal microphone that does a good job with wind noise at moderate speeds, but get up into the 30mph or higher range and suddenly the woosh becomes rather pronounced.
Operation is simple, with a pair of lasers helping you get the thing aligned, a button on the back to turn it on, and a slider to start filming. The button is a little hard to push with gloves on, and we'd have preferred a simple switch, but the slider makes it easy to start and stop filming, with the cam making some reassuringly loud beeps to let you to be sure you're rolling even when you're rolling. Once captured the cam includes a simple software package that lets you crop the beginning and end from a clip and throw it into the company's community site. It's easy to use and included hosting and embedding is great, but we wished we could stitch together multiple clips or even segments of a single clip, and not being able to choose where the software stores its videos locally is a real drag.
We like the cam but would have liked it better with some more flexible mounting options (a number of which are due to be released soon) and a slightly more comprehensive software package. The wind noise was a bit disappointing at higher speeds, but the cam seems most intended for human-powered pursuits, whether they be on a gravel trail or a few feet of powder. Its simple, subtle design certainly looks a lot nicer clipped to your lid than much of the competition, and it's something we'd certainly rock on the slopes with pride.
Update 2: We got a little more info on the upcoming suction cup mount. It's made by Panavise and looks like this: