Contour Launches Latest Hands-Free Camera: Contour+

by Brian Mullin on May 13, 2011

TAKE STORYTELLING TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH NEW CONTOUR+ HANDS-FREE VIDEO CAMERA – AVAILABLE TODAY

Contour’s Latest Innovation Adds Richness to Stories with Progression in Video, Location, Audio, and Streaming

SEATTLE, Wash. – May 12, 2011 – Contour, Inc. (http://www.contour.com),a market leader in hands-free video cameras, today announced Contour+, Contour’s first camera for the broadcast and pro-sumer markets. The Contour+ marks the next progression in hands-free video and represents the company’s continued focus on leading the market’s innovation. The Contour+ is now available at Contour.com and retail partners for $499.

“Nowhere on Earth is off limits to filmmakers and other visual storytellers, but there are plenty of places standard pro cameras can’t go,” said Marc Barros, Contour CEO. “Contour+ delivers high-quality video, audio, location data and streaming capabilities anywhere there’s a story to tell. Today, anyone can be a documentarian or filmmaker, and we’ve created the most affordable way to give pro-sumers, broadcast and filmmakers everything they need to tell incredibly rich stories from right within the action.”

The hands-free and wireless technology that has established Contour’s technical leadership in the market is augmented with progressions in the lens, first-ever features in the hands-free market, and more to create a new era in the technical side of storytelling. The camera’s powerful and unique combination of technical features has piqued the interest of industry tastemakers including Film Producer and Freeride Entertainment Director, Derek Westerlund.

“Hands-free is a big revolution in the camera space, but we haven’t had anything that was progressive enough to use on professional shoots until now,” said Westerlund. “The Contour+ allows me to capture great POV shots and will help bring the movie’s story to life. The Contour+ is the new standard for next generation, high-quality, hands-free cameras.”

Greg Tracy, a renowned stunt driver and filmmaker who has worked on feature films such as “Bourne Ultimatum,” “Wanted,” and “The Town,” looks forward to using the new Contour+ on his upcoming professional shoots. “When I’m shooting action, I love to put the audience in the middle of it and experience it first-hand. With the Contour+, I’ll be able to do this like never before.” said Tracy. “With its professional-grade lens, connectivity options and size, the Contour+ is the perfect tool for my demanding production work, and it won’t break the bank.”

How Contour+ Delivers

The next progression in hands-free cameras lets explorers:

Expand Field of Vision: A six-element glass lens delivers 1080p video quality, an adjustable white balance to dial-in details and a 170-degree field of view to clearly integrate peripherals and backdrops in each shot

Deliver Live Action: Streaming video via HDMI and an external transmitter broadcasts the action in real-time

Stay Connected Better than any POV Camera: Built-in Bluetooth connects to a mobile phone, creating a wireless viewfinder to check the angle; a HDMI port allows instant replay on a laptop or widescreen direct from the included microSD card

Capture Crisp Audio: The first external 2.5mm microphone jack on any hands-free camera helps distinguish featured audio from ambient noise

Benefit from Contour’s Signature Elements: Three resolutions, four frame rates and a five-megapixel still mode are available to customize the shot; an internal interactive GPS receiver tracks speed, location, and elevation at four frames per second

Contour’s complete collection of high quality, easy-to-use cameras, including the ContourGPS and ContourHD, provide a variety of solutions to fit every adventurer’s need. The company helps people further share their stories with its free apps and online community.

About Contour
Contour is a market leader in the hands-free video camera category. Producing simple, thoughtfully designed and intuitive adventure storytelling tools, Contour, enables modern day explorers to use video and location-based video to relive and replay their personal tales of action, adventure and travel, sharing them with world at the touch of a button. For more information about Contour please visit www.contour.com

Specifications for the Contour+

VIDEO FORMAT RESOLUTION FRAME RATE
FULL HD – 1080p 1920 x 1080 pixels 30 FPS
TALL HD – 960p 1280 x 960 pixels 30 FPS
ACTION HD – 720p 1280 x 720 pixels 60 FPS
ORIGINAL HD – 720p 1280 x 720 pixels 30 FPS
5MP STILL 2592 x 1944 pixels 1 photo per 3, 5,10, 30, 60 seconds

WHAT’S IN THE BOX

  • Contour+ Camera
  • MicroSD Card (2GB)
  • 3 mounts
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • USB Cable
  • Mini HDMI Cable
  • Microphone Cable
  • Lens Cap
  • Connect View Card

GPS

  • Built-in GPS receiver
  • Faster Time to First Lock using AssistNow™

VIDEO

  • 5 Megapixel Sensor
  • H.264 Codec
  • .mov file type
  • Configurable white balance
  • HDMI port
  • Streaming of video
  • Playback of full-display HD video

BLUETOOTH

  • Bluetooth v2.1
  • EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)

AUDIO

  • Internal Microphone
  • External mono microphone jack
  • AAC Audio Compression

WIDE ANGLE LENS

  • “170°: 960p, 720p, Photo”
  • “125°: 1080p”
  • Lens rotates -90° to 180°, allowing inverted mounting
  • Flush front lens

MEMORY

  • Removable MicroSD
  • Capacity: 32GB (2GB included)
  • Average Record Time
  • HD » 30min/GB

STORYTELLER

  • Compatible with: Mac (10.5, 10.6) and Windows (XP, Vista, 7)
  • Videos downloaded via USB 2.0

BATTERY & POWER

  • Removable Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Charge via USB to computer or Contour chargers (sold separately)
  • Battery Life: 2 – 2.5 hours

BODY

  • Water Resistant Aluminum Shell
  • TRail™ Mount System
  • Rear door pass-through for USB and HDMI ports
  • Fast-change battery latch

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