While the Drift Innovation X170 might not be able to handle HD, the VholdR Contour HD 1080p can. The clue’s in the name, you see? But can it compete with our other extreme cams? Read on to find out...
The VContour is not simply able to shoot film in impressive Full HD 1920 x 1080p at 30 frames per second, but also a range of other formats so that footage can be tailored to specific needs. Want slo-mo? Switch to 720p at 60 fps and the results are dream-like. No matter what you shoot in, the images are clear and sharp.
There are four configuration settings; exposure, light metering, contrast levels and microphone sensitivity to help you get the best out of the ContourHD no matter what the light or sound conditions are like where you choose to film.
Pictures only tell half the story and for a film to be great it needs quality sound too. The mic on the ContourHD provides clear audio recordings and wind noise can be eliminated using the microphone sensitivity setting.
The 135° lens is reasonably wide and does a good job of capturing some peripheral as well as central action, so giving perspective to the action. It is mounted on a 192° swivel and has two lasers to aid shot alignment.
VholdR do a range of different mounts for helmets, goggles, handlebars and other fixing points. Not all come with the camera and if what you want isn’t in the box you’ll have to dip into your wallet again to get it.
At 116g, this head cam is favourably light. It is also compact, durable and water-resistant body. The aluminium body has been manufactured to be dustproof, shockproof and impact resistant.
Sadly, there's no Viewfinder on the VContour, which is a bit of a drag when framing shots.
Also, to tweak all your shooting configs, the cam needs to be connected via USB to your Mac or PC. Not ideal if you're in the great outdoors.
The bottom line
If you’re an extreme type and need a cam to capture all your skills in action, then the VholdR Contour HD 1080p is one of the best on the market.