Contour GPS HD Wearable Camcorder Camera 1400
A new camera at a good price
Users who need a new camcorder for various reasons and are looking desperately for one at a good price are advised to try the Contour GPS HD Wearable Camcorder Camera 1400. Yup, it’s a long name for sure, but you shouldn’t judge a gadget by its name. Reviewers on amazn.com and other popular sites, not to mention experts, recommend this camcorder for its qualitative performance, design, features and, as we said before, price. We gave it a go some days ago and here are our thoughts on it after the test performed for this review.
135-degree wide-angle lens
The Contour GPS HD Camera 1400 is, when looking at it for the first time and quickly, rather similar to the ContourHD. If you’ve never owned the latter, we’ll tell you how it is: the two cameras on this device are equipped with the same cylindrical-bullet aluminum chassis which comes with a black finish; then there’s the 180HD camera featuring a 135-degree wide-angle lens and a pair of laser pointers, both of which are the same as on the ContourHD model. When we looked, during our tests, below the aforementioned lens we saw a small mic along with a status indicator LED; the latter flashed green when the product was on, blue when we activated the Bluetooth antenna and red when we wanted to record something. The lens could be rotated 180 degrees; this fact helped the image level stay where it was when we placed the Contour GPS HD Wearable Camcorder Camera 1400 on the horizontal.
1080p Full HD at 30fps
Continuing with the exterior of the Contour GPS HD Camera 1400, on either side of it was a rail system; a recording slider is positioned along the top edge and in front of it sits a hidden Bluetooth key. The door on the back of this camera was improved, so that its mechanism locked the power button, door itself and other parts better.
The product we analyzed in our lab sported a still-photo capture mode, 4 video recording modes (including three quality settings, three metering modes and so on) and options for each of these. Turning the HD mode on makes the Contour GPS HD Wearable Camcorder Camera 1400 shoot 1080p content at 30fps; the Original HD option was able to shoot 720p at 30fps and, finally, the Tall HD feature captured various content at 960p (the same 30fps). We were very happy with the results in each of these situations.
East to post on Facebook
The sensitivity of the built-in mic was easily adjustable and GPS data was embedded in the MOV file produced by this device. The still pictures we took had 2.592 x 1.944 in terms of pixels and the time between snapping them was 3 to 60 seconds.
The software on this Contour GPS HD Wearable 1400 is named Storyteller. We downloaded it for free from the official site of Contour. The program was of valuable help when we wanted to adjust things like settings, recording modes and a wealth of other options offered by the product. When we were finished with taking photos or recording videos, we edited them and then wanted to post them on Facebook or YouTube; it was very easy to do it.
What more to say at the end of this review about the Contour GPS HD Wearable Camcorder Camera 1400? We really enjoyed working with it in our test and recommend it to everyone looking for a budget-camcorder/camera offering great performance and many interesting features.
|Video Format High Definition: MPEG AVC/H.264; 1920 x 1080p, 1280 x 960p, 1280 x 720p (30/30/60 fps)|
|Still Image Resolution JPEG: 5 Megapixel|
|High Definition: MPEG AVC/H.264; 1280 x 720p (30 fps)|
|Recording Media microSD Up to 32GB|
|Sensor 5 Megapixel CMOS|
|Lens Fixed Focus|
|Built-in Light/Flash Light – No|
|Built-in Mic Yes|
|Flash – No|
|Built-in Speaker No|
|Microphone Input No|
|Headphone Jack No|
|Outputs 1 x USB 2.0|
|Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack|
|Weight 5.3oz / 150g|
|Dimensions (W x H x D) 1.34 x 2.28 x 3.74in / 34 x 58 x 95mm|
|Windows XP, Vista, 7|
|USB 2.0 Interface|
|MacOS X 10.5, 10.6|
|USB 2.0 Interface|