VHoldR ContourHD 1080p: My Best Motorcycle Helmet Cam Review


I’ve been in the market for a helmet camera for a while now. I knew I wanted to get a high-quality cam (HD), but didn’t know nearly how many features a helmet camera has or could have. I have done a lot of research on them because I want the best possible one without digging too far into my pocket, and the one that kept coming back was the VHoldR ContourHD 1080p Full HD Helmet Camera.

What To Look For In A Helmet Cam:

ContourHD Helmet Cam

I Want HD!

The ContourHD helmet camera records in high-definition. It ranges from 720p to a full 1080p. A 1080p camera is the highest definition for any helmet cam, and VholdR’s ContourHD is the first to do it. It also records in 960p, which is good for taller HD video. It’s basic 30fps (frames per second) is pretty good, but the 720p at 60fps is twice as good! It’s great for action and high-speed sports.

Camera Sensor?

The VholdR cam features a 5 megapixel CMOS sensor. More mega-pixels is better, and with many helmet cams using around 2-3mp, 5 is a big step up. Complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (aka CMOS) has low static power consumption, and high noise immunity. This means that it produces less heat, uses less energy, and allows a high density of logic functions on a chip.

It Has A Mic?

An internal microphone is used on the Contour helmet camera. It saves weight, allows the camera to be smaller, and has low wind noise on feedback. Helmet camera companies still haven’t figured out how to get great sound quality because wind is a big issue. One common complaint about VHoldR’s ContourHD helmet cam is that the sound quality is low and muffled. They use a screen or a plastic part of the camcorder body to cover up the mic so that the wind noise is low, but this makes for fairly poor sound quality. On the flip-side, every other helmet camera company has yet to solve this problem, so if you’re looking for one with perfect sound then you’re wasting your time…… for now.

Batteries Can Make It or Break It

Do you want a helmet camera that only lasts 20 minutes before needing a charge? Neither do I. That’s why the Contour HD has a lithium-ion removable battery pack. This allows up to 4 hours of recording time, which should be plenty if you’re going for a day-long trail ride. Lithium-ion batteries have better energy-to-weight ratio than most other batteries. Another feature is that there is no memory when using this battery, as well as a slow loss of charge when not in use.

Is It Durable?

A very important question for those of you that will be using it for extreme sports, high-speed activities, and various climates. VholdR’s ContourHD helmet cam is known for its compact and light-weight design. It has an Aluminum and Fiberglass Water Resistant Body, so it will hold up to the abuse that a dirt biker, skier, or race-car driver will throw at it. You can use it in pretty much any weather conditions, and even go in water down to about ten feet deep. Its patent TRail mounts “slide and lock” onto mounts that fit on goggles, helmet, handlebars, vehicle, or anything you can fit it on.

What’s Hot?

-Dual-laser pointers to align the camera and tell you it’s on

-Very easy to use

-Light and sleek design

-Aluminum body is tough

-Full 1080p HD

-60 FPS (frames per seconds) at 720p

What’s Not?

-Cannot upload videos in 60fps to certain sites, such as youtube. You can use it and stretch the clips out to half speed for smooth slow-mo action.

-The main factory mount has been known to be unstable at high speeds and on rough terrain

-Video exposure can be dim, but there is new firmware you can download from Contour’s site to fix the problem

-Can’t view recording until uploaded on computer

-Wind noise can be bad at high speeds, but almost every helmet cam has this problem

 

Where Can I Read More Reviews or Buy The Contour HD Helmet Camcorder?

You can read many more reviews, or buy it on Amazon. It has some of the best prices around, and includes free shipping.

What’s Included:

  • ContourHD Camera
  • MicroSD Card (2GB)
  • Goggle Mount
  • Flat Surface Mount
  • Extra Adhesive
  • Rechargeable Battery (3hrs)
  • USB Cable

What Others Are Saying…

  • Absolutely the best bang for your buck!
  • Great Picture Quality and Super easy to use. Worth the Money!
  • Very good camera, not dust proof, buy extra-case.
  • Splendid Camera for the Price
  • Great point of view camera

Click To Buy My ContourHD And More Reviews Here


-Tom Stark

How To Make A Good Woods Dirt Bike

A good woods bike is one that you can ride on at a fast pace for at least an hour and still be comfortable. If you race hare-scrambles or enduros then it’s important that you have the right equipment for two reasons. One, you will be faster if it’s set-up to your liking, and two, you will last the race without getting hurt or completely worn out.

Trail Ready YZ250

One of the first things I would put on my dirt bike to use in the woods would be bark busters/hand guards. They will protect your hands and levers from many could-have-been injuries, bruises, and broken parts.

Setting up your suspension is very important as well. If you have springs that don’t fit your weight you’ll be tired and probably banged up after a short period of riding. First get the right springs, then get the forks and shock re-valved for your riding style.


Flywheel Weight

Next on the list is a flywheel weight. This alone will greatly improve your riding by slowing down engine acceleration, allowing the rear wheel to hook up better. Today’s dirt bikes are very powerful, so it’s easy to lose traction and slide the rear wheel out. Slowing down the engine to get more power to the ground will help you go faster, especially in slick conditions. A heavier flywheel weight will also help prevent stalling because the engine revs at a slower rate. This is very helpful for riding tight single track trails when it’s easy to stall.

If you’re going on long rides or races, a bigger gas tank will reduce the number of, or eliminate pit stops. You don’t want to run out of gas during a race or 10 miles away from your vehicle. A bigger tank can increase your range up to 50% or more.

The exhaust system might also have to be changed for trail riding. DNR requires a USFS-Approved spark arrestor for most state trails. They’re often quieter than stock, which is a good thing because it keeps more riding areas open. Spark-arrestor silencers are fairly cheap and the power-loss is minimal, if any.

Gearing can be crucial for trail riding, so finding the right size sprockets that aren’t too high or too low is important. If you ride single track but have to ride on high-speed fire roads, a good ratio is one that you can lug the bike down low, while still keeping a relatively high cruise speed.

Skid Plate

There are umpteen different things you can do to your dirt bike to make it a woods weapon, but the last one on this list is a skid plate. It may not help performance-wise, but it can and will save you from costly damage. Rocks and logs are a hazard to the bottom of the engine and frame. A skid plate completely covers them so they won’t get scraped up or cracked.

Haul your bikes to the trails with a Motorcycle Carrier.

Feel free to ask any questions you have. Remember, there are a million other things you can do to your dirt scooter to make it the best woods weapon, but the best thing to do is go out and ride it and have fun!

-Tom Stark