Gear Watch: Contour GPS Helmet Cam

September 16, 2010

You can now have all of your high-def footage precisely pinpointed with an integrated GPS helmet cam. The new Contour GPS tracks speed, elevation, and location, correlating footage with precise info about it.

Design-wise, the Contour GPS has essentially the same housing as its companion style, the Contour HD, a narrow, low-profile cylindrical design that nestles snugly on your helmet, goggle strap, bicycle handlebars, surfboard, etc. It stores up to 8 hours of high-def (1080p) footage on a 32 GB MicroSD card. Lower resolution settings are available to increase storage capacity as well.

Battery life is presumably reduced by the GPS, which requires continuous processing power, though no specs are currently listed on the Contour site. The Contour HD only lasts up to 3 hours on a single charge. You can order extra batteries as well (a specialized accessory, of course).

The Contour GPS will be released later this year ($350). Most mounting accessories are sold separately, which can quickly increase total cost. You can preorder it today from Amazon and other online retailers.

Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.

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Equipped blogger Matt Heid is AMC's gear guru: He loves gear and he loves using it in the field. While researching several guidebooks, including AMC's Best Backpacking in New England, he has hiked thousands of miles across New England, California, and Alaska, among other wilderness destinations. He also cycles, climbs, and surfs.