New Contour+2 helmet cam – the best Contour yet, but it's no GoPro killer

This is Contour's latest salvo in the helmet cam war, the Contour+2. It's got a waterproof case, a load of new features and 120fps filming – twice the rate of the benchmark GoPro HD HERO2. So, will it blow the GoPro out of the water? Unlikely. It costs $100 more and GoPro plan to introduce 120fps filming with a firmware upgrade.

The Contour cam still looks like a decent alternative though, with some neat features including one-button recording, Bluetooth connectivity so you can use your smartphone as a viewfinder, easy sharing to YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook (with GPS overlays if desired) and a tweaked sensor that should handle low light better.

Here's how the three big POV players' latest cams match up:

Contour+2 GoPro HD HERO2 Drift HD
RRP $399 $299.99 $369
Full HD mode 1920 x 1080 @ 30fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30fps 1920 x 1080 @ 25fps
Tall/wide mode 1280 x 960 @ 30fps 1280 x 960 @ 30fps
Action mode 1280 x 720 @ 60/30fps 1280 x 720 @ 60fps/30fps 1280 x 720 @ 60/30fps
Slow-mo mode 854 x 480 @ 120/60/30fps 848 x 480 @ 60fps
Waterproofing 60m w/ supplied casing 60m w/ supplied casing 30m w/ optional casing
Lens 170° 170° 170°
Weight 5.5oz / 155.93g 3.3oz / 93.55g 4.23oz / 119.91g
Size 98 x 60 x 34mm 60 x 42 x 30mm 52 x 40 x 13mm
Photos 5mp 11mp 9mp
Mic input? Yes Yes Yes
Battery life 2-2.5 hours 2.5 hours N/A

And here's the Contour+2 in action:

http://youtu.be/pHwA-KH4LI8?hd=1

Contour+2

More info at www.contour.com.

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