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Contour GPS 1400 HD Action Camera

Tough point-of-view HD camera for sports videography

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Our take on the Contour GPS 1400 HD Action Camera

by Woody Sherman

Find your way back

You've had the Contour GPS 1400 camera mounted on your helmet for hours, taking regular shots of your twisting, turning route, for that dynamic fast-motion recap at the end of your mountain biking video. Wouldn't it be great if you could track every zig and zag on a map, so you can repeat the trip or document it for friends who'd like to go? Well? Yes. Yes, it would. This camera's built-in GPS gathers your location data with four-times-a-second precision, so you can link your thrilling action shots to specific places in an interactive way.

Dude, are you texting now?

But that's just the start. That's when you take out your phone and use it as a monitor. This Contour GPS camera works with an available Connect View card for easy Bluetooth® networking. An available free iOS and Android® device app will take care of the rest. This means you can tweak settings on your Contour GPS and use your device as a viewfinder to check the shot, all from the palm of your hand. Of course, we urge you to set up your shot before your start your adventure. We want you to be able to enjoy the fruits of your hard work.

Camera profile

Contour GPS side view

Beauty and brawn

This rugged aluminum-bodied camera features a rotating lens with a 135° wide viewing angle — just the ticket for detailed, rich HD images that faithfully document your surroundings. It shoots three flavors of HD (including an intriguing "tall" aspect ratio, 1280 x 960), and has a 5-megapixel stills mode that shoots continuous images at variable rates.

Easy to accessorize

To help this camera go through everything you'll put it through, Contour includes a goggle mount and a rotating surface mount, and a wide array of available accessories, including robust waterproof enclosures. You'll appreciate the convenience of the microSD flash memory port — Contour gives you a 2GB card to get you started.

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Features:

  • captures HD video in 1080p/720p/"HD tall" resolution (1280 pixels vertical x 960 pixels horizontal)
  • integrated Bluetooth® feeds video signal to an Android™ or iOS device with available free app for live preview monitor
    • requires available Connect View card (not included)
    • also allows wireless camera settings control in real-time
  • built-in GPS tracks/records location up to four times per second, for synchronized location info with video playback
  • snaps 5-megapixel still images
  • can snap pictures every 3/5/10/30/60 seconds to limits of memory card/battery
  • records to microSDHC cards up to 32GB (not included)
  • 135° wide-angle lens rotates for properly aligned video no matter where you mount the camera
  • four-element glass lens
  • built-in mono microphone
  • includes camera, goggle mount, rotating profile mount, lithium battery, 2GB microSD memory card, and USB cable
Technical specs:
  • included rechargeable lithium battery provides up to 2-1/2 hours of operation fully charged
  • USB port for easy connection to a PC (cable included)
  • 1-5/16"W x 2-5/16"H x 3-3/4"D
  • weight: 5.2 oz. with battery and memory
  • warranty: 6 months
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Features and Specs
General
LCD Screen Size (inches)
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N
Viewfinder
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None
Total Pixel Count
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Effective Pixel Count for Video
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High-Definition
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Yes
Aspect Ratio
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16:9, 4:3
Manual Focusing
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No
Filter Diameter
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N/A
Optical Zoom
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N x
Digital Zoom
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N x
Night Imaging
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No
Image Stabilization
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No
Built-in Video Light
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No
Built-in Memory
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None
Max Recording Time w/ Included Battery
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2-2.5 hours
Digital Still Camera Features
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Built-in Photo Flash
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No
Still Image Aspect Ratios
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16:9
Inputs and Outputs
USB Port
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USB 2.0 High Speed
HDMI Output
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No
Mic Input
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No
Dimensions
Weight With Battery (ounces)
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5.3
Width (inches)
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1-3/8
Height (inches)
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2-3/8
Depth (inches)
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3-13/16
Warranty
Parts Warranty
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180 Days
Labor Warranty
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180 Days
Image Sensor Warranty
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180 Days
Product Research
What's in the box?

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  • ContourGPS HD camcorder
  • 2 GB microSD card (inserted)
  • Contour rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (3.7 volts / 1050 mAh)
  • 39" USB cable (with Type A USB on one end and Mini-B USB 2.0 on the other end)
  • Goggle Mount (2 pieces)
  • 2 Self-adhesive rotating surface mounts
  • Camera leash
  • Rubber lens cover
  • User Manual
  • Contour window decal

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Features

Overview: The ContourGPS is a compact, High Definition video camera designed for shooting in extreme conditions. It has a built-in GPS receiver for recording location data from overhead positioning satellites. The camera comes with two Rotating Surface Mounts and a Goggle Mount for hands free recording. The ContourGPS has a rugged, water-resistant aluminum body.

GPS Receiver: The built-in GPS receiver gives the camera the ability to automatically record location, speed, and elevation data at up to four times per second. This tracking data is synchronized with your video footage to show your adventure on the Google Maps website, along with a map of your location, speed, and elevation data.

Bluetooth Connection: The ContourGPS has a built-in Bluetooth chip (Bluetooth v2.1) that works with the new iOS or Android Contour mobile apps to enable your phone to become a wireless viewfinder. In real-time, you can check what your camera sees and adjust the angle for the best shots. You can also change your camera settings wirelessly, including selecting your video mode, adjusting your microphone sensitivity, changing your lighting conditions, and configuring the GPS. The Bluetooth connection is not for viewing your recorded videos on your phone.

Note: The ContourGPS requires the Contour Connect View Card to connect with a supported Apple iOS device. The card slides into a slot located next to the battery. The card is not required for connecting to Android devices.

Rotating Lens: The camera is equipped with a 135° wide-angle lens. The lens can be rotated 90° in either direction to accommodate different shooting angles. A rubber lens cover is included to protect the lens when not in use.

Simple Controls: The ContourGPS has a large, sliding switch on the top of the camera. Pushed forward, the camera begins recording; pushed back, the camera stops recording. The Power Button on the back turns on the camera and  activates two front-mounted lasers (to indicate the orientation of the lens and aid with leveling the camera). It also turns on the battery and memory status LEDs (Green: 50% or more capacity, Yellow: 20%-50% capacity, Red: 20% or less capacity).

Selectable Shooting Modes: The ContourGPS can record HD video (H.264) in three different resolutions: Full HD (1920 x 1080p, 16:9 aspect ratio, 30 frames per second), Tall HD (1280 x 960p, 4:3, 30 fps), and Action HD (1280 x 720p, 16:9, 30 or 60 fps). The camera also records AAC audio from the built-in, multi-directional microphone. The camera is also capable of shooting 5-megapixel still images at intervals of 3, 5, 10, 30, and 60 seconds.

Note: You can switch between 1920 x 1080 (30 fps) and 1280 x 720p (30 fps) by selecting "1" or "2" on the Format Switch behind the rear door on the camera. To switch to 1280 x 960 (30 fps) or 1280 x 720 (60 fps), or to Still Image mode, you must connect the camera to a computer via USB, and using the downloadable Contour Storyteller software.

Water-Resistant: The ContourGPS has a water-resistant design which protects the camera from precipitation, moisture, and water spray. Unlike the ContourROAM, the ContourGPS is not waterproof. A waterproof case is available for scuba diving or wakeboarding, providing protection down to 60 meters below the surface.

Recording Media: The ContourGPS can record HD video and still images onto microSD cards up to 32 GB. A 2 GB microSD card is included. The camera has no built-in memory. To view your videos and still images, you can connect the camera to your computer and upload them, or remove the microSD card and use a memory card reader. When recording in Full HD (1920 x 1080), a Class 4, 6, or 10 microSD card is recommended.

Note: A 32 GB microSD card is capable of capturing up to 8 hours of footage when shooting in full HD mode.

Battery Information: The ContourGPS uses a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (3.7 volts, 1350 mAh). The battery is charged via a USB connection from a computer (Mac or PC) or other device compliant with USB 2.0 / 1.1 standards. It can also be charged with an optional Contour wall or car battery charger. The battery is charged to about 80% in one hour, and to a full charge in approximately 4 hours. Battery life is approximately 2 to 2.5 hours on a fully-charged battery. An optional spare battery is available.

Mounting Options: The camera comes with 2 rotating surface mounts and a goggle mount. The surface mounts have a strong adhesive backing for adhering them to a flat, dry surface. The mounts and camera have a rail-and-groove interface that securely holds the camera onto the mount. A leash, tethering the camera to the mount, is included to help prevent loss in case the camera comes off its mount. Optional mounts are available, including a flex strap mount, bar mount, suction cup mount, and universal mount adapter. Additional rotating flat surface mounts and profile mounts (from the left or right side) are available.

Contour Storyteller Software: The downloadable Contour Storyteller software lets you watch, edit, and assemble your videos and photos. Once your stories are completed, you can upload them to the Contour Community site, to Facebook or Twitter, embed in your own website, or attach to an email. The software also allows you to set up your camera for your next shoot. You can set the video recording resolution, photo mode interval, audio sensitivity, and lighting. Minimum System Requirements for Storyteller are:

  • Windows: Windows XP SP2/Windows Vista/Windows 7, Quicktime 7 or greater
  • Mac: OS X 10.5 or greater, Quicktime 7 or greater

Note: The camera will also connect to your computer via USB as a generic mass storage device, allowing you to access the video and still image files without the Storyteller software.

 
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