September 5, 2012

Action Cameras Giving GoPro A Run For The Money

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online

Contour is trying to up their game in the action-camera market, adding new features aimed at trying to dethrone GoPro.

The Contour+2 is the upgraded version of the company's old Contour+, but instead of selling it for the same price, they dropped the price of the new camera to $399.

The new handheld action camera is a GPS enabled camcorder with new features that bypass the need to connect it to a computer to show off your latest ski jump on Facebook.

"Whether you´re racing around the track or sending a huge drop, sharing with your friends on Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo just got a lot more interesting," the company wrote in a product description about the new camera. "New graphical overlays give you total control over what data you share. This means that every video you post can be data-rich with information."

The Contour+2 is able to connect with an iOS or Android device as well, turning your smartphone or tablet into a live viewfinder while recording.

The company said this makes it easier to control your camera by using the remote control feature to easily get a third-person point of view shot.

From the applications, users will be able to change camera settings and check memory and battery status.

Contour also removed the power button for its latest camera, making the ability to turn on, and record something at the flip of one switch.

The Contour+2's GPS allows you to record speed, distance and elevation, which can all be posted with the video on Facebook.

Contour+2 also features 1080p HD recording with an improved sensor that helps "improve the overall sharpness of the image, the speed at which the camera adjusts for fast lighting changes, and under water video quality," the company said.

Users can either record video at 120 frames per second with a lower resolution, or use high-definition 720p at 30 and 60 frames per second. The 1080p function is only at 30 frames per second.

The company is also throwing in a waterproof case, enabling divers to take their Contour+2 camera nearly 200 feet below surface. The new camera will start shipping on September 18 this year.

Contour isn't the only company trying to compete with GoPro in the action camera world. Sony announced it will be selling a new action-cam soon as well.

Sony said that its Action Cam will be featuring 720p footage at either 60 frames per second or 120 frames per second, making slow motion possible in high-definition.

The new Sony camera, which was announced last week, features a 16-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor and a 170-degree Car Zeiss Tessar lens. This camera will be available in a $200 version and a Wi-Fi enabled $270 version.

Action Cam will also be shipping with its own waterproof case to protect it all the way down to 200 feet.

Sony said that its Action Cam product will be available on or about September 21, 2012.