The Contour GPS actioncam records GPS data onto its footage, and utilizes a Bluetooth chip to wirelessly use a smartphone as its viewfinder
The Contour HD is definitely one of the main players in the actioncam industry, although one of its limitations has always been its lack of a viewfinder. While it does have two lasers mounted on either side of the lens, that give a rough idea of what it’s pointing at, it’s never been possible to tell exactly what the recorded shot will look like. This can be kind of a big deal, particularly if users want to make sure that their surfboard, handlebars, paintball gun or whatnot gets far enough into the shot. At last week’s CES, however, the company unveiled a rather unique solution to the problem – instead of opting for an add-on viewfinder, like GoPro is developing, it has released a new camera that sends its picture to the user’s smartphone via Bluetooth. Like the Oregon Scientific ATC9K, the Contour GPS also embeds GPS data on its footage.