An Affordable Remote Controlled Time-lapse Camera

The Contour GPS has an easy on/off slider switch to start recording and a RED LED to let you know it's rolling.

If you’re looking for a new time-lapse solution, I encourage you to check out the Contour GPS camera (  This camera was originally designed to be used for sports enthusiasts (like skiers and snowboarders) but it has some unique features that make it a strong contender.

This suction cup mount opens up lots of options for shooting. Contour sells several mounting options for their cameras.

  •  The unit is very small (95x58x34mm) and can easily be attached to a variety of mounting points.  It’s also super light,  weighing just over five ounces.
  • It has good battery life at 2.5 hours, plus you can swap batteries in it for a longer day.
  • For its size, it offers a capable 5 Megapixel Sensor.  It’s designed to shoot HD video in the H.264 codec, but it creates adequate JPEG files for still workflows.
  • A 135 Degrees Wide Angle Lens captures a wide field of view.

A freely rotating lens and dual laser system make framing the shot easier.

  • Freely rotating lens.  You can rotate to line up the picture and level the frame.  This is great as your mounting point may not be level.
  • Built-in laser sights let you check if the shot is straight.
  • A built-in GPS can tag your photos.

Remote Control

The image is a little choppy due to Bluetooth, but works well for framing the shot.

The camera also supports a Bluetooth connection.  You can use native iOS or Android Contour app to connect to the device.  This gives you a great live preview of the camera.  If you’re an iOS user, be sure to pick up the Contour Connect View Card.

Hold the top button down for 5 seconds to enter pairing mode.

The preview only works when you’re not recording, but its easy to set up.  Just hold down a small button on top of the camera for five seconds. You can then connect using a phone’s built-in Bluetooth connection. You can also change the camera’s settings easily.  Changing frame rate, exposure, contrast,white balance,  and more.

I’ve got the camera with me on a trip.  I’ll post some shots in the coming weeks.




About Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington is the founder of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company based in Washington, D.C. He is the Publisher of Photofocus as well as an author on Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, Professional Web Video, and Creating DSLR Video.

Posted on December 19, 2011, in Gear, Review, Time-lapse. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. That’s also the camera that you can attach to a helmet or bike etc. to take those action shots/video. I saw on sale at TigerDirect. Neat looking setup and a nice price.

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