The Contour hardware is very limited in terms of settings. Downloading the Contour Storytelling software (available for Mac and PC) is necessary to set the device's shooting options. Contour Storytelling can also import, upload, and trim Contour footage.
Stop-motion movies can be easily created by setting the camera to Photo Mode, which takes 5MP photos every one, three, five, 10, 30, or 60 seconds.
To record video, there are four different modes to choose from:
- 1080p, 960p, or 720p at 30 frames per second
- 720p at 60 fps
I went with the default "Action HD" setting: 720p at 60 frames per second. The footage wasn't perfect — the video quality was about the same as HD recordings from an iPhone 5. The sun was out, and the footage had a good amount of overexposure.
But I was impressed with how smooth and stable the video was, despite the extremely bumpy road conditions.