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Post Contour HD - Tips & FAQ
Today I tested 4 of the mini SD Cards recommended as suitable for the HD listed on VholdR site,

Sandisk - worked fine
Kingston - " " "
Trancend - " " "

Maxflash - tried 3 cards, none of them would work in the Contour, worked in Sony handheld & in GoPro with adaptor

Anyone had any problems with any specific brand ?

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Not so much in the video side, but I usually shoot between 300 and 500 digital still photos a day. Sandisk has been the most reliable card I've used in the last 10 years. I won't run anything else these days. I've had too many stuff ups with the others.
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dont forget with the higher resolution cams (video) you need a Higher "Class" card.

Cards are classed from 1 to 8

it has to do with the access speed.

you need a much higher access speed to capture 1080p! much much more information to be stored than DVD quality.

Rating Speed (MByte/s) SD Class
6x 0.9 n/a
10x 1.5 n/a
13x 2.0 2
26x 4.0 4
32x 4.8 4
40x 6.0 6
66x 10.0 10
100x 15.0 15
133x 20.0 20
150x 22.5 22
200x 30.0 30
266x 40.0 40
300x 45.0 45

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I have tried to edit that table with no luck

Now you need a class 6 card

or 40x 6 meg per second write speed.

Class 8 would be better but very expensive!

If you try a class 2 or 3 it "May" work but you will probably end up will no video

This may be better

* Class 2: 2 MByte/s - 13x
* Class 4: 4 MByte/s - 26x
* Class 6: 6 MByte/s - 40x

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g`day Simon, we went through that with the GoPro (see that thread)& advised them too, they were recommending min class 4 but sending class 2, they've sent out info sheets & corrected it.

I'm purely going off what Contour said does work also, found it doesn't work that way, their looking into it.

This is their tested list, the Max doesn't work even in class 4 or 6 but sandisk works fine in class 2,

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dags wrote:
g`day Simon, we went through that with the GoPro (see that thread)& advised them too, they were recommending min class 4 but sending class 2, they've sent out info sheets & corrected it.

I'm purely going off what Contour said does work also, found it doesn't work that way, their looking into it.

This is their tested list, the Max doesn't work even in class 4 or 6 but sandisk works fine in class 2,

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I think it would have to do with the fact that sandisk manufacture above the minimum spec. max is probably bearly making minimum spec.

so a class 4 sandisk is = to a class 6 where as a Max class 4 is class 4 just.

Sandisk are the world leader in SD cards

I think it is well worth spending a little more on the cards to ensure you get your footage!

lower class cards can also cause audio issues due to the pipe being maxed out.

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dags wrote:
g`day Simon, we went through that with the GoPro (see that thread)& advised them too, they were recommending min class 4 but sending class 2, they've sent out info sheets & corrected it.

I'm purely going off what Contour said does work also, found it doesn't work that way, their looking into it.

This is their tested list, the Max doesn't work even in class 4 or 6 but sandisk works fine in class 2,

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I think it would have to do with the fact that sandisk manufacture above the minimum spec. max is probably bearly making minimum spec.

so a class 4 sandisk is = to a class 6 where as a Max class 4 is class 4 just.

Sandisk are the world leader in SD cards

I think it is well worth spending a little more on the cards to ensure you get your footage!

lower class cards can also cause audio issues due to the pipe being maxed out.


i always thought the same with sandisk, but they report lots of corruption issues in video, the GoPro ones now recommend Kingston & that's pretty much all i use and have not had a problem with them at all, but yep - i think you're right with min/max variations & some just meeting it, what is crazy though even if it just meets 4, shouldn`t be an issue as they'll work on 2. Good that VholdR are researching what they claimed as suitable though, i've had some feedback already & it's good to see.

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You would need a fast card to catch me on video :lol:

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but hori it wouldnt need to be a flash one!

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$250 on different cards, there's a compatability issue with SDHC, I'll let you know what they find.

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i know a paparrazi photographer and said he uses a sandisk (cant remember which model) that lets him shoot faster as it stores faster than normal cards... same space but faster processing/logging/storing times (or whatever you want to call it...) and therefore lets the camera shoot much faster ....probably not 100% relavent but said they were the doggies doo dah's ! 8-)


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yeah it`s relevant rabs, that should be the case & I think it`s more to do with the specs that these cameras (the Go Pro as well) are being manufactured to, they said there are some small issues with compatability & both are looking into it, generally all the cards are pretty good in any other device & mainly now the helcams in HD are not doing exactly what they should - consistently. So if they can sort it - better for everyone. :P Something is not right, and i don't think It's the cards

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1st 5 minutes of our ride today, the camera lense was full of dust on the inside ! This is a warranty issue & Twenty20 have the problem sorted apparently, so for everyone that has recieved/pre ordered units I am waiting on a cross reference with the units against their serial numbers & I'll let you know if yours is affected.

They should be doing a recall rather than just waiting for users to complain

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Bugga :?:

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their own guys posted this on their own forum so I would expect it's covered.

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This is the reply I got, I have since replied & will let you know of the outcome, "silicon around the lense protector" defeats the purpose of an adjustable point of view - interesting !

Thank you for contacting support regarding your problem about removing the dust behind your lens. Unfortunately, this is not considered to be a warranty issue. In extremely dusty situations this may occur. However, it should be relatively easy to clean this. If you first remove the single screw on the lens cover, you should be able to twist off the lens cover and clean the protector this way. While we do not have an official way to prevent this from happening in extremely dusty situations, a few of our customers have reported success by running a very small bead of silicon around the lens protector in order to seal it. I hope this information is helpful. Thank you for your understanding, and if you have any other questions, or if there is anything else we can do for you, please let us know and we will be happy to help you.

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