Snorkeling allows those of us who either can’t afford or are too scared to SCUBA dive to still experience the wonders of the ocean. That said, often the most awe-inspiring aquatic sites are hidden deep below the surface and hidden to those of us who don’t have an oxygen tank strapped to our backs. Thankfully, if you find yourself in the Galapagos Islands, the animals of the sea come looking for you. That makes it one of the most satisfying and rewarding places to snorkel.
I visited the islands a few months ago and strapped a ContourGPS HD video camera to my snorkel mask for a week of exploration. Every single time I entered the water, I swam with a creature that I’d only previously encountered at aquariums. Notice that I said “swam with.” It’s not an exaggeration to say that the sea lions frolicked with us, the penguins teased us and the sharks shared some close encounters with us. Unlike any other place that I have been, snorkeling in the Galapagos is very much an interactive wildlife experience and you don’t need to be a professional cameraperson to capture the action.
Countor hands-free video cameras are extremely popular in the outdoor world – and rightfully so. Their cameras have captured some of the most extreme outdoor shots ever made. Whether you mount it on your helmet when you go mountain biking, or strap one to the landing gear of a plane, these cameras are designed to survive.
Earlier this year, Contour added GPS to their lineup, and they are using the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show to launch the Bluetooth enabled CountourGPS camera.
Bluetooth access inside the ContourGPS is not just a gimmick – the wireless connection can acutally be used to turn your iOS or Android device into a mobile viewfinder – a first on any rugged outdoor camera. In addition to this, the mobile app also provides access to a variety of settings on the camera.
The camera retails for $349.99 and is on display at CES booth #35155 and at Countour.com.
Contour just announced the newest accessory for their wearable HD camcorder lineup. The new Surf-Wake mount attaches to a surfboard or wakeboard, and provides a sturdy yet flexible mount for recording activities in HD. Once inside the new mount, the ContourHD camera is fully waterproof, and buoyant, just in case the camera takes a tumble.
The new mount is also surprisingly affordable – at just $39.99, it is quite a bit cheaper than most other waterproof camera mounts. Thanks to a rubber ball assembly, the camera can be rotated 360 degrees, so you’ll always be able to find the best angle for your shot. In the video clip above, you’ll get an idea just how impressive this new mount is.
The new Surf-Wake mount is one of almost 20 different mounting solutions for the ContourHD camera – other products allow for helmet, bike, goggle and windshield attachment. A full overview of the various solutions can be found on the accessories page. To learn more about Contour, check out their site, which is chock full of stunning video clips made with their cameras.
My daily deal for today is for the Kensington Contour rolling laptop bag. This laptop bag has a single extending handle and a contoured back pad for carrying the bag using the shoulder strap.
The bag is large enough for most 15.4″ laptop computers, is water resistant and has pockets for your mobile phone, mp3 player and most other loose items. The bag itself is fairly lightweight at just 6.4lbs.
The Contour Traveler bag usually retails for about $100, but J&R currently has it on sale for just $29.99 (plus an additional $10 for shipping).
I’ve had one of these Contour bags before, and it was quite impressive. I was especially happy with the design that moves the wheels to the outermost corner, increasing the space inside the bag.