First Look: Contour ROAM2 - Same Price, More Fun 7

You asked for it, they did it. Contour's new ROAM2 packs more bunch for the same buck. Major upgrades from the original ROAM include the ability to record at 60 frames per second in 720p, four snazzy anodized color options, and tuned video quality.

First Look: Contour ROAM2 - Same Price, More Fun

Just like it's predecessor, the ROAM2 is made to be simple and quick. Contour's Instant On-Record switch helps ensure it's ready to roll when you are. It's also waterproof to one meter, which these fun lovers took full advantage of while making this promo video (be sure to enable HD):

Contour ROAM 2 Features and Specs:

  • Red, blue, green, and black color options
  • Locking Instant On-Record switch
  • Compatible with all Contour camera mounts
  • 3.5 Hour Battery Life
  • 270° rotating lens
  • 170° Wide Angle Lens
  • 32GB microSD Compatible
  • 4GB microSD Memory Card Included
  • Waterproof to one meter
  • Built-in Tripod (1/4" - 20) Mount
  • Laser Alignment
  • USB Connection
  • Full HD Mode - 1920 x 1080 @ 30/25fps
  • Tall HD Mode - 1280 x 960 @ 30/25fps
  • Action HD Mode - 1280 x 720 @ 60/30/25fps
  • Photo Mode: Every 1, 3, 5, 10, 30, or 60 seconds
  • 5MP Sensor
  • Codec - H.264/AAC / File Type - MOV
  • AAC Audio Compression

Photo: Blake Jorgenson

The Contour ROAM2 should be available October 21st on www.contour.com, Best Buy, Amazon, and at some retailers for $199.99.

Interested in something with more bells and whistles? Check out the fully loaded Contour+2.

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7 comments
  • tyler.long.58910

    10/17/2012 9:31 AM

    h

  • Flyin' Dutchman

    10/17/2012 3:57 AM

    OK, so, I just watched the GoPro advertisement and I couldn't agree more with jcman's last comment. Very, very professional video - definitely a different approach than Contour. Looks like GP has put together a great new line...let the debate continue and let's see if Sony's entry makes a impact...

  • jcman92

    10/16/2012 6:56 PM

    Very well, I agree that both companies are making a great advancement in the POV world. I also think that GoPro's sample footage is recorded in perfect lighting and enhanced by very good editors. I know that most raw GoPro footage does not look as good as most of their internet videos. I bet that, with the same enhancements and lighting conditions, the Contours video would better compare to GoPro's videos.

  • Flyin' Dutchman

    10/16/2012 5:01 PM

    Sorry, I should have been more specific - the camera looks awesome in terms of value and performance, not just appearance. I've got Contours and a GoPro Hero 2 in the house. They both have their strengths and weaknesses. I would offer that GoPro has definitely had a huge advantage in marketing, sponsor placement, and distribution. I think that has contributed to their success more than footage comparisons by far. I doubt most users get too excited about the quality and care more about what their friends and their favourite sports icons use. Just my opinion. Both are excellent camera companies.

  • jcman92

    10/16/2012 4:41 PM

    Yes, I agree that the camera looks awesome but what does it matter what the camera looks like when the color range and sharpness of a GoPro Hero 2 obviously surpasses that of any of the Contour models when you put the footage side by side. When you take that into consideration plus the ease of finding accessories and support of GoPro's, its easy to see why Contour hasn't blown up compared to GoPros.

  • Flyin' Dutchman

    10/16/2012 3:40 PM

    Good grief...who cares. This camera looks awesome, eliminates some of the extra features that people were complaining were 'excessive and costly' and just plain works.

  • jcman92

    10/16/2012 3:26 PM

    GoPro still has better footage that they send out for the public to see.

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