Contour ROAM Wearable Camcorder

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Great Budget Action Camera

Rating:
The Good:

-Great product quality. -Great picture/video quality. -Lots of mounting options.

The Bad:

-No option to switch modes without a PC. -No preview screen.

Overall Review:

I was debating between this camera and the Go Pro Hero2 when I received an amazing deal on the Contour so that made my decision. I have never regret it! The camera works flawlessly. The only thing I miss is that you can not switch the recording mode without connecting the camera to the PC. Battery life is OK, great construction quality for the camera an mounts.

Solid video action shooter

Rating:
The Good:

Reasonable price, sturdy, waterproof

The Bad:

No preview screen, can not switch between modes unless plugged into computer

Overall Review:

There definitely seems to be a bit of a battle between Contour and GoPro, these are the two main action cameras on the market today. I initially wanted to purchase the new GoPro but ended up getting a amazing deal on the older Contour Roam.

The camera feels really solid and I have dropped it a couple of times already without any issues. Recording is really simple, you just push forward the switch and it start recording. The picture quality is really solid and provides great definition even on the 720p setting. The camera works well in all light conditions and seems to hold up well even in dark areas. I do notice the picture quality is better with a bright setting but I’ve had no issues in dark woods.

The camera also comes with editing software called Contour StoryTeller but I use a different app to edit my clips. StoryTeller is easy enough to use and allows for basic editing. The unit also comes with two mounts which work with most helmets.

Another nice thing is that the camera is waterproof without needing any case. Although this might not be a necessity for mountain biking its cool that you can take it under water for other sports or simply know when you get caught in a downpour your camera will still work in the rain.

My main gripe, although small, is that in order to change any of the settings such as filming from 720 to 1080, or the photo burst, the camera needs to be plugged into a computer before you can make any of those changes. So this just means if you go on a biking trip you either have to bring a laptop or just set one mode of filming and stick with it.

Overall I am very happy with this camera, it’s not as expensive as some of the other cameras out there and still provides a lot of performance. If you can live without the preview screen and being able to switch between shooting modes I definitely recommend this one.

Specifications

Product Contour ROAM Wearable Camcorder
Camera Type Camera
Features
Miscellaneous Shooting video should be simple and fun. With the Contour ROAM wearable camcorder, just slide a switch and you'll capture all the stunning visuals and memorable moments from your epic adventures. Simple sliding switch powers the camera on and immediately starts recording so you won't miss the shot you want. Capture all the background scenery and action that happens off to the side with the 170deg super wide-angle lens. Camera technology automatically adjusts the exposure and white balance to give you crisp, beautiful video. Choose between shooting high-definition video at 1080p, 960p or 720p at 30 frames per second; you can also use the camera to take 5-megapixel still photos at set intervals. Low-profile camera weighs only 5.1 oz.; mounts easily to a helmet or other surface with the included profile mount and rotating flat surface mount. ROAM provides IPX7 waterproof protection so there's no need to worry about the camera if you're caught in the rain; waterproof down to 1m. For full-submersion sports, such as surfing or scuba diving, you'll want to pick up a waterproof case (not included) for protection down to 60m. Lens ring rotates 270deg to so you can mount the camera on its side or upside down and still get the shot you want. Use the laser line beam to make sure the rotating lens ring is aligned with the horizon so your footage comes out looking great. Accepts microSD cards up to 32GB (sold separately); record up to 8 hrs. of footage when shooting in full 1080p mode. Built-in, multidirectional microphone captures the audio that accompanies your adventures. Integrated rechargeable lithium battery allows up to 3.5 hrs. of recording time at 720p. Connect the camera to a computer via a USB port to recharge the battery; battery will reach 80% charge in about 1 hr. and a full charge in 3 - 4 hrs. Press the status button to check remaining battery power and available memory.
Price $199.95
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