The other day the UPS man showed up with this beautiful package...
Contour have just released a brand new camera that is remarkably easy to use, which means you'll use it more often.
The new ContourROAM makes capturing your stories in video easier. It has some great features that simplify the whole POV Video experience.
One Button Record - Slide the Large On-Record Switch forward and the ContourROAM powers on and starts to record immediately.
Waterproof and Tough - ContourROAM is waterproof to one meter and built to withstand any environment.
Beautiful HD video - Get the full shot in 1080p HD with a 170 degree wide angle lens that's enclosed in a smooth, flush-front housing.
Rotating lens with Laser Line - Once mounted, rotate the lens and level your shot using ContourROAM's built in Laser Line.
Mountable - In addition to Contour's extensive TRail mounts, you can easily mount the ContourROAM using the built-in standard tripod thread. (This is a huge plus for those of you that already have a plethora of 1/4 20 tripods and mounting hardware)
The large status button on the back also turns on the laser levelling line.
- HD Video
- Instant On-Record Switch
- Sleek Design
- Status Button
- Wide angle 170 degree f2.8 lens
- Flush-front lens
- 270 degree on-axis smooth lens rotation
- Laser Line
- Built-in battery
- Tripod mount
The ContourROAM is fairly simple inside. There is a reset button, a format button, a USB port, and a card slot, that's it.
· 3 HD resolutions - 1080p at 30fps, 960p at 30fps, 720 at 30fps · 2 frame rates - 30/25 FPS · 5MP still capture - 1, 3, 5, 10, 30 and 60 second intervals · 270 degree on-axis smooth lens rotation - Lens-ring will rotate from -90 degrees to +180 degrees. · Adjustable Microphone sensitivity · Waterproof - Designed to the IPX7 standard rating, ContourROAM is submersible up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. · Dimensions - 100x55x34mm · Camera weight - 5.1 oz
· Price $199.99 USD
The status lights in green and the switch, showing the red record light when it's in the on position.
The ContourROAM is a very easy to use, albeit somewhat basic, POV camera. It has one large easy to use switch on the top that turns the power on and starts recording all in one motion. The switch itself is very similar to the record switches of the Contour+ and ContourGPS models, it's large and easy to use even on your helmet with gloves on. I had no problem at all turning the camera on and off with bike gloves on while it was on my helmet. Contour claims that camera turns on and starts to record immediately, however in my real world testing it took about 1.5 - 2 seconds, which is still remarkably good. When you turn the camera on there is also a very easy to see battery and memory card status light that lets you know roughly how much space and battery time you have left. Green indicates more than 50% left, yellow 20 to 50%, and red less than 20% left.
The HD Video quality on this new camera seems very comparable to my current ContourGPS, and the wider 170mm lens is a welcome addition. The camera seems to work in various light conditions with no problems and no adjustments. Which is great because there aren't any. Once you set the video size and microphone level using the Storyteller app, it's pretty much just point and shoot. The large 2.8 aperture made easy work of twilight shooting, and even in the toughest light right after sunset it performed fairly well, with just a minute or two where the bright sky caused the video to be a wee bit dark. That's as good as or better than any other POV camera I've tested. The leveling laser line works well, even with the camera mounted to your helmet you can easily adjust the camera to a perfectly level orientation, although you will probably need to remove your gloves for this part. And while it's not nearly as cool as the GPS and + models with their Blue Tooth and GPS capability, Contour have put some great features together and turned out what seems at first look to be a very practical and easy to use POV camera. The things that I didn't get a chance to play with so far are all the various video and still modes (I just used the 1080 mode) and the waterproof feature. Also in the box from Contour was a new flexible strap mount that made it very quick and easy to attach the camera to any kind of post or bar. Two different length straps look to accommodate everything from a handlebar to a roll bar.
Look for a full review of this camera with some footage once we've had a chance to really put it to the test.