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ContourROAM Hands-free HD Camcorder

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  • What's in the box: ContourROAM camera
  • Easy to use - Slide the Instant 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.
  • Rotating lens with Laser Line - Once mounted, rotate the lens and level your shot using ContourROAM's built in Laser Line.
  • Beautiful HD Video - Get the full shot in 1080p HD with a wide angle lens that's enclosed in a smooth, flush-front housing.
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 1.3 x 3.9 inches ; 5.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
  • ASIN: B005GLFSYQ
  • Item model number: 1600
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (343 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,150 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 8, 2011

Product Description

From the Manufacturer


ContourROAM Camera

The ContourROAM is the ideal camera for a fun and easy experience capturing your adventures anywhere life takes you. Just slide the record switch and you’re instantly filming beautiful HD video. The award-winning design is tough, compact, waterproof to one meter, and versatile which means you can use your ContourROAM anywhere, anytime and capture all the action you want.

Record up to 8 hours of 1080p video (12 hours of 720p video) on a 32GB MicroSD card, then use the free Contour Storyteller App to easily transfer and share your videos with your friends and the contour.com community (32GB SD card sold seperately).


ContourROAM Product Features:

EASY TO USE

Shooting video should be simple and fun. With the ContourROAM, we’ve introduced one-step recording. Just slide the record switch, and you’re instantly filming. Easy as that. It’s the ideal camera for a fun, stress-free experience capturing your adventures anywhere life takes you. The ContourROAM is incredibly intuitive and easy to use, with a sleek, award-winning design and a laser that helps you level the camera and get the right shot every time.

BEAUTIFUL HD VIDEO

The ContourROAM records the action with a 170º super wide-angle lens, capturing all the backgrounds and peripheral moments that can be missed with a narrower field of view. Sophisticated camera technology automatically adjusts the exposure and white balance, ensuring crisp, beautiful video every time. You can choose between three different video resolutions, 720p, 960p and 1080p, or shoot 5 megapixel photos enabling you greater creative flexibility.

WATERPROOF

No need to worry about your camera surviving your next big water adventure, the ContourROAM is waterproof to one meter. A sealed gasket protects the camera’s insides, allowing you to catch the action under water or in the rain, sleet, or snow. For full submersion sports, such as scuba diving or wakeboarding the ContourROAM Waterproof Case provides totally dryness up to 60 meters beneath the surface.

SUPER TOUGH

Mud. Dirt. Snow. Rain. The places you roam can be some of the roughest places on earth. The ContourROAM is made to withstand encounters with everything from eating mud puddles, to monster barrels at Teahupoo, to drops down the Khumbu Icefall. The rugged aluminum body withstands serious abuse, while the waterproof design keeps everything safe and dry up to one meter.


Additional Product Features

CLEAR AUDIO

The video is only part of the story. Contour's built-in, multi-direction microphone captures the ambient audio that underscores all the action.

Track your location, speed and elevation with the ContourGPS camera
HOURS OF VIDEO

Available up to 32GB the MicroSD card system captures up to eight hours of footage when shooting in full 1080p mode, and can be quickly swapped out so you don’t miss a minute of the action. MicroSD cards sold separately.

EASY DOWNLOADS

Our free, custom Storyteller App easily downloads and helps you assemble your video footage via Mac or PC. Once you’re done, it takes just a few clicks to upload and share your adventure on contour.com and other sites for your friends to see.

SIMPLE TO SHARE

Once you've got the story or segment assembled, we provide a community for sharing your video through contour.com, and sites such as Facebook, Twitter or other user-based communities.




Video Formats

Video Format
Resolution
Frame Rate

Full HD 1080p
1920 x 1080
30 fps
To capture those awesome moments in the highest resolution available.
Tall HD 960p
1280 x 960
30 fps
For those sports like surfing that are better suited to a taller image.
Contour 720p
1280 x 720
30 fps
When space on your card is at a premium and you need to record that last epic adventure.
5MP Still Photo
2592 X 1944
1, 3, 5, 10, 30 or 60 sec
When you want to freeze frame the action, the photo mode is your perfect shot. You can pick from 6 rates to best capture that moment.



What's In The Box?

ContourROAM Camera
Rotating Surface Mounts
Profile Mount
USB Cable





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ContourHD Camera

ContourHD

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ContourROAM Camera

ContourROAM

Adventure Video
ContourGPS Camera

ContourGPS

Video Mapping
Contour+ Camera

Contour+

Professional Storytelling
Instant On Record Switch
yes


Waterproof to 1 Meter
yes


Built in Battery
yes


Built-in Tripod Mount
yes


Flush Front Lens
yes

yes
Still Photo Mode
yes
yes
yes
Laser Alignment
yes
yes
yes

Low Profile Design
yes
yes
yes
yes
1080p, 960p & 720p HD Video
yes
yes
yes
yes
USB Output
yes
yes
yes
yes
Internal Mic
yes
yes
yes
yes
2GB Micro SD Memory Card Included
yes

yes
yes
Removable Lithium-Ion Battery
yes

yes
yes
Easy On Record Switch
yes

yes
yes
GPS Video Mapping

yes
yes
iOS/Andriod Support via Bluetooth

yes
yes
Connect View Compatible

yes
yes
Connect View Card Included


yes
Live Streaming via HDMI


yes
External Mic Jack


yes
Wide Angle Lens
135°
170°
135°
170°
Lens Type
Four Element Glass
Custom Six Element Glass
Four Element Glass
Custom Six Element Glass
Lens Rotation
180°
270°
180°
270°
Weight
4.3oz
5.1oz
5.2oz
5.3oz
Dimensions
95x55x34 mm
100x55x34 mm
95x58x34 mm
98x58x34 mm
Included Mounts
Goggle Mount,
Flat Surface Mount
Profile Mount,
Rotating Flat Surface Mount
Goggle Mount,
Rotating Flat Surface Mount
Profile Mount,
Rotating Flat Surface Mount(2)
Included Cables
USB
USB
USB
USB
Mini HDMI Cable
Mic Cable


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ContourROAM Frequently Asked Questions:

1: What is new with this camera?
ContourROAM is designed for enthusiasts in active settings, is easy to use and has several new features:
+ Waterproof
+ Built in battery
+ Instant On Record Switch
+ Rotating lens with Laser Line
+ Built in Tripod screw mount.


2: How waterproof is ContourROAM?
Designed and tested to the IPX7 standard rating, ContourROAM can withstand continuous immersion in water 1m deep for up to 30 minutes. IPX7 is a technical definition of waterproofness, in everyday terms usage ContourROAM’s low-profile design withstands everyday bad weather and swimming. A waterproof case is available for more extreme water sports such as surfing and scuba diving.


3: Is there a waterproof case for ContourROAM, and how waterproof is it?
Yes, a waterproof case has been specifically designed for ContourROAM. This case is waterproof to the following ratings:

PX6:
This means the case can withstand high pressure water jets. In everyday usage terms this means the case is resistant to water pushing on the housing, such as would be experienced in kayaking, surfing and other active water sports.

IPX8-60M:
This means the case can withstand the pressure of being underwater to a depth of 60m. In everyday usage terms this means the case can be used for recreational SCUBA diving.


4: How does the Instant On Record Switch work?
ContourROAM has no dedicated Power button. Instead, the Instant On Record Switch powers the camera on and immediately starts recording. This helps to conserve battery power as the camera does not have to be powered on in a ‘standby mode’ to be ready to record. The result is better battery life, and an easy-to-use camera. Best of all, there's no guess work in whether the camera is on or not.


5: What is the 270 degree rotation?
The lens-ring will rotate from -90 degrees to +180 degrees. This means ContourROAM can be mounted on its side or upside down, greatly increasing the places the camera can be mounted.


6: What is the Laser Line?
The Laser Line is a single laser beam that is projected as a horizontal line from the camera’s rotating lens. It lets you make sure the rotating lens is aligned with the horizon to give you the best shot.


7: How well does the built-in battery perform?
By building the battery in, our engineers could maximize battery size, reliability, and waterproofness. Because the camera is not powered on until the Instant On Record Switch is slid forward, ContourROAM maximizes battery power. Recording at 720p our tests show the camera can record 3.5 hours of video. Length of charge will depend on how you use the camera. Connected to a computer via USB, the battery will reach approximately 80% charge in one hour, and a full charge in 3 to 4 hours.


8: How does the Status Button work?
When you press and release the Status Button, the camera will power on briefly and display its Battery level and available Memory. The Laser Line will also light up. After 15 seconds, the camera will power off again to conserve power.


9: What sort of thread does the tripod mount have?
The tripod thread mount is a 1/4-20 thread. This is the standard one used on most consumer cameras.


Product Description

  • Easy to use - Slide the Instant Record Swith 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.
  • Rotating lens with Laser Line - Once mounted, rotate the lens and level your shot using ContourROAM's built in Laser Line.
  • Beautiful HD Video - Get the Full shot in 1080p HD with a wide angle lens that's enclosed in a smooth, flush-front housing.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

This is a very nice little camera, video and audio quality are good.
Henry Herron
So far, I have used the included "rotating surface mount" to mount the camera to my single track helmet.
Lokster
When I saw the camera I thought to myself it's done and I am going to have to buy a new one.
Robert

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

210 of 220 people found the following review helpful By Rob M.D. on December 11, 2011
Verified Purchase
I want to first start by saying I have them all, the GoPro the Contour HD and the Contour Roam. I am stationed in remote Afghanistan and go out on foot patrols frequently. The other cameras require FAR too much prep time to be tactically practical. This one is amazing because it is one switch and done (ON)!! I keep it mounted with the adhesive mount to my Kevlar and it is always ready to go. The others require you to turn them on and have them on standby this is not preactical when the action starts. The image quality is as good as you want, except at night, but that is just a sacrifice you have to make on all cameras of this type. If you are a soldier you want THIS CAMERA!! Dont waste your money on the GoPro, it doesn't fit a soldier's style. Combine the images with iMovie and you can churn out very nice AAR's for your soldiers to learn from.
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122 of 130 people found the following review helpful By J. Dang on December 13, 2011
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Well, I've taken the Contour Roam out to a few range trips now and I can give a much better review at this point.

Build Quality: 10/10
As soon as you pick up the Contour Roam, you will definitely notice the build quality of the device. It feels very solid with an aluminum tube body. The lower half where the mounting options would go is made of plastic but is securely attached to the main body. The camera angel can be adjusted by turning the front end of the device; it turns with a fluid motion and distinct notch at the -90, 0, 90, and 180 positions.

Clarity: 9/10
I was really impressed with the clarity of the lens - particularly at longer distances of about 15-20 yards. If your expectations for a device like this are reasonable, you'll be happy with the image quality. In the video that I made, I used a Canon S100 and the Contour Roam. You can definitely tell a difference in the image quality if you compare the two. That being said, the Contour did very well and you can make out details just fine.

Mic Sensitivity: 1/10
One thing that I noticed about the Contour Roam was that there was no way to control the mic sensitivity on the device itself. In order to change the setting, the user has to connect the Contour to the computer and open up the software. While there, the user can adjust the mic sensitivity level. One bad thing about this is that you have to adjust in the software and then try it out to see if it works for your application.

Looks like my unit is an earlier production one where they identified an issue with the mic. The company's policy is to exchange the units at no cost to the customer. I'll update the review when I get my new unit.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By S. Schmidt on May 6, 2013
Hey friends,

I found a way to install the Roam2 Firmware to the Roam1. Now you have all Roam2 features on the old Roam1

This is how it works:

Go to the contour homepage and download the current Contour2 Firmware V2.16

Download Firmware V2.16 -> you get the file "ContourRoam2.bin"

Rename the file to "ContourRoam.bin"

Plug the ContourROAM1 camera into your computer using a USB cable. Check to see that the Record slider is not in the forward (or ON) position. Once connected, the Battery LED on the ContourROAM1 will turn red and the camera will appear as an external USB device on your computer.

On your computer, navigate to the camera which is mounted as an external storage device.

Copy the ContourROAM.bin file that you downloaded and renamed in Step 2 to the camera's microSD card. Do not put it in any subfolders on the camera's microSD card.

On the microSD card of the camera will be a file called FW_RTC.txt. The file may be hidden and you may need to enable the ability to view hidden files in your computer's settings. Open the FW_RTC.txt file with a text editor application.

Near the top of the file is a line of text that reads `UPDATE_FW:N'. Change the `N' to a `Y' so it appears as `UPDATE_FW:Y' and save the file. This will instruct your camera to update the firmware when it next starts up.

Unplug the camera from your computer.

Press and release the Status Button. The camera will beep and the Memory and Battery LEDs will flash while the update is in progress. When the update is completed the camera will beep again and turn off.

That's it, now you have all Roam2 functions on your Roam1 including 720p with 60 FPS.
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191 of 233 people found the following review helpful By Daniel A Lorek on September 21, 2011
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I've only used the camera a couple of times so far... the first of which was during a consistent light rain while mountain biking out on the trails here in the Pacific Northwest. In the product description you'll find a whole paragraph describing how this unit is "super tough" and how the "ContourROAM is made to withstand encounters with everything from eating mud puddles", etc. After one outing in not super tough conditions I wound up with the front glass (or plastic, not sure what it's made of) having scratches in it from me wiping it clear while riding down the trail so that I could film.

This is not a huge deal for me as most surfaces will scratch when rubbed with wet dirt, fine, I get that. So, I contacted Contour describing what happened and asked if I could order some replacement glass for the front or if the existing lens refresh kits would work. Here's the reply from Contour:

There are currently no replacement lenses available. I'm told that opening the ROAM camera will lose it's waterproof rating and thus void the warranty. The ROAM does however come with a protective lens cap for when the camera is not in use.
We do hope to have a different scratched lens solution for the ROAM that does not void the warranty in the near future. Thank you for being patient.

A different scratched lens solution? Sounds like there is no lens scratch solution so buyer beware.

I am pleased with the video quality but think the HD model with the 60fps mode would have been a better choice specially when you can find them for 40% cheaper than this non-serviceable model. There's a reason why the GoPro's are so successful.
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