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ContourROAM Waterproof HD 1080P Hands-free HD Camcorder Watersport Kit

by Contour
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  • Waterproof and Buoyant
  • Easy to use - Instant On recording.
  • Fully Adjustable - the mount can be rotated 360 degrees and is easily adjustable with wet or cold hands.
  • Beautiful HD Video - ContourROAM features a 170 degree wide angle lens that captures stunning HD video or still photos.
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Contour
  • Model: 1650
  • Media Type: SD
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 5 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CMOS
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 5 x 6.5 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B007W02PRM
  • Item model number: 1650
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,139 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at April 20, 2012

Product Description

The ContourROAM Watersports Kit is the all-in-one package that contains everything you need to capture beautiful action video while engaged in your favorite water-based sport. It includes the easy to use ContourROAM, a Surfboard Mount, and the ContourROAM Waterproof Case. It provides the perfect combination of camera plus accessories to capture your water adventure in action Đ anywhere, anytime.

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Customer Reviews

Very good video quality for the size of the camera.
Overall, if you are considering this camera you are safe to go for it - it is a good buy.
D. Lindridge
I also have the same type of helmet and he made a mount for my contour as well.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

76 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Mountain Bike Mike on December 5, 2012
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This is a good camera for the price I paid, I got it on sale and so far I am pleased with the camera's performance. I would have given a five star rating if the camera came with better instructions. The printed material that came with the camera is sparse at best although the camera is easy to operate I had to learn some things the hard way. For example, I purchased a helmet mount bracket for mountain biking. The camera slides into the bracket via the grooves along either side of the camera (so the camera is lying on its side.)

Going for my first ride the camera worked very well however the film was sideways and I was unable to rotate the movie and ended up deleting it. The camera has a lens that rotates but there were no instructions regarding this feature and how to use it. On my next ride I rotated the lens and my film came out very nice.
Another example of poor instruction is the use of the waterproof case. Although the case works very well I had a difficult time mounting the camera and case to my helmet mount. After much consternation I finally located the small black plastic lock tabs that were preventing mounting. Had there been adequate instruction I would have been much happier.

In the minimal instructions provided there is information about downloading Storyteller" a program for uploading video etc. Storyteller takes a lot of time to upload your video. Additionally, in Storyteller is where you can make adjustments to your camera such as 720, 960 or 1080 filming and sound sensitivity. There was no information provided with the camera that explained this feature in Storyteller, I found it by looking around within the download.
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful By S. Schmidt on April 28, 2013
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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.

If you want, open the StoryTeller App on your PC and check if a Contour Roam2 will be recognized under "Devices".

Check some vids under youtube, username "budschidau". Have fun!
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71 of 81 people found the following review helpful By April on August 9, 2013
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I purchased this camera on June 10th 2013 and it was defective out of the brand new box. I contacted this seller and got no response so I contacted Contour. They replied same day and said they would replace it. I had to pay the shipping back to Contour but I had no other choice. As soon as I shipped it off, I never heard another word from Contour. After repeated attempts at contacting Contour through their Web Site, I decided to try their Facebook page. This is where I learned that they went out of business. Not sure what happens next for me but I hope I can save a few people the headache of A. Buying a Contour Product and B. Buying from PhotoAmerica.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Terry Y. on June 3, 2013
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I have 4 of these, and each was a little over $100, which was a bargain even for an older camera (2011).

For simple point-and-shoot they're nice.

Picture quality is OK if a bit pixelated sometimes and lighting response seems unpredictable.

HOWEVER.. Contour closed its doors last summer, and now these are almost $100 each more expensive..

I would DEFINITELY NOT BUY THEM AT THIS PRICE, there's not going to be support anymore, and a few people had reported items which arrived defective.

I'd personally spend a bit more and get a supported camera like a GoPro, or if you HAVE to have a Contour, look at the newer ROAM2 model which is now around the same price.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Vance on April 19, 2013
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I was torn between the GoPro and the contour but the price was about 200 different for the hero2 and hero packages so i decided to try contour out. It placed good reviews on Gizmodo and a few other sites. I originally bought it to record motorcross and such but I plan on using it much more in depth.

I like the way it mounts better than a gopro. The profile is more user friendly for me. My friend has a GoPro and it seems like it takes more effort clearing certain mounts (mainly shorter neck suctions and dash mounts).

Simple easy to use one button record and off combined

Alignment laser

built in battery, more convenient

snug waterproof case (if you bought it) and it has a handy transport case that fit the camera and a couple wires (mainly the USB plug for charging and PC connect)

some accessories for mounting

clears short neck mounts

lens rotates for multiple positioning/mounting up to 180 degrees

The sound quality is not noticably better than the GoPro

Depends on the car but I tried sporty cars on a Z and a Maserati GranTurismo S - I mounted it on the inside back windshield. On sunny days, it will focus on the cabin and wash out the outside so all you see outside of the windows is glare. Mounting it sloser to the window/windshield is much better and quality is good.

Roam models need to have PC access to change modes

If you want remote control then you need the GPS and bluetooth models

GoPro has more mounting options in the kit so you don't have to buy extra but depends on what you are into, it could be aplus or minus. I knew what I wanted so I found it better and cheaper to buy the mounts I wanted.
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