Contour ROAM3 Waterproof HD Video Camera (Black)
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- 1080p, 960p, 720p HD Video Capture With Built-In Mic
- 170° Ultra-Wide Angle Lens with 270-Degree Rotation
- Camera Waterproof to 30'
- Single Shot and Interval Photo Modes
- Built-In Laser for Shot Alignment
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WATERPROOF WITHOUT A CASE
Roam3’s rugged, aluminum body lets you take the cleanest footage even when you’re 30 feet under water.
QUICK PHOTO MODE
No need to un-mount and navigate through a screen menu; just push a button. It’s never been easier to switch between filming great action footage and capturing high-res stills.
INSTANT ON RECORDING
No power button, no problem. Simply slide the Instant On-Record switch into its locking position to ensure you shoot exactly when you're ready.
Whether snorkeling, snowboarding or tearing up the single track, the Contour ROAM3 is ready for any adventure. Compatible with every Contour mount giving you unlimited angels.
READY RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX
Included will be everything you need to get right on to your adventure. We’ve included a 8GB MicroSD card a rotating flat mount and profile mount so you’re ready to begin recording!
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Item Dimensions||1.75 x 5.25 x 7 inches|
|Item Weight||0.85 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||1,050 Milliampere Hour (mAh)|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.7 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||24.5 grams|
|Media Type||Micro SD|
|Shipping Weight||0.93 pounds|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p|
Contour's Contour ROAM3 Wearable Action Camera offers high-definition video and photo capture in a ruggedized, mount-anywhere design that is waterproof to 30'. A slider switch on top functions both to turn the camera on as well as start recording. The Contour Roam 3 is lockable to prevent accidental starting or stopping recording. The integrated lens can be rotated 270° so that you can mount the camera at horizontally tilted angles and still get level shots. Moreover, a laser is built-in right above the lens to help you pin-point the correct shooting angle. The camera also captures audio via an internal mic.
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I bought this camera to use with on my motorcycle. Set up was a pain in the but (now that I know what to do it very simple). It does not come with any instructions on how to set it up or how to use it. I went to manufacture's web site and didn't find anything useful. So I did a google search and found it. Which was posted as a download on the manufacture's web site. The PDF is buried pretty deep and I only found it because of google.
The brief instructions say to charge and that it will take up to four hours the first time around. It also explains that there are light on the tail end of it that are color coded. And I quote "CHARGING THE BATTERY Slide the door up to open. Connect your camera to a PC/Mac using the supplied USB Cable. The Battery Status LED indicates the charge level of the battery. It will change colors from red to green as the battery charges. Charge is fully complete when the Battery Status LED turns green. This can take up to three hours."
BATTERY STATUS LED Green: 50% or more, Yellow: 20 to 50%, Red: 20% or less, flashes red: the battery is almost empty.
Hour after hour goes by and no color change. Like an angry little red one eyed blinking monster. So I did a google search on this and come across a trouble shooting page on the manufactures web site that says it won't charge unless there is a formatted micro SD card installed.
So I try to format a card as directed by the previously mentioned pamphlet i found online. The device is supposed to blink and then beep when formatting is successful and completed. "Check that the Record Slider is in the off position. Open the back of your camera then press and hold the Format Button until the camera beeps (three to five seconds), then release the Format Button. The microSD Card LED will flash while the card is formatting and then turn solid green when the format is complete."
Nothing, zipp, nilch, no reaction. No beeps, no flashing lights, no lights at all, nothing.
So I do a google search on this issue and find a troubleshooting page saying you can't format a card unless the camera is charged. On a hunch I do another google search to see if the card I bought with the camera is compatible. Nope, sandisk ultra cards are listed by name as not compatible. I then asked on this very site which card is best for this camera. Guess what everyone said?
So I try to contact tech support to find out what to do. The phone number directs you to email support and then hangs up. 5 days ago I emailed a few questions and still nothing, not a word, not even a robo generated email indicating they got it and are working on a response.
Since then I have found forums that explain what to do and the camera is now working perfectly with the sandisk ultra card.
At this point their lack of communication tells me that their warranty is meaningless and if there is a problem with the camera I am on my own. Cross my fingers and let's hope the camera is as robust as its reputation indicates.
There is lots of useful information available on the contour's web site but most of it is not easily found from the site itself but accessible via google searches.
It does seem to be well made and now that I know how to use it, it is simple to operate. There are plenty of reviews showing exactly how well it does what it is designed to do. So I don’t feel it is not needed here. I have absolutely no faith that the contour will honor their warranty if there is an issue. I am not even sure if they are still in business. Their phone number directs you to email and then hangs up and all the products on their site is listed as out of stock.
With that last statement said. I say buy one while stock lasts and hope you never need customer service.
Tip: Until Contour potentially makes a polarized lens, the lens cover can be modified to a polarized filter. Simply cut out the circumference of the rubber lens cover, cut any standard polarized filter to fit the circumference, and use epoxy to glue the lens to the rubber cap. The polarized filter will help minimize glare in intense direct sunlight or water reflection.
3 things to do with this camera.
-Attach your name and phone number in case it get lost
-Get a 32GB SD card
-take it on every adventure
I cant say enough good things these cameras. They may not be as good as a current generation GoPro but if you want a product that works and will last through an incredible amount of abuse you should get a Contour. Both of mine have massive dents in the housings and have been baked and frozen multiple times and still they work great. Even the battery on my 5 year old ROAM2 will run the camera for 2 hours !
The only downside is the ROAM 2 and 3 only support up to 32 GB cards. Also FYI the ROAM3 is internally a ROAM2 with new buttons and firmware. You can load the 3's firmware on a 2 and get 60fps.