The courier dropped off a box from Contour yesterday but we couldn’t talk about it till now. In our anxious little hands is one of the very first ContourROAMs in the world! Since we are launch partners Contour threw in a bunch of goodies along with the camera. Thanks Contour!
The extras are nice but let’s get to the thing that really has us excited. The new ContourROAM is the latest camera from Contour and as you can see it follows the same profile of the ContourGPS and Contour+ but there are differences.
What’s In The Box
Contour has always done a good job with their packaging and the ContourROAM is their best yet. A nice hard clear plastic case holds the camera has a small compartment below with enough room for a cable, a MicroSD card and a small mount or two. This is a case you can use either to display your cam or use to carry the camera in.
Ta dah!!! The ContourROAM itself.
We have a quick overview of the ContourROAM. Also check out other videos on our Pointofviewcameras Youtube channel.
The ContourROAM comes with a pretty generous set of accessories. In the box, you get:
-mini helmet clip
-TRail star mount
-user manual and quick start guide
As you can see in the comparison shot below, the ContourROAM is a little longer horizontally than the other cameras but a little shorter in height. Contour wisely stuck to their sleek metal design so the camera feels solid and rugged like a helmet camera should without any loose parts anywhere. The lens cover has a rounded lip now but is still flush. The top switch has a slightly different texture pattern and two lighted icons behind it representing battery and memory card usage. Different colors represent their status.
Sliding the power switch on both turns on the camera and starts the recording process. A power light reveals itself to indicate power on and recording. A subtle but useful feature.
Pressing the Status button on the back turns on the lasers and status lights for battery and memory card usage.
Externally, not much difference except the ContourROAM has a threaded socket for putting on tripods without requiring a tripod mount like the other Contours. A welcome touch.
The ContourROAM has a nice 270 degree rotatable lens up front like the others but brings back the laser alignment missing in the Contour+. The laser is a thin horizontal one this time rather than the twin dots of previous cameras which makes lining up shots even easier.
New to the ContourROAM is the Status button in the back. As you can see this is how you can quickly distinguish between it and the ContourGPS. The Status button turns on both the laser and the status lights seen here. Green means ready and full, orange means nearly done and red means battery is nearly dead and card is almost full.
The video specs are HD at 720p, 960p and 1080p at 30fps. Curiously, there is no 60fps at 720p. In keeping with the slim styling MicroSD cards are used for memory instead of the more common SD cards. We will have some video tests and comparisons on this blog shortly. The battery in the ContourROAM is built in so you have a longer recording time and it helps keep the camera waterproof.
One standout feature new to the ContourROAM is full waterproof capability for up to 1 meter! You no longer need a case for submersion environments. Granted you still need a waterproof case for periods longer than 30 minutes but this goes a long way toward preventing any concerns over the occasional dunk.
We will be doing a more thorough test of the camera’s video and operational capabilities once we have had some time to play with it. Check back here on the blog for more coverage.
We are one of the few retailers with ContourROAM in stock.