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Live life in color! The Contour ROAM2 is an updated version of the Contour ROAM, bringing across all the popular features from the ROAM and introducing some new improvements as well. As with the ROAM, the Contour ROAM2 features Contours patented low profile shape, rotating front lens, waterproof design and amazingly easy to use interface. New for the Contour ROAM2 is a locking switch on the Instant-On sliding switch to ensure your camera is recording when you want it to, as well as 60 frames per second recording at 720p for smooth slow motion videos. The Contour ROAM2 helmet cam is now available in three in different colours: black, red and blue.
The Contour ROAM2 shoots full 1080p HD video at 30fps as well as 720p at 60fps and 960p/720p at 30fps. You also have the option of shooting 5MP photos in an auto mode that takes a photo every 1, 3, 5, 10, 30 or 60 seconds. To change the camera from video to photo mode you have to plug the camera in to your computer and use the Contour Storyteller program to change settings. Videos are recorded on to a removeable microSD card (4GB card included, max size is 32GB) and are recorded with a .mov file extension using H.264 compression. Audio is captured by a hidden onboard microphone that sits at the front of the camera. The sensitivity of the microphone can be adjusted via the Contour Storyteller computer program. The Contour ROAM2 has a built in (non removeable) battery that lasts longer than most helmet cams (about 3.5 hours compared to 2.5 hours), however once the battery is flat the camera has to be recharged before it can be used again.
Contour cameras have always been easy to use, but with the Contour ROAM2 is just gets better. The Contour ROAM2 features Contour's innovative Instant-On recording switch, which when slid forward, simultaneously turns the camera on and starts recording. No more fiddling with a separate power button when you want to get going. The Instant-On switch also means that you don't waste battery power having your camera turned on in standby mode. The Instant-On sliding switch on the top of the camera also has a locking switch so that you can ensure you don't accidently turn the camera on/off.
The Contour ROAM2 helmet cam has a rotating front lens so that you can place the camera in any postion (flat, upside down, etc) and then rotate the lens to ensure the video is recorded the right way up. Press the button on the back of the Contour ROAM2 and it will shoot out a thin, wide laser beam which you can use to ensure the camera is level. The bottom of the camera has a built in 1/4" tripod thread so you can easily mount the Contour ROAM2 to any standard mount with a tripod thread. And of course you can mount the camera with any of the wide range of Contour camera mounts with the TRail mounting system on the side of the camera.
The Contour ROAM2 sheds bulk by being waterproof to 1 metre (3 feet) without the need for a waterproof housing. If you are taking the camera deeper there is a waterproof housing that is rated to 60 metres (180 feet). The rear hatch on the Contour ROAM2 helmet camera has a locking switch on the back to ensure it doesn't open accidentally. The sliding switch on the top of the camera has been improved to make it easier to use with gloves on and in slippery conditions.
The Contour ROAM2 comes packaged ready to go out of the box. There are some basic mounts to get you started, a 4GB memory card and a USB cable for charging your camera via your computer. The full package contents of the Contour ROAM2 are:
Posted by James on 8th Jul 2013
Very satisfied with this camera. Video quality is very good at 720p x 60fps. Mostly an outdoor camera though. Does not have enough sensitivity for indoors, especially at 60fps ( the shutter speed would be at most 1/60 s ).
Wish I had bought the +2 version. The feature I really miss is the manual adjustment of settings in the field (via your smart phone). The underwater housing is nice to have as well, for the times at beaches. Salt water is probably more than the standard housing can handle. I will most likely end up buying the underwater housing separately, which is $45.
Lastly, I wish the package had included a couple of more mounting strips. Only one is included. You can buy two more for $25. But really? $25 for a couple pieces of plastics and sticky tapes?