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Introducing the 'Contour Roam' ---> http://contour.com/products/contour-roam
With the ousting of the price point Contour HD 1080p mid august, the industry has been buzzing with rumours and speculation of what would replace their entry-level camera. With Contour shouting the release off of mountaintops earlier today, we are happy to finally be able to share with you the ‘ContourROAM’.
Much like its’ predecessor, the Contour ROAM comes out as a stripped down version of Contour’s much loved GPS and PLUS models, rounding out the Contour line with their staple features fusing seamlessly with some newly introduced attributes.
What is Carrying Over?
Their new camera doesn’t ROAM too far from home, adopting many of the popular features from the top of the line Contour PLUS. The Contour ROAM incorporates the same 170 degree ‘Custom 6 element glass’ flush front lens from it’s big brother, and allows for extensive angle tweaking with 270 degrees of lens rotation. Moreover, its’ older siblings also shared some staple features with the ROAM, like laser alignment, an adjustable internal multidirectional microphone, 5MP sensor for still photo mode, and of course Contour’s signature low profile shape.
What’s Different / New?
While upholding many features of Contour’s current line of cameras, the Contour ROAM also brings a few new additions to the table.
Firstly, they changed the functionality of their signature sliding recording switch to not only start / stop filming, but also power the camera on and off. This new ‘instant on-record switch’ means you can start capturing the action just 2 seconds after sliding it into the on position, saving battery and memory card space for when you really need it.
Secondly, until the Contour ROAM no camera has boasted full waterproofing without a housing. The ContourROAM however is claimed to be fully submersible ‘up to 1 meter‘ thanks to some new sealed gaskets protecting the camera’s insides. You will still need a waterproof case though to get really deep, and if history has taught us anything about waterproofing, it is that testing the limits is a good way to end up with Contour’s (top notch) support team.
Lastly, there have been a couple notable changes to the physical design of the camera itself. The Contour ROAM is the first from the brand to have an integrated non-removable battery, as well as a built-in ¼’’ tripod mount. The camera is also a touch longer and lighter than the rest of its’ family members, and the new battery will also yield about 30% longer life.
However, contour also scrapped the 60 FPS option and you can't change the presets anymore, so you're stuck with whatever settings you go out with at the beginning of the day.
What This All Means?!?!
The Contour ROAM is basically stepping up the lower end of the helmet cam game, with a pretty huge jump. By incorporating many key features from the ‘prosumer’ level Contour PLUS, it packs a lot in for an ‘entry level’ camera. Likewise, the increased waterproofing and ‘instant on-record switch’ offer hands-free and more importantly, stress-free filming. This will be a good camera for you if you're sort of hard on gear, and value durability and simplicity over tech features. Should be interesting to see how it fares especially with the snowsports crowd.