REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
ContourROAM Hands-Free HD Camcorder
 
4.5

(based on 37 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (34)
  • Great picture quality (28)
  • Image stabilization (18)
  • Good in low light (11)
  • Great sound (11)

Cons

  • Limited zoom (6)
  • Poor sound (6)
  • No external mic input (5)
  • Poor in low light (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (20)
  • HD shooting (19)
  • Home movies (14)
  • Documentaries (12)
  • Movies/short films (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual user (14), Enthusiast (14), Pro videographer (4), Semi-pro (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (33), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great camera great standards

I've only had it week or so. But been making strides in learning about it.

I bought the ControuROAM which is the less expensive, simpler to operate model. It came...Read complete review

I've only had it week or so. But been making strides in learning about it.

I bought the ControuROAM which is the less expensive, simpler to operate model. It came with a lot of extra items. A really nice transparent carry case, a usb cable, a soft rubber len cover, a slightly curved permenant mount that rotates horizontally.

It has a regular Tripod mount threaded hole in the bottom of the "T" mount under the main barrel of the camera.

It also has an omnidirectional microphone under the chin. the chin of the camera also has a red stripe light that indicates when its recording.

The face of the camera lens has a single laser beam which activates when you press the button on the back and scans like a Cylon from Battelstar Galactica to produce a horizontal level beam. This is so the lens with the camera can be rotated 270 degrees to level the line of capture with the line of action. There are 90 degree marks on the front barrel of the camera.

The top of the camera has a slide switch which moves fore and aft. When turned on it reveals a red bulls eye target symbol that lights up to indicate its recording.

Behind the bull eye, exposed even when the slider switch is in the off position are two multi colored lighted battery and sd card symbols.

Green means discharging, or everything is okay. A red battery symbol means its charging.

The back door of the camera was the hardest thing to figure out. There is a small vertical lever underneath the big pushbutton. The pushbutton activates the laser beam for leveling. The veritcal lever locks and unlocks the camera door, most of the time its really not necessary to lock it as the door keeps itself closed, but if it is locked you need to be sure to unlock it so you can open the rear door.

There is a white "dot" that you can see next to the lever when it is in the "locked" position, and disappears when the lever is thrown and the door is in the "unlocked" mode.

To open the door its rather unintuitive, but you grab both sides of the big round hatch and pull upwards, it offsets and clicks and then will lay down backwards away from the camera housing, it is spring loaded to hold the door open once its released.

The back door has a waterproof seal to keep dirt and moisture out, its rated for about a meter under water.. but I have no plans to test it.

This camera by the way includes a non-replaceable built-in rechargable battery. Which is suppose to last from 2-3 hours. Then take about 4 hours to recharge.

It is possible to run the camera from a custom Car Charger meant to simultaneously power and charge the camera at the same time. Its intended for capturing car trips or something like that.

A normal USB cable however is not supposed to have the wiring to simultaneously charge and record. As soon as you plug in the cable its suppose to charge and not record.. however, I'm not sure that this is correct. Its a matter of some discussion on the manufacturers community forums. One guy built a custom cable to power it off a battery pack. I've found if the camera is already recording when the USB power pack it attached by USB it keeps on recording.. and it does and the bettery indicator comes on as if it is charging.. so it might be a procedural thing.

The back of the camera also has a small micro SDHC slot for up to a 32 GB memory card. And a micro USB connector port for power and recoding downloads. The camera does not come with a memory card due to some problems with bundling memory cards in foreign countries. And there is no built in storage for movie captures.. so you need to buy a memory card to get started separately.

The camera defaults to capturing in 720p video in H.264 .mov file fomat, Quicktime on the Mac or PC reads it natively and has no problem with it.

The camera also has other modes of capture, including 1080p and delayed snap shot mode, like 1,2,4 seconds ect.. up to 60 sec I believe.

I've connected the camera up to my iPad2 and the Apple Connector Kit with the USB connector for the iPad2 and Imported video direct from the camera off the memory card and into the Photos application, and then those show up in the iMovie app I purchased from the Apple App Store. So that's cool.

I'm exploring combining a VIO chest harness (available here at BH video) with the google mount for the ContourROAM to see if I can get a shoulder mount "parrot" camera arrangement, sort of like Captain Jack Sparrow or the Alien in Predator. Posting my progress on the ContourROAM forums if your interested.

As for editing the videos, Contour makes a software program called Storyteller available and hosts a website for posting your videos, or you can post them to Youtube. Connecting the camera to a PC doens't require a driver, it just shows up as a memory stick, even labeled with the name of your memory card in the camera. Or you can take the memroy card out and pop another in like film and download/upload later.

Every version of Windows has had a version of Movie Maker and that can be used to edit the video and add visual and audio effects, narration or sound and publish.

Every version of OS X has had a version of iMovie and that can be used to edit the video and add visual and audio effects, narration or sound and shared.

The iPad2 (not iPad1) has the iMovie app and it can pretty much do the same, or create movie projects which can be sync'd to OS X later and further tweaked. Same app works on iPhone.

The Android has the Video Editor app on some Samsung phones and its very much like all these other apps for the Windows or OS X platforms. Movie maker is suppose to become available on Ice Cream Sandwich if you get a phone that has that.. Android is a little behind in the video department.. although Samsung does a good job of furthering it along.

As for power, I also purchased an i.Sound 16,000 mA battery and I'll review that elsewhere on BH video later.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

new style CONTOUR not as nice as OLD

Two points not clear on product description:
1) the LENS is 170degree and not 120/135 like old.
2) the battery (which has always been weak especially in the...Read complete review

Two points not clear on product description:
1) the LENS is 170degree and not 120/135 like old.
2) the battery (which has always been weak especially in the cold) is now sealed into the camera .. so forget about changing batteries during a full day of racing of sking .. as now you must charge it.
At the sales price I'll keep it but if I can't get another old school Contour I will be dumping both my GPS + HD models (along with this one) in favor of one where I can swap batteries and have narrower FOV.

Reviewed by 37 customers

Sort by

Displaying reviews 1-20

Back to top

Previous | Next »

 
5.0

Great camera, great deal

By Ldnracing

from Murrieta, CA

About Me Casual User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Great Picture Quality
  • Great Sound

Cons

  • Poor In Low Light

Best Uses

  • Action Sports
  • HD Shooting
  • Helmet mounting

Comments about ContourROAM Hands-Free HD Camcorder:

I race super super sport motorcycles and use this camera on the track for practice and on race days.

Pros: small profile with a lot of different mounting options. Very durable. Great video quality and viewing angle.

Cons: lack of editing software.

I have two of these cameras, both have been down in multiple crashes and both continue to work without an issue. I've run these in rain without the waterproof case and they worked great then too.

I would take this camera over the go pro any day.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

Share this review

 
4.0

great product' great price

By elad benda

from CA

About Me Casual User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Great Picture Quality

Cons

  • Mounts Are Expensive

Best Uses

  • Ski

Comments about ContourROAM Hands-Free HD Camcorder:

great camera, great price,
although there are new models, this one is more than ok.
note that it doesn't include micro sd card (compatible up to 32GB), and it won't work with Iphone app...
mounts are very expansive!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

Share this review

 
5.0

EXCELLENT Camcorder

By Lola

from Fresno, CA

About Me Video Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Great Picture Quality
  • Great Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • HD Shooting
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Travel

    Comments about ContourROAM Hands-Free HD Camcorder:

    The easy to use one touch operation makes this camera so much fun to have on trips and outdoor adventures. The mounts that come with the camera are very functional, as well as the additional out door mounts that we purchased. Especially love the laser level for proper recording. I highly recommend this product to anyone looking for an action cam, as we like to call it!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    Share this review

     
    3.0

    new style CONTOUR not as nice as OLD

    By resqav8r

    from San Jose, CA

    About Me Video Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Sealed 1m Not Really

    Cons

    • Poor Image Quality
    • Throw-away Wsealed Batt

    Best Uses

    • Use If Damage Is Likely

    Comments about ContourROAM Hands-Free HD Camcorder:

    Two points not clear on product description:
    1) the LENS is 170degree and not 120/135 like old.
    2) the battery (which has always been weak especially in the cold) is now sealed into the camera .. so forget about changing batteries during a full day of racing of sking .. as now you must charge it.
    At the sales price I'll keep it but if I can't get another old school Contour I will be dumping both my GPS + HD models (along with this one) in favor of one where I can swap batteries and have narrower FOV.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Share this review

     
    5.0

    Awesome Camera

    By Jason

    from Cocoa Beach, FL

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

    • Limited Zoom
    • No External Mic Input

    Best Uses

      Comments about ContourROAM Hands-Free HD Camcorder:

      Great, easy to use, light weight portable camera. At the low bitrate setting, I ran it for three hours straight and the battery indiciator was still green. Does not include a microSD card, so be sure to order one if you need it. Had no issues using a Sandisk Ultra 32GB microSD card. Three hours of video can be anywhere from 4GB to 12GB depending on your settings.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Share this review

       
      5.0

      Excellent product

      By MM

      from NY

      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Great Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Documentaries
        • HD Shooting
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Movies/Short Films
        • Travel

        Comments about ContourROAM Hands-Free HD Camcorder:

        For flying
        For construction site

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Share this review

         
        5.0

        Excellent Christmas present

        By Dugiedavid

        from Austin, Tx

        About Me Video Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about ContourROAM Hands-Free HD Camcorder:

        On time delivery with a good price. Happy to give this as a gift!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        Share this review

         
        5.0

        Great camera!

        By WebSeriesProducer

        from EastCoast

        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Upload
        • Easy to Use
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Many Attachment Options
        • Streamlined Style

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • All Purpose-no Limits
          • Documentaries
          • HD Shooting
          • Home Movies
          • Movies/Short Films
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about ContourROAM Hands-Free HD Camcorder:

          My husband and I have always used the Contour instead of the GoPro for surfing, snowboarding, biking, random filming etc- and we are totally pleased with the quality and attachment options. This is actually the second time I am buying one because I lost the other one in the ocean surfing. Definitely recommend!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Share this review

           
          5.0

          Just enough whiz and just enough bang

          By Masony

          from Southern Illinois

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great Picture Quality

          Cons

          • Limited Zoom

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about ContourROAM Hands-Free HD Camcorder:

          Great for the price, Couldn't ask for a better hands free camera.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Share this review

           
          5.0

          Great camera!

          By Nick

          from Denver, co

          About Me Semi-pro Videographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Zoom range/performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Outdoors
            • Time Lapse

            Comments about ContourROAM Hands-Free HD Camcorder:

            I bought this camera on Black Friday's special, so I decided to go with this over the GoPro. I use it mainly for time lapses the camera works great, but the battery only lasts for 3.5-4.5 hours during a time lapse. The downfall is that you can't charge the camera while you shoot UNLESS you use contour's charger...

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Share this review

             
            5.0

            Cant beat this cam!

            By joehrl

            from Baltimore, Maryland

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • HD Shooting
              • Home Movies
              • Movies/Short Films
              • Travel

              Comments about ContourROAM Hands-Free HD Camcorder:

              I recently purchased the ContourROAM and love it! I purchased this camera for fire department use! I have mounted this cam on my helmet and its great! I also orded the suction mount for it...its great i mount it on the fire engines and it stays on and holds up great! I would recommend anyone looking for a HD camera for extreme sports etc. I also would like to tell everyone B&H has the BEST prices for anything you are looking for!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Share this review

               
              5.0

              Best camera for the price hands down!

              By Video for fun

              from AL

              About Me Video Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies
                • Movies/Short Films

                Comments about ContourROAM Hands-Free HD Camcorder:

                Great product and a bargain price too.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Share this review

                 
                5.0

                Good product

                By Andy

                from Vancouver ,ca

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about ContourROAM Hands-Free HD Camcorder:

                      Fast shipping , bought as present for my son to use outdoor , he love it :-)

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

                      Share this review

                       
                      4.0

                      Decent Image but a Great Deal NOW

                      By PSNYC

                      from Woodside, NY

                      About Me Video Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                      • No image stabilization
                      • Poor In Low Light
                      • Poor Sound

                      Best Uses

                      • Documentaries
                      • Home Movies

                      Comments about ContourROAM Hands-Free HD Camcorder:

                      It is good enough video but nothing fantastic. For a little over $ and fool proof operation via the laser level and on/off switch.I use it to record my bike commutes in case I am struck by a crazy or distracted driver or a ipodded up pedestrian steps blindly into the bike lane wihtout looking.It is my insurance and lawsuit video camera-a good enough for proof camera in short.I wish it were a little sharper. I wish it had 60fps at 1080p instead of 30fps. I also wish it worked better in lowlight. But hey again it is a little over $ USD and easy to use.It works for me.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      Share this review

                       
                      5.0

                      Best POV camera

                      By skateluger

                      from Westborough, MA

                      About Me Video Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Great Picture Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Point Of View Action

                        Comments about ContourROAM Hands-Free HD Camcorder:

                        As a street luger, I needed a tough camera with a small profile to video my runs. I chose the Contour because of its compact design, ease of use and the quality recordings. I've been using the Contour cameras since day 1 and each version gets better and easier to use. I recommend the Contour Roam to anyone needing to capture thier adventure on video without worrying if the camera is working. The Contour is a dependable camera that is somewhat crash-proof and road spray resistant - perfect for classic luge and street luge.Audio could be better but that's OK because the action I usually record needs no sound as I drop in a music track.You can see some Contour street luge videos at Gravity Sport University's website.Go ahead... go fast downhill... the Contour will capture the action, no prob.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        Share this review

                         
                        4.0

                        Great video, easy to use - forget GoPro

                        By Luciano123

                        from Sao Paulo, Brazil

                        About Me Video Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Picture Quality

                        Cons

                        • Non-replaceable Battery

                        Best Uses

                        • HD Shooting
                        • Home Movies
                        • Movies/Short Films
                        • Outdoor sports
                        • Travel

                        Comments about ContourROAM Hands-Free HD Camcorder:

                        The Camera is great. Video is excellent, it is easy to use, supports work great. The only negative point is that on this model you cannot replace the battery. I have a Countour GPS and 4 batteries. I can run it the entire day. With this one, once the internal battery runs out, you have to stop and charge it. But if you want to record videos up to 3 hours, this is all you need. I recommend purchasing the waterproof case along.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        Share this review

                         
                        4.0

                        I would recomend this to everyone.

                        By Mexicobob

                        from El Paso, Texas

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Great Picture Quality

                        Cons

                        • Poor Sound

                        Best Uses

                        • HD Shooting
                        • Travel

                        Comments about ContourROAM Hands-Free HD Camcorder:

                        I use this with a RAM mount on both of my motorcycles. It has excelent video quality and a wide angle view. I really like the fact that it can use the same USB connector for charging that my Garmin GPS and Sandisk Clip+ MP3 player use. The 8hr capacity with a 32 gb hsd card is more than enough for anything I will ever need. The 3.5 hour run time on a single charge is sufficent for 99% of the uses that I need, plus I can recharge on the go with the above mentioned USB charge cable. I just need to buy some more helment mounts. The suction cup mount will not stick to my dash on my pickup.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        Share this review

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Action Packed and Easy

                        By Capt Jack Sparrow

                        from NYC

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Great Sound

                        Cons

                        • Needs clear instructions

                        Best Uses

                        • Documentaries
                        • HD Shooting
                        • Home Movies
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about ContourROAM Hands-Free HD Camcorder:

                        Overall great bit of kit. The only problem I had with it is that there is no indicator that what you need to do is format your SD card. The on-board formatting tool didn't work on my card. Just keep that in mind when you first use it.

                        I've taken this sailing and somehow it blocks out all wind noise but yet gets your voice. Pretty impressive

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        Share this review

                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Simple, excellent action cam

                        By JARunning

                        from Bellingham, WA

                        About Me Video Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Great Picture Quality

                        Cons

                        • Limited Zoom
                        • Poor Sound

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Travel

                        Comments about ContourROAM Hands-Free HD Camcorder:

                        So far I've mounted this to the handlebars of my bike and strapped it to my helmet for a fun view of a ride down a mountain. I've also wrapped it around my dogs collar for a closer look from his perspective playing fetch (it was hilarious)
                        It's super easy to use, good size so it isn't too in the way, and produces great video.
                        Sound quality could be better, but it's not bad at all considering the size and price.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        Share this review

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        great

                        By soldier for fun

                        from afghanistan

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Great Sound

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Combat
                          • HD Shooting
                          • Home Movies
                          • Indoors/Low Light

                          Comments about ContourROAM Hands-Free HD Camcorder:

                          im using it in afghanistan its a great piece of equipment i love being able to go back and look at what i could of done different in my combat situations. and i have even used it around the base to show my family what my living conditions are like

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          Share this review

                          Displaying reviews 1-20

                          Back to top

                          Previous | Next »