Contour Roam Review
Our Analysis and Test Results
NOTE: We did not have the Contour Roam in our head-to-head tests so this review is based off our use of other Contour models and comparing the manufacturer's published specs.
We love how sleek and burly the Roam is. Without any extra case it is waterproof to one meter. It also retains the laser alignment that helps you make sure your subject is in frame (something the Contour+ and GoPro models lack). As with all Contour models, the on and off slide switch is intuitive, so you can be sure you are capturing the action. It has the same awesome wide angle 170 degree lens of the Contour+ (same wide angle view as the GoPro models). It is sleek and low-profile. It (and all Contour models) allows you to configure settings for the camera with your computer, something few if any other wearable HD cams let you do.
It lacks an LCD screen or smartphone connectivity so it is hard to tell how much space you have used up on your SD card. You can't see any footage unless you connect it to a computer. There is no way to plug in an external mic to get crisp audio. It only comes with a few mounts and no SD card. So before you first use it you will likely need to drop some cash. For example, if you want it to be waterproof below one meter, you have to pay an extra $40 for the Contour Waterproof Case and if you want to mount it in the water you have to buy the Contour Surf Mount ($20).
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