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Tuesday
Jul022013

The Contour Roam 2 - Using the right tool for the job

After reviewing the SJ1000 camera recently it’s become very apparent that the mounting system a camera employs is every bit as important as the performance of the camera itself.

If you've seen any of my other reviews of action cameras – particularly the Sony AS10/AS15 you’ll know that I’ve struggled to side-mount any of these to my motorcycle helmet. I find the cube-shaped cameras like the GoPro particularly unsuited for this task. Not to mention the fact that a boxy camera mounted on the top of a helmet is guaranteed to make you look like an utter pillock. They may be ideal for recording a free-fall from the edge of space, but are much less suited for a daily bike commute.

It comes as no surprise then that if you want to side-mount a helmet camera then you should buy a model that’s specifically designed for that purpose, like the Contour Roam2.

The Contour Roam 2 which is the subject of this review is the basic model (and is currently on offer for £134.99 at Amazon). The other camera in the range is the Contour +2 which is the all singing and dancing model and costs about £330. The cheaper model forgoes the advanced features of its more expensive brother, such as a replaceable battery, mic-in, GPS Logging and WiFi App Capability, however both cameras utilise the same excellent mounting system and rotating lens. As you would expect there are a variety of optional accessories shown on the official Contour Site.

I don’t know if the video quality varies significantly between the two models but I should hope that low-light performance is improved on the Contour +2 model. Ideally I’d test both models out, but the +2 costs significantly more than I’m prepared to spend on a helmet camera. When you consider that you can buy a nice new Sony NEX3-NL Interchangeable Lens camera for the same price, the Contour +2 does look overpriced.

If you want to download SAMPLE CLIPS recorded with this camera CLICK HERE  all are untouched, but trimmed for length.

Following the demise of Contour the official US website no longer hosts the requried software.....

however CONTOUR SOFTWARE IS STILL AVAILABLE FROM THE JAPAN WEBSITE

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Reader Comments (35)

It will not be my camera (am not a motorbiker!). I don't like to change setting with my computer. LCD monitor is missing too. Design is good, China product is good. I still prefer SJ1000 for its cheap and good image quality.

Thanks for the review...

July 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

I try to review a variety of products to suit all budgets and requirements. I can't imagine anyone wanting to buy all of them. I've come to realise now that it would be impossible to make a camera that would work well in every situation. This one will be staying on my helmet.

July 2, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

This camera, as well as many other ones too, has wider field of view with 720p than 1080p.

I can not understand what might be the reason for that? If it was other way round, that would make sense so that 720p would use only the middle pixels of the cell, but how can it be wider?

Do you have any ideas on this?

July 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkikkomies

@ Mat

Sorry, I hope my comment did not offend you. :) English is my second language as you can see it.
You are right. There is never one-size fit all. I am not interested in this cause the monitor is missing, and troublesome to set up with computer. Wonder why they design it so.
But most of these kind of bullet shape camera has no monitor.

July 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

Mr. Techmoan.......So happy for YOU.

I too dabbled in junky Chinese cameras that were off brand and finally ended up with GoPro hero 2
.
For YOU the Contour is made to do what you want to do. You even seemed more UP BEAT.

You are the M-A-N!

Again, the most thorough review on the world wide web.

July 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJettywolf

@Pat I wasn't offended in the slightest. A small LCD settings screen and the option to switch between modes on the camera would be handy.

July 3, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks, a comprehensive review of a nice camera. I thought the included mounts were rather limited, but a quick search shows that there are all sorts available for it. (Including the 'Picatinney Mount' for 'tactical weapon platforms'... gulp!)

Wind noise is a bit of a pain, and something that GoPro seem to manage better, looking forward to seeing your solution for that.

One that looks worth considering.

July 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

Hey Techmoan,

I just wanted to say, that if you make a reference to something, you shouldn't explain it. It ruins the joke. It almost sounded you were apologizing to the people who haven't seen the south park episode.

July 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoel

@ jettywolf

All junky and non-junky Chinese product do have a name, the different is marketing. The rest are the same. :D
Contour, GoPro, Rollei are all made in China, and stamp their own label and provide services.
For this cheap price I go for no name...

July 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

It's a shame of the low light conditions. For commuting this camera isn't very useful, unfortunately. I've looked at the Contour ROAM2 before and I hadn't noticed it does poorly in low light. Good job, as usual. I believe the Drift HD170 Stealth does a better job in low light conditions and is about the same price. However, the mounting options and build quality on the Drift are not up to par with the Contour, I believe.

July 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteven Devijver

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