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Monday
Oct132014

The Contour Roam3 Helmet Cam Review

It's a little over a year since I reviewed the Contour Roam2 Helmet camera and in the meantime a lot has happened. The Contour company went bankrupt, was re-launched and have introduced a new model. So is their Roam3 a brand new camera or just last-year's warmed up leftovers repackaged...watch the video review below to find out.

 
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I have uploaded the same samples to two locations. You can download them from hereDo not stream these as this downgrades the quality - you need to download the clips and then play them back from your computer to see their true original quality. 
 
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  ebay US     ebay UK
 
   
 

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Reader Comments (37)

Mertin, I have my Roam mounted on the side of my helmet about where temple would be. Just a bit of my helmet shows and if you wanted to edit it out, all you'd have to do is zoom the picture larger. I have several videos on YouTube if you want to see. Here's one for your convenience. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XoQh1yDErw

BTW, I've used my Roam for about four years but I'm considering on replacing it with a Innovv K1 dual channel (two cameras = front and rear) "dash cam". Turns on when the vehicle turns on and when the chip is full, older files are just written over. The Roam was nice but it may be time to move up.

Hope this helps,
Dan

November 28, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterdfhowes

thanks for replies, yes in the clip you posted that is exactly how mine works with a touch of the helmet showing

November 28, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermartin

Hello, thanks for the excellent review of the Contour Roam 3. Like you I'll be using mine on my motorcycle helmet.
I have the selector switch in position two in the continuous photo mode and now I need to construct a film from those stills.
You said in your review you used a time lapse assembler, this comes from the Storyteller software I presume? but I can't find it in any of the drop downs. Can you help??? Sorry I'm a bit of a dinosaur with i.t. Keefer.

February 22, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterkeefer

I used this software http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/33252/time-lapse-assembler
It's a Mac app.

February 22, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi - thanks for great reviews on Youtube; I chose the Contour Roam 3 over your preferred Stealth Drift purely on design really...!
Anyway, it arrived today and is taking an age to charge via usb on the laptop.
Would it be safe to use the wall charger adaptor for my Motorola Moto 4g phone instead?
Thanks

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

I charged my Roam 3 from the laptop initially and it took around 4.5hrs to fully charge, the light does eventually go green, trust me.
Plus ive just bought an EasyAcc powerbank that means I can plug the camera into the battery pack in my jacket pocket and have the contour charging AND recording when im out for longer than 3hrs. (assuming it stays dry)

May 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPeteW

I'd always recommend charging everything from a USB mains charger - get a 2.1 amp version and it may charge the camera in half the time of a PC USB port that is often only 1amp and sometimes just 500ma.

May 10, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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