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I'd strongly recommend not to buy any SD cards off ebay - I've heard about too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. My inbox regularly gets messages from people who bought a £150 camera then cheaped out and bought a £3 memory card on ebay - Then when it doesn't worth they blame the camera! It doesn't make any sense. Good memory is cheaper than it's ever been - see the links above.

A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.

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SPECIAL DASHCAM CARDS

The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for dashcams...here's some.

 

VERY IMPORTANT. These links take you to the product, however Amazon have three different ways of selling. There's Amazon Direct - This means that you are only dealing with Amazon themselves, then there's other sellers that use Amazon's facilities - these show as Fulfilled By Amazon and finally there's Market Place sellers that advertise on Amazon, but operate independently.  I strongly recommend that you only use the first...the Amazon Direct - Sold By Amazon option. Even if it appears that you are paying a couple of £/$ more it is more than likely you are comparing the price of a real item against the price of a fake.

To give you an idea of the extent of the fake goods problem. In a 2016 survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold through Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 

 
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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.

 
DOWNLOADABLE CLIPS
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. 
 
There are links below if you want to buy the Contour Roam3.
   
  ebay US     ebay UK
 
   
 

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Reader Comments (43)

Whizzie,
There are many, many consumer-use movie editors out there. Here's a comparison link to get you started:
http://video-editing-software-review.toptenreviews.com/
Personally, I've been using various versions of Magix Movie Edit Pro for almost a decade now. VERY powerful editor for a very reasonable price. The downside is that, being so powerful, it can have a rather large learning curve and tech support is not the best. I've got some links above if you want to see some more simple videos I've done (I've done some more complex videos that required 16 different tracks but I've never posted them - only recorded on DVD).

The only other editor I've used was Pinnacle, versions 8, 9 and 10. At first I liked the interface but then I could never get the program to not crash long enough to actually create a video. Although some "professional" reviewers give it praise, many actual users experienced a lot of trouble with it. I really wanted to like it but, for me, it was a useless program taking up hard drive space. JMHO, but I'd stay away from Pinnacle. My 2¢.

Good luck!

P.S. I ALWAYS use my Contour Roam when riding my motorcycle for the very reason you cited. I've heard several stories where the auto driver flat out lied about whose fault the accident was (never theirs).

April 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDan Howes

Thanks so much Dan. I'll have a look. Keep up the great work.

#thumbsup!

April 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterWhizzie

For really simple no-frills trimming a clip down to just the one section you need (this is how I trim down my sample clips) - I use MPEG Streamclip. Load the clip - Play the clip - press i to mark the In point. Press O to mark the Out point. Select Trim and then save the Trimmed clip. No lengthy re-encoding required, it's just trimming the existing clip.

April 9, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Okay Just installed that storyteller on my pc and says install (yuk)apple quicktime,,I d/l and clicked instal but it is for up to win 7 and I have win 8.1 WTF I cant use the prgram to configure the cam..PLEASE HELP

April 10, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterkevin

Disregard previous post..Unfortunately I had to install the full package..Bugger you apple,I hate you even more now..

April 10, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterkevin

I got stuck with a dud..HAd on charge for 5 hours now and still showing red.Storyteller sees the camera and settings can be changed.Press button to format memory card and nothing happens.I am using samsung class 10 hc card.Even read the manual to make sure I did everything correctly.
Requested refund from ebay seller..Lesson learnt this is the last time I buy electronics over the net.B & M stores only even if it costs more.

April 10, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterkevin

Ok a couple of ideas.

1) Try and charge with a 2amp USB wall charger. I hope you aren't using a computer USB port.
2) press and hold the format button for 10 secs.

April 10, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Okay trying now..Red light is on..Says in manual
Connect your camera to a PC/Mac using the supplied USB Cable.
Thanks for the tip...Loved the innovv c3 but the cable just gets in the way and not enough battery time.

April 10, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterkevin

hi,

got one of these cameras for their ease of use with the slider switch, which is great with motorcycle gloves on

but, what sort of mount for a motorcycle helmet is going to eliminate having the helmet in your video or do you edit it out?

with existing mounts you would have to place them so far forward to eliminate it
thanks
mertin

November 28, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermartin

hey Martin.I have the standard slide in mount on a half face and full face helmet.face your helmet toward you and have the cam in the mount and just move it around like forward and backward and up and down until it looks like the right position to eliminate the helmet being in frame.
If you have it too far forward the cam will point more to the side than front,Having a rotatable lens gives you a bit more freedom as to how high on your helmet you want to go.

November 28, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterkevin

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