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Contour Roam HD POV Camera - In Depth Review

I picked a couple of these bad boys up and will start reviewing them soon I hope. In the meantime, here is how it comes packaged.







Unboxed.

You get two basic mounts (Flat surface and profile), a lens cap, tether, and a USB Charge/Sync cable. I opted for a Class 10 Samsung MicroSDHC card for storage duties.



Camera.




Guide line laser.



Status LED's.



Inside a cover that slides open at the back of the camera there is a Mini USB connector, a reset button, a format button, and MicroSD card slot. Once the rear lid is closed, there is a single button to check status and activate the guide line laser. The top "grip" is actually the switch to activate shooting. It slides forward a few millimeters and is shooting within 2 seconds. That is a really nice feature.

I hope to have a few sample videos over the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned.

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What are you planning on using them for? Mountain biking? Four wheeling? Dirt biking? Have you used the ubiquitous GoPro?
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What are you planning on using them for? Mountain biking? Four wheeling? Dirt biking? Have you used the ubiquitous GoPro?
I will probably do MTB and Offroading with them. I am going to fashion something similar to, or purchase the RAM tube clamp mount that uses a worm drive hose clamp for the base and attach one of two cameras to the front or rear axle tube during a trail ride. The other on the dash. The cool thing about the Contour is the physical lens rotation. 270 degrees so it can be mounted just about anywhere without all the gangly arms the GoPro needs to remain shooting horizontal. That is a nice feature. More to come as I get these tested and set up. That is one thing I haven't seen a lot of here on JKO, POV camera reviews.

I haven't used a GoPro Hero2 yet, but I know someone in the valley who wants to hit the trails soon who I know would be able to do side by side comparison if anyone wants to see that...

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I'd love to see the comparison, I'm trying to decide what camera to get.


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I'd love to see the comparison, I'm trying to decide what camera to get.


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Stay tuned, i'll see what I can do...

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Contour GPS works great, like previous posts the camera can be mounted in just about any position and get good video, I've used it for MTBing, snowboarding, and trail rides, also there is an app for your phone that you can download to give you live feed to ensure that your mounting is correct or if you need to change exposure
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This thread has been bouncing around in the back of my mind when I look up and see the suction cup mount on my windshield and no camera on it. I haven't been wheeling lately so these cameras have been sitting idle. Hopefully i'll get some trail footage soon. I was also going to order some neodymium magnets with standard 1/4 × 20 threaded studs to do undercarriage video too.

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Took me this long to finally do something that resembled offroading to finally capture some footage. Here is one video and I will have another undercarriage video from camera #2 posted here after I edit out the boring stuff and try to get the in cab and undercarriage scenes close to each other.

Back Way to Crown King 4-7-13 - YouTube

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Nice vid. I like the mounting options and the small size. Curious to see the axle camera video.

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A video of the suspension that was taken at the same time as the dash video above. The videos aren't sync'd, but you get the idea. Pretty cool watching the suspension cycle.

Suspension - YouTube

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Well, so far I am impressed with these cameras. They initially sat for what, nearly 6 months after I received them and set them up. I charged them both the night before and they worked all day the next day without any battery life concern or recharging on the trail. The image quality would have been better if the lenses weren't absolutely covered in heavy dust. I would recommend these as a solid alternative to the GoPro, especially now that they have a WiFi version with an App for smartphone use also.

Pros -
Mounting options.
270 degree adjustable lenses.
Sleek appearance.
80% aluminum construction.
Battery Life.
Laser guide line built in. (I use this feature more than I thought I would.)

Cons -
Storyteller software is clunky and sucks in general.
Unit segments the videos in 3.66GB chunks instead of one long video.
Microphone is fairly muffled. (I expect this with a water resistant camera.)

Overall, I am pleased with these and hope to have more video of my future wheeling adventures thanks to these guys.

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'Bout time. lol Like the view. Now howz about the ones where you hid that cam on the top of the dresser and got some porn shots. (you can post those in the trailer park)

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'Bout time. lol Like the view. Now howz about the ones where you hid that cam on the top of the dresser and got some porn shots. (you can post those in the trailer park)
I don't want to get Gunny all worked up when he sees the part where I have my blow up sheep and goat out for the party... May take me a long while to edit those parts out.

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That action at 1:09 is going to give you some problems in the future with that kind of contact with the tie rod and draglink. Not to thread jack that is why I noticed it with such a great hd video.

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That action at 1:09 is going to give you some problems in the future with that kind of contact with the tie rod and draglink. Not to thread jack that is why I noticed it with such a great hd video.
Good eyes! Didn't even notice it. I will have to go inspect the trackbar bracket and tie rod to see if either is scuffed or missing paint from contact.

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I had some binding issues like that gave me trouble in the past. I ended putting the jeep on a lift removed the front springs and cycled the suspension with full steering lock to both sides. There were a couple diffrent combinations where things made contact or would bind. My stuff was bump,steering stop related.
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