PROS: Great picture, superb wide viewing angle, rugged, waterproof, easy-to-use.
CONS: Poor sound quality, expensive mounts.
Cycling in England is normally very safe. However during my commute into Manchester every day I do see my fair share of bad drivers. There are cars that pull out, drivers on their phones and not always a good attitude towards cyclists. I myself have had quite a few near misses.
After seeing many other cyclists on the road with helmet cameras I decided it was about time I got one. I wanted one that would be sufficient quality to withstand rain and other cycling conditions. I also wanted one which shot 60fps at a good resolution with a wide viewing angle. In simpler terms I wanted a nice wide shot, in high quality. There were two reasons for this, to make sure the camera wouldn’t miss anything on the road and to allow me to record driver’s faces, behaviour and number plates.
After viewing some shocking videos in the BBC documentary ‘War on Britain’s Roads’ and on YouTube my parents insisted on me having a camera. For the main purpose of evidence should anything bad happen, touch wood. I was therefore very lucky to receive a Contour Roam 2 for Christmas. It has several updates on the original contour, one being the important 60fps videoing it is capable of.
After over a month of using the Contour, I am very impressed with the camera. The picture is crystal clear and the usability is flawless. It is possibly the most easy to use gadget I own. It boasts a 4.5 hour battery which is more than sufficient as it has an expandable memory of up to 32GB. Contour’s main rival is GoPro; admittedly they too produce great if not slightly better cameras. However they don’t look like action cameras should, GoPro’s are very cumbersome and make you look silly with a giant camera. However the Contour is a sleek bullet camera which effortlessly fits onto your helmet with a mount, bought separately. The Roam 2 is also available in a variety of colours to suit your kit, or add a little contrast.
All in all the Contour Roam 2 is a great camera, which produces stunning film with a great wide viewing angle, perfect for any action adventure. It is also waterproof to 1m; a waterproof case up to 60m is also available. It is everything I needed in an action video camera and more, solid design. The only snag is sound quality is not too great, however it is clear. I would give the Contour Roam 2: 4.5/5, perfect for videoing any outdoor activity.