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First Look: ContourRoam2 action cam keeps shooting simple

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First Look: ContourRoam2 action cam keeps shooting simple

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A very good option if all you need is a waterproof POV camera for shooting and sharing.

Hi there. I'm Josh Goldman with CNET and this is a look at a nice and simple action cam, the Contour ROAM2. There's not too much to the camera itself. Basically just a lens barrel and contours rail mounting system that can be used with the company's slide on mounts or there's a standard tripod mount in the bottom 2. Included are a couple of mounts and a 4-gig micro SD card to get you started. To power on and start recording, you just slide the switch forward on top here. It's default resolution is 720p at 60 frames per second, with a 170-degree angle of view. But it'll also record at 1080p, 30 frames per second. Though the camera needs to be connected to a computer to make any setting changes. To help level out your video, the lens rotates 270 degrees and there's a built-in laser triggered by the status button on back. That also gives you an idea of how you're doing on battery life and storage. There's a slide up door on back that seals up the micro SD card slot, micro USB port and reset in card formatting buttons. And I do mean sealed because the ROAM2 is waterproof to about 3 feet without an additional housing. Video quality is best suited for viewing at small sizes on mobile devices or sharing online. Artifacts and other issues are just a little too visible with larger sizes. If you don't need more than that, this is certainly worth checking out. I'm Josh Goldman and that's the Contour ROAM2.

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